Detection of quasi-periodic transiting planets with Kepler

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 3302

Event Contact: 

Speaker:

Prof. Eric Agol, University of Washington

Dynamical interactions between planets can cause their times of transit to vary significantly. Thus, small planets can go missing in the Kepler data since their transits fail to line up when folded on a constant period. I will describe a new technique for finding these planets, as well as the first successful application of this technique to the Kepler data. The planet system found has several unique and extreme properties which are related to the dynamical interactions.