ExSoCal2016: An Exoplanet Orbital Interaction

September 22-23, 2016

Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building, California Institute of Technology

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10 minute talks will be approximately 7 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions

posters are listed at the bottom of the agenda

Thursday, September 22

  • Session Chair: Jessie Christiansen
  • 8:15 am: Registration and Coffee Available
  • 9:00 am: Welcome - Jessie Christiansen (NExScI)
  • 9:10 am: Invited Talk: Stellar Characterization — Eric Mamajek (JPL)
  • Protoplanetary and Debris Disks
  • 10:00 am: Signatures of Young Planets in the Continuum Emission from Protostellar Disks — Neal Turner (Caltech/JPL)
  • 10:10 am: The Inner Rim in Protoplanetary Disks — Mario Flock (Caltech/JPL)
  • 10:20 am: High Mass Planet Spiral Shocks as a Source of Infrared Emission in Protoplanetary Disks — Blake Hord (CSUN)
  • 10:30 am: Morning Break
  • Session Chair: Wladimir Lyra
  • 11:00 am: Cleaning Up WISE Debris Disks — Rahul Patel (IPAC/Caltech)
  • 11:10 am: Finding the Missed Debris Disks of the HST Archive — Elodie Choquet (JPL)
  • 11:20 am: Occurrence of Giant Planets Around Stars with Dusty Debris Disks — Tiffany Meshkat (JPL/Caltech)
  • Planet Formation and Evolution
  • 11:30 am: Formation and Origin of Kepler Planets — Hilke Schlichting (UCLA)
  • 11:40 am: Seeking Clues to the Origins of Supermassive Gas Giant Planets at Wide Separations — Marta Bryan (Caltech)
  • 11:50 am: The Radius-tide Correlation: An Empirical Correlation Between Inflated Gas Giant Exoplanet Radius and Host Star Tidal Force Divided by the Planet Gravity — Avi Shporer (JPL)
  • 12:00 am: Turbulent Disruption of Planetary Resonances — Konstantin Batygin (Caltech)
  • 12:10 am: Spin-orbit Misalignment as a Driver of the Kepler Dichotomy — Chris Spalding (Caltech)
  • 12:20 am: Aero-resonant Migration: A Robust Migration Mode for Terrestrial-Mass Planets — Natalia Storch (Caltech)
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch on Cahill Patio
  • Planet Atmospheres
  • Session Chair: Konstantin Batygin
  • 1:40 pm: Invited Talk: Modelling Exoplanet Atmospheres — Tiffany Kataria (JPL/Caltech)
  • 2:30 pm: A Large Hubble Space Telescope Survey of Low-Mass Exoplanets — Bjorn Benneke (Caltech)
  • 2:40 pm: Finding New Diagnostics of Exoplanet Atmospheres — Antonija Oklopcic (Caltech)
  • 2:50 pm: Near-Infrared Tranmission Spectra of Three Cool Gas Giant Exoplanets — Ian Wong (Caltech)
  • 3:00 pm: Stellar Variability Effects on Transit Spectroscopy — Robert Zellem (JPL)
  • 3:10 pm: On the Role of Dissolved Gases in the Atmosphere Retention of Low-Mass, Low-Density Planets — Yayaati Chachan (Caltech)
  • 3:20 am: Afternoon Break
  • Microlensing
  • Session Chair: Marta Bryan
  • 3:50 pm: K2's Campaign 9: The First Automated Microlensing Survey from the Ground and from Space — Calen Henderson (JPL)
  • 4:00 pm: The K2C9 Microlensing Mission — Etienne Bachelet (LCOGT)
  • 4:10 pm: First simultaneous microlensing observations by two space telescopes: Spitzer & Swift reveal a brown dwarf in event OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 — Yossi Shvartzvald (JPL)
  • Planet Detection and Characterization
  • 4:20 pm: A Neptune-sized transiting planet closely orbiting a 5-10-million-year-old star — Trevor David (Caltech)
  • 4:30 pm: Evidence for the Direct Detection of the Thermal Spectrum of the Non-Transiting Hot Gas Giant HD 88133 b — Danielle Piskorz (Caltech)
  • 4:40 pm: A Long-period Multiple-transiting Giant Planet System with Evidence of High Stellar Obliquity — Kevin Schlaufman (Carnegie)
  • 4:50 pm: An Update on the Kepler Circumbinary Planets — Bill Welsh (SDSU)
  • Current Missions
  • 5:00 pm: The KELT Transit Survey: Hot Planets around Hot, Bright Stars — Scott Gaudi (Ohio State)
  • 5:10 pm: Adjourn for Pizza and Beer on the Cahill Patio

Friday, September 23

  • 8:15 am: Coffee Available
  • Future Missions
  • Session Chair: Etienne Bachelet
  • 9:00 am: Invited Talk: A New Precision Radial Velocity Program for SoCal — Gautam Vasisht (JPL)
  • 9:50 am: Detecting & Characterizing Potentially Habitable Planets with LUVOIR — Courtney Dressing (Caltech)
  • 10:00 am: JWST NIRCam Imaging: A Unique Perspective on Giant Planets Orbiting the Most Common Stars — Joshua Schlieder (IPAC/NExScI)
  • 10:10 am: WIRCPOL: A near-IR spectro-polarimetric imager at Palomar Observatory — Ricky Nilsson (Caltech)
  • 10:20 am: High Contrast Imaging with Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors — Seth Meeker (UCSB)
  • 10:30 am: Morning Break
  • Current Missions
  • Session Chair: Tiffany Meshkat
  • 11:10 am: Robo-AO: The First Dedicated Adaptive Optics Observatory — Rebecca Jensen-Clem (Caltech)
  • 11:20 am: Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer — Dimitri Mawet (Caltech)
  • 11:30 am: Investigating the formation and migration histories of giant planets via direct imaging — Henry Ngo (Caltech)
  • 11:40 am: Spitzer v. K2 — Michael Werner (Caltech/JPL)
  • 11:50 am: Thank you and wrap up
  • 12:00 pm: Box Lunches on Cahill Patio
  • Workshops
  • All workshops will take place on the 4th floor of the Keith Spalding building which is immediately west of the Cahill building along California Blvd. See the room designations below for each workshop.
    • 1-3 pm: IRSA and the NASA Exoplanet Archive: Services for the Exoplanet Community - Luisa Rebull, Julian van Eyken (Room 410 East)
    • 1-3 pm: Astronomy and Planetary Science Grad School Info Session - Henry Ngo (Room 415)
    • 1-4 pm: Telescope Aberrations Mask Exoplanets: The Optical Science and Engineering of Exoplanet Characterization - James Breckinridge (Room 410 West)


  • The NASA Exoplanet Archive — Rachel Akeson (NExScI/IPAC)
  • SpeX Prism Library Analysis Toolkit (SPLAT): Tools for Characterizing Exoplanet Spectra — Adam Burgasser (UCSD)
  • Investigating the Tidal Downsizing Planet Formation Model — Vincent Carpenter (CSUN)
  • High Mass Planet Spiral Shocks as a Source of Infrared Emission in Protoplanetary Disks — Blake Hord (CSUN)
  • Pressure bump conditions for particle trapping in protoplanetary disks — Sean Snyder (CSUN)

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