29 June 2006 A survey and characterization of extrasolar planetary systems host stars using the CHARA Array
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Extrasolar planetary systems are assumed as a sample to exhibit random orbital inclinations. The chance exists that a few of the 152 extrasolar planetary systems known to date may have face-on orbits for which the sin i factor will make a stellar-mass companion mimic a planetary-mass object. Such systems may thus harbor a late spectral type stellar companion instead of planets. Using Georgia State University's CHARA Array, we are undertaking an observing program on accessible extrasolar planetary systems that is expected to be completed in 2007. This effort will assist in culling the exoplanet list of some very low-inclination stellar interlopers that may be present. We will also determine the diameters of the central stars in an effort to refine our knowledge of the evolutionary status of the host stars.
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E. K. Baines, E. K. Baines, H. A. McAlister, H. A. McAlister, T. A. ten Brummelaar, T. A. ten Brummelaar, J. Sturmann, J. Sturmann, L. Sturmann, L. Sturmann, N. H. Turner, N. H. Turner, "A survey and characterization of extrasolar planetary systems host stars using the CHARA Array", Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 626845 (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671553; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671553
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