University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western University
Weather systems are now known to be ubiquitous on brown dwarfs, and probably also on all exoplanets with atmospheres. Photometric phase mapping of rotating brown dwarfs and exoplanets reveals storm- and band-like structures, much like in the Solar System, while spectroscopic monitoring probes the altitudes of the constituent cloud layers. Polarimetric observations are further revealing the characteristic sizes of the cloud droplets. The empirical picture of substellar atmospheres is rapidly unravelling. The unprecedented observational precision enabling this development is also offering an interesting new possibility: to efficiently detect habitable Earth-like planets around brown dwarfs. These may well offer the first opportunity to discover extrasolar life with JWST.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.