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Program Information for 2016A-0097


PI: Etienne Bachelet, Las Cumbres Observatory, etibachelet@gmail.com
Address: 6740 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA 93117 US

CoI: Rachel Street, Las Cumbres Observatory
CoI: Yiannis Tsapras, Zentrum fur Astronomie der Universitat Heidelberg
CoI: Markus Hundertmark, Niels Bohr Institute

Title: Cool bound Neptunes and Free-Floating planets from K2/Campaign 9

Abstract: The K2 C9 campaign will offer an unprecedented opportunity to detect and characterize exoplanets thanks to microlensing toward the Galactic Bulge. The combination of ground and space-based observations will constrain the microlensing parallax of all events, leading to a measurement of the total lens mass and therefore to the planets mass if present. Moreover, we expect that K2 will be sensitive to very short timescale events, often explained by a Free-Floating (or at least wide orbit) planets. By measuring the lens mass causing these events, we will start to built the mass distribution, the first step to confirming their causes. The capability of the WIYN ODI camera to observe a large field should ensure a 30 minutes observing cadence for the three most promising K2 channels. The possibility to use several filters will ensure better characterization of the lensed source stars, vital in order to constrain the parameter of the lens.

Program Type: Standard/NASA WIYN

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2016A):  WIYN/ODI -- 3n on May 09 - May 14 2016
Run 2 (2016A):  WIYN/ODI -- 7n on May 27 - Jun 04 2016, Jul 05 - Jul 09 2016


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