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Proposal Information for 2010A-0425


PI: Jeffrey L. Coughlin, New Mexico State University, jlcough@nmsu.edu
Address: Astronomy Department, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 4500, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001, USA

CoI: Thomas E. Harrison, New Mexico State University
CoI: Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Carnagie Instituition of Washington
CoI: Justin Rogers, Johns Hopkins University

Title: Near-Infrared Secondary Eclipse Measurements of Multiple Transiting Exoplanets

Abstract: We propose to use SQIID on the 2.1 meter at KPNO to observe the secondary eclipse of multiple transiting exoplanets simultaneously in the J, H, Ks, and L bands. Observations of the secondary eclipse yield a direct measurement of the planetary temperature, which constrains models of exoplanetary atmospheric dynamics and composition, and planetary evolution. Observations at multiple wavelengths further constrain the models, which is why SQIID is an ideal instrument for this project. Our group has recently obtained the first observations of exoplanet secondary eclipses from the ground, and have proven the feasibility of the technique. We request a total of 10 nights to observe multiple systems, and present several ranges of dates during which at least one secondary eclipse can be observed each night.


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