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Mapping out the time-evolution of exoplanet processes

Christiansen, Jessie and Beichman, Charles A. and Ciardi, David R. and Huber, Daniel and Marley, Mark S. (2019) Mapping out the time-evolution of exoplanet processes. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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There are many competing theories and models describing the formation, migration and evolution of exoplanet systems. As both the precision with which we can characterize exoplanets and their host stars, and the number of systems for which we can make such a characterization increase, we begin to see pathways forward for validating these theories. In this white paper we identify predicted, observable correlations that are accessible in the near future, particularly trends in exoplanet populations, radii, orbits and atmospheres with host star age. By compiling a statistically significant sample of well-characterized exoplanets with precisely measured ages, we should be able to begin identifying the dominant processes governing the time-evolution of exoplanet systems.

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Christiansen, Jessie0000-0002-8035-4778
Beichman, Charles A.0000-0002-5627-5471
Ciardi, David R.0000-0002-5741-3047
Huber, Daniel0000-0001-8832-4488
Marley, Mark S.0000-0002-5251-2943
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190619-141230167
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ID Code:96571
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:19 Jun 2019 21:20
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 21:23

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