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Near-UV transit photometry of HAT-P-32 b with the LBT: Silicate aerosols in the planetary atmosphere

By SpaceRef Editor
August 3, 2017
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Matthias Mallonn, Hannah R. Wakeford
(Submitted on 26 Jul 2017)

Broad-band exoplanet transit photometry can characterize the planetary atmosphere when observed at multiple selected filters. This observing technique can reveal gradients in the spectra of extrasolar planets, for example the slope of decreasing opacity from short to long optical wavelengths caused by aerosol scattering. In this work we observed a transit of the hot Jupiter HAT-P-32 b in the shortest wavelength possible from the ground using the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). The data comprise the best-quality ground-based U-band taken so far of an exoplanet transit. Compared to broad-band observations of intermediate and long optical wavelength published previously, a clear scattering slope in the planetary transmission spectrum is revealed. Most likely, the scattering particles are magnesium silicate aerosols larger than 0.1 micrometer. We defined a spectral index to compare this scattering feature of HAT-P-32 b to published results of other exoplanets. It turned out to be very typical in amplitude within the comparison sample. Furthermore, we searched for correlation in this sample of the spectral index with planetary equilibrium temperature, surface acceleration and stellar activity indicator, but could not reveal any.

Comments:    accepted for publication in Astronomical Notes (AN)
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1707.08328 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1707.08328v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Matthias Mallonn 
[v1] Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:12:51 GMT (822kb)

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