2005 Annual Science Report
Pennsylvania State University Reporting | JUL 2004 – JUN 2005
The Evolution of a Habitable Planet (Sigurdsson)
HST imaging search completed, all data analysed. Followup observations using Gemini, CFHT and NOT completed. HST followup on one candidate approved for next cycle. Spitzer observations completed, data being analysed. First two papers on data analysis and candidate detections and upper limits in press with Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal respectively.
Modeling of migrating planets and Kozai pumping of orbital eccentricity in progress. Paper on orbital eccentricity perturbations in preparation. Results presented at multiple meetings and conferences.
John Debes received PhD, thesis on planet imaging search. Moving to Carnegie Institute for postdoc (NAI site). Avi Mandell going to GSFC (NAI site) for co-op research for his PhD thesis.
PROJECT INVESTIGATORS:Steinn Sigurdsson
PROJECT MEMBERS:John Debes
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 1.1
Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets
Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets