IGPP Seminar Series

Super-Earths: A Missing Link

by Diana Valencia, Sponsored by the Geoscience Initiative
Department of Earth and Planetary , Sciences Harvard University

Abstract

Super-Earths (1-10 M_Earth planets) are the newest class of discovered exoplanets. These are exceptionally interesting objects that do not exist in our solar system. They bear a relation to the terrestrial planets and icy satellites, and offer a broader perspective into the workings of planetary systems. The data available in the next few years will be masses and radii of dozens and perhaps hundreds of super-Earths from ground and space missions. The challenge will be to extract as much information as possible from these two measurements. Within this context, I will present results and challenges in assessing the internal structure, composition and thermal state of these potentially habitable exoplanets.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM