Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Kirk T. Korista
Dr. Clement Burns
Dr. Frank Severance
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
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.
Durren, "How to Capture Light Curves of Transiting Exoplanets in Your Own Backyard" (2009). Master's Theses. 278.