I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto researching the atmospheres of extrasolar planets. In collaboration with my supervisor Ray Jayawardhana and post-doctoral fellow Ernst de Mooij my thesis will use ground- and space-based telescopes to study various aspects of exoplanet atmospheres, with an emphasis on pushing the limit of ground-based technology to investigate increasingly smaller worlds and expanding the sample of planets with atmospheric analysis. So far my research has consisted of using Kepler Space Telescope data to analysis the light curve variations between planetary transits, also known as phase curves. Careful analysis of these variations reveal a number of planetary properties, including the planet's temperature, albedo and mass. In some cases we even find evidence in the phase curves for the presence of clouds and/or winds.


    Email: esteves at utoronto.astro.ca

    Twitter: @lisa_esteves

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