Detecting Reflected Light from Close-in Extrasolar Giant Planets with the Kepler Photometer

  title={Detecting Reflected Light from Close-in Extrasolar Giant Planets with the Kepler Photometer},
  author={Jon M. Jenkins and Laurance R. Doyle},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
NASA's Kepler mission promises to detect transiting Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of solar-like stars. In addition, it will be poised to detect the reflected light component from close-in extrasolar giant planets (CEGPs) similar to 51 Peg b. Here we use the Dual Irradiance Absolute Radiometer aboard the Solar Heliospheric Observatory time series along with models for the reflected light signatures of CEGPs to evaluate Kepler's ability to detect such planets. We examine the… 
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