Exoplanet Atmospheres

The goal in studying exoplanet atmospheres Exoplanet atmospheresis to understand the atmospheric composition and temperature. We want to be able to recognize planet atmospheres like Earth’s: with water vapor, oxygen, ozone, and carbon dioxide. These strong absorbers would make the major contributions to the spectrum we could observe from afar. While the detection of true Earth twins is some time off, we are busy trying to understand hot Jupiter and hot Neptune atmospheres observed by primary and secondary eclipses for transiting exoplanets. Professor Seager’s group’s research focuses on computer models of exoplanet atmospheres and interpretation of data from space telescopes.

First Generation Exoplanet Atmospheres Highlights:

Second Generation Exoplanet Atmospheres Highlights: