Exoplanet status report: Observation, characterization and evolution of exoplanets and their host stars
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2010

After the discovery of more than 400 planets beyond our Solar System, the characterization of exoplanets as well as their host stars can be considered as one of the fastest growing fields in space science during the past decade. The characterization of exoplanets can only be carried out in a well coordinated interdisciplinary way which connects planetary science, solar/stellar physics and astrophysics. We present a status report on the characterization of exoplanets and their host stars by reviewing the relevant space- and ground-based projects. One finds that the previous strategy changed from space mission concepts which were designed to search, find and characterize Earth-like rocky exoplanets to: A statistical study of planetary objects in order to get information about their abundance, an identification of potential target and finally its analysis. Spectral analysis of exoplanets is mandatory, particularly to identify bio-signatures on Earth-like planets. Direct characterization of exoplanets should be done by spectroscopy, both in the visible and in the infrared spectral range. The way leading to the direct detection and characterization of exoplanets is then paved by several questions, either concerning the pre-required science or the associated observational strategy.


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H. Lammer

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

A. Hanslmeier

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

J. Schneider

LUTH - Laboratoire de l'Univers et de ses Theories

I. K. Stateva

European Science Foundation

M. Barthelemy

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

A. Belu

Universite de Bordeaux

D. Bisikalo

Russian Academy of Sciences

M. Bonavita

Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova

V. Eybl

Institut fur Astronomie, Vienna

V. C. du Foresto

LESIA - Laboratoire d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique

M. Fridlund

ESTEC - European Space Research and Technology Centre

R. Dvorak

Institut fur Astronomie, Vienna

S. Eggl

Polar Geophysical Institute, Russian Academy of Science

J. M. Griessmeier

Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy

M. Gudel

Polar Geophysical Institute, Russian Academy of Science

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

E. Gunther

Instituto Astrofisico de Canarias

W. Hausleitner

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

M. Holmstrom

Instiutet for rymdfysik

E. Kallio

Finnish Meteorological Institute

M. L. Khodachenko

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

A. A. Konovalenko

Institute of Radio Astronomy National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

S. Krauss

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

L. V. Ksanfomality

Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

Y. N. Kulikov

Polar Geophysical Institute, Russian Academy of Science

K. Kyslyakova

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

M. Leitzinger

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

René Liseau

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

E. Lohinger

Institut fur Astronomie, Vienna

P. Odert

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

E. Palle

Instituto Astrofisico de Canarias

A. Reiners

Universitat Gottingen

I. Ribas

Instituto de Estudios Espaciales de Cataluna

H. O. Rucker

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

N. Sarda

Airbus Group SE

J. Seckbach

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

V. I. Shematovich

Russian Academy of Sciences

A. Sozzetti

Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino

A. Tavrov

Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

M. Xiang-Gruss

Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel

Solar System Research

0038-0946 (ISSN) 1608-3423 (eISSN)

Vol. 44 290-310


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi