Past and Future Studies of Transiting Extrasolar Planets. Norio Narita National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Outline. Introduction of transit photometry Related studies for transiting planets Future studies in this field. Planetary transits. transit in the Solar System.
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Past and Future Studies of Transiting Extrasolar Planets
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
transit in the Solar System
transit in exoplanetary systems
(we cannot spatially resolve)
transit of Mercury
observed with Hinode
If a planetary orbit passes in front of its host star by chance,
we can observe exoplanetary transits as periodical dimming.
Charbonneau et al. (2000)
So far 58 transiting planets have been discovered.
stellar radius, orbital inclination, mid-transit time
Mandel & Agol (2002), Gimenez (2006), Ohta et al. (2009)
have provided analytic formula for transit light curves
We can learn radius, mass, and density of transiting planets
by transit photometry.
Knutson et al. (2007)
provides ‘dayside’ thermal emission information
Transit Timing Variations
constant transit timing
A tiny part of starlight passes through planetary atmosphere.
Seager & Sasselov (2000)
Strong excess absorptions were predicted especially
in alkali metal lines and molecular bands
out of transit
Charbonneau et al. 2002
Snellen et al. 2008
Redfield et al. (2008)
Narita et al. preliminary
red：model with methane＋vapor
blue：model with only vapor
Swain et al. (2008)
Pont et al. (2008)
transmission spectroscopy is useful to study planetary atmospheres
When a transiting planet hides stellar rotation,
hide approaching side
→ appear to be receding
hide receding side
→ appear to be approaching
radial velocity of the host star would have
an apparent anomaly during transit.
The shape of RM effect
depends on the trajectory of the transiting planet.
Gaudi & Winn (2007)
λ： sky-projected angle between
the stellar spin axis and the planetary orbital axis
(e.g., Ohta et al. 2005, Gimentz 2006, Gaudi & Winn 2007)
The RM effect of XO-3b
Winn et al. (2009)
(λ= 37.3 ± 3.7 degrees)
NASA Kepler mission launched last week!
Large numbers of transiting planets will be discovered
Hopefully Earth-like planets in habitable zone may be discovered
Future studies will target such new planets
from Kepler website
James Webb Space Telescope
We will be able to observe transits and secondary eclipses of new targets with these new telescopes.