CPSH Seminar: Edwin Kite, University of Chicago

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November 14, 2022 at 1:00pm CT

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Edwin Kite

Speaker: Edwin Kite, Associate Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences,
The University of Chicago

Host: David Goldstein and Sean Gulick

Title: Exoplanet Atmosphere Recipes

Abstract: The James Webb Space Telescope will enrich our understanding of the atmospheres of sub-Neptunes and super-Earths, including potentially habitable worlds. I will discuss what determines which exoplanets retain atmospheres and oceans, and how exoplanet atmosphere compositions are shaped by elemental fractionation. Key processes that can shape habitable-exoplanet atmospheres include impact erosion, XUV-driven atmosphere loss, planetesimal contamination, and atmosphere-magma exchange. I will discuss sub-Neptunes, terrestrial exoplanets, and the worlds in between.

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