Transiting exoplanets from the CoRoT space mission: II. CoRoT-Exo-2b: A transiting planet around an active G star

R. Alonso, M. Auvergne, A. Baglin, M. Ollivier, C. Moutou, D. Rouan, H. J. Deeg, S. Aigrain, J. M. Almenara, M. Barbieri, P. Barge, W. Benz, P. Bordé, F. Bouchy, R. De La Reza, M. Deleuil, R. Dvorak, A. Erikson, M. Fridlund, M. GillonP. Gondoin, T. Guillot, A. Hatzes, G. Hébrard, P. Kabath, L. Jorda, H. Lammer, A. Léger, A. Llebaria, B. Loeillet, P. Magain, M. Mayor, T. Mazeh, M. Pätzold, F. Pepe, F. Pont, D. Queloz, H. Rauer, A. Shporer, J. Schneider, B. Stecklum, S. Udry, G. Wuchterl

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Abstract

Context. The CoRoT mission, a pioneer in exoplanet searches from space, has completed its first 150 days of continuous observations of ∼12 000 stars in the galactic plane. An analysis of the raw data identifies the most promising candidates and triggers the ground-based follow-up.Aims. We report on the discovery of the transiting planet CoRoT-Exo-2b, with a period of 1.743 days, and characterize its main parameters.Methods. We filter the CoRoT raw light curve of cosmic impacts, orbital residuals, and low frequency signals from the star. The folded light curve of 78 transits is fitted to a model to obtain the main parameters. Radial velocity data obtained with the SOPHIE, CORALIE and HARPS spectrographs are combined to characterize the system. The 2.5 min binned phase-folded light curve is affected by the effect of sucessive occultations of stellar active regions by the planet, and the dispersion in the out of transit part reaches a level of 1.0910 in flux units.Results. We derive a radius for the planet of 1.465 0.029 and a mass of 3.31 0.16 , corresponding to a density of 1.31 0.04 g/cm. The large radius of CoRoT-Exo-2b cannot be explained by current models of evolution of irradiated planets..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L21-L24
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume482
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Stars: planetary systems
  • Techniques: photometric
  • Techniques: radial velocity

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