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Enabling Transiting Exoplanet Observations with JWST

Science Meeting
July 10 - 12, 2017
Baltimore, MD

This workshop will provide a forum for the exoplanet community to learn about and discuss planning JWST observations to characterize transiting exoplanets.  Talks will inform potential users about science opportunities and tools for observation planning.  Data challenges will introduce the community to planned data products and identify key tools and resources for further data reduction and interpretation.  With a Cycle 1 proposal deadline in early 2018, this workshop will serve as an important opportunity for the transiting exoplanet community to begin building high-quality JWST observing programs.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Jacob Bean (University of Chicago)
Jonathan Fortney (UC Santa Cruz)
Theodora Karalidi (Steward Observatory)
Eliza Kempton (Grinnell College)
Michael Line (Arizona State University)
David Sing (University of Exeter)

Science Organizing Committee

Nikole Lewis (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Kevin Stevenson (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Sarah Kendrew (ESA)
Jonathan Fraine (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Joanna Barstow (University College London)
Drake Deming (University of Maryland)
Michael Gillon (Université de Liège)
Eliza Kempton (Grinnell College)
Mercedes Lopez-Morales (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Stanimir Metchev (University of Western Ontario)

Webex Connection Information for the Workshop

Link to join the meeting:  

1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)

1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Meeting number (access code): 641 038 755 

Meeting password: ExoJuly2017

Agenda for Monday, July 10, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:10 Welcome & Overview Ken Sembach
9:10-9:40 JWST Status Update Mike McElwain
9:40-10:10 Transiting Exoplanet Science Overview David Sing
10:10-10:40 Morning Coffee Break
10:40-11:00 NIRISS TSO Overview Loic Albert
11:00-11:20 NIRSpec TSO Overview Stephan Birkman
11:20-11:40 NIRCam TSO Overview Tom Greene
11:40-12:00 MIRI TSO Overview Sarah Kendrew
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:20 Proposal and Observation Timeline Neill Reid
Demo MAST Archive Iva Momcheva
1:40-2:10 Atmospheric Retrievals and Spectral Information Content with JWST Mike Line
2:10-2:30 Rapid-Fire Poster Talks
2:30-3:00 Afternoon Coffee Break
3:00-4:00 Introduction to APT and PandExo Denise Taylor &
Natasha Batalha
4:00-5:00 Introduction to APT and PandExo Denise Taylor  &
Natasha Batalha
5:00-6:30 Beer & Pretzels (there will be a workshop photo beforehand)
6:30-8:00 Optional Pizza Dinner (not covered by ETEO Workshop)
8:00-9:00 How to Find an Inhabited Planet (public lecture) Dave Charbonneau

Agenda for Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:30 Comparative Giant Planet Science in the JWST Era Jonathan Fortney
9:30-9:50 Giant Planet Clouds with JWST Hannah Wakeford (remote)
9:50-10:10 Measuring the Obliquities of Warm Jupiters Emily Rauscher
10:10-10:40 Morning Coffee Break
10:40-11:10 Studies of Super-Earth & Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres with JWST Eliza Kempton
11:10-11:30 Transiting Exoplanet Observations of GJ 1132b & LHS 1140b with JWST Hannah Diamond-Lowe
11:30-11:50 TRAPPIST-1/SPECULOOS Planets: Bringing Comparative Exoplanetology into the Realm of Temperate Earth-sized Worlds Michael Gillon
11:50-12:10 Observing the Spectra of MEarth & TRAPPIST Planets with JWST Caroline Morley
12:10-1:10 Lunch
1:10-1:25 JWST Pipeline and Calibration Nikole Lewis
1:25-1:40 Improving on Spitzer: Steps Toward More Reliable Science with JWST Joe Harrington
1:40-1:55 Data Reduction and Analysis Techniques in the JWST Era Neale Gibson
1:55-2:10 Batman & Spiderman: 
Saving the World One Exoplanet Light Curve at a Time Laura Kreidberg
2:10-2:30 ExoCTK: Exoplanet Characterization Toolkit Kevin Stevenson
2:30-3:00 Afternoon Coffee Break
3:00-4:00 Data Analysis & Retrievals ExoCTK Team
4:00-5:00 Data Analysis & Retrievals ExoCTK Team
6:00-8:30 Banquet @ Gertrude’s

Agenda for Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:30 The Statistics of Transiting Exoplanet Atmospheres in the TESS Era Jacob Bean
9:30-9:50 Transit Spectroscopy of TESS Planets with JWST Dana Louie (remote)
9:50-10:10 Lab Astro Needs for Interpreting JWST Transit Spectroscopy Data Shawn Domagal-Goldman
10:10-10:40 Morning Coffee Break
10:40-11:10 Weather on Brown Dwarfs with JWST Theodora Karalidi
11:10-11:30 Overview of JWST Public Outreach Bonnie Meinke & Joel Greene
11:30-11:50 Lessons Learned from Spitzer Jessica Krick & Jim Ingalls
11:50-12:10 NExSS-JWST ERS Program Natalie Batalha
12:10-12:20 Closing Remarks SOC & LOC
1:30-5:00 Planning for the Upcoming JWST DD-ERS for Exoplanets (optional Mini ERS Workshop)

Poster Presentations

Time Title Presenter
TV1 - Hot Jupiter Characterization
5:15 - 5:25 A Consistent Retrieval Study of Exoplanet Transmission Spectra Patricio Cubillos (Space Research Institute, Austria)
5:25 - 5:35 Spitzer Secondary Eclipses of Potential JWST Transiting Exoplanet Targets Emily Garhart (University of Maryland)
5:35 - 5:45 Targeting Exoplanet Atmospheres with the Magellan Baade Telescope Erin May (University of Michigan)
5:45 - 5:55 HAT-P-16b: A Bayesian Atmospheric Retrieval  Kathleen McIntyre (University of Central Florida)
5:55 - 6:05 Preparing for JWST with Spitzer Follow-up of K2 Targets Kevin Hardegree-Ullman (University of Toledo/IPAC)
6:05 - 6:15 Preparing for JWST: Ground-Based Near-Infrared Studies of K2 Exoplanets Knicole Colon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
6:15 - 6:25 Characterizing Hot Jupiter Atmospheres with Infrared Emission Spectroscopy Kyle Sheppard (University of Maryland - College Park)
TV2 - Small Planet Characterization
5:15 - 5:25 The Best Warm Neptune Targets for JWST Ian Crossfield (UC Santa Cruz)
5:25 - 5:35 Identifying Warm, Low-mass Candidates for Atmospheric Characterization Daniel Jontof-Hutter (University of the Pacific)
5:35 - 5:45 HST/STIS Observations of GJ 436b: A Warm-Neptune JWST GTO Target Joshua D. Lothringer (Lunar and Planetary Laboratory)
5:45 - 5:55 Constraints on the Metallicity of HAT-P-11b Megan Mansfield (University of Chicago)
5:55 - 6:05 The Atmospheres of Two Super-Puffs: Transmission Spectra of Kepler 51b and d Jessica Roberts (University of Colorado - Boulder)
6:05 - 6:15 Pixel Level Decorrelation of Weak Eclipse Events: Searching for Thermal Variability from 55 Cancri e Patrick Tamburo (NASA Goddard/University of Maryland)
TV3 - Atmospheric Theory
5:15 - 5:25 Atmos: A 1-D Coupled Climate-Photochemical Model to Simulate Exoplanet Atmospheres Mahmuda Afrin Badhan (University of Maryland, NASA GSFC)
5:25 - 5:35 Exoplanetary Cloud Structure through the Eyes of JWST Jasmina Blecic (New York University Abu Dhabi)
5:35 - 5:45 Looking into the Interior of Inflated Transiting Gas Planets with Disequilibrium Chemistry Ludmila Carone (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy)
5:45 - 5:55 Will JWST Really See the Clouds? Peter Gao (NASA Ames Research Center)
5:55 - 6:05 Habitable Water-rich Atmospheres on Planets around M-dwarfs Ravi Kopparapu (NASA GSFC/University of Maryland)
6:05 - 6:15 Modeling the Effects of Inhomogenous Aerosols on Hot Jupiter Kepler-7b's General Circulation and IR Phase Curves Michael Roman (University of Michigan)
TV4 - Stellar Astrophysics, Transit Detection & Instrumentation
5:15 - 5:25 100% Duty-cycle Readmodes for the JWST NIR Detectors Louis Bergeron (Space Telescope Science Institute)
5:25 - 5:35 Comparison of BiLinearly Interpolated Subpixel Sensitivity Mapping and Pixel-level Decorrelation Ryan Challener (University of Central Florida)
5:35 - 5:45 Inter-pixel Size Variations as Source of Spitzer Systematics Michael Himes (University of Central Florida)
5:45 - 5:55 The Active Latitudes of HAT-P-11  Brett Morris (University of Washington)
5:55 - 6:05 Five Transiting Hot Jupiters Discovered by the HATSouth Survey Miguel de Val-Borro (NASA GSFC)
6:05 - 6:15 Atmospheric Modeling and Retrieval of Cool Y Dwarfs Joe Zalesky (Arizona State University)