Sep 07, 2017 4:00 pm - Nielsen Hall 170 - Colloquium
John Wisniewski - OU
Constraining the Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets

Circumstellar disks can provide a useful astrophysical diagnostic of the formation and early evolution of exoplanets.  It is commonly believed that young protoplanetary disks serve as the birthplace of planets, while older debris disks can provide insight into the architecture of exoplanetary systems.  In this talk, I will discuss how my group has been using studies of circumstellar disks to inform our understanding of planet formation and evolution.  I will also discuss current and future work to constrain our understanding of planets via high precision photometry.