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Empirical Predictions for the Period Distribution of Planets to be Discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jonathan H. Jiang, Xuan Ji, Nicolas Cowan, Renyu Hu, Zonghong Zhu

(Submitted on 16 Jun 2019)

Launched on April 2018, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been performing a wide-field survey for exoplanets orbiting stars with a goal of producing a rich database for follow-on studies. Here we present estimates of the detected exoplanet orbital periods in the 2-minute cadence mode during the TESS mission. For a two-transit detection criterion, the expected mean value of the most frequently detected orbital period is 5.01 days with the most frequently detected range of 2.12 to 11.82 days in the region with observation of 27 days. Near the poles where the observational duration is 351 days, the expected mean orbital period is 10.93 days with the most frequently detected range being from 3.35 to 35.65 days. For one-transit, the most frequently detected orbital period is 8.17 days in the region with observation of 27 days and 11.25 days near the poles. For the entire TESS mission containing several sectors, we estimate that the mean value of orbital period is 8.47 days for two-transit and 10.09 days for one-transit, respectively. If TESS yields a planet population substantially different from what's predicted here, the underlying planet occurrence rates are likely different between the stellar sample probed by TESS and that by Kepler.

Comments: Paper in press, 28 pages, 14 figures

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:1906.06795 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1906.06795v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Jonathan Jiang 

[v1] Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:34:01 UTC (1,472 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.06795

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