A super-Earth transiting a nearby low-mass star

  title={A super-Earth transiting a nearby low-mass star},
  author={David Charbonneau and Zachory K. Berta and Jonathan M. Irwin and Christopher J. Burke and Philip Nutzman and Lars A. Buchhave and Christophe Lovis and Xavier Bonfils and David Latham and St{\'e}phane Udry and Ruth A. Murray-Clay and Matthew J. Holman and Emilio E. Falco and Joshua N. Winn and Didier Queloz and Francesco Pepe and Michel Mayor and Xavier Delfosse and Thierry Forveille},
A decade ago, the detection of the first transiting extrasolar planet provided a direct constraint on its composition and opened the door to spectroscopic investigations of extrasolar planetary atmospheres. Because such characterization studies are feasible only for transiting systems that are both nearby and for which the planet-to-star radius ratio is relatively large, nearby small stars have been surveyed intensively. Doppler studies and microlensing have uncovered a population of planets… CONTINUE READING
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