Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Seth Redfield

Major

Astronomy

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

The study of extrasolar planets began with the discovery of two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992. Since then, the field has grown dramatically, catapulted by the discovery of thousands of exoplanets using the transit method. The K2 mission discovered transiting planetary debris orbiting WD1145+017, presenting a unique opportunity to study the interior structure and composition of planets outside the solar system. Here we integrate spectroscopic and photometric observations with numerical N-body simulations to characterize the system and propose a possible origin story for the system's observed behavior; a study of necroplanetology.

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