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Early results from the CoRoT exoplanet programme

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The Franco-European satellite CoRoT is the first space mission designed to search for transits of extra-solar planets. It is expected to be sensitive to very close-in planets with masses down to a few Earth masses, and to larger planets in periods of up to a few weeks or months. It was launched on Dec 27 2006 and has been in scientific operation since Feb 2007. I will describe the basic characteristics of the mission and its associated ground-based observations programme. I will then present CoRoT-exo-1b and CoRoT-exo-2b, the first two new planets detected by CoRoT, both of which are very hot, large giant planets, and discuss the transit detection performance of the mission so far, as well as its potential for the detection of reflected light and of multiple-planet systems by transit timing.

This talk is part of the DAMTP Astro Mondays series.

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