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Refining Exoplanet Ephemerides and Transit Observing Strategies

Kane, Stephen R. and Mahadevan, Suvrath and von Braun, Kaspar and Laughlin, Gregory and Ciardi, David R. (2009) Refining Exoplanet Ephemerides and Transit Observing Strategies. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 121 (886). pp. 1386-1394. ISSN 0004-6280.

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Transiting planet discoveries have yielded a plethora of information regarding the internal structure and atmospheres of extrasolar planets. These discoveries have been restricted to the low-periastron distance regime due to the bias inherent in the geometric transit probability. Monitoring known radial velocity planets at predicted transit times is a proven method of detecting transits, and presents an avenue through which to explore the mass-radius relationship of exoplanets in new regions of period/periastron space. Here we describe transit window calculations for known radial velocity planets, techniques for refining their transit ephemerides, target selection criteria, and observational methods for obtaining maximum coverage of transit windows. These methods are currently being implemented by the Transit Ephemeris Refinement and Monitoring Survey (TERMS).

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Ciardi, David R.0000-0002-5741-3047
Additional Information:© 2010 University of Chicago Press. Received 2009 August 27; accepted 2009 September 27; published 2009 November 16. The authors would like to thank Steven Berukoff for several useful suggestions. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC/NExScI Star and Exoplanet Database, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Official Citation:Refining Exoplanet Ephemerides and Transit Observing Strategies Stephen R. Kane, Suvrath Mahadevan, Kaspar von Braun, Gregory Laughlin, and David R. Ciardi Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2009 121:886, 1386-1394
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