March 15, 2023 Program Meeting

HIRAX: A New Way to Study Hot Jupiters and Other Exoplanets. 

Dr. Ashley Baker: Instrument Scientist and Research Associate in Astronomy with the Exoplanet Technology Laboratory at Caltech Optical Observatories.

High-resolution Imager for Rapid Assessment of eXo-atmospheres (HIRAX) is a multi band instrument for rapid assessment of the spectrum of exoplanet atmospheres. This is a new high resolution instrument being developed for the Palomar 200-inch telescope that uses multiple narrowband filters to measure the sodium lines in hot Jupiter transits. Hot Jupiters are gas giant planets with orbital period less than 10 days. And these types of spectral measurements ae usually done from space.

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