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Title: Ground-based detection of thermal emission from the exoplanet WASP-19b
Authors: Gibson, N. P.
Aigrain, S.
Pollacco, D. L.
Barros, S. C. C.
Simpson, E. K.
Hebb, L.
Hrudková, M.
Skillen, I.
West, R.
First Published: 1-May-2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: LETTERS, 2010, 404 (1)
Abstract: We present an occultation of the newly discovered hot Jupiter system WASP-19, observed with the High Acuity Wide-field K-band Imager instrument on the VLT, in order to measure thermal emission from the planet's dayside at ∼2μm. The light curve was analysed using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to find the eclipse depth and the central transit time. The transit depth was found to be 0.366 ± 0.072 per cent, corresponding to a brightness temperature of 2540 ± 180 K. This is significantly higher than the calculated (zero-albedo) equilibrium temperature and indicates that the planet shows poor redistribution of heat to the night side, consistent with models of highly irradiated planets. Further observations are needed to confirm the existence of a temperature inversion and possibly molecular emission lines. The central eclipse time was found to be consistent with a circular orbit.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1745-3933.2010.00847.x
ISSN: 1745-3933
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2010 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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