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TESS exoplanet follow-up with MINERVA-Australis
报告题目:TESS exoplanet follow-up with MINERVA-Australis
报 告  人:Prof. Rob Wittenmyer (USQ)
报告时间:2019-12-19 15:00:00
报告地点:天文楼302会议室

Abstract:

MINERVA-Australis at the University of Southern Queensland's Mount Kent

Observatory is the only southern hemisphere precise radial velocity

facility completely dedicated to follow-up of planets from NASA's

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).  We are a collaboration

including Nanjing University and seven insititutions in Australia and

the US.  The array is now fully operational, with five 0.7m telescopes

in place, delivering mass measurements for TESS planets.  I give an

overview and update of operations, and I present our precise radial

velocity results and orbital solutions for several TESS planets.  I also

discuss our longer-term plans for extended mission science, taking

advantage of the unique capabilities of this dedicated observatory.


Bio:

Professor Rob Wittenmyer earned his PhD in 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin, then moved to Australia for a postdoc at UNSW Sydney.  

He was then a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW before moving to the University of Southern Queensland in 2017.  

He is now a full Professor at USQ and is the chief of the MINERVA-Australis telescope array, which is a dedicated observatory for discovering new extrasolar planets.  

He has so far contributed to the discovery and characterisation of nearly 60 planets.