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ID: 448182.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Investigating the potential of the Pan-Planets project using Monte Carlo simulations
Authors:Koppenhoefer, J.; Afonso, C.; Saglia, R. P.; Henning, Th
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2009
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:A & A
Start Page:707
End Page:717
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:Using Monte Carlo simulations we analyze the potential of the upcoming transit survey Pan-Planets. The analysis covers the simulation of realistic light curves (including the effects of ingress/egress and limb-darkening) with both correlated and uncorrelated noise as well as the application of a box-fitting-least-squares detection algorithm. In this work we show how simulations can be a powerful tool in defining and optimizing the survey strategy of a transiting planet survey. We find the Pan-Planets project to be competitive with all other existing and planned transit surveys with the main power being the large 7 square degree field of view. In the first year we expect to find up to 25 Jupiter-sized planets with periods below 5 days around stars brighter than V = 16.5 mag. The survey will also be sensitive to planets with longer periods and planets with smaller radii. After the second year of the survey, we expect to find up to 9 Warm Jupiters with periods between 5 and 9 days and 7 Very Hot Saturns around stars brighter than V = 16.5 mag as well as 9 Very Hot Neptunes with periods from 1 to 3 days around stars brighter than i' = 18.0 mag.
Free Keywords:stars: planetary systems; methods: statistical; techniques: photometric
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009A%26A...494..707... [ID No:1]
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