Looking for patterns in the most recent exoplanet data

Analysis of the most recent exoplanet data is beginning to give us tentative answers to the following questions:

  • Is our planetary system a common planetary system?
  • How common are Earth-like planets?
  • Do more massive stars have more massive planets?
  • Can we identify the boundary between rocky planets and ice/gas giants?
  • What is the relationship between atmospheric content and planet surface gravity?
  • Can the Titius-Bode relationship be used to sucessfully predict the periods of exoplanets in multi-exoplanet systems?

The project begins with the student becoming familiar with the online exoplanet data bases and the most recent literature trying to answer one (or more) of these questions.