Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Dr. Kirk T. Korista

Second Advisor

Dr. Clement Burns

Third Advisor

Dr. Frank Severance

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

My project will outline the steps necessary to verify several physical parameters of transiting exoplanets. An introduction is presented, followed by a discussion of the equipment used in the project. I will also discuss the software used for data reduction. A detailed explanation of the observatory that was built for the project is presented. A discussion of the pitfalls and their possible resolution is also included.

Throughout, I will discuss problems inherent in the equipment. I will also describe the particular problems I had during the project.

The project shows how data that was developed by others can be analyzed. The calculated results are consistent with published exoplanet parameters.

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