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PX437 Exoplanets

This page provides access to materials for PX437 Exoplanets. You can download the powerpoint slides shown in lectures (below) and the visualiser notes made in lectures.

Notes from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5.

This page also lists the research papers that form a part of the material for this course (some are complusory, some optional). The point of this exercise is to give students experience of reading research papers and practice in identifying the key points of a paper and placing those points into a broader context. These are key skills for a research scientist.

If you look at past paper questions you'll see that questions on research papers usually take a form like "Describe the key points of this study". I'm primarily looking for evidence that the student has read and understood the paper and that they have successfully recognised the main points. These questions are marked generously, giving marks for all relevant points. The emphasis is on rewarding comprehension rather than memory. So I am not expecting students to memorise long lists of facts and figures from these papers.

My advice for revising this material is to read the paper once through quickly to get a grip of the main points. Then read through again taking notes of what you regard to be the main points. You shouldn't need to make more than about half a page of notes on each paper. Don't get bogged down in the details and don't spend an equal amount of time on all sections of the paper (some sections are much more important than others). Make sure you understand what the authors have concluded, how they have come to that conclusion and why it matters.

1 Introduction: Solar System and planet formation ppt web
2 Debris and protoplanetary discs
Aumann et al. 1984, ApJ 278 L23
Smith & Terrile 1984, Science 266 1421 (optional)
Su et al. 2005, ApJ 628 487 (optional)
McCaughrean & O'Dell 1996, AJ 111 1977 (optional)
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3 Reflex motion of star
Benedict et al. 2006 ApJ 581 L115 (optional)
Mayor & Queloz 1995, Nature 378 355
Lovis et al. 2006, Nature 441 305 (optional)
Anglada-Escude et al. 2016, Nature 536 437
Lovis et al. 2011, A&A 528, 112 (optional)
Wolszczan & Frail 1992, Nature 355 145
Wolszczan 1994, Science 264 538 (optional)
Silvotti et al. 2007, Nature 449 189
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4 Transiting planets
Henry et al. 2000 ApJ 529 L41 (optional)
Charbonneau et al. 2000 ApJ 529 L45
Leger et al. 2009, A&A 506 287(optional)
Queloz et al. 2009, A&A 506 303(optional)
Lissauer et al. 2011, Nature 470 53(optional)
Lissauer et al. 2014, Nature 513 336
Winn et al. 2011, AJ 141, 63
Deming et al. 2005 Nature 434 740 (optional)
Knutson et al. 2008 ApJ 673 526 (optional)
Knutson et al. 2007 Nature 447 183
Madhusudhan et al. 2011 (optional)
Charbonneau et al. 2002 ApJ 568 377 (optional)
Sing et al. 2011 MNRAS 416 1443 (optional)
Sing et al. 2016 Nature 529 59
Vidal-Madjar et al. 2003 Nature 422 143 (optional)
Ehrenreich et al. 2015 Nature 522 459
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5 Microlensing and direct imaging
Beaulieu et al. 2006 Nature 439 437(optional)
Chauvin et al. 2004 A&A 425 L29
Chauvin et al. 2005 A&A 438 L25
Kalas et al. 2008 Science 322 1345 (optional)
Marois et al. 2008 Science 322 1348
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6 Extra-terrestrial life
Kopparapu et al. 2013 ApJ 765 131 (optional)
Gillon et al. 2016 Nature 533, 221 (optional)
Sagan et al. 1993 Nature 365 715
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