Institute of Astronomy

The HATSouth discovery of a hot Jupiter transiting an m-dwarf

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Daniel Bayliss28 July 2014Across HR 2014 Posters


Though m-dwarfs constitute the majority of stars in our Galaxy, will still understand little about the planets that orbit these low mass stars. To begin to understand these systems requires the discovery of exoplanets that transit m-dwarfs, yet this has proved difficult due to the extreme lack of m-dwarfs in magnitude limited surveys. The HATSouth global network of telescopes, with larger aperture telescopes than previous ground-based surveys, is probing deep enough to provide an opportunity to discover transiting exoplanets around m-dwarfs. Here we report on the discovery of a transiting hot Jupiter around an m-dwarf and discuss the consequences of the discovery for this class of exoplanet.


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