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Exometeorology: Determining atmospheric ..., Dr. K. Allers

Thursday, October 10, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Katelyn Allers 

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bucknell University 

“Exometeorology: Determining the atmospheric conditions on alien worlds”


Within our solar system, we can directly observe the effects of rapid rotation on the atmospheric physics of the giant planets. Zonal winds, a result of rapid rotation and convection, play an important role in the bulk atmospheric flow. This, in turn, can impact atmospheric chemistry, as evidenced by Jupiter’s disequilibrium PH3, which dominates its mid-IR spectrum. Similar to Jupiter and Saturn, recent studies reveal that many brown dwarfs and directly-imaged exoplanets are also fast rotators with evolving atmospheric inhomogeneities. In this talk, I will discuss how we learn about the atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets and the importance of exoplanet analogs (from both inside and outside our solar system) for understanding the weather on exoworlds. I will discuss the predictions of recent atmospheric and dynamical models of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmospheres and what we have learned from photometric variability, spectroscopic, and radio observations. In addition, I will present a new method to measure wind speeds in cool, gas giant atmospheres. Utilizing a combination of radio observations and infrared photometric variability, we have recently placed the first observational constraints on wind speed for a cool, cloudless brown dwarf.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. Stan Metchev
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 ext. 86438
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