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The Subaru Seminar is usually held in Room 104 of the Hilo Base Facility, adjacent to the main lobby. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in giving a seminar, please contact Subaru seminar organizers (Tae-Soo Pyo, Sherry Yeh, Nagayoshi Ohashi) by email : sseminar_at_subaru.naoj.org (please change"_at" to @).

June 12, Thursday, at 11:00 am

" Directly Imaging and Characterizing Extrasolar Planets at High Contrast "

Thayne Currie

(University of Toronto)


Direct imaging is the new frontier in exoplanet detection and the means by which we will eventually discover a true Earth twin around a Sun-like star. In this talk, I introduce the new observing techniques and powerful image processing methods used to directly image planets and present recent/unpublished results clarifying the strange atmospheric properties of imaged, super-jovian planetary companions around HR 8799 and ROXs 42B. The next 5-10 years will see an explosion of new discoveries in this field due to the commissioning of ground-based extreme adaptive optics imagers capable of revealing many young jovian planets at Jupiter/Saturn-like separations, including the Subaru SCExAO project. I will close by describing exoplanet imaging science with the TMT, how TMT's instrumentation may (nearly) image a rocky planet in the habitable zone around nearby stars, and how SCExAO serves as a crucial bridge towards this future.


Seminars are also held at JAC, CFHT, and IfA.



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