Determination of stellar, orbital and planetary parameters using complete Monte-Carlo analysis - the case of HAT-P-7b

András Pál, Gáspár Á Bakos, Robert W. Noyes, Guillermo Torres

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The recently discovered transiting very hot Jupiter, HAT-P-7b, a planet detected by the telescopes of HATNet, turned out to be among the ones subjected to the highest irradiation from the parent star. In order to best characterize this particular planet, we carried out an analysis based on a complete and simultaneous Monte-Carlo solution using all available data. We included the discovery light curves, partial follow-up light curves, the radial velocity data, and we used the stellar evolution models to infer the stellar properties. This self-consistent way of modeling provides the most precise estimate of the a posteriori distributions of all of the system parameters of interest, and avoids making assumptions on the values and uncertainties of any of the internally derived variables describing the system. This analysis demonstrates that even partial light curve information can be valuable. This may become very important for future discoveries of planets with longer periods - and therefore longer transit durations - where the chance of observing a full event is small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-431
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS253
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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