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Extrasolar Planets and Their Host Stars


  • Explains current methods of directly determining astrophysical parameters of exoplanet host stars based on interferometric techniques and how this data provides insights into the exoplanet properties

  • Includes a comprehensive table of currently known stars with high-precision, interferometrically determined radii, as well as details on individual exoplanetary systems

  • Offers a look into the future of the field and how researchers might approach high-priority targets and stars too faint or distant to be studied empirically


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    Pages 1-3
  3. Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    Pages 5-21
  4. Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    Pages 23-59
  5. Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    Pages 61-65
  6. Kaspar von Braun, Tabetha Boyajian
    Pages 67-68
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 69-75

About this book


This book explores the relations between physical parameters of extrasolar planets and their respective parent stars. Planetary parameters are often directly dependent upon their stellar counterparts. In addition, the star is almost always the only visible component of the system and contains most of the system mass. Consequently, the parent star heavily influences every aspect of planetary physics and astrophysics. Drs. Kaspar von Braun and Tabetha Boyajian use direct methods to characterize exoplanet host starts that minimize the number of assumptions needed to be made in the process.

The book provides a background on interferometric techniques for stellar diameter measurements, illustrates the authors' approach on using additional data to fully characterize the stars, provides a comprehensive update on the current state of the field, and examines in detail a number of historically significant and well-studied exoplanetary systems.


Exoplanet Atmospheres Exoplanets Detectability Extrasolar Planet Detection Fundamental Stellar Astrophysical Parameters Habitable Zones Parent Stars Exoplanets Planet Detection Interferometry Planetary System Architectures Springer Astronomy Brief

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lowell ObservatoryFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

About the authors

Dr. Kaspar von Braun is presently an astronomer at Lowell Observatory following his stays at the Carnegie Institutions for Science, the California Institute of Technology, and the Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie. He received his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, and the International Astronomical Union.

Dr. Tabetha Boyajian earned her PhD from Gerogia State University. She continued her research at GSU as a Hubble Fellow, and at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University.

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