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2005 Annual Science Report

Pennsylvania State University Reporting  |  JUL 2004 – JUN 2005

The Evolution of a Habitable Planet (Sigurdsson)

4 Institutions
3 Teams
0 Publications
0 Field Sites
Field Sites

Project Progress

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.

    Steinn Sigurdsson
    John Debes
    Doctoral Student

    Avi Mandell
    Doctoral Student

    Kenneth Moody
    Doctoral Student

    Objective 1.1
    Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets

    Objective 1.2
    Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets