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|Title:||Transmission spectroscopy of the hot Jupiter TrES-3 b: Disproof of an overly large Rayleigh-like feature||Authors:||Mackebrandt, F.
Ohlert, J. M.
García Muñoz, A.
Gibson, N. P.
Lee, J. W.
Turner, J. D.
Strassmeier, K. G.
|Issue Date:||2017||Journal:||ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS||Number:||608||First Page:||A26||Abstract:||Context. Transit events of extrasolar planets offer the opportunity to study the composition of their atmospheres. Previous work on transmission spectroscopy of the close-in gas giant (TrES)-3 b revealed an increase in absorption towards blue wavelengths of very large amplitude in terms of atmospheric pressure scale heights, too large to be explained by Rayleigh-scattering in the planetary atmosphere. <BR /> Aims: We present a follow-up study of the optical transmission spectrum of the hot Jupiter TrES-3 b to investigate the strong increase in opacity towards short wavelengths found by a previous study. Furthermore, we aim to estimate the effect of stellar spots on the transmission spectrum. <BR /> Methods: This work uses previously published long slit spectroscopy transit data of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) and published broad band observations as well as new observations in different bands from the near-UV to the near-IR, for a homogeneous transit light curve analysis. Additionally, a long-term photometric monitoring of the TrES-3 host star was performed. <BR /> Results: Our newly analysed GTC spectroscopic transit observations show a slope of much lower amplitude than previous studies. We conclude from our results the previously reported increasing signal towards short wavelengths is not intrinsic to the TrES-3 system. Furthermore, the broad band spectrum favours a flat spectrum. Long-term photometric monitoring rules out a significant modification of the transmission spectrum by unocculted star spots. <P />Based on (1) data obtained with the STELLA robotic telescopes in Tenerife, an AIP facility jointly operated by AIP and IAC, (2) observations collected at the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, jointly operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie Heidelberg and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) and (3) observations made with the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) operated on the island of La Palma by the Fundación Galileo Galilei of the INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.Newly observed photometric data from Sects. 2.2 and 2.3 and tables of the lightcurves are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (<A href="http://126.96.36.199">http://188.8.131.52</A>) or via <A href="http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/608/A26">http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/608/A26||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/27428||URL:||https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2017/12/aa30512-17/aa30512-17.html||ISSN:||0004-6361||DOI:||10.1051/0004-6361/201730512||Bibcode ADS:||2017A&A...608A..26M||Fulltext:||open|
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