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The TESS Grand Unified Hot Jupiter Survey

Presentation #100.02 in the session Plenary 1.

Published onJun 20, 2022
The TESS Grand Unified Hot Jupiter Survey

Although Hot Jupiters (HJs) were the first exoplanets to be discovered, and hundreds are now known, the current sample is drawn mainly from a heterogeneous collection of ground-based transit surveys with poorly quantified selection functions, making it difficult to draw statistical inferences. The TESS mission will be essentially complete to detecting transiting HJs around relatively bright stars across the entire sky, presenting an opportunity to unify and expand upon previous transit searches, leading to a large and statistically useful sample of hot Jupiters. We estimate that a magnitude-limited sample of transiting HJs orbiting stars brighter than G < 12.5 will comprise approximately 400 planets, an order-of-magnitude increase over the best statistical sample currently available (from Kepler). Of these, roughly 40% are already known, with the remainder being new detections from TESS. Our survey seeks to confirm many of these planet candidates with ground-based follow-up observations. We present an update on the design and progress of our survey, which has confirmed 10 new planets and is making headway toward confirming another ≈30 planets.

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