Observations of transiting exoplanets with the james webb space Telescope (JWST)

Charles Beichman, Bjoern Benneke, Heather Knutson, Roger Smith, Pierre Olivier Lagage, Courtney Dressing, David Latham, Jonathan Lunine, Stephan Birkmann, Pierre Ferruit, Giovanna Giardino, Eliza Kempton, Sean Carey, Jessica Krick, Pieter D. Deroo, Avi Mandell, Michael E. Ressler, Avi Shporer, Mark Swain, Gautam VasishtGeorge Ricker, Jeroen Bouwman, Ian Crossfield, Tom Greene, Steve Howell, Jessie Christiansen, David Ciardi, Mark Clampin, Matt Greenhouse, Alessandro Sozzetti, Paul Goudfrooij, Dean Hines, Tony Keyes, Janice Lee, Peter McCullough, Massimo Robberto, John Stansberry, Jeff Valenti, Marcia Rieke, George Rieke, Jonathan Fortney, Jacob Bean, Laura Kreidberg, David Ehrenreich, Drake Deming, Loïc Albert, René Doyon, David Sing

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Abstract

This article summarizes a workshop held on March, 2014, on the potential of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to revolutionize our knowledge of the physical properties of exoplanets through transit observations. JWST’s unique combination of high sensitivity and broad wavelength coverage will enable the accurate measurement of transits with high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). Most importantly, JWST spectroscopy will investigate planetary atmospheres to determine atomic and molecular compositions, to probe vertical and horizontal structure, and to follow dynamical evolution, i.e., exoplanet weather. JWST will sample a diverse population of planets of varying masses and densities in a wide variety of environments characterized by a range of host star masses and metallicities, orbital semi-major axes, and eccentricities. A broad program of exoplanet science could use a substantial fraction of the overall JWST mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1134-1173
Number of pages40
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume126
Issue number946
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Beichman, C., Benneke, B., Knutson, H., Smith, R., Lagage, P. O., Dressing, C., Latham, D., Lunine, J., Birkmann, S., Ferruit, P., Giardino, G., Kempton, E., Carey, S., Krick, J., Deroo, P. D., Mandell, A., Ressler, M. E., Shporer, A., Swain, M., ... Sing, D. (2014). Observations of transiting exoplanets with the james webb space Telescope (JWST). Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 126(946), 1134-1173. https://doi.org/10.1086/679566