Inferring asymmetric limb cloudiness on exoplanets from transit light curves

@article{Paris2016InferringAL,
  title={Inferring asymmetric limb cloudiness on exoplanets from transit light curves},
  author={Philip von Paris and Pierre Gratier and P. Bord'e and J{\'e}r{\'e}my Leconte and Franck Selsis},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2016}
}
Clouds have been shown to be present in many exoplanetary atmospheres. Cloud formation modeling predicts considerable inhomogeneities of cloud cover, consistent with optical phase curve observations. However, optical phase curves cannot resolve some existing degeneracies between cloud location and cloud optical properties. We present a conceptually simple technique to detect inhomogeneous cloud cover on exoplanets. Such an inhomogeneous cloud cover produces an asymmetric primary transit of the… Expand
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