Extrasolar Planets


Theoretical models of: Super-Earth planets; close-in gas giant planets; stellar models of their parent stars; models of protoplanetary disks.
Transit Surveys to discover new planets: the HAT Network.
High-Precision Photometry: MOST space telescope; Kepler mission.

"Extrasolar Planets", D. Sasselov, Nature, v.451, 29, 2008.

"Inevitability of Plate Tectonics on Super-Earths", D. Valencia, R. O'Connell, D. Sasselov, Astrophys.J., 670, L45.

First Planet from the HATNet: HAT-P-1b - A Strange Low-Density Hot Jupiter: Bakos, Noyes, Kovacs, Latham, Sasselov, Torres, Fischer, et al. (2006, astro-ph/0609369).

The New Transiting Planet - OGLE-TR-10b:
Konacki, Torres, Sasselov & Jha (2004, astro-ph/0412400).

The New Transiting Planet - OGLE-TR-113b - our data Konacki, Torres, Sasselov & Jha (2004) - (astro-ph/0404541),
and the Geneva Observatory data - Bouchy et al.(2004) - (astro-ph/0404264).

New Transiting Planet - OGLE-TR-56b - first one discovered by transits - Nature, January 30, 421, 507-509, 2003 - (astro-ph/0301052).
Nature News & Views

More about the OGLE-TR-56 System: Sasselov (2003, ApJ, 596, 1327) & Torres et al. (2003, astro-ph/0310114).

Sodium lines detection by D. Charbonneau et al. ( astro-ph/0111544) confirms prediction of high-cloud-base model of S. Seager \& D. Sasselov (2000) - upper plot in the Figure.


HATNet: five small telescopes in an autonomous system.
MOST: Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars Microsatellite Space Mission.
Kepler mission.

Old Papers:

The New Transiting Planet OGLE-TR-56b: Orbit and Atmosphere, Sasselov, D.D., 2003, ApJ, 596, 1327.
An Extrasolar Planet that Transits the Disk of its Parent Star, Konacki, M., Torres, G., Jha, S., Sasselov, D., 2003, Nature, 421, 507-509; (astro-ph/0301052).
HD 209458: Physical Parameters of the Parent Star and the Transiting Planet , Cody, A.M., & Sasselov, D.D., 2002, ApJ, 569, 451; (astro-ph/0111494).
Planets in Stellar Clusters Extensive Search. I., Mochejska, B. J., Stanek, K. Z., Sasselov, D. D., Szentgyorgyi, A. H., 2002, AJ, 123, 3460-3472.
Theoretical Transmission Spectra During Extrasolar Giant Planet Transits , Seager, S., & Sasselov, D.D., 2000, ApJ, 537, 916-921.
Photometric Light Curves and Polarization of Close-in Extrasolar Giant Planets, Seager, S., Whitney, B. A,, & Sasselov, D.D., 2000, ApJ, 540, 504-520.
On the Snow Line in Dusty Protoplanetary Disks, Sasselov, D.D., & Lecar, M., 2000, ApJ, 528, 995-998.
Extrasolar Giant Planets under Strong Stellar Irradiation, Seager, S., & Sasselov, D.D., 1998, ApJ, 502, L157.

SWG Member of the Kepler mission - vita.


All About Exoplanets (A PowerPoint file) - CfA interns seminar - July 2004.