Atmospheric Spectral Signatures

We focus on planets and moons orbiting stars bright enough for future atmosphere follow-up, especially Mini- to Super-Earths (rocky terrestrial planets of 0.5-10 Earth masses) orbiting in the “Habitable Zones” around their host stars.  We explore a wide diversity of planets from Mini-Neptunes to Lava Worlds in our team, and compare their spectral fingerprint to learn about planets and how they work. Prepare for transit observations of planets with the James Webb Space Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescopes

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Nikole Lewis

Assistant Professor, Deputy Director, Carl Sagan Institute

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  • Carl Sagan Institute
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Lisa Kaltenegger

Associate Professor, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute

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  • Carl Sagan Institute
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