CoRoT-18 b: Analysis of High-Precision Transit Light Curves with Starspot Features

DOI: 
10.32023/0001-5237/69.3.1
Publication date: 
01/09/2019
Main author: 
Raetz, St.
IAA authors: 
Fernández, M.;Casanova, V.
Authors: 
Raetz, St.;Heras, A. M.;Gondoin, P.;Fernández, M.;Casanova, V.;Schmidt, T. O. B.;Maciejewski, G.
Journal: 
Acta Astronomica
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
69
Pages: 
205-226
Abstract: 
When a planet occults a spotty area on a stellar surface, the flux increases and a characteristic feature in a light curve - a bump - is observed. Among the planets detected by the CoRoT-mission CoRoT-18 is especially interesting as it exhibited spot crossings that we have analyzed in detail. We used four ground-based observations obtained at a 1.5-m telescope in Spain and the 13 available CoRoT-transits to refine and constrain stellar, planetary and geometrical parameters of the system. We found that the derived physical properties slightly deviate from the previously published values, most likely due to the different treatment of the stellar activity. <P />Following of a spot over several transits enabled us to measure the stellar rotation period and the spin-orbit alignment. Our derived values of P<SUB>rot</SUB>=5.19±0.03 d and λ=6±13° are in agreement with the literature values that were obtained with other methods. Although we cannot exclude a very old age for CoRoT-18, our observations support the young star hypothesis and, hence, yield constraints on the time-scale of planet formation and migration. <P />
Database: 
ADS
SCOPUS
URL: 
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85075649016&doi=10.32023%2f0001-5237%2f69.3.1&partnerID=40&md5=855910ca2fa2b760a8a4de0d7b67289f
ADS Bibcode: 
2019AcA....69..205R
Keywords: 
Planets and satellites: individual: CoRoT-18b;Stars: individual: CoRoT-18;planetary systems