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These are selected publications that Professor Seager led or played an instrumental role in. “First” means the first time the idea or discovery was ever published.

*Current or former student or postdocs in Professor Seager’s research group.

1. Exoplanet Atmospheres

1a. Review Paper from 2010

1b. Foundational exoplanet atmospheres papers

First paper on theoretical exoplanet atmospheres as irradiated by their host star:

First paper on exoplanet transmission spectra, including prediction of sodium that led to the first ever exoplanet atmosphere detection:

First paper on exoplanet light curves and exoplanet polarization signature:

First paper describing diurnal light curves of Earth:

First paper on exoplanet atmospheric refraction:

One of the first papers describing super Earth atmospheres:

First paper trying to quantify superEarth atmosphere mass and composition (without success because the problem is unconstrained):

Data Intepretation via the million model approach; the first attempt at a thorough parameter space search for exoplanet atmosphere characterization (N. Madhusudhan’s 2009 PhD Thesis):

1c. Observational Detections

First (of two independent) detection of light from an exoplanet atmosphere (photometry):

First (of two independent) detection of an exoplanet atmospheric spectrum:

2. Exoplanet Interiors

Explanation of why the exoplanet mass-radius relationships have the same functional form. Based on a modified polytrope for the equation of state:

The possibility for coreless terrestrial planets, emphasizing the ambiguity of interpreting planetary interior composition based on a mass and radius alone.

First Interpretation of the enigmatic GJ 1214b:

3. Exoplanet Biosignatures

4. Exoplanet Other Characterization

How to use exoplanet transit light curves alone for  characterization.  This paper is a cornerstone in the path for moving an exoplanet candidate to an actual exoplanet:

How to identify an atmosphereless exoplanet and the first attempt to do so.

5. A New Approach to Exoplanet Data Interpretation

Now that data on exoplanet atmospheres and exoplanet masses and radii has reached a critical point, Professor Seager’s group aims to move theoretical interpretation to a new level.  At present, most atmosphere and interior data interpretation focuses on a few scenarios that fit the data. Professor Seager’s group’s interpretation instead aims to extract the full range of possibilities of atmosphere or interior composition.

Exoplanet atmospheres. The million model approach; the first attempt at a thorough parameter space search for exoplanet atmosphere characterization (N. Madhusudhan’s 2009 PhD Thesis):

Exoplanet interiors. The many-model approach for constraining the composition of exoplanet interiors:

6. ExoplanetSat NanoSatellite

Transit Probabilities to quantify how many sun-like stars need to be surveyed to find an Earth-sized planet in an Earth-like orbit, given a stellar inclination constraint and the assumption that planets orbit within several degrees from the equatorial plane:

ExoplanetSat overview and payload from 2010:

ExoplanetSat ADCS from 2010: