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

Author(s): Baskin, Nathaniel J; Knutson, Heather A; Burrows, Adam S; Fortney, Jonathan J; Lewis, Nikole K; et al

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Abstract: We present secondary eclipse photometry of the extrasolar planet WASP-5b taken in the 3.6 and 4.5μm bands with the Spitzer Space Telescope’s Infrared Array Camera as part of the extended warm mission. By estimating the depth of the secondary eclipse in these two bands we can place constraints on the planet’s atmospheric pressure–temperature profile and chemistry. We measure secondary eclipse depths of 0.197% ± 0.028% and 0.237% ± 0.024% in the 3.6μm and 4.5μm bands, respectively. For the case of a solar-composition atmosphere and chemistry in local thermal equilibrium, 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 3.7 ± 1.8 minutes, corresponding to e cos ω = 0.0025 ± 0.0012 and consistent with a circular orbit. We conclude that the planet’s orbit is unlikely to have been perturbed by interactions with another body in the system as claimed by Fukui et al.
Publication Date: 20-Aug-2013
Electronic Publication Date: 1-Aug-2013
Citation: Baskin, Nathaniel J, Knutson, Heather A, Burrows, Adam, Fortney, Jonathan J, Lewis, Nikole K, Agol, Eric, Charbonneau, David, Cowan, Nicolas B, Deming, Drake, Desert, Jean-Michel, Langton, Jonathan, Laughlin, Gregory, Showman, Adam P. (2013). Secondary Eclipse Photometry of the Exoplanet WASP-5b with Warm Spitzer. apj, 773 (124 - 124. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/773/2/124
DOI: doi:10.1088/0004-637X/773/2/124
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Astrophysical Journal
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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