May 14th, 2010

Mark Montazer

Simulating Exoplanets and Radial Velocity Curves

The most prolific method for detecting exoplanets is the radial velocity method. As discoveries are published, they are generally accompanied by data, a set of orbital parameters, and a statistical justification of the conclusions. Using both Keplerian mechanics and Newtonian mechanics, this project used Easy Java Simulations (EJS) to recreate numerous published planetary systems with a nearly identical level of statistical accuracy.

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