Special Issue "Detection and Characterization of Extrasolar Planets"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Mahmoudreza Oshagh

Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Germany
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Interests: extrasolar planets; stellar magnetic activity; planetary atmosphere; eclipsing binaries; architecture of exoplanet systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias

Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Facultad de Medicina (Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Phone: +34 91 3944829
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Interests: planetary geology; astrobiology; natural resources of near earth space and sustainability; geo and biomarkers; extreme environments and planetary habitability; geodiversity and biodiversity; natural hazards and planetary ecosystems; mineralogy; geoethics in earth and space sciences; geoeducation; science and technology for development; emerging sciences, cultural implications; new paradigms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Geosciences is dedicated to Exoplantary Science. Exoplanetary science is a vigorous and exciting new area of astrophysics and planetary sciences. Since the revolutionary discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-like star 51 Peg (Mayor and Queloz 1995) about 3600 exoplanets have been discovered in around 2700 planetary systems, which place our unique Solar System into context through the new field of comparative planetology. The radial velocity technique, which is based on detecting changes in the color of a star due to wobble of the host star in response to an exoplanet's gravity, and the photometric transit technique, which is based on measuring the dim in stellar light due to transits of an exoplanet in front of its disk, are the two main techniques that have been used to detect and characterize most known exoplanets. Other techniques, namely, gravitational microlensing, astrometry, and direct imaging, also have been used to detect several exoplanets. Recent and upcoming ground and space-based telescopes and facilities, which provide high-precision photometric and spectroscopic observations, allow us to accurately detect and characterize exoplanetary systems, including their atmosphere and architectures. Thus, we are living in an exciting time, in which we have been detecting Earth-sized exoplanets in the habitable zone of their host stars, and we are getting closer to the detection of Earth twins. The comprehensive information about exoplanetary systems and their host stars combined with our knowledge of solar system’s content will lead us toward a complete understanding about the exoplanetary atmospheres, their potential geodynamics, formation, evolution, and habitability conditions.

Therefore, the main goal of this Special Issue of Geosciences is to collect papers on original research, inspiring reviews, and an outlook of open and challenging problems in the near future.

It is recommended that authors approach the Guest Editor at an early stage about possible submissions in order to verify the appropriateness of their potential contributions. If appropriate, an abstract will be requested, and the corresponding author will be required to submit the full manuscript online by the deadline of 30 June 2018.

Dr. Mahmoudreza Oshagh
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • exoplanet detection
  • exoplanet characterization
  • stellar activity induced noise
  • future instrumentation
  • exoplanets’ atmosphere
  • architecture of exoplanet systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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