Defocussed Transmission Spectroscopy: A potential detection of sodium in the atmosphere of WASP-12b
Burton et al
We report on a pilot study of a novel observing technique, defocussed transmission spectroscopy, and its application to the study of exoplanet atmospheres using ground-based platforms. Similar to defocussed photometry, defocussed transmission spectroscopy has an added advantage over normal spectroscopy in that it reduces systematic errors due to flat-fielding, PSF variations, slit-jaw imperfections and other effects associated with ground-based observations. For one of the planetary systems studied, WASP-12b, we report a tentative detection of additional Na absorption of 0.12+/-0.03[+0.03]% during transit using a 2A wavelength mask. After consideration of a systematic that occurs mid-transit, it is likely that the true depth is actually closer to 0.15%. This is a similar level of absorption reported in the atmosphere of HD209458b (0.135+/-0.017%, Snellen et al. 2008). Finally, we outline methods that will improve the technique during future observations, based on our findings from this pilot study.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hot Jupiter WASP-12b may Have Sodium in its Atmosphere
Posted by Will Baird at 4:00 PM
Labels: exoatmosphere, hot jupiters, SPECTROSCOPY, wasp-12b
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