Confirmation of hot jupiter Kepler-41B via phase curve analysis

Quintana, Elisa V. and Rowe, Jason F. and Barclay, Thomas and Howell, Steve B. and Ciardi, David R. and Demory, Brice Olivier and Caldwell, Douglas A. and Borucki, William J. and Christiansen, Jessie L. and Jenkins, Jon M. and Klaus, Todd C. and Fulton, Benjamin J. and Morris, Robert L. and Sanderfer, Dwight T. and Shporer, Avi and Smith, Jeffrey C. and Still, Martin and Thompson, Susan E. (2013) Confirmation of hot jupiter Kepler-41B via phase curve analysis. The Astrophysical Journal, 767 (2). pp. 137-145. ISSN 0004-637X

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We present high precision photometry of Kepler-41, a giant planet in a 1.86 day orbit around a G6V star that was recently confirmed through radial velocity measurements. We have developed a new method to confirm giant planets solely from the photometric light curve, and we apply this method herein to Kepler-41 to establish the validity of this technique. We generate a full phase photometric model by including the primary and secondary transits, ellipsoidal variations, Doppler beaming, and reflected/emitted light from the planet. Third light contamination scenarios that can mimic a planetary transit signal are simulated by injecting a full range of dilution values into the model, and we re-fit each diluted light curve model to the light curve. The resulting constraints on the maximum occultation depth and stellar density combined with stellar evolution models rules out stellar blends and provides a measurement of the planet's mass, size, and temperature. We expect about two dozen Kepler giant planets can be confirmed via this method.

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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 22:16
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 00:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: planetary systems; photometric techniques
Fields of Research (2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5101 Astronomical sciences > 510109 Stellar astronomy and planetary systems
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
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