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New group members and completed Master’s theses ?>

New group members and completed Master’s theses

We have two new group members who joined us this fall: Prachi Rahate, who is a Master student and works with Dr. Eliana Amazo-Gomez on stellar rotation, and Dr. Andy Gallagher, who is a postdoc and works with Dr. Matthias Steffen on 3D NLTE stellar atmospheres. Welcome! We also had two students successfully complete their Master theses over the summer: Marzie Hosseini completed her thesis on “Transits in the young system PTFO 8-8695, is there a planet?”, as well as…

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Paper on polar flares on fast-rotating M dwarfs ?>

Paper on polar flares on fast-rotating M dwarfs

My PhD student Ekaterina Ilin has discovered a new method to localize flares on fast-rotating stars, using the rotational modulation of flares that last longer than the stellar rotation. With her new method she found that flares on fast-rotating M dwarfs occur close to the poles of the star, instead of neat to the equator like on our own Sun. This could be good news for exoplanets and their habitability, because particles expelled by the star during flares may miss…

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Paper on the X-ray irradiation and evaporation of exoplanets ?>

Paper on the X-ray irradiation and evaporation of exoplanets

Our group’s first paper using data from the German-Russian eROSITA mission has been accepted for publication. My PhD student Grace Foster has investigated the X-ray irradiation and estimated the evaporation of exoplanets using data from eROSITA’s first and second all-sky scan. The paper is available here: Exoplanet X-ray irradiation and evaporation rates with eROSITA Foster, G. ; Poppenhaeger, K. ; Ilic, N. ; Schwope, A. High-energy irradiation is a driver for atmospheric evaporation and mass loss in exoplanets. This work…

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XMM-Newton Workshop on exoplanets and their environments ?>

XMM-Newton Workshop on exoplanets and their environments

This week I am organizing the XMM-Newton 2021 virtual workshop on the topic of “A high-energy view of exoplanets and their environments” as the chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee. We have over 350 participants, which is fantastic! The program and workshop website is here: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/2021-workshop The conference proceedings will be peer-reviewed and published in Astronomische Nachrichten/Astronomical Notes.

Paper on the day-side temperature of KELT-1b, a low-mass brown dwarf ?>

Paper on the day-side temperature of KELT-1b, a low-mass brown dwarf

In a recent work by Prof. Carolina von Essen, with large contributions from our group from the side of Dr. Matthias Mallonn (and minor contributions from myself), we investigate the TESS phase curve and the dayside temperature of KELT-1b, which is a bit too heavy to still be called a planet and is therefore classified as a low-mass brown dwarf. From the abstract: We present the detection and analysis of the phase curve of KELT-1b at optical wavelengths, analyzing data…

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Cool Stars 20.5 ?>

Cool Stars 20.5

Because Zenodo sometimes give a too-many-requests error during the conference, here’s a backup of my conference poster:

Paper on stellar winds blowing around our nearest exoplanet neighbour ?>

Paper on stellar winds blowing around our nearest exoplanet neighbour

A recent work led by our Schwarzschild-Fellow Dr. Julián Alvarado-Gómez shows through numerical simulations that our nearest exoplanetary neighbour experiences a space weather environment similar to our own Earth. The planet is Proxima Centauri c, a planet a few times the size of the Earth, which orbits our nearest stellar neighbour Proxima Centauri in a roughly 5-year orbit. From the abstract: A new planet has been recently discovered around Proxima Centauri. With an orbital separation of ∼1.44 au and a…

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Paper on stellar flares in open clusters ?>

Paper on stellar flares in open clusters

Ekaterina Ilin, a PhD student in my group, has recently published her work on stellar flares in three young and two middle-aged open clusters. From the abstract: “Drawing from the complete K2 archive, we searched 3435∼80 day long light curves of 2111 open cluster members for flares using the open-source software packages K2SC to remove instrumental and astrophysical variability from K2 light curves, and AltaiPony to search and characterize the flare candidates. We confirmed a total of 3844 flares on…

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Welcome to new group members ?>

Welcome to new group members

Two new group members are starting their research here in fall 2020: Judy Chebly is a new PhD student who works with Julián Alvarado-Gómez and myself on simulations of coronal mass ejections in stars-planet systems, and Dr. Eliana Amazo-Gomez is a new postdoc who works on stellar rotation and activity. We’re very happy to have them on board!

Conference: Exoplanets III ?>

Conference: Exoplanets III

This week the Exoplanets III is taking place – it has been moved from Heidelberg into a virtual format because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m really excited about this particular conference, because it looks like a really well thought-out way to do an online conference, with all talks being available as videos for non-synchronous viewing, interactive online posters, and active discussion on Slack. Several of our group members are presenting their work: PhD students: Laura Ketzer: Poster “Using PLATYPOS to…

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