Kristin L. Hay
Centre for Exoplanet Science, SUPA, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
In this talk I will discuss the features of the methods currently used for modelling limb darkening, and present a new method for sampling limb darkening to use in exoplanet transit fits. Observed stellar parameters are used as constraints for limb darkening and mapped onto a stellar intensity profile through the use of Artificial Neural Networks. I will show how this new method offers a strong physical constraint on the form of the limb darkened stellar profile for the host star directly from stellar atmosphere models, and will prevent bias in the transit parameters introduced from low order limb darkening laws. Ensuring that the form of limb darkening used is physically justified also allows for more robust fitting of third order system effects, such as exo-moons or planetary shape inhomogeneities.
2017 October 18, 13:30
Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto