Methods of Detecting Exoplanets

1st Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science

  • Valerio Bozza
  • Luigi Mancini
  • Alessandro Sozzetti

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 428)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Radial Velocity Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Transit Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Andrew Collier Cameron
      Pages 89-131
  4. The Microlensing Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Andrew Gould
      Pages 135-179
  5. The Direct Imaging Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Riccardo Claudi
      Pages 183-252

About this book


In this book, renowned scientists describe the various techniques used to detect and characterize extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, with a view to unveiling the “tricks of the trade” of planet detection to a wider community. The radial velocity method, transit method, microlensing method, and direct imaging method are all clearly explained, drawing attention to their advantages and limitations and highlighting the complementary roles that they can play in improving the characterization of exoplanets’ physical and orbital properties. By probing the planetary frequency at different distances and in different conditions, these techniques are helping astrophysicists to reconstruct the scenarios of planetary formation and to give robust scientific answers to questions regarding the frequency of potentially habitable worlds. Twenty years have passed since the discovery of a Jupiter-mass companion to a main sequence star other than the Sun, heralding the birth of extrasolar planetary research; this book fully conveys the exciting progress that has been achieved during the intervening period.


Direct imaging of Exoplanets Lomb-Scargle Microlens Parallax Microlensing Method Observational Techniques Planetary Microlensing Radial Velocity Radial Velocity Method Rossiter-McClaughlin Effect Transit Method

Editors and affiliations

  • Valerio Bozza
    • 1
  • Luigi Mancini
    • 2
  • Alessandro Sozzetti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of SalernoFiscianoItaly
  2. 2.Planet and Star FormationMax Planck Institute for AstronomyHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.INAF–Osservatorio Astrofisico di TorinoPino Torinese (TO)Italy

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