Exoplanet Atmosphere Measurements from Transmission Spectroscopy and other Planet-Star Combined Light Observations

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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Laura Kreidberg
(Submitted on 18 Sep 2017)

It is possible to learn a great deal about exoplanet atmospheres even when we cannot spatially resolve the planets from their host stars. In this chapter, we overview the basic techniques used to characterize transiting exoplanets - transmission spectroscopy, emission and reflection spectroscopy, and full-orbit phase curve observations. We discuss practical considerations, including current and future observing facilities and best practices for measuring precise spectra. We also highlight major observational results on the chemistry, climate, and cloud properties of exoplanets.

Comments:    Invited review chapter. 22 pages, 6 figures
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1709.05941 [astro-ph.EP (or arXiv:1709.05941v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Laura Kreidberg
[v1] Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:56:30 GMT (899kb,D)

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