VLT transit and occultation photometry for the bloated planet CoRoT-1b

M. Gillon, B.-O. Demory, A.~H.~M.~J. Triaud, T. Barman, L. Hebb, J. Montalbán, P.~F.~L. Maxted, D. Queloz, M. Deleuil, P. Magain

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We present VLT eclipse photometry for the giant planet CoRoT-1b. We observed a transit in the R-band filter and an occultation in a narrow filter centered on 2.09 $m. Our analysis of this new photometry and published radial velocities, in combination with stellar-evolutionary modeling, leads to a planetary mass and radius of 1.07$^+0.13$$_-0.18$ MJup and 1.45$^+0.07$$_-0.13$ RJup, confirming the very low density previously deduced from CoRoT photometry. The large occultation depth that we measure at 2.09 $m (0.278$^+0.043$$_-0.066$ is consistent with thermal emission and is better reproduced by an atmospheric model with no redistribution of the absorbed stellar flux to the night side of the planet. Based on data collected with the VLT/FORS2 and VLT/HAWK-I instruments at ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile (programs 080.C-0661(B) and 382.C-0642(A)). The photometric time-series used in this work are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr ( or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/506/359
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


  • binaries: eclipsing, planetary systems, stars: individual: CoRoT-1, infrared: stars, techniques: photometric, techniques: radial velocities


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