SAC Seminar - Eric Nielsen: The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign: Probing the Origin of Substellar Companions
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Speaker: Eric Nielsen, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
Direct imaging is a powerful technique for studying extrasolar planets that can unlock clues to the formation and evolution of planetary systems that can't be probed with other methods. The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign was the largest, deepest direct imaging search for extrasolar giant planets conducted to date. I discuss how we chose the 230 stars observed by the Campaign and a new Bayesian technique for characterizing the age of early type stars. Given the high contrasts reached around such a large number of target stars we are able to place strong constraints on the frequency of long-period giant planets, and probe the distribution of substellar companions.