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Search for Exoplanetary Transits in the Galactic Bulge

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018

C.C.Cortes, D. Minniti, S. Villanova
(Submitted on 22 Nov 2018)

A search for extrasolar planetary transits using the extended Kepler mission (K2) campaigns 9 and 11 revealed five new candidates towards the Galactic bulge. The stars EPIC 224439122, 224560837, 227560005, 230778501 and 231635524 are found to have low amplitude transits consistent with extrasolar planets, with periods P = 35.1695, 3.6390, 12.4224, 17.9856, and 5.8824 days, respectively. The K2 data and existing optical photometry are combined with the multi-band near-IR photometry of the VVV survey and 2MASS in order to measure accurate physical parameters for the host stars. We then measure the radii of the new planet candidates from the K2 transit light curves and also estimate their masses using mass-radius relations, concluding that two of these candidates could be low mass planets, and three could be giant gaseous planets.

Comments:    7 pages, 6 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1811.09174 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1811.09174v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Caddy Cortés 
[v1] Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:56:58 UTC (2,489 KB)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.09174

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