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2018 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop

Did I Really Just Find an Exoplanet?

Preliminary Agenda (speaker names will be added as they are confirmed)

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Sunday, July 22

Registration Gathering at Beckman Institute Courtyard, Caltech

  • 4-6 pm: Please join us on the patio on the south side of the Cahill Building for the opportunity to register and greet colleagues. We'll have light snacks available but you'll want to get dinner afterwards.

Monday, July 23: Transits

  • 8:30 am: Welcome and Opening Comments
  • 8:45 am: Model Comparison and Model Checking, Parameter Estimation, Types of Noise and Implications for Likelihood
  • 9:45 am: Morning Break
  • 10:15 am: Signal Detection Methods, False Alarms, False Negatives, and Astrophysical False Positives
  • 11:00 am: The Role of Transit Timing Variations
  • 11:45 am: Attendee Pops
  • 12:05 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Astronomical Observations for Transit Validation
  • 2:15 pm: Introduction to Hands-on Sessions
    • 2:15-2:20 pm: General Introduction — Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
    • 2:20-2:40 pm: EXOFAST v.2 — Jason Eastman (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
    • 2:40-3:00 pm: VESPA
  • 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3:30 pm: Introductory Hands-on Session
    • 3:30-4:00 pm: TESS Mission Concept
    • 4:00-5:00 pm: Group Discussions on TESS Validation and Follow-up
    • 5:00-5:30 pm: Groups Report Findings
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn

Tuesday, July 24: Radial Velocities

  • 8:30 am: Generating Precise Radial Velocities
  • 9:15 am: Breaking the 1 m/s Barrier: Hardware — Sam Halvorsen (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 9:45 am: Breaking the 1 m/s Barrier: Analyzing Astrophysics and Atmospheres — Arpita Roy (California Institute of Technology)
  • 10:30 am: Morning Break
  • 11:00 am: Perils of False Signals — Raphaëlle Haywood (Harvard College Observatory)
  • 11:45 am: Attendee Pops
  • 12:05 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Orbit Determination and Degeneracy of Models — Jennifer Burt (MIT Kavli Institute)
  • 2:00 pm: Comparison of Algorithms for Computing Evidence for Nth Planet — Benjamin Nelson (Northwestern University)
  • 2:30 pm: Afternoon Break and Poster Session 1
  • 3:30 pm: Hands-on sessions: Transit Validation (VESPA), Orbit Determination (EXOFASTv2)
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn

Wednesday, July 25: Direct Imaging

  • 8:30 am: Direct Imaging: Achieving the High Contrast Needed — Jared Males (University of Arizona)
  • 9:15 am: Rejecting Background Sources: Proper Motion and Parallax — Kate Follette (Amherst College)
  • 10:00 am: Morning Break
  • 10:30 am: Ages and Stellar Properties — Eric Mamajek (NASA JPL)
  • 11:15 am: Planet Characterization of Directly Imaged Planets
  • 12:00 pm: Attendee Pops
  • 12:20 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 pm: Spectral Retrieval — Heather Knutson (Caltech)
  • 2:30 pm: Afternoon Break and Poster Session 2
  • 3:30 pm: Hands-on sessions: Transit Validation (VESPA), Orbit Determination (EXOFASTv2)
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn
  • 7:00 pm: Workshop Dinner

Thursday, July 26: Astrometry and Microlensing

  • 8:30 am: 100 Years of Not Finding a Planet with Astrometry — Fritz Benedict (UT Austin)
  • 9:15 am: Gaia
  • 10:00 am: Attendee Pops
  • 10:30 am: Morning Break
  • 11:00 am: Finding Planets with Microlensing
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm: Microlensing Planets: Modeling and Unique Solutions — Jennifer Yee (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
  • 2:00 pm: Attendee Pops
  • 2:30 pm: Hands-on sessions: preparation for presentations
  • 5:30 pm: Adjourn

Friday, July 27: Looking to the Future

  • 8:30 am: Combining Transits and Radial Velocities — Jason Eastman (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
  • 9:15 am: Combining Astrometry and Direct Imaging: Breaking the 1 micro-arcsecond Barrier
  • 10:00 am: Morning Break
  • 10:30 am: Radial Velocities from Space — Peter Plavchan (George Mason University)
  • 11:15 am: Current and Future Knowledge of Planet Populations
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm: Introduction to ExoFOP — Jessie Christiansen (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
  • 1:45 pm: The Future with TESS, JWST, WFIRST, and Beyond (Introduction to NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program) — Karl Stapelfeldt (NASA JPL)
  • 2:30 pm: Group Project Presentations
  • 4:30 pm: Survey and Closing Comments
  • 4:45 pm: Adjourn

Questions? Sagan_Workshop@ipac.caltech.edu

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