Design Considerations for a Ground-Based Transit Search for Habitable Planets Orbiting M Dwarfs

  title={Design Considerations for a Ground-Based Transit Search for Habitable Planets Orbiting M Dwarfs},
  author={Philip Andrew Nutzman and David Charbonneau},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific},
  pages={317 - 327}
  • P. Nutzman, D. Charbonneau
  • Published 18 September 2007
  • Physics, Geology
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
By targeting nearby M dwarfs, a transit search using modest equipment is capable of discovering planets as small as 2 R⊕ in the habitable zones of their host stars. The MEarth Project, a future transit search, aims to employ a network of ground-based robotic telescopes to monitor M dwarfs in the northern hemisphere with sufficient precision and cadence to detect such planets. Here we investigate the design requirements for the MEarth Project. We evaluate the optimal bandpass, and the necessary… 

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