Title

INFRARED ECLIPSES OF THE STRONGLY IRRADIATED PLANET WASP-33b, AND OSCILLATIONS OF ITS HOST STAR

Authors

Authors

D. Deming; J. D. Fraine; P. V. Sada; N. Madhusudhan; H. A. Knutson; J. Harrington; J. Blecic; S. Nymeyer; A. M. S. Smith;B. Jackson

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Astrophys. J.

Keywords

infrared: planetary systems; planets and satellites: atmospheres; planets and satellites: composition; stars: oscillations (including; pulsations); techniques: photometric; COLLISION-INDUCED ABSORPTION; WARM-SPITZER PHOTOMETRY; DELTA-SCUTI; STARS; HOT-JUPITERS; THERMAL INVERSIONS; EMISSION-SPECTRUM; SECONDARY; ECLIPSE; GIANT PLANETS; TEMPERATURE INVERSION; TRANSMISSION SPECTRUM; Astronomy & Astrophysics

Abstract

We observe two secondary eclipses of the strongly irradiated transiting planet WASP-33b, in the K-s band at 2.15 mu m, and one secondary eclipse each at 3.6 mu m and 4.5 mu m using Warm Spitzer. This planet orbits an A5V delta-Scuti star that is known to exhibit low-amplitude non-radial p-mode oscillations at about 0.1% semi-amplitude. We detect stellar oscillations in all of our infrared eclipse data, and also in one night of observations at J band (1.25 mu m) out of eclipse. The oscillation amplitude, in all infrared bands except K-s, is about the same as in the optical. However, the stellar oscillations in K-s band (2.15 mu m) have about twice the amplitude (0.2%) as seen in the optical, possibly because the Brackett-gamma line falls in this bandpass. As regards the exoplanetary eclipse, we use our best-fit values for the eclipse depth, as well as the 0.9 mu m eclipse observed by Smith et al., to explore possible states of the exoplanetary atmosphere, based on the method of Madhusudhan & Seager. On this basis we find two possible states for the atmospheric structure of WASP-33b. One possibility is a non-inverted temperature structure in spite of the strong irradiance, but this model requires an enhanced carbon abundance (C/O > 1). The alternative model has solar composition, but an inverted temperature structure. Spectroscopy of the planet at secondary eclipse, using a spectral resolution that can resolve the water vapor band structure, should be able to break the degeneracy between these very different possible states of the exoplanetary atmosphere. However, both of those model atmospheres absorb nearly all of the stellar irradiance with minimal longitudinal re-distribution of energy, strengthening the hypothesis of Cowan & Agol that the most strongly irradiated planets circulate energy poorly. Our measurement of the central phase of the eclipse yields e cos omega = 0.0003 +/- 0.00013, which we regard as being consistent with a circular orbit.

Journal Title

Astrophysical Journal

Volume

754

Issue/Number

2

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

13

WOS Identifier

WOS:000306666700027

ISSN

0004-637X

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