Modelling the atmosphere of extrasolar planets

Over the last 12 years more than 200 planets orbiting other stars have been found. The next step in the investigation of these planets is to attempt direct detections and to probe atmospheric structure and compsition. In this project we will develop ad...

Over the last 12 years more than 200 planets orbiting other stars have been found. The next step in the investigation of these planets is to attempt direct detections and to probe atmospheric structure and compsition. In this project we will develop advanced models to predict planetary spectra, polarization and orbital variablility for a range of different planets and to evaluate different methods for direct detection and characterization. The results will help us optimize the sesign of the future advanced telescopes and instruments that will be needed to search for habitable planets and evidence of life elsewhere.