Observations of transiting exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Beichman, Charles and Benneke, Bjoern and Knutson, Heather and Smith, Roger and Lagage, Pierre Olivier and Dressing, Courtney and Latham, David and Lunine, Jonathan and Birkmann, Stephan and Ferruit, Pierre and Giardino, Giovanna and Kempton, Eliza and Carey, Sean and Krick, Jessica and Deroo, Pieter D. and Mandell, Avi and Ressler, Michael E. and Shporer, Avi and Swain, Mark and Vasisht, Gautam and Ricker, George and Bouwman, Jeroen and Crossfield, Ian and Greene, Tom and Howell, Steve and Christiansen, Jessie and Ciardi, David and Clampin, Mark and Greenhouse, Matt and Sozzetti, Alessandro and Goudfrooij, Paul and Hines, Dean and Keyes, Tony and Lee, Janice and McCullough, Peter and Robberto, Massimo and Stansberry, John and Valenti, Jeff and Rieke, Marcia and Rieke, George and Fortney, Jonathan and Bean, Jacob and Kreidberg, Laura and Ehrenreich, David and Deming, Drake and Albert, Loic and Doyon, Rene and Sing, David (2014) Observations of transiting exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 126 (946). pp. 1134-1173. ISSN 0004-6280

Abstract

This article summarizes a workshop held on March, 2014, on the potential of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to revolutionize our knowledge of the physical properties of exoplanets through transit observations. JWST’s unique combination of high sensitivity and broad wavelength coverage will enable the accurate measurement of transits with high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). Most importantly, JWST spectroscopy will investigate planetary atmospheres to determine atomic and molecular compositions, to probe vertical and horizontal structure, and to follow dynamical evolution, i.e., exoplanet weather. JWST will sample a diverse population of planets of varying masses and densities in a wide variety of environments characterized by a range of host star masses and metallicities, orbital semi-major axes, and eccentricities. A broad program of exoplanet science could use a substantial fraction of the overall JWST mission.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 04:12
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exoplanets; transit observations; spectroscopy
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1086/679566
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32202

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