4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: SLC 1.102
Dr. Kaloyan Penev (Princeton)
In the first part of a two part talk, I will review the detection of extrasolar planets by observing the dimming the produce as they pass between us and their parent star. I will describe what precise brightness measurements reveal about exoplanet systems and discuss the obstacles to making such measurements. I will conclude with a software approach to overcoming these obstacles.
In the second part of the talk, I will review the importance of tidal dissipation in low mass stars and giant planets. I will present the current challenges in understanding or describing the dissipative processes involved, and present promising new results pointing to a resolution if this decades old problem.