|Speaker: Mariangela Bonavita (Toronto)
Title: Making a MESS (Multi-purpose Exoplanet Simulation System)
Abstract: The high number of planet discoveries made in the last years provides a good sample for statistical analysis, leading to some clues on the distributions of planet parameters, like masses and periods, at least in close proximity to the host star. We likely need to wait for the extremely large telescopes (ELTs) to have an overall view of the extrasolar planetary systems. In this context it would be useful to have a tool that can be used for the interpretation of the present results,and also to predict what the outcomes would be of the future instruments. For this reason we built MESS: a Monte Carlo simulation code which uses either the results of the statistical analysis of the properties of discovered planets, or the results of the planet formation theories, to build synthetic planet populations fully described in terms of frequency, orbital elements and physical properties. They can then be used to either test the consistency of their properties with the observed population of planets given different detection techniques or to actually predict the expected number of planets for future surveys for giant and rocky planets. In this talk I will present the main features of the code, together with some examples of its application.
|Date||February 15, 2012|
|Start/End Time||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Location||Building 34, Room E215|