Title

Photometric Detections of Secondary and Primary Transits of Extra-Solar Planet Corot-1B

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Date of Award

Summer 2015

Abstract

The goal of this project is to determine the observational limitations of photometrically detecting secondary eclipses of exoplanets from a 0.6-meter ground-based telescope and to place constraints on the planet???s thermal properties. Secondary eclipses have been successfully measured via space-based telescopes such as the Spitzer Space Telescope. Time on space-based telescopes is limited and highly competitive. Smaller, ground-based telescopes are more common and thus it is easier for observers to schedule large blocks of time on these telescopes. These smaller telescopes also can observe exoplanets in the z??? band on which the planets??? thermal emission begins to become significant and would be more useful for building up large samples of data. A primary transit in B, V, and z??? filters and a secondary transit in the z??? filter of CoRoT-1b are analyzed in this thesis. Constraints on the planet???s temperature, albedo and energy transports can be found from analysis of these transits.

Advisor

Kurtis Williams

Subject Categories

Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

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