Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2

Jason F. Rowe, Patrick Gaulme, Jack J. Lissauer, Mark S. Marley, Amy A. Simon, Heidi B. Hammel, Víctor Silva Aguirre, Thomas Barclay, Othman Benomar, Patrick Boumier, Douglas A. Caldwell, Sarah L. Casewell, William J. Chaplin, Knicole D. Colón, Enrico Corsaro, G. R. Davies, Jonathan J. Fortney, Rafael A. Garcia, John E. Gizis, Michael R. HaasBenot Mosser, Francois Xavier Schmider

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We report here on our search for excess power in photometry of Neptune collected by the K2 mission that may be due to intrinsic global oscillations of the planet Neptune. To conduct this search, we developed new methods to correct for instrumental effects such as intrapixel variability and gain variations. We then extracted and analyzed the time-series photometry of Neptune from 49 days of nearly continuous broadband photometry of the planet. We find no evidence of global oscillations and place an upper limit of ∼5 ppm at 1000 for the detection of a coherent signal. With an observed cadence of 1 minute and a point-to-point scatter of less than 0.01%, the photometric signal is dominated by reflected light from the Sun, which is in turn modulated by atmospheric variability of Neptune at the 2% level. A change in flux is also observed due to the increasing distance between Neptune and the K2 spacecraft and the solar variability with convection-driven solar p modes present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number149
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume153
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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Keywords

  • planetary systems
  • planets and satellites: gaseous planets

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Rowe, J. F., Gaulme, P., Lissauer, J. J., Marley, M. S., Simon, A. A., Hammel, H. B., ... Schmider, F. X. (2017). Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2. Astronomical Journal, 153(4), [149]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa6119

Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2. / Rowe, Jason F.; Gaulme, Patrick; Lissauer, Jack J.; Marley, Mark S.; Simon, Amy A.; Hammel, Heidi B.; Silva Aguirre, Víctor; Barclay, Thomas; Benomar, Othman; Boumier, Patrick; Caldwell, Douglas A.; Casewell, Sarah L.; Chaplin, William J.; Colón, Knicole D.; Corsaro, Enrico; Davies, G. R.; Fortney, Jonathan J.; Garcia, Rafael A.; Gizis, John E.; Haas, Michael R.; Mosser, Benot; Schmider, Francois Xavier.

In: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 153, No. 4, 149, 01.04.2017.

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Rowe, JF, Gaulme, P, Lissauer, JJ, Marley, MS, Simon, AA, Hammel, HB, Silva Aguirre, V, Barclay, T, Benomar, O, Boumier, P, Caldwell, DA, Casewell, SL, Chaplin, WJ, Colón, KD, Corsaro, E, Davies, GR, Fortney, JJ, Garcia, RA, Gizis, JE, Haas, MR, Mosser, B & Schmider, FX 2017, 'Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2', Astronomical Journal, vol. 153, no. 4, 149. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa6119
Rowe JF, Gaulme P, Lissauer JJ, Marley MS, Simon AA, Hammel HB et al. Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2. Astronomical Journal. 2017 Apr 1;153(4). 149. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aa6119
Rowe, Jason F. ; Gaulme, Patrick ; Lissauer, Jack J. ; Marley, Mark S. ; Simon, Amy A. ; Hammel, Heidi B. ; Silva Aguirre, Víctor ; Barclay, Thomas ; Benomar, Othman ; Boumier, Patrick ; Caldwell, Douglas A. ; Casewell, Sarah L. ; Chaplin, William J. ; Colón, Knicole D. ; Corsaro, Enrico ; Davies, G. R. ; Fortney, Jonathan J. ; Garcia, Rafael A. ; Gizis, John E. ; Haas, Michael R. ; Mosser, Benot ; Schmider, Francois Xavier. / Time-series Analysis of Broadband Photometry of Neptune from K2. In: Astronomical Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 153, No. 4.
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