2023 Sagan Summer Workshop

Characterizing Exoplanet Atmospheres: The Next Twenty Years


Sunday July 23: Registration Gathering

Join us for an outdoor registration gathering at Dabney Gardens from 4-6 pm, where you can pick up your registration materials, put up your printed posters, and meet your fellow attendees.

Monday July 24: Atmosphere Fundamentals

Time Title Speaker
8:30 am Welcome and Opening Comments Dawn Gelino, Chas Beichman (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
9:00 am Introduction: Atmospheric Structure, Gas Giants vs. Sub-Neptunes vs. Terrestrial Planets Heather Knutson (Caltech)
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Introduction: Radiative Transfer and Line Formation Paul Molliere (MPIA)
11:00 am Introduction: Chemistry of Exoplanet Atmospheres Julie Moses (SSI)
11:45 am Introduction to Hands-on Sessions Taylor Bell (NASA Ames)
12:00 pm Poster Pops (15)
12:30 pm Lunch and Poster Session I
2:30 pm Hands-on Session I: Reducing JWST Data: From Raw Data to Light Curves Taylor Bell (NASA Ames), Kevin Stevenson (JHU/APL), Laura Kreidberg (MPIA)
5:00 pm Adjourn
5:30 pm Dinner in Dabney Gardens (optional; payment site available in June)

Tuesday July 25: Observations

Time (PDT) Title Speaker
8:30 am Observations: Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy Jason Wang (Northwestern University)
9:00 am Observations: Transmission Hannah Wakeford (University of Bristol)
9:30 am Observations: Secondary Eclipses and Phase Curves Laura Kreidberg (MPIA)
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Observations: High-resolution Spectroscopy Matteo Brogi (University of Turin)
11:00 am Observations: Interferometry Sascha Quanz (ETH Zurich)
11:30 am Panel Discussion: Applicability and Comparison of Techniques (interpretation and end-to-end examples) moderated by Tom Greene (NASA Ames)
12:15 pm Poster Pops (15)
12:45 pm Lunch and Poster Session II
2:45 pm Hands-on Session II: Fitting JWST Data: from light curves to planet spectra Taylor Bell (NASA Ames), Kevin Stevenson (JHU/APL), Laura Kreidberg (MPIA)
5:15 pm Adjourn

Wednesday July 26: Atmospheres in Context

Time Title Speaker
8:30 am Lessons Learned from Brown Dwarfs Mark Marley (University of Arizona)
9:00 am Lessons Learned from the Solar System Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester)
9:30 am Studying Solar System Bodies as Exoplanets Laura Mayorga (JHU/APL)
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Star-Planet Interactions Joseph Llama (Lowell Observatory)
11:00 am Atmospheric Escape and Mass Loss Hilke Schlichting (UCLA)
11:30 am Group Picture
11:40 am Lunch
1:00 pm Hands-on Session III: Forward Models Natasha Batalha (NASA Ames)
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Hands-on Session IV: Retrievals Paul Molliere (MPIA)
5:30 pm Adjourn

Thursday July 27: Connecting Observations with Models

Time Title Speaker
8:30 am Observations of Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres (including Trappist-1) Natasha Batalha (NASA Ames)
9:00 am Formation and Links to Present-day Atmospheres (Terrestrial Planets with Secondary Atmospheres) Yamila Miguel (Leiden Observatory)
9:30 am Interior (bulk) Compositions and the Importance of Measured Masses and Connection to Atmospheres Leslie Rogers (University of Chicago)
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Looking Through Clouds and Hazes with JWST Peter Gao (Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory)
11:00 am Mapping the 3D Structure of Exoplanet Atmospheres using Transit Spectroscopy Emily Rauscher (University of Michigan)
11:30 am Retrievals and Fitting Models to Data Mike Line (Arizona State University)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Hands-on Session: Group Projects
5:00 pm Adjourn
5:30 pm Dinner in Dabney Gardens (optional; payment site available in June)

Friday July 28: Next Steps in Characterizing Exoplanet Atmospheres

Time Title Speaker
8:30 am Prospects for Biosignatures Ty Robinson (University of Arizona)
9:00 am Prospects for Technosignatures Jacob Haqq-Misra (Blue Marble Space Insitute of Science, remote speaker)
9:30 am JWST I: Transit Science Nikole Lewis (Cornell University)
10:00 am Break
10:30 am JWST II: Imaging Aarynn Carter (UCSC)
11:00 am Future Facilities: ELTs Quinn Konopacky (UC San Diego, remote speaker)
11:30 am Future Facilities: ARIEL and CASE Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Future Facilities: MIRECLE Kevin Stevenson (JHU/APL)
2:00 pm Future Facilities: IR/O/UV Flagship Shawn Domagal-Goldman (NASA GSFC)
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Group Project Presentations
4:30 pm Closing Comments Dawn Gelino (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
4:45 pm Adjourn


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