Sep 14th: The Diversity and Demographics of Distant Rocky Worlds

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Podcaster: Dr Leslie Rogers

Title: The Diversity and Demographics of Distant Rocky Worlds

Organization: The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at The University of Central Arkansas

Link : The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at The University of Central Arkansas

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Dr. Leslie Rogers: http://www.astro.caltech.edu/~larogers/Welcome.html

Description:  The discovery of exoplanets (planets outside our Solar System) has brought the settings of many science fiction stories within reach of scientific inquiry. Astronomers’ ever increasing sensitivity to smaller and smaller planets has opened the opportunity for empirical insights into the nature and demographics of distant terrestrial worlds. Up to what size and mass do planets typically have rocky compositions? How Earth-like are these distant rocky worlds? How common are rocky planets in the Habitable Zones of their host stars? In this talk, I will present the current constraints on each of these questions, appealing both to individual planet case studies and to planet population statistics.

Bio: The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at The University of Central Arkansas is incorporates outreach, demonstrations, tutoring and guest speakers into our SPS Chapter.

Dr. Leslie Rogers is a Hubble Fellow at Caltech. Her research focus encompasses the interior structure, formation, evolution, and habitability of sub-Neptune and super-Earth planets. I also enjoy studying astrostatistics, planet microlensing, interacting binary stars, and meteor ablation.

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