Lecture 1 Notes: Intro to Course
The focus of this class was to continue the previous lecture discussion on radial
velocities. The lecture introduced students to radial velocity curves, specifically how to read and
understand their key features and use th
Lecture 8 Notes: Low-Mass Stars
The focus of this lecture is to discuss direct imaging of extrasolar planets. Students will
become familiar with direct-imaging planet candidates, understand what is being measured when
imaging the objects, and review the p
Lecture 3 Notes: Atmospheric Pressures
The focus of this class is to discuss the basic composition and structure of
planets, how they are compressed based the relation between pressure and
gravity, how to calculate the pressure at planets interiors, and h
Lecture 7 Notes: Reflectivity
The focus of this lecture is to discuss energy balance in terms of the flux from the host
star and the energy absorbed by a planet, while considering atmospheric circulation. Students
will derive the formula for energy balanc
Lecture 6 Notes: Secondary Eclipse
The focus of this lecture is to study and discuss exoplanet secondary eclipse light curves,
review blackbody radiation, and determine how stars and planets temperatures can be defined
by the black body radiation curves.
Lecture 4 Notes: Equations of State
The focus of this class is to discuss equations of state, phase diagrams, methods
for measuring equations of state and the analytical forms of those equations.
The first exercise students will complete familiarizes them
Lecture 2 Notes: Solar Density Calculations
The focus of this class is to discuss solar system planet densities, review transit light
curves and radial velocity curves, and then calculate exoplanet densities and surface gravities.
The first exercise in cl
Lecture 5 Notes: Hypothetical Density
The focus of this lecture is to review the concepts related to planet interior compositions,
discuss the ambiguities associated with predicting planetary and exo-planetary internal
structure. A second goal is to under
Lecture 10 Notes: Emission Features
The focus of this lecture is to discuss the origin of absorption and emission lines in the
exoplanetary spectra and what they represent mathematically. Students will become familiar with
Kirchhoffs Law, a second solutio
Lecture 9 Notes: Direct Imaging
The focus of this lecture is to discuss solar system planetary spectra. Students will
become familiar with the equation of radiative transfer and one solution to that equation. They
will also estimate transmission spectra f