Item description for Exoplanets: Detection, Formation, Properties, Habitability (Springer Praxis Books / Astronomy and Planetary Sciences) (Springer Praxis Books / Astronomy and Planetary Sciences) by John W. Mason...
This edited, multi-author volume will be an invaluable introduction and reference to all key aspects in the field of exoplanet research. The reviews cover: Detection methods and properties of known exoplanets, Detection of extrasolar planets by gravitational microlensing. The formation and evolution of terrestrial planets in protoplanetary and debris disks. The brown dwarf-exoplanet connection. Formation, migration mechanisms and properties of hot Jupiters. Dynamics of multiple exoplanet systems. Doppler exoplanet surveys. Searching for exoplanets in the stellar graveyard. Formation and habitability of extra solar planets in multiple star systems. Exoplanet habitats and the possibilities for life. Moons of exoplanets: habitats for life.Contributing authors:?Rory Barnes ?David P. Bennett ?Jian Ge?Nader Haghighipour ?Patrick Irwin ?Hugh Jones?Victoria Meadows ?Stanimir Metchev ?I. Neill Reid?George Rieke ?Caleb Scharf ?Steinn Sigurdsson
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 3, 2008
ISBN 3540740074 ISBN13 9783540740070
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successful methods Jun 28, 2008
This is an exciting time in astronomy, for now we can detect exoplanets by several means. What was once pure speculation in science fiction is now an observational field, young and growing. The book describes detection methods, especially Doppler exoplanet surveying. Currently the major tool of discovery. As Jian Ge says in one chapter, of 200+ exoplanets found thus far, around 90% were by this method.
But don't forget gravitational microlensing. A fundamentally different approach that has also yielded exoplanets. More interestingly, it is more sensitive to low mass planets and planets orbiting a star at 1.5-4 AU. It strictly uses gravitational effects, and does not need to find light from the planet or its star.
A former classmate of mine, Steinn Sigurdsson, has a chapter on looking for planets in stars that have left the main sequence [ie. burned up most of their fuel]. Another interesting approach; though perhaps more speculative than Dopplering or microlensing.