Astronomy Colloquium: John Swift

When: Apr. 5, 2013, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Campus Location: Robert L. Bigelow Physics
Office/Remote Location: Conference Room

John Swift from the California Institute of Technology will be the featured speaker at a Department of Physics and Astronomy colloquium. His talk is titled, "The Formation and Frequency of Compact Planetary Systems."

His group based at Caltech has undertaken a comprehensive program to understand the planet populations around the smallest and most numerous stars in the Galaxy using unprecedented data from the Kepler telescope. He will share some of our latest results including observational constraints on planet formation mechanisms, and a statistical analysis of planet frequency. He will then address the implications of these findings, and present a new robotic, cost effective observatory under development within our group called Minerva that will discover some of our nearest neighboring exoplanetary systems.

Admission Information: 

Admission is free. No ticket required.

Contact Information: 

Name: George Rhee
Office: BPB 239
Phone: 702-895-4453

Event Sponsor: Department of Physics and Astronomy

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