Basic Theory Exoplanet Detection

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Abstract

During the last two decades, more than 3,600 exoplanets have been found and the number is still rapidly increasing. The number of detections is very small compared to the number of stars in the Universe, although every star may host at least one planet (Cassan et al in Nature 481:167, 2012). Exoplanets are objects that are very difficult to detect, due to their extremely low light emission compared to their host stars and the fact that the separation between the star and planet on the sky is very small. In order to detect exoplanets, a number of techniques have been developed, including radial velocity, transit, microlensing, pulsar timing, direct imaging and astrometry methods. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Astronomical Research Institute of ThailandChiang MaiThailand

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