JUN 18, 2019 9:00 AM PDT

Hunting Exoplanets with the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)

Sponsored by: Andor
Speakers

Abstract
DATE:  June 18, 2019
TIME:   9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT, 5:00pm BST
 
In the Atacama desert, Chile, twelve small aperture telescopes are observing the southern sky since 2016.  Combining the optimal weather conditions of the observing site with the high sensitivity CCD detector and very precise alignment of the mounts, the survey is able to detect super-Earth- and Neptune-sized planets around nearby stars. In 2018 the first planets discovered by NGTS have been published, including a hot Neptune, orbiting a K-dwarf star. Within our survey we measure the brightness of hundreds of thousands of stars over several months. This data is not only interesting for the search for transiting exoplanets but is also a treasure in regards to stellar variability.
 
Observations of thousands of stars over hundreds of nights with such high photometric precision and short cadence is unprecedented. For example the data has been used to look for stellar flares and allows insights into the structure of flares on short timescales. First data in form of light curves of two hundred thousand stars, are now publicly available over the archive of the European Southern Observatories (ESO).
 
Andor’s iKon CCD series is in high demand especially within the exoplanet community, which perform exoplanet searches and follow-up characterization studies. This is due to, for example, the cameras ideal suitability to operate in remote observing locations (e.g., no vacuum repumping necessary, in-field replaceable shutter) and the availability of a sensor option with extended NIR sensitivity. The latter is important especially for observations of cool stars. The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), a dedicated search for exoplanets, is a great example for an on-going observational astronomy project involving Andor iKon-L CCD cameras. NGTS is comprised of 12 fully robotic 20cm telescopes, each equipped with custom-designed iKon-L CCDs providing exoplanet observations in the 600-900 nm wavelength band. At Andor, we are proud that the capabilities and characteristics of the iKon CCD series can contribute to the discovery of planets with sizes smaller than Neptune, which is a crucial step towards finding a possible Earth-twin in the future.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the NGTS instrument set-up
  • NGTS data products and how to access NGTS data
  • Scientific background on exoplanets and transiting exoplanets in particular
  • Scientific results of the NGTS survey

 

LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.

Show Resources
You May Also Like
JUN 28, 2022 6:45 AM PDT
JUN 28, 2022 6:45 AM PDT
Date: June 28, 2022 Time: 3:00pm (BST), 4:00pm (CET), 9:00am (CST), 7am (PST) Light-sheet microscopy is an extremely versatile imaging technique with a vast range of implementations that are...
MAR 16, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
MAR 16, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
Date: March 16, 2022 Time: 8:00am (PDT), 11:00am (EDT), 5:00pm (CET) Handling of potent and/or hazardous substances is commonplace in sev.....
NOV 30, 2021 10:00 AM PST
C.E. CREDITS
NOV 30, 2021 10:00 AM PST
Date: November 30, 2021 Time: 10:00am (PDT), 1:00pm (EDT) The prevalence of thyroid disease worldwide has served as a catalyst for healthcare providers to study various tools and methods to...
APR 26, 2022 7:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
APR 26, 2022 7:00 AM PDT
Date: April 19, 2022 Time: 7:00am (PDT), 10:00am (EDT), 4:00pm (CEST) High-content (HC) phenotypic profiling approaches are a powerful tool to study the effect of biological, genetic, and ch...
MAR 29, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
MAR 29, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
Date: March 29, 2022 Time: 8:00am (PDT), 11:00pm (EDT), 5:00pm (CET) Every purchasing decision you make for your lab today impacts the environmental stor...
APR 28, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
APR 28, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
Date: April 28, 2022 Time: 8:00am (PDT), 11:00am (EDT), 5:00pm (CEST) Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) and their derivatives hold great potentials in...
JUN 18, 2019 9:00 AM PDT

Hunting Exoplanets with the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)

Sponsored by: Andor


Show Resources
Loading Comments...
Show Resources