Institute of Astronomy

Prospects for Detecting Planets Around Stars Across the Main Sequence Based on Updated Planet Occurrence Rates from Kepler

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Courtney Dressing29 July 2014Across HR 2014 Talks


In anticipation of the next generation of planet surveys, we would like to know the distances and apparent magnitudes of the stars hosting the nearest planets. We will present the most likely properties of these stars and the population of planets that might be detected by upcoming surveys given the planet occurrence rates found from Kepler. For M dwarf targets, we will use an updated estimate of the planet occurrence rate based on running our planet injection and detection pipeline on Kepler data. For larger stars, we will adopt previously published values. We will then compile a mock catalog of possible target stars and populate them with planets. We will present estimates of the brightnesses, distances, and spectral types of the stars hosting the nearest transiting planets and discuss the potential planet yield from surveys such as TESS, PLATO, K2, MEarth, CARMENES, CHEOPS, ExoplanetSat, ExTrA, HPF, SPECULOOS, and SPIROU. We will also address the requirements for ground-based follow-up observations with extremely large ground-based telescopes like the GMT, TMT, and E-ELT.