December 20, 2021
Dr. Munazza Alam, Earth and Planets Laboratory
With over 4,000 exoplanet discoveries to date, we have caught a glimpse of the broad diversity of planets that span a range of masses, compositions, and orbital configurations. The next chapter in exoplanet exploration will focus on probing the atmospheres of these worlds, and we are now poised to begin large-scale atmospheric studies of exoplanets with current instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) via transmission spectroscopy. In this talk, Alam will present precise optical to infrared (~0.3-5.0 microns) transmission spectra taken with HST for four gas giant planets: WASP-52b, HAT-P-32b, WASP-62b, and HIP41378f.