I wanted to share you the poster I’ve just submitted for the Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop. It’s a yearly workshop hosted by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute located at Caltech, and the workshop will be held just a few buildings down the street from where I had my office in graduate school. The workshop is in a few weeks at the end of July. It’s a little different than a conference because it’s not necessarily to present your latest results, but bring together people to teach analysis techniques and gather exoplanet experts with graduate students, postdocs, and researchers who are involved in exoplanets as well as those interested in getting involved in exoplanet research.
The theme of this year’s workshop is “Working with Exoplanet Light Curves”. There will be talks and sessions about different topics related to analyzing light curves (including from Kepler) and there will also have hands-on sessions to teach new analysis techniques and software packages developed to study transits. I’m hoping to pick up a few new tricks to help with analysis and confirmation of Planet Hunters planet candidates and in general learn more about the methods other scientists are using to analyze light curves.
I’m also presenting an electronic poster (which will be shown in a rotation of other posters throughout the duration of the conference on computer monitors ) as well as a short 2 slide talk on what Planet Hunters has been up to over the past year. The deadline for the electronic poster was today. So I thought I’d share it with all of you. It’s meant to be an introduction to the project and highlight some of our past results. Our latest results aren’t quite ready for prime time, we’ll be able to share those results once we have them in the Fall. We’re still getting observations from Keck and other telescopes for our latest candidates and will be spending the rest of the summer working on analyzing those observations.