Exoplanetary Systems: Overview and New Results

Dr. Darin Ragozzine
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brigham Young University


NASA's Kepler Space Telescope identified thousands of planets around other stars by observing the periodic dimmings due to the planets transiting in front of their parent star. Kepler's impressive ~5x increase of the number of known exoplanets is outshone by the ~10x increase in the number of known exoplanetary systems of multiple planets. Exoplanetary systems provide critical information related to planet formation, evolution, and habitability and Kepler multi-transiting systems have inspired dozens of publications. I will provide an overview of Kepler results with a strong focus on exoplanetary systems and including my own research. This understanding will be applied to some of the newest results in the field, such as evidence for planet migration, implications for Proxima Centauri, and small planet mass-radius relations.