ChExo Goes Virtual for June 2020 Meeting

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 

The Carnegie Institution for Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) will virtually host the eighth Chesapeake Bay Area Exoplanet (ChExo) meeting on Friday, June 26, 2020. Presentations will start at 11 AM and continue until 3 PM.

Alan Boss, EPL theoretical astrophysicist and host of this ChExo meeting, stated, “Virtual meetings like this ChExo meeting are crucial for keeping researchers informed about the ongoing progress in the field of exoplanets and for maintaining a sense of community in this highly interdisciplinary field.”

The triannual ChExo meetings provide a unique opportunity for a younger generation of exoplanet scientists, namely Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows, to present the results of their research to a broader audience. Speakers primarily hail from institutions around the Chesapeake Bay region including John Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the University of California, Santa Cruz, NASA Goddard, the Catholic University of America, and EPL.

In the past, the day-long conference has gathered upwards of 80 scientists from institutions across the Chesapeake Bay area to discuss the growing field of exoplanet research. Boss expects more to be in attendance now that the conference is virtual.

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Presentation Schedule:

11.00 AM | Setup and Opening Remarks

11:10 AM | NUV Exoplanet Transmission Spectral Features as Probes of Metals and Rainout
Joshua Lothringer (Johns Hopkins University)

11:30 AM | The Intrinsic Architectures of Planetary Systems: Intra-system Correlations and Occurrence with Stellar Type
Matthias Yang He (The Pennsylvania State University)

11:50 AM | Characterizing M Dwarf Spots for Planet Hunting and Stellar Astrophysics
Serge Dieterich (Space Telescope Science Institute)

12:10 PM | Introducing a New Spitzer Master BLISS Map to Remove the Instrument Systematic -- Phase Curve Parameter Degeneracy, as Demonstrated by a Reanalysis of the 4.5 micron WASP-43b Phase Curve
Erin May (Johns Hopkins APL)

12:30 PM | Beyond Equilibrium Temperature: How the Atmosphere/Interior Connection Effects Atmospheric Abundances in Warm Transiting Giant Planets
Jonathan Fortney (University of California, Santa Cruz)

12:50 PM | Lunch Break

13:10 PM | Finding TESS's "Missing" Planets in the Full Frame Images
Ethan Kruse (NASA Goddard)

13:30 PM | Detect and characterize exoplanets using Gaia and Hipparcos data
Fabo Feng (EPL, Carnegie Institution of Washington)

13:50 PM | VVV BD001: an L5 dwarf known to produce white light superflares
Rishi Paudel (NASA Goddard and University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

13:55 PM | A New Method For Studying Exoplanet Atmospheres Using Planetary Infrared Excess
Kevin Stevenson (Johns Hopkins APL)

14:15 PM | Roman Space Telescope Mass-measurement Method Determines a Mass of 66 +- 8Mearth for MOA-2009-BLG-319Lb
Sean Terry (CUA/GSFC)

14:35 PM | Roman Exoplanet Imaging Data Challenge
Julien Girard (Space Telescope Science Institute)

14:40 PM | Discussion and Closing Remarks