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Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy and Photometry

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Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 25)

Abstract

Photometry and spectroscopy of extrasolar planets provides information about their atmospheres and surfaces. From extrasolar planet spectra and photometry we can infer the composition and temperature of the atmospheres as well as the presence of molecular species, including biosignature gases or surface features. So far photometry has been published for three different transiting hot Jupiters (gas giant planets in short-period orbits), opening the era of comparative exoplanetology.

Keywords

Exoplanets Atmospheres Planets 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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