Monday, December 29, 2014

WASP-39b and WASP-43b Observed by San Pedro Mártir Telescopes

Multi-filter transit observations of WASP-39b and WASP-43b with three San Pedro Mártir telescopes


Ricci et al


Three optical telescopes located at the San Pedro M\'artir National Observatory were used for the first time to obtain multi-filter defocused photometry of the transiting extrasolar planets WASP-39b and WASP-43b. We observed WASP-39b with the 2.12m telescope in the U filter for the first time, and additional observations were carried out in the R and I filters using the 0.84m telescope. WASP-43b was observed in VRI with the same instrument, and in the i filter with the robotic 1.50m telescope. We reduced the data using different pipelines and performed aperture photometry with the help of custom routines, in order to obtain the light curves. The fit of the light curves (1.5--2.5mmag rms), and of the period analysis, allowed a revision of the orbital and physical parameters, revealing for WASP-39b a period (4.0552947±9.65×10−7 days) which is 3.084±0.774 seconds larger than previously reported. Moreover, we find for WASP-43b a planet/star radius (0.1738±0.0033) which is 0.01637±0.00371 larger in the i filter with respect to previous works, and that should be confirmed with additional observations. Finally, we confirm no evidence of constant period variations in WASP-43b.

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