Institute of Astronomy

Neptunes in the Noise: Improved Precision in Exoplanet Transit Detection

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Aimée Hall28 July 2014Across HR 2014 Posters


SuperWASP is an established, highly successful ground-based survey that has already discovered over 80 exoplanets around bright stars. It is only with wide-field surveys such as this that we can find planets around the brightest stars, which are best suited for advancing our knowledge of exoplanetary atmospheres. However, complex instrumental systematics have so far limited SuperWASP to primarily finding hot Jupiters around stars fainter than 10th magnitude. By quantifying and accounting for these systematics up front, rather than in the post-processing stage, the photometric noise can be significantly reduced. In this paper, we present our methods and discuss preliminary results from our re-analysis. We show that the improved processing will enable us to find smaller planets around even brighter stars than was previously possible in the SuperWASP data. Such planets could prove invaluable to the community as they would potentially become ideal targets for the studies of exoplanet atmospheres.