Search for Extrasolar Planets

Some Recent Results

Our extrasolar planet activities stem from our interest in wide field imaging, that triggered us to search for planets with the transit method. Currently we are involved in the RoPACS project, searching for rocky planets around cool stars, the PanPlanets project, search for planets with the 7 sq.deg. camera at the Pan-STARRS1 telescope (read more here), and the OmegaTrans project, searching for planets with the OmegaCam camera at the VST. Recently we discovered the candidate transit planet POTS-C1. Through the FP7, Europe-funded RoPACS project we can support 2 PhD students and 1 PostDoc until 2012. Find more about our photometric and spectroscopic searches and follow-ups here.

Koppenhoefer, J., Afonso, C., Saglia, R. P., & Henning, Th.
Investigating the potential of the Pan-Planets project using Monte Carlo simulations
Astronomy and Astrophysics 494, 707
Raetz, St., Mugrauer, M., Schmidt, T. O. B., Roell, T., Eisenbeiss, T., Hohle, M. M., Tetzlaff, N., Vaňko, M., Seifahrt, A., Broeg, Ch., Koppenhoefer, J., & Neuhäuser, R.
Planetary transit observations at the University Observatory Jena: XO-1b and TrES-1
Astronomische Nachrichten 330, 475
Snellen, I. A. G., Koppenhoefer, J., van der Burg, R. F. J., Dreizler, S., Greiner, J., de Hoon, M. D. J., Husser, T. O., Krühler, T., Saglia, R. P., & Vuijsje, F. N.
OGLE2-TR-L9b: an exoplanet transiting a rapidly rotating F3 star
Astronomy and Astrophysics 497, 545
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