Transit Timing Observations from Kepler: IV. Confirmation of 4 Multiple Planet Systems by Simple Physical Models

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Eighty planetary systems of two or more planets are known to orbit stars other than the Sun. For most, the data can be sufficiently explained by non-interacting Keplerian orbits, so the dynamical interactions of these systems have not been observed. Here we present 4 sets of lightcurves from the Kepler spacecraft, which each show multiple planets transiting the same star. Departure of the timing of these transits from strict periodicity indicates the planets are perturbing each other: the observed timing variations match the forcing frequency of the other planet. This confirms that these objects are in the same system. Next ... continued below

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Fabrycky, Daniel C.; /UC, Santa Cruz; Ford, Eric B.; U., /Florida; Steffen, Jason H.; /Fermilab et al. January 1, 2012.

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Eighty planetary systems of two or more planets are known to orbit stars other than the Sun. For most, the data can be sufficiently explained by non-interacting Keplerian orbits, so the dynamical interactions of these systems have not been observed. Here we present 4 sets of lightcurves from the Kepler spacecraft, which each show multiple planets transiting the same star. Departure of the timing of these transits from strict periodicity indicates the planets are perturbing each other: the observed timing variations match the forcing frequency of the other planet. This confirms that these objects are in the same system. Next we limit their masses to the planetary regime by requiring the system remain stable for astronomical timescales. Finally, we report dynamical fits to the transit times, yielding possible values for the planets masses and eccentricities. As the timespan of timing data increases, dynamical fits may allow detailed constraints on the systems architectures, even in cases for which high-precision Doppler follow-up is impractical.

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  • Journal Name: Submitted to Astrophys.J.; Journal Volume: 750; Journal Issue: 2

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-PUB-12-059-AE
  • Grant Number: AC02-07CH11359
  • DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/750/2/114 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1035926
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Fabrycky, Daniel C.; /UC, Santa Cruz; Ford, Eric B.; U., /Florida; Steffen, Jason H.; /Fermilab et al. Transit Timing Observations from Kepler: IV. Confirmation of 4 Multiple Planet Systems by Simple Physical Models, article, January 1, 2012; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc833659/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.