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Kepler circumbinary planets: Detection, formation, and dynamical evolution.

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Thanks to the unprecedented photometric sensitivity of the Kepler space telescope, the past couple of years have witnessed the discovery of several circumbinary planets around main-sequence stars. All these planets have been detected using transit photometry, and they seem to show certain dynamical characteristics. The models of the formation and evolution of these planets that can account for their orbital configurations and dynamical behavior suggest that circumbinary planets can exist in non-transiting orbits as well. The latter raises question on the possibility of the detection of these objects. I will review the current state of the detection of circumbinary planets and present the most recent models of their formation and dynamical evolution. I will also discuss methods of detecting non-transiting CBPs and their current prospects.

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