483. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar
June 5 – 8, 2011, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
The young research field of extrasolar planets is one of the fasted evolving research topics in astrophysics. The increasing numbers of detection surveys has resulted in more than 400 extrasolar planets known, with counts continuously rising. But most exciting is an evolution we just have started to recognize in recent years. The detection of planets around bright stars and observations with space instrumentation has started a new phase of detailed investigations of exoplanets. The number of publications addressing the physical nature of planets, their internal structure and composition, their atmospheres and their orbital evolution is rising dramatically. Exoplanet researchers not only attempt to increase the statistical sample of objects known, but also start to investigate them in more detail. At this point, expertise from planetary science is urgently needed to help analyse and understand the new planets we find.
In this seminar the major lines of research in extrasolar planets are addressed.
We thank the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung for funding the seminar.www.we-heraeus-stiftung.de
Prof. Dr. Artie Hatzes Thüringer Landessternwarte TautenburgTautenburgartie@tls-tautenburg.de
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