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- DescriptionCan we detect the moons of extrasolar planets? For two decades, astromers have made ermous progress in the detection and characterisation of exoplanetary systems but the identification of an exomoon is tably absent. In this thesis, David Kipping shows how transiting planets may be used to infer the presence of exomoons through deviations in the time and duration of the planetary eclipses. A detailed account of the transit model, potential distortions, and timing techniques is covered before the analytic forms for the timing variations are derived. It is shown that habitable-zone exomoons above 0.2 Earth-masses are detectable with the Kepler space telescope using these new timing techniques.
- Author BiographyDr. Kipping got his PhD in Astrophysics from University College London in 2011. He is Carl Sagan Fellow at Harvard College Observatory.
- Author(s)David M. Kipping
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
- Date of Publication08/08/2011
- Series TitleSpringer Theses
- Place of PublicationBerlin
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
- Content Note40 black & white illustrations, 2 colour illustrations, biography
- Weight496 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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