MPhys Physics

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Exoplanets

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHYS20792
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Understanding of exoplanetary systems, including how they are detected and ideas on their formation and habitability.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology PHYS10191 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

To gain an understanding of exoplanetary systems, including how they are detected and ideas on their formation and habitability.

Learning outcomes

ILO 1 - Outline the variety of methods used to detect exoplanets
ILO 2 - Evaluate exoplanet detection probabilities for different methods and compare the efficacy of different detection techniques
ILO 3 - Explain the properties of known exoplanetary systems in the context of detection biases
ILO 4 - Summarize leading planet formation theories and explain dynamical effects such as planet migration
ILO 5 - Explain how observations constrain exoplanetary interior and atmosphere models
ILO 6 - Discuss current ideas about planetary habitability
 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be given via Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Cassan, P., Guillot, T., Quirrenbach, A. Extrasolar Planets (Saas-Fee Advanced Course 31) (Springer 2006), ISBN: 978-3-540-31470-7
Perryman, M. The Exoplanet Handbook (CUP 2011), ISBN-10: 0521765595
 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christopher Conselice Unit coordinator

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