Joint PITT-CMU Colloquium: Jennifer Yee (Harvard-Smithsonian CFA)

February 25, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Title: Microlensing Perspectives on Cool Planet Populations



Microlensing is uniquely capable of studying planets across a wide range of masses at a few AU from their host stars. At the lower masses, these planets are difficult or impossible to find with other techniques. I will discuss recent results in microlensing suggesting a turnover in the planet mass ratio function around 10^-4, i.e. that planets with mass ratios similar to Neptune are the most abundant at separations probed by microlensing. I will also discuss how current and future microlensing surveys, including WFIRST, will advance our understanding of cool planet populations.

Location and Address

102 Thaw Hall