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Paper: The Exoplanet Characterization Toolkit
Volume: 522, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVII
Page: 509
Authors: Hill, M. J.; Lewis, N.; Stevenson, K.; Fraine, J.; Batalha, N.; Bruno, G.; Filippazzo, J.; Fowler, J.; Pueyo, L.; Rajan, A.; Valenti, J.; Wakeford, H.
Abstract: The success of exoplanet characterization depends critically on a patchwork of analysis tools and spectroscopic libraries that currently require extensive development and lack a centralized support system. Due to the complexity of spectroscopic analyses and initial time commitment required to become productive, there are currently a limited number of teams that are actively advancing the field. New teams with significant expertise, but without the proper tools, face prohibitively steep hills to climb before they can contribute. As a solution, we are developing an open-source, modular data analysis package in Python focused primarily on atmospheric characterization of exoplanets. The foundation of these software tools and libraries exist within pockets of the exoplanet community. Our project will gather these seedling tools and grow a robust, uniform, and well maintained exoplanet characterization toolkit.
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