Astronomy Ireland Public Lecture
The Next Generation of Exoplanet Surveys
By Dr. Don Polacco, Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast.
Monday 08 August at 8:00pm
Trinity College, Dublin
About the Lecture
Astronomers within ARC use (and operate) the SuperWASP instruments to look for tiny dips in the brightness of stars due the passage of an orbiting planet and obscuring a fraction of the stellar light (a so-called transit) and this automatically tells us, with excellent accuracy, the inclination. Hence the equations of orbital motion can be solved and the mass and radius and hence density of the planet determined (and compared directly with theoretical models of planet composition). (Cr. ARC/QUB)
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Don Pollacco is a research astronomer working at QUB since 2000. His background is in evolved stars but since moving to QUB he has developed a strong interest in exoplanets thanks, initially, to the SuperWASP project. He currently teach the following courses: MSc PHY9011 Plasma Astrophysics as well as Yr3 PHY3023 Astrophysical Processes. He is also the exoplanet co-ordinator for ESA's PLATO mission.
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|Date||Monday 08th August|
Physics Department, Fitzgerald Building,
Trinity College Dublin.
|Admission||€7 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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