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10/08/15: SO/NOAO Joint Colloquium Series: Phil Hinz, Steward


Title: The Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial planetary Systems (HOSTS): LBTI's Key Survey

Emission from zodiacal dust disks in other planetary systems, is both a noise source for future exoplanet imaging missions and a signpost of rocky material in, or near, the habitable zone. The LBT Interferometer has been designed to discover and characterize faint exozodiacal dust around nearby stars. I will summarize what we currently know about this dust and what we aim to learn with the HOSTS survey, along with its companion survey, LEECH, designed to identify wide-orbit giant planets around a similar sample of stars. As an example of this, I will discuss the characterization of the beta Leo system with both HOSTS and LEECH.

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