Kepler Mission Stellar and Instrument Noise Properties

  title={Kepler Mission Stellar and Instrument Noise Properties},
  author={Ronald L. Gilliland and William J. Chaplin and Edward Wood Dunham and Vic S. Argabright and William J. Borucki and Gibor Basri and Stephen T. Bryson and Derek L. Buzasi and Douglas A. Caldwell and Yvonne P. Elsworth and Jon M. Jenkins and David G. Koch and Jeffrey Kolodziejczak and Andrea Miglio and Jeffrey Edward van Cleve and Lucianne M. Walkowicz and William F. Welsh},
  journal={Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series},
Kepler mission results are rapidly contributing to fundamentally new discoveries in both the exoplanet and asteroseismology fields. The data returned from Kepler are unique in terms of the number of stars observed, precision of photometry for time series observations, and the temporal extent of high duty cycle observations. As the first mission to provide extensive time series measurements on thousands of stars over months to years at a level hitherto possible only for the Sun, the results from… 
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