Category archives for KITP
Not infrequently, I get asked what it is I do, anyway, as a scientisty sort of person.
Summary of results on Higgs particle on LHC workshop at KITP
hangin’ out at KITP sneaking into the LHC workshop talks, sort of liveblog of the constraints on supersymmetry from preliminary LHC results.
I am visiting the lovely Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, again. Last thursday we had an unusual occurrence, the ocean farted.
Final day of the Exoplanet Rising workshop. Start off with migration theory, then scattering and collisions. Finish with tidal destruction and future observational prospects. Lubow and Malhotra. Then Thommes and Armitage. Followed by Ogilvie and Traub. Then we are done.
Exoplanets Rising continues theoretical rumination, as we contemplate formation, migration, water delivery and evolution Johansen and Lissauer on oligarchic models before lunch. Then Mayer on collapse of Too Big Too Fail blobs before Chambers and Raymond return to rocks bashing into each other. Finish with Mardling looking at the subtleties of tidal evolution.
Surprise discovery announcement at the Exoplanet UpRising workshop! In a dramatic change in schedule, Fieffe Menteur, a junior researcher at the French Academy for Keplerian Exoplanets broke embargo and revealed the first discovery of a habitable exoplanet!
Finding and characterizing habitable exoplanets. Enric Palle on Earth as an exoplanet. Drake Deming on using JWST to find exoplanets Then Lisa Kaltenegger on biosignatures Jim Kasting on habitability and 3D GCMs.
Workshop turns more to theory: planetary structure, crusts and atmospheres; cooling and heating. Well, it is an Institute of Theoretical Physics… Adamses Burrows and Burgasser start the morning. We’re promised things will be stirred up a bit more. Diana Valencia on super-earth structure and composition, then Chris Sotin on water worlds.
Next we review microlensing surveys for planets and then direct imaging surveys. Scott Gaudi up first on microlensing. Interesting statistics on preponderance of solar like planetary systems. Hints of free floating planets seen. Paul Kalas on direct detections. Also Graham and Kadsin. Plus bonus “structure of giant planets” review at the end.