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First Results From Sleuth: The Palomar Planet Finder

O’Donovan, Francis T. and Charbonneau, David and Kotredes, Lewis (2004) First Results From Sleuth: The Palomar Planet Finder. In: The Search for Other Worlds. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.713. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 169-172. ISBN 0-7354-0190-X

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We discuss preliminary results from our first search campaign for transiting planets performed using Sleuth, an automated 10 cm telescope with a 6 degree square field of view. We monitored a field in Hercules for 40 clear nights between UT 2003 May 10 and July 01, and obtained an rms precision (per 15-min average) over the entire data set of better than 1% on the brightest 2026 stars, and better than 1.5% on the brightest 3865 stars. We identified no strong candidates in the Hercules field. We conducted a blind test of our ability to recover transiting systems by injecting signals into our data and measuring the recovery rate as a function of transit depth and orbital period. About 85% of transit signals with a depth of 0.02 mag were recovered. However, only 50% of transit signals with a depth of 0.01 mag were recovered. We expect that the number of stars for which we can search for transiting planets will increase substantially for our current field in Andromeda, due to the lower Galactic latitude of the field.

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Additional Information:© 2004 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 24 June 2004.
Subject Keywords:extrasolar planets, astronomical telescopes, stars, transits, data acquisition, data analysis
Classification Code:PACS: 97.82.Cp; 97.82.Fs
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Official Citation:First Results From Sleuth: The Palomar Planet Finder Francis T. O'Donovan, David Charbonneau, and Lewis Kotredes, AIP Conf. Proc. 713, 169 (2004), DOI:10.1063/1.1774518
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