Resolving the inclination degeneracy with CCD tilting

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Resolving the inclination degeneracy with CCD tilting

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 1st April 2011, 1:59 pm

The Observed Inclination Problem: Solved at Last?

Tilting the CCD can produce different viewing angles of target objects (stars, galaxies, etc). This can allow us to effectively view targets at multiple angles, resolving the inclination degeneracies that plague astronomy and allowing us far more detailed studies of astrophysical phenomena.

The application to exoplanetary systems is clear.
With the AID system, one can consider a dedicated campaign to detect eclipsing exoplanets which orbit all the stars in a given field. For each star, a dedicated serial observation can be preformed until either an eclipse is detected or the entire range of inclination angles is covered. Actually, highly disturbed exoplanetary systems in which the orbits of numerous exoplanets are inclined in different angles can be studied in depth. Since at each CCD inclination, the entire stellar field is imaged, with a single scan of the range of inclination angles, a complete survey (per field) can be preformed.

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Re: Resolving the inclination degeneracy with CCD tilting

Post by Lazarus on 1st April 2011, 5:18 pm

Ha ha ha. Fairly amusing.
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