Exoplanet Populations

exoplanet

The goal of this work is to investigate the planet mass function as well as the surface density distribution of planets (and possible correlations between the two), as a function of host star mass.  We believe this is one of the best ways to provide strigent tests of planet formation theory.   Our main tools are large exoplanet imaging surveys which to date have been limited to finding large gas giant planets at large orbital separations. We also develop phenomenological exoplanet population models for comparison to observations (as well as theory). Current projects include: