The Direct Detection and Characterization of M-dwarf Planets Using Light Echoes

  title={The Direct Detection and Characterization of M-dwarf Planets Using Light Echoes},
  author={W. B. Sparks and Richard L. White and Roxana E. Lupu and Holland Cole Ford},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Exoplanets orbiting M dwarf stars are a prime target in the search for life in the Universe. M dwarf stars are active, with powerful flares that could adversely impact prospects for life, though there are counter-arguments. Here, we turn flaring to advantage and describe ways in which it can be used to enhance the detectability of planets, in the absence of transits or a coronagraph, significantly expanding the accessible discovery and characterization space. Flares produce brief bursts of… Expand
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