Small Telescope Exoplanet Transit Surveys: XO

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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Nicolas Crouzet
(Submitted on 20 Dec 2017)

The XO project aims at detecting transiting exoplanets around bright stars from the ground using small telescopes. The original configuration of XO (McCullough et al. 2005) has been changed and extended as described here. The instrumental setup consists of three identical units located at different sites, each composed of two lenses equipped with CCD cameras mounted on the same mount. We observed two strips of the sky covering an area of 520 deg$^2$ for twice nine months. We build lightcurves for ~20,000 stars up to magnitude R~12.5 using a custom-made photometric data reduction pipeline. The photometric precision is around 1-2% for most stars, and the large quantity of data allows us to reach a millimagnitude precision when folding the lightcurves on timescales that are relevant to exoplanetary transits. We search for periodic signals and identify several hundreds of variable stars and a few tens of transiting planet candidates. Follow-up observations are underway to confirm or reject these candidates. We found two close-in gas giant planets so far, in line with the expected yield.

Comments:    Invited review, 25 pages, 16 figures
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1712.07275 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1712.07275v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Nicolas Crouzet 
[v1] Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:25:36 GMT (14074kb,D)

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