Constraining planet formation with direct observations of young planetary systems
Dr. Jordan Stone
U.S. Naval Observatory
Understanding the planet formation process is a central goal of the exoplanet community. The giant-planet formation mechanism is especially important to understand because massive planets form earliest, and they dominate the dynamics and regulate material flow through planet forming disks. My work aims to inform theories of giant planet formation using high-spatial resolution techniques to isolate light from planetary surfaces from the blinding light of their host stars. I will discuss two instrument projects that I am leading with a goal to improve protoplanet detection capabilities.
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