“Hunt for exomoons- formation, evolution & detection”

Nadar Haghighipour (IfA)
Wednesday, 1610, Lecture Room 106

In the past few years, exomoons have been searched for extensively and are yet to be verified through either transit photometry or gravitational lensing. From the viewpoint of detectability, the best opportunity to observe an exomoon requires a large mass and/or size ratio between planet and moon. In that respect, the newest category of planets, Super-Earths and Mini-Neptunes, are the best candidates to look for exomoons. Massive satellites of these bodies would also provide an alternate environment for habitability within these systems. In this talk, I will preset the results of our recent study and identify regions of the parameter space where exomoons can successfully form around super-Earth and mini-Neptunes, and be detectable using transit photometry and transit timing variations method.