BYU

Abstract by Emma Campbell

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Presenter's Name

Emma Campbell

Degree Level

Undergraduate

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Department

Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Advisor

Denise Stephens

Title

Helping TESS Find Exoplanets

Abstract

Finding transiting exoplanets using large scale, space-based surveys requires the use of ground-based researchers to confirm discoveries and detect false-positives. Various celestial objects can appear to be exoplanets from initial data taken from space because their light varies over time. An object identified as a possible transiting planet, may actually be something else, like an eclipsing binary star system. As part of Science Group 1 for the TESS space telescope we have the opportunity to confirm or deny the possible existence of an exoplanet. Based on information from TESS we are able to collect data at BYU, then use detailed data processing and photometry techniques to determine whether or not an object has a chance of being an exoplanet. TESS is in its second year of observations and this is an ongoing research project at BYU. With the use of smaller robotic telescopes, and our new 24-inch telescope, we will be able to detect smaller planets and false positives with more exactness than we ever have before.