Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1303.3886 (Nathan J. Baskin et al.)

Secondary Eclipse Photometry of the Exoplanet WASP-5b with Warm Spitzer    [PDF]

Nathan J. Baskin, Heather A. Knutson, Adam Burrows, Jonathan J. Fortney, Nikole K. Lewis, Eric Agol, David Charbonneau, Nicolas B. Cowan, Drake Deming, Jean-Michel Desert, Jonathan Langton, Gregory Laughlin, Adam P. Showman
We present photometry of the extrasolar planet WASP-5b in the 3.6 and 4.5 micron bands taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera as part of the extended warm mission. By examining the depth of the planet's secondary eclipse at these two wavelengths, we can place joint constraints on the planet's atmospheric pressure-temperature profile and chemistry. We measure secondary eclipse depths of 0.197% +/- 0.028% and 0.227% +/- 0.025% in the 3.6 micron and 4.5 micron bands, respectively. Our observations are best matched by models showing a hot dayside and, depending on our choice of model, a weak thermal inversion or no inversion at all. We measure a mean offset from the predicted center of eclipse of 0.078 +/- 0.032 hours, translating to ecos(omega) = 0.0031 +/- 0.0013 and consistent with a circular orbit. We see no evidence for any eclipse timing variations comparable to those reported in a previous transit study.
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