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Laboratory Measurements

Observing exoplanets with telescopes is a great way to learn some basic information about their size and composition. But there are questions about exoplanets we can’t answer without visiting them and taking measurements from their surfaces or atmospheres. The closest known exoplanet is at least 4 light years away, however, and the fastest NASA spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe, would take more than 6,500 years to get there. Since we can’t visit exoplanets yet we use sophisticated equipment and sensors to probe exoplanets without leaving the lab.

Developing a method to measure optical properties of atmospheric particles

Investigators: Erika Kohler, Sandra Bastelberger, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Thomas Fauchez, Vincent Kofman, and Prabal Saxena

First Principle and Experimental Studies of Collision-Induced Absorption Spectra at Temperature Higher than 353K

Investigators: Erika Kohler, Der-you Kao, Shiblee Barua, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Thomas Fauchez, Geronimo Villanueva, and Martin Turbet

Experimentally Investigating Refractory Cloud Formation in Exoplanetary Atmospheres

Investigators: Shawn Domagal-Goldman and Erika Kohler

Exploring Temperature Dependence on Optical Properties

Investigators: Erika Kohler, Vincent Kofman, Jacopo Terragni