EAPS DLS - Xinting Yu (UC Santa Cruz)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 54, Room 915
21 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

"Planets in a Bottle – From Titan to Exoplanets"

In the past few decades, the fields of planetary science and astronomy have seen tremendous growth by exploring new worlds both inside and outside the Solar System. Recently, planetary science and exoplanet communities have noted the need for cross-disciplinary research to advance both fields. I will talk about my journey as a planetary material scientist studying Titan and how that inspires me to work on exoplanets from a unique perspective. I will first talk about my planetary material research on Titan, highlighting a newly built Titan material database from our group, and a few interesting Titan problems we are working on, including hydrocarbon/nitrile cloud formation and aerosol-surface interactions on Titan. I will then cover two aspects of my exoplanet research inspired by my Titan works, 1) how to tell if an exoplanet has a solid/liquid surface without directly seeing the surface; 2) how clouds and hazes work in the exotic atmospheres of exoplanets. At the end of my talk, I hope you will get a taste of how solar system research can be beneficial to next-generation exoplanet exploration. About this Series: The Department Lecture Series at EAPS at MIT is a series of weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. For more information please contact Madelyn Musick: mmusick@mit.edu

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