Transit Detection of Radial Velocity Planets
Abstract
The orbital parameters of extrasolar planets have a significant impact on the probability that the planet will transit the host star. This was recently demonstrated by the transit detection of HD 17156b whose favourable eccentricity and argument of periastron dramatically increased its transit likelihood. We present a study which provides a quantitative analysis of how these two orbital parameters affect the geometric transit probability as a function of period. Further, we apply these results to known radial velocity planets and show that there are unexpectedly high transit probabilities for planets at relatively long periods. For a photometric monitoring campaign which aims to determine if the planet indeed transits, we calculate the significance of a null result and the subsequent constraints that may be applied to orbital parameters.
 Publication:

Transiting Planets
 Pub Date:
 February 2009
 DOI:
 10.1017/S1743921308026641
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0807.0006
 Bibcode:
 2009IAUS..253..358K
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 To appear in the Proceedings of the 253rd IAU Symposium: "Transiting Planets", May 2008, Cambridge, MA. 4 pages, 4 figures