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33rd Winter School in Theoretical Physics – Exoplanets

28 December 2015 - 8 January 2016, Jerusalem, Israel

The winter school in theoretical physics on exoplanets was held in the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) of Jerusalem located at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram.

The winter school was focused on the relative young scientific field of exoplanets. Since the discovery of the first exoplanet around a Sun-like star the field has expanded attracting young scientists from many different fields of astronomy and geophysics. During the winter school 38 lectures were held enclosing nearly every theoretical aspect of the wide field of exoplanets ( Every lecture gave enough time to ask questions or to discuss new developments. The lectures provided both basics and very detailed information spanning every aspect from formation, migration to interior, atmosphere and orbits of exoplanets. Even participants not familiar with every fields of exoplanet research had a chance to benefit from these lectures. The organizers had won a large number of renowned and experienced lecturers:

David Stevenson (planetary atmosphere),
David Charbonneau (detection, planets around red dwarfs),
Tristan Guillot (planetary interior),
Yoram Lithwick (TTV),
Tsevi Mazeh (binary stars ,TTV)
Ruth Murray-Clay (stellar formation, stellar discs),
Adam Showman (planetary atmosphere and interior of gaseous planets),
Giovanna Tinetti (Astrosismology),
Scott Tremaine (planetary orbits)

Brakes between every lecture gave a chance to discuss the lectures and to take a look at the posters of the participants. The posters were presented during the complete winter school giving everyone enough time to discuss the posters and work of other participants in detail. We presented our actual work in two posters:

Judith Korth:
Poster title: orbital parameter estimation of multi-planet systems by transit time variation.

Sascha Grziwa:
Poster title: Wavelet based filter methods for the detection of small transiting planets: Application to CoRoT, Kepler and K2 light curves.

The organizers put also great emphasis in showing the beauty of Jerusalem and Israel. Different excursions were organized to the old town of Jerusalem, the Death Sea, the Jordan River, the Qumran Caves, and 2000 year old narrow hideout caves combined with a nice camp fire and star gazing.
Overall, the lectures of this winter-school will help us in our scientific work and already brought us some new ideas. In this two weeks we were able to make contact with different scientist from all over the world and there was also time to visit some famous landmarks of Israel.
We want to thank the GSGS for their generous financial support, which made this experience possible.


Judith Korth1
PhD student

PhD project: Transit Time Variation

Sascha Grziwa1
PhD student

PhD project: Detection and Characterization of Exoplanets.

1Rheinisches Institut für Umweltforschung, Abteilung Planetenforschung an der Universität zu Köln