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Seminars at FGG

Detection and characterisation of transiting planets with the CoRoT and Kepler space missions: a deeper look into the physics of Jupiter-size and small-size planets.

Speaker: Aldo Bonomo (Oss. Astronomico di Torino)

Date and time: 2012-06-21 11:00

With very high-precision photometry, the CoRoT and Kepler space missions allow us to characterise Jupiter-size planets with unprecedented precision and to find the optical planetary occultation which gives information on the planet equilibrium temperature and albedo. Besides that, by detecting small-size planetary candidates, they have triggered studies on the frequency of planets with radii between 2 and 4 Earth radii around solar-like stars. This is of fundamental importance for models of planet formation and evolution. I will present my recent works in this context.