Over the past three decades, tremendous progress has been made in the detection of planets beyond the confines of the solar system. In my presentation, I will go through the techniques that have been most successful in finding planets orbiting other stars, and the ways in which information gets extracted from observational data. I will conclude the presentation with an overview of the current status of extrasolar planet searches, particularly the search for biomarkers on exoplanet atmospheres, and how research in this field has been feeding the more popular quest to find habitable worlds elsewhere in the universe.
About The Speaker:
Anand Narayanan obtained his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at the Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology, Trivandrum. His broad research interest is in understanding the physical properties of gas associated with galaxies and the intergalactic medium over cosmic time.