Volume 549, January 2013
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||12 December 2012|
SOAP-T⋆: a tool to study the light curve and radial velocity of a system with a transiting planet and a rotating spotted star
1 Centro de Astrofísica, Universidade do Porto, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal
2 Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
3 Astronomie et Systèmes Dynamiques, IMCCE-CNRS UMR 8028, Observatoire de Paris, UPMC, 77 Av. Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France
4 UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS-INSU, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) UMR 5274, 38041 Grenoble, France
5 Institute for Astronomy and NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Received: 6 August 2012
Accepted: 25 October 2012
We present an improved version of SOAP named “SOAP-T”, which can generate the radial velocity variations and light curves for systems consisting of a rotating spotted star with a transiting planet. This tool can be used to study the anomalies inside transit light curves and the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect, to better constrain the orbital configuration and properties of planetary systems and the active zones of their host stars. Tests of the code are presented to illustrate its performance and to validate its capability when compared with analytical models and real data. Finally, we apply SOAP-T to the active star, HAT-P-11, observed by the NASA Kepler space telescope and use this system to discuss the capability of this tool in analyzing light curves for the cases where the transiting planet overlaps with the star’s spots.
Key words: planetary systems / methods: numerical / techniques: photometric / techniques: radial velocities / stars: activity
The tool’s public interface is available at http://www.astro.up.pt/resources/soap-t/
© ESO, 2012
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