Volume 521, October 2010
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||20 October 2010|
Letter to the Editor
Detection of the ellipsoidal and the relativistic beaming effects in the CoRoT-3 lightcurve
School of Physics and Astronomy,
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences,
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 21 September 2010
CoRoT-3b is a 22 Jupiter-mass massive-planet/brown-dwarf object, orbiting an F3-star with a period of 4.3 days. We analyzed the out-of-transit CoRoT-3 red-channel lightcurve obtained by the CoRoT mission and detected the ellipsoidal modulation, with half the orbital period and an amplitude of 59 ± 9 ppm (parts per million), and the relativistic beaming effect, with the orbital period and an amplitude of 27 ± 9 ppm. Phases and amplitudes of both modulations are consistent with our theoretical approximation.
Key words: methods: data analysis / planetary systems / stars: individual: CoRoT-3
© ESO, 2010
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