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      First Detections from the KELT-North Transit Survey in Pasadena

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      September 5, 2012

      Wednesday  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

      1200 East California Boulevard
      Pasadena, California 91125

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      First Detections from the KELT-North Transit Survey

      Date: Wednesday September 5, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      Location: IPAC LCR Morrisroe Astroscience Laboratory
      Thomas Beatty, OSU.

      Transiting planets orbiting the brightest stars offer the best follow-up opportunities from the ground and space. There currently exists a gap in our census of transiting Hot Jupiters orbiting stars with 8 < V < 10: these stars are fainter than the completeness limit of RV surveys, yet too bright to be monitored by existing transit surveys. With its small-aperture telescope and wide field-of-view, KELT-North was designed to partially fill in this critical gap by surveying 40% of the Northern sky for planets orbiting stars in this magnitude range. I will summarize the instrumentation, survey strategy, and data properties of KELT-North. I will then go on to describe our first detections, which include a short period, highly irradiated, and strongly inflated transiting brown dwarf.

      Categories: University & Alumni | Technology

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