Transiting exoplanets from the CoRoT space mission. III. The spectroscopic transit of CoRoT-Exo-2b with SOPHIE and HARPS

F. Bouchy, D. Queloz, M. Deleuil, B. Loeillet, A.~P. Hatzes, S. Aigrain, R. Alonso, M. Auvergne, A. Baglin, P. Barge, W. Benz, P. Bordé, H.~J. Deeg, R. de La Reza, R. Dvorak, A. Erikson, M. Fridlund, P. Gondoin, T. Guillot, G. HébrardL. Jorda, H. Lammer, A. Léger, A. Llebaria, P. Magain, M. Mayor, C. Moutou, M. Ollivier, M. Pätzold, F. Pepe, F. Pont, H. Rauer, D. Rouan, J. Schneider, A.~H.~M.~J. Triaud, S. Udry, G. Wuchterl

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Abstract

We report on the spectroscopic transit of the massive hot-Jupiter CoRoT-Exo-2b observed with the high-precision spectrographs SOPHIE and HARPS. By modeling the radial velocity anomaly occurring during the transit due to the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect, we determine the sky-projected angle between the stellar spin and the planetary orbital axis to be close to zero $ = 7.2 plusmn 4.5 deg, and we secure the planetary nature of CoRoT-Exo-2b. We discuss the influence of the stellar activity on the RM modeling. Spectral analysis of the parent star from HARPS spectra are presented. Observations made with SOPHIE spectrograph at Observatoire de Haute Provence, France (PNP.07A.MOUT) and HARPS spectrograph at ESO La Silla Observatory (079.C-0127(F)). The CoRoT space mission, launched on December 27th 2006, has been developed and is operated by CNES, with the contribution of Austria, Belgium, Brasil, ESA, Germany, and Spain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L25-L28
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume482
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008

Keywords

  • planetary systems, techniques: radial velocities

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