The PMC is responsible for organizing the European and international community around the scientific preparation of the mission. These activities, which are needed for an optimized scientific exploitation of the PLATO data, include the following elements:

  1. The development of methods and algorithms for exoplanet science, such as algorithms for transit detection, planet parameters determination, light curve filtering by the characterization of stellar intrinsic « noise », identification of false positives, etc.; provide specifications to the PDC

  2. The development of methods and algorithms related to the stellar physics programme, such as oscillation mode inversion techniques, production of grids of stellar evolution models involving new physical ingredients (rotation, internal waves, magnetic fields), etc.; provide specifications to the PDC

  3. The provision of all necessary data and information for the construction of the PLATO input catalogue

  4. The identification of the required follow-up facilities, including a world-wide effort obtaining in particular radial velocity observations to determine planet masses; preparation of the organization and coordination of follow-up observations

  5. The coordination of complementary science activities within PMC and the general community.

These Science preparation activities are developed under the global responsibility of a PLATO Science Managment coordinator, who will report to the Science Team on one hand and to the PMC Lead on the other hand.

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PSPM key people

PSPM Coordination:

Don Pollacco  - Univ. Warwick

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For more information visit the PLATO Science Management web-site