Volume 496, Number 1, March II 2009
|Page(s)||259 - 267|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||14 January 2009|
Improved parameters for the transiting hot Jupiters WASP-4b and WASP-5b *
Observatoire de Genève, Université de Genève, 51 Chemin des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Astrophysics Group, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK
3 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, Fife, KY16 9SS, UK
Accepted: 9 December 2008
The gaseous giant planets WASP-4b and WASP-5b are transiting 12-magnitude solar-type stars in the Southern hemisphere. The aim of the present work is to refine the parameters of these systems using high cadence VLT/FORS2 z-band transit photometry and high-resolution VLT/UVES spectroscopy. For WASP-4, the new estimates for the planet radius and mass from a combined analysis of our VLT data with previously published transit photometry and radial velocities are RJ and MJ, resulting in a density . The radius and mass for the host star are and . Our ground-based photometry reaches 550 ppm at time sampling of ~50 s. Nevertheless, we also report the presence of an instrumental effect on the VLT that degraded our photometry for the WASP-5 observations. This effect could be a major problem for similar programs. Our new estimates for the parameters of the WASP-5 system are ± 0.07 RJ, MJ, , , and . The measured size of WASP-5b agrees well with the basic models of irradiated planets, while WASP-4b is clearly an “anomalously” large planet.
Key words: binaries: eclipsing / planetary systems / stars: individual: WASP-4 / stars: individual: WASP-5 / techniques: photometric / techniques: spectroscopic
© ESO, 2009
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