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Exoplanet Detection Techniques

Fischer, Debra A. and Howard, Andrew W. and Laughlin, Greg P. and Macintosh, Bruce and Mahadevan, Suvrath and Sahlmann, Johannes and Yee, Jennifer C. (2014) Exoplanet Detection Techniques. In: Protostars and Planets VI. University of Arizona Press , Tucson, AZ, pp. 715-738. ISBN 9780816531240.

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We are still in the early days of exoplanet discovery. Astronomers are beginning to model the atmospheres and interiors of exoplanets and have developed a deeper understanding of processes of planet formation and evolution. However, we have yet to map out the full complexity of multi-planet architectures or to detect Earth analogues around nearby stars. Reaching these ambitious goals will require further improvements in instrumentation and new analysis tools. In this chapter, we provide an overview of five observational techniques that are currently employed in the detection of exoplanets: optical and IR Doppler measurements, transit photometry, direct imaging, microlensing, and astrometry. We provide a basic description of how each of these techniques works and discuss forefront developments that will result in new discoveries. We also highlight the observational limitations and synergies of each method and their connections to future space missions.

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Fischer, Debra A.0000-0003-2221-0861
Howard, Andrew W.0000-0001-8638-0320
Laughlin, Greg P.0000-0002-3253-2621
Macintosh, Bruce0000-0003-1212-7538
Mahadevan, Suvrath0000-0001-9596-7983
Sahlmann, Johannes0000-0001-9525-3673
Yee, Jennifer C.0000-0001-9481-7123
Additional Information:© 2014 University of Arizona Press. D.F. acknowledges support from NSF AST1207748 and NASA NNX12AC01C. A.W.H. acknowledges NASA grant NNX12AJ23G. Portions of this work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DEAC52-07NA27344. G.L. acknowledges support from NASA through Spitzer RSA 1438930. S.M. acknowledges support from National Space Foundation (NSF) grants AST-1006676, AST-1126413, AST-1310885, PSARC, the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NNA09DA76A), and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds in the pursuit of precise RVs in the NIR. The Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds is supported by the Pennsylvania State University, the Eberly College of Science, and the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Work by J.Y. was performed in part by a Distinguished University Fellowship from The Ohio State University and in part under contract with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) funded by NASA through the Sagan Fellowship Program executed by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.
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