Seminar Series

Beaming binaries and planets from space-borne survey missions

Lev Tal-Or, Tel Aviv University

28 Aug 2014 - 15:30

The photometric space-borne survey missions CoRoT and Kepler were designed mainly to discover transiting planets. However, they are capable of much more. Using a novel method named BEER, non-eclipsing short-period stellar binaries, brown-dwarf companions, and even massive planets were detected.
In this talk I will review shortly the BEER algorithm, which identifies the periodic lightcurve modulation caused by the combined Beaming, Ellipsoidal, and Reflection effects induced by a short-period companion. Summary of the ground-based radial velocity follow-up campaign will be given, as well as the discovery census. A special attention will be given to the hot Jupiter Kepler-76b, discovered with BEER.

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