Distinguishing between stellar and planetary companions with phase monitoring

  title={Distinguishing between stellar and planetary companions with phase monitoring},
  author={S. Kane and D. Gelino},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • S. Kane, D. Gelino
  • Published 2012
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Exoplanets which are detected using the radial velocity technique have a well-known ambiguity of their true mass, caused by the unknown inclination of the planetary orbit with respect to the plane of the sky. Constraints on the inclination are aided by astrometric follow-up in rare cases or, in ideal situations, through subsequent detection of a planetary transit. As the predicted inclination decreases, the mass of the companion increases leading to a change in the predicted properties. Here we… Expand

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