Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 430, 2932-2942 (2013/April-3)
Physical properties of the WASP-44 planetary system from simultaneous multi-colour photometry.
MANCINI L., NIKOLOV N., SOUTHWORTH J., CHEN G., FORTNEY J.J., TREGLOAN-REED J., CICERI S., VAN BOEKEL R. and HENNING Th.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present ground-based broad-band photometry of two transits in the WASP-44 planetary system obtained simultaneously through four optical (Sloan g', r', i', z') and three near-infrared (NIR; J,H,K) filters. We achieved low scatters of 1-2 mmag per observation in the optical bands with a cadence of ~48s, but the NIR-band light curves present much greater scatter. We also observed another transit of WASP-44 b by using a Gunn r filter and telescope defocussing, with a scatter of 0.37 mmag per point and an observing cadence around 135s. We used these data to improve measurements of the time of mid-transit and the physical properties of the system. In particular, we improved the radius measurements of the star and planet by factors of 3 and 4, respectively. We find that the radius of WASP-44b is 1.002±0.033±0.018RJup (statistical and systematic errors, respectively), which is slightly smaller than previously thought and differs from that expected for a core-free planet. In addition, with the help of a synthetic spectrum, we investigated the theoretically predicted variation of the planetary radius as a function of wavelength, covering the range 370-2440 nm. We can rule out extreme variations at optical wavelengths, but unfortunately our data are not precise enough (especially in the NIR bands) to differentiate between the theoretical spectrum and a radius which does not change with wavelength.
© 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
stars: fundamental parameters - stars: individual: WASP-44 - planetary systems
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