Exoplanet Atomospheres

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
December 02, 2014, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Mercedes Lopez-Morales, PhD, Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 2014-15.

Dr. Lopez-Morales' research is concerned with the detection and characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, a very exciting part of the exoplanet frontier. She is involved in several large international projects that involve the search for exoplanets and the development of techniques for analyzing exo-atmospheres. She discusses these projects, the nature of planetary atmospheres, and what the exo-atmospheric signatures reveal up to now.