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Academic Year
2012 / 2013
Title
On the detection and characterization of transiting exoplanets: beating stellar noise
Domain
Astrophysics
Abstract
The detection and characterization of extra-solar planets using the photometric transit method is often made difficult by the existence of stellar activity. Spots, and other stellar photospheric features, are able to induce photometric variations on a star that have difference timescales. Furthermore, these stellar surface inhomogeneities make the transit signal "noisy". In this project we propose that the student will develop a code to simulate transit signals in the presence of active stellar features. The code will then be used to model read data to derive improved parameters for transiting planets.
Institution
grants the Degree
U. Porto
Host Institution
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto
Supervisor
Nuno Santos
Co-Supervisor