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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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

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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, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Preliminary topic: The Detection of Earth-mass Planets amid Stellar-induced Noise: Magnetoconvection and Pressure-mode Oscillations
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Heather Cegla (Geneva Observatory University of Geneva Chemin des Maillettes 51 Versoix, 1290 Switzerland)

Preliminary topic: The Detection of Earth-mass Planets amid Stellar-induced Noise: Spots, Faculae, and Magnetic Activity Cycles
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: João Faria (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal)

Preliminary topic: Exoplanet Characterization through Transit and Influences of Stellar Activity and Limb Darkening
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Szilard Csizmadia (Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Rutherfordstraße 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany)

Preliminary topic: Direct Imaging and Characterization of Free-floating Planetary-mass Objects
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: José A. Caballero (Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), ESAC Campus, Madrid, Spain)

Preliminary topic: Light Elements in Exoplanet Hosting Stars
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Elisa Delgado Mena (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal)

Preliminary topic: Heavy Metal Rules: From Stellar to Exoplanet Composition
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Vardan Adibekyan (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal)

Preliminary topic: Microlensing Searches for Exoplanets
Document type:
Corresponding author:
Yiannis Tsapras (Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Mönchhofstr 12-14, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany)

Preliminary topic: Detection and Characterizion of Extrasolar Planets with the Next Generation of Large Space Telescopes
Document type: Article
Corresponding author: Ana I. Gómez de Castro (AEGORA Research Team, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Preliminary topic: The Planetary Mass-radius Relation: Dependence on Physical and Orbital Properties
Document type: Article
Dolev Bashi 1, Ravit Helled 1,2 and Shay Zucker 1
1 School of Geosciences, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2 Center for Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology, Institute for Computational Science, University of Zurich, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Preliminary topic: Multi-wavelength Spectroscopy for the Exoplanet Detection: Motivation and First Results
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Serena Benatti (INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Padova, Italy)

Preliminary topic: Transit Timing Variations: An Open Door to Discover and Characterize Alien Worlds
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Carolina von Essen (Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Preliminary topic: Experiments on Planetesimal Formation and the Seeding of Mercury-like Planets
Document type: Review
Corresponding author: Gerhard Wurm (Fakultät für Physik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany)

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