Too Little, Too Late: How the Tidal Evolution of Hot Jupiters Affects Transit Surveys of Clusters

@article{Debes2010TooLT,
  title={Too Little, Too Late: How the Tidal Evolution of Hot Jupiters Affects Transit Surveys of Clusters},
  author={John H. Debes and Brian Jackson},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={723},
  pages={1703-1710}
}
The tidal evolution of hot Jupiters may change the efficiency of transit surveys of stellar clusters. The orbital decay that hot Jupiters suffer may result in their destruction, leaving fewer transiting planets in older clusters. We calculate the impact tidal evolution has for different assumed stellar populations, including that of 47 Tuc, a globular cluster that was the focus of an intense Hubble Space Telescope search for transits. We find that in older clusters, one expects to detect fewer… Expand

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