Secondary Transit of CoRoT-Exo-2 b

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Secondary Transit of CoRoT-Exo-2 b

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 30th July 2008, 8:17 pm

Searching for the secondary eclipse of CoRoT-Exo-2b and its transit timing variations

Abstract wrote:With more than 80 transits observed in the CoRoT light curve with a cadence of 32 s, CoRoT-Exo-2b provides an excellent case to search for the secondary eclipse of the planet, with an expected signal of less than 10^-4 in relative flux. The activity of the star causes a modulation on the flux that makes the detection of this signal challenging. We describe the technique used to seek for the secondary eclipse, that leads to a tentative 2.5 sigma detection of a 5.5x10^-5 eclipse. If the effect of the spots are not taken into account, the times of transit centers will also be affected. They could lead to an erroneous detection of periodic transit timing variations of ~20 s and with a 7.45 d period. By measuring the transit central times at different depths of the transit (transit bisectors), we show that there are no such periodic variations in the CoRoT-Exo-2b O-C residuals larger than ~10 s.

They claim that stellar activity is limiting their ability to detect the secondary transit of the planet.

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