College of Science

SEMINAR: Jessie Christiansen [IPAC Caltech]

SEMINAR: Jessie Christiansen [IPAC Caltech]

Apr 21, 2016 11:00 AM to Apr 21, 2016 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Elusive Earths and Other Matters: Taking the Galactic Exoplanet Census

by Jessie Christiansen (IPAC Caltech)

The NASA Kepler mission was a space-based survey for transiting exoplanets. While the data are all in hand, the final analysis of the final, full dataset is still underway. I will present  our ongoing efforts to catalogue the exoplanets in the Kepler field, including characterising  the survey completeness and reliability. The latter are needed in order to infer the underlying  planet population from the planet detections - I summarise the progress in the field towards robust occurrence rates, and lay out the path forward for Kepler and future exoplanet surveys.