Society Zoom Lecture – The SPEARNET Survey: Exoplanet Transmission Spectroscopy For the Future – Dr. Jake Staberg Morgan
Due to the current Covid Rules we will, until further notice, host the Monthly Society Lecture Meeting via Zoom.
Details for the meeting will not be published on the Web but will be published in Orbit and/or sent via a member email. The Meeting ID and Password will change each month to keep it more secure. The meeting Waiting Room will be open from about 7:15 to allow members to join before 7:30. Please ensure you have your full name set up in Zoom, so we know who you are. The meeting will be recorded so that Phillip can produce his write-up, and the Zoom Host may Mute you to reduce feedback and allow the speaker to be heard. Questions can be asked via the text Chat function, or verbally if Unmuted or by pressing the spacebar.
Synopsis: Thirty years after its inception, the field of exoplanet astronomy is in transition, moving towards all-sky surveys such as TESS and PLATO and study via the upcoming generation of extremely large telescopes. Our goal is to enable large comparative planetology studies with many hundreds of well-characterised planets, in order to answer wider questions about the Galaxy’s exoplanet population.
In this new era, the field is transitioning from being target-starved, with few accessible targets, to asset-starved, without enough telescopes, time, money and people to follow up every new discovery. As part of the Spectroscopy and Photometry of Exoplanet Atmospheres Research NETwork (SPEARNET) collaboration, established between the University of Manchester and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), I have been developing selection methods and making observations during my PhD, in order to help make the field ready for the avalanche of new discoveries expected by pathfinder missions. My talk will (hopefully!) give a flavour of all of these aspects – where we were, our group’s research now, and what the future holds.
Biography: Jake took his first degree at the University of Sussex and has recently been awarded his Ph.D in Astrophysics from the University of Manchester, with a thesis on SPEARNET. He was a producer of The Jodcast – a regular Podcast set up by astronomers based at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank, Cheshire (http://www.jodcast.net). Currently living in Sweden. He is a former and current member of EAS.