Wednesday, January 9, 2013

1301.1472 (Vincent Van Eylen et al.)

Properties of extrasolar planets and their host stars - a case study of HAT-P-7    [PDF]

Vincent Van Eylen, Hans Kjeldsen, Joergen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Conny Aerts
Data from the Kepler satellite (Q0-Q11) are used to study HAT-P-7. The satellite's data are extremely valuable for asteroseismic studies of stars and for observing planetary transits; in this work we do both. An asteroseismic study of the host star improves the accuracy of the stellar parameters derived by Christensen-Dalsgaard et al. (2010), who followed largely the same procedure but based the analysis on only one month of Kepler data. The stellar information is combined with transit observations, phase variations and occultations to derive planetary parameters. In particular, we confirm the presence of ellipsoidal variations as discovered by Welsh et al. (2010), but revise their magnitude, and we revise the occultation depth (Borucki et al. 2009), which leads to different planetary temperature estimates. All other stellar and planetary parameters are now more accurately determined.
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