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Completeness of Imaging Surveys for Eccentric Exoplanets

Kane, Stephen R. (2013) Completeness of Imaging Surveys for Eccentric Exoplanets. Astrophysical Journal, 766 (1). Art. No. 10. ISSN 0004-637X. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/766/1/10.

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The detection of exoplanets through direct imaging has produced numerous new positive identifications in recent years. The technique is biased toward planets at wide separations due to the difficulty in removing the stellar signature at small angular separations. Planets in eccentric orbits will thus move in and out of the detectable region around a star as a function of time. Here we use the known diversity of orbital eccentricities to determine the range of orbits that may lie beneath the detection threshold of current surveys. We quantify the percentage of the orbit that yields a detectable signature as a function of semimajor axis, eccentricity, and orbital inclination and estimate the fraction of planets which likely remain hidden by the flux of the host star.

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Kane, Stephen R.0000-0002-7084-0529
Additional Information:© 2013 American Astronomical Society. Received 2012 November 28; accepted 2013 January 31; published 2013 March 1. The author thanks Thayne Currie for several enlightening discussions on this topic, and also Natalie Hinkel for providing useful feedback on the manuscript. Thanks are also due to the anonymous referee, whose comments improved the quality of the paper. This research has made use of the Exoplanet Orbit Database and the Exoplanet Data Explorer at exoplanets. org. This research has also made use of the NASA Exoplanet Archive, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Subject Keywords:planetary systems; techniques: high angular resolution; techniques: radial velocities
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Official Citation:Completeness of Imaging Surveys for Eccentric Exoplanets Stephen R. Kane 2013 ApJ 766 10
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:12 Apr 2013 16:08
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