Weird New Worlds


Beth Biller

Professor Biller is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy, part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.

Her research interests centre around direct imaging detection and characterization of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs. She is particularly interested in statistical analysis of large-scale planet surveys and developing techniques to monitor cloud patterns on brown dwarfs and exoplanets through photometric variability. She is also active both in current observational efforts and development of future instruments, including the SPHERE planet-finder at the VLT, the Near-IR Coronagraphic Imager (NICI) at Gemini-South, and the LEECH survey using LMIRCam at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT).

With literally thousands of exoplanet candidates discovered to date, we now know of a few relatively Earthlike worlds — and many many more planets very different from those in our own solar system! Professor Biller discussed what we know already about these worlds and what we will be learning in the next decades.


Image Credit: I. Crossfield / ESO


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