Tuesdays at 4:00 PM in the Marlar Lounge, Room 37-252
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
70 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
(unless location otherwise noted)
Refreshments are served at 3:45 PM.
the Astrophysics Division of the MIT Department of Physics and
the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
Tuesday Sep 9: NOTE: location change: Colloquium will take place in the Pappalardo Room (4-349)
The Search For 100 Earths
Abstract: The search for exoplanets is motivated by the question of whether life exists elsewhere. This drives our interest in the detection of planets that are similar to our own world: rocky planets with the potential for liquid surface water and plate tectonics; worlds that might harbor life that we can recognize. Importantly, we will need to discover not just a few, but hundreds of these worlds to eventually gain a statistical understanding of whether life is rare, common, or ubiquitous and ground-based telescopes offer an ideal platform for carrying out decade-long surveys. It is critical for follow-up studies (imaging, atmospheric studies) that these planets orbit nearby stars. In this talk, I will discuss how we plan to take what we've learned and push on to the next frontier: our plans for a next generation spectrograph, EXPRES, to carry out a search 100 Earths with the Discovery Channel Telescope.
Tuesday Sep 16:
Abstract: Tuesday Sep 23:
UC San Diego
Abstract: Tuesday Sep 30:
Abstract: Tuesday Oct 7:
University of Kansas
Abstract: Tuesday Oct 14:
Astrophysical Feedback: Where Do Galaxies End and the IGM Begins?
University of Colorado at Boulder
Abstract: Tuesday Oct 21:
Abstract: Tuesday Oct 28:
Abstract: Tuesday Nov 4:
Fermilab / University of Chicago
Abstract: Tuesday Nov 11:
NO COLLOQUIUM: VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY
Tuesday Nov 18:
University of Maryland
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Abstract: Tuesday Dec 9:
University of Arizona