The University of New South Wales Extrasolar Planet Search

Marton Hidas, John Webb, Michael Ashley, Andre Phillips, Jesse Christiansen, Duane Willis Hamacher, Stephen Curran, M. Irwin, S. Agrain, J. Irwin

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Our team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is searching for transiting extrasolar planets using the 0.5~m Automated Patrol Telescope (APT) at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia. We monitor field stars in pairs of fields (2 × 3 degrees each) at intermediate galactic latitudes (15° ⪉ |b| ⪉ 45°), over runs of approximately two months. To date we have identified 62 planet candidates, though follow-up studies have shown most of these to be eclipsing binary stars. For three remaining candidates a planetary origin of the transit signal has not been ruled out. We are currently analysing follow-up data on two of these. A new CCD camera for the APT --- currently under construction --- will provide higher sensitivity, better image sampling, and up to an 8-fold increase in field of view, increasing our search efficiency accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransiting Extrapolar Planets Workshop
EditorsC. Alfonso, D. Weldrake, Th. Henning
PublisherASP Conference Series
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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