We are in a golden age of exoplanet exploration, with over 1,000 alien worlds confirmed and over 3,000 more candidate planets identified by the Kepler Space Telescope. Via radial velocity and transits we can find these planet’s masses, radii and orbital characteristics, but to discover what these worlds are really like we must study their atmospheres using spectroscopy. The Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory, or EcHO, is currently being considered by the European Space Agency and if selected will vastly improve our ability to characterise exoplanets. This talk will summarise what we currently know about exoplanet atmospheres and what the future holds for this exciting area of research.
About Giovanna Tinetti
Giovanna Tinetti is a Professor of Astrophysics at University College London and has a Royal Society University Research fellowship. She specialises in the atmospheres of exoplanets by studying their spectra with instruments such as Hubble, Spitzer and the Very Large Telescope in Chile. She currently leads the proposal for the EcHO (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory) mission that has been selected by the European Space Agency as one of its M3 candidate missions.