Wednesday, June 20, 2012
IPAC Astronomy Lunch Seminar
Planets with HATNet and HATSouth
Gaspar Bakos, Princeton
The HATNet survey has been operating a network of small, wide-field telescopes for 7 years to search for transiting extrasolar planets. I will summarize the instrument setup, operations, and highlight some of the discoveries and recent scientific results. The HATSouth project is a new survey in the Southern hemisphere, employing 6 larger telescopes with 24 optical tube assemblies altogether, installed at 3 prime locations (Chile, Namibia, Australia). HATSouth is monitoring 128 square degrees on the sky round-the-clock. I will review the most important changes with respect to HATNet, and will discuss the advantages of the HATSouth setup. I will show HATS-1b, our first transiting exoplanet discovery with HATSouth.