Inference of Inhomogeneous Clouds in an Exoplanet Atmosphere

@article{Demory2013InferenceOI,
  title={Inference of Inhomogeneous Clouds in an Exoplanet Atmosphere},
  author={B. Demory and J. Wit and N. Lewis and J. Fortney and A. Zsom and S. Seager and H. Knutson and K. Heng and N. Madhusudhan and M. Gillon and T. Barclay and J. D'esert and V. Parmentier and N. Cowan},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={776}
}
  • B. Demory, J. Wit, +11 authors N. Cowan
  • Published 2013
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We present new visible and infrared observations of the hot Jupiter Kepler-7b to determine its atmospheric properties. Our analysis allows us to (1) refine Kepler-7b's relatively large geometric albedo of Ag = 0.35 ± 0.02, (2) place upper limits on Kepler-7b thermal emission that remains undetected in both Spitzer bandpasses and (3) report a westward shift in the Kepler optical phase curve. We argue that Kepler-7b's visible flux cannot be due to thermal emission or Rayleigh scattering from H2… CONTINUE READING
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