Sagan Summer Workshop 2014

The 2014 Sagan Summer Workshop will be held on the campus of Caltech from July 21-25, 2014. The workshop will explore current techniques and technology used to detect and image exoplanets and debris disks, as well as the underlying science driving the modeling of exoplanetary atmospheres and disk structure. A number of ground-based surveys are presently underway using advanced coronagraphs and Extreme Adaptive Optics on 5-10 m telescopes, while new algorithms are being used to dig deeper in space-based datasets. This year’s focus on coronagraphy is particularly timely with the high level of ExEp activity regarding a coronagraph for the WFIRST/AFTA telescope. Introducing the science and technology of the AFTA coronagraph to graduate students and postdocs will be an important goal of the workshop.

Leaders in the field will summarize the current state of the art in science, hardware, and software. Prospects for future space instruments will also be discussed. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises to gain experience working with imaging data and astrophysical models. Attendees will also have the opportunity to present their own work through short presentations (research POPs) and posters.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Properties of Imaged Planets
  • Integrating Imaging and RV Datasets
  • Thermal Evolution of Planets
  • The Challenges and Science of Protostellar And Debris Disks
  • Astrometry and Orbital Fitting
  • Survey of High-contrast Instrument Concepts
  • Coronagraph and Starshade Theory
  • Future Coronagraphs in Space
  • Studying Planets and Disks with JWST
  • Imaging Jupiters in Reflected Light with WFIRST/AFTA