RAyleigh Scattering as a tool to study the compactness of transiting small-mass ExoplaNets

Short Description

Rayleigh scattering effects the measurements of the radii for transiting planets, particularly low-mass ones. Using CoRoT data for the courtesy of the CHEOPS community we will develop a method for deriving planetary radii that takes Rayleigh scattering in an XUV heated expanded atmosphere into account. Depending on the planetary parameters and heating by the star, our technique will also allow to constrain the compactness of the atmospheres and hence exoplanet radii.

Project Partners


Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Contact Address

Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
A-1030 Vienna

Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
A-1010 Vienna

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