CfA OIR Division Lunch Talks

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 12:30 pm, Pratt Conference Room

Toward a Homogeneous Set of Transiting Planet Parameters

Dr. Willie Torres (CfA)

With 30 transiting exoplanets now known, the time is ripe to seek patterns and correlations among their observed properties, which may give important insights into planet formation, structure, and evolution. This task is made difficult by the widely different methodologies that have been applied in individual cases to measure the planet parameters, which makes the sample inhomogeneous. Furthermore, in many systems our knowledge of the planet properties is limited by the knowledge of the properties of the parent stars. We have undertaken the first comprehensive analysis of the data for all transiting planets using a uniform methodology. I describe this work, along with several correlations that have emerged recently from these data.

transit light curves