Contributed Talk - Splinter Exoplanets
Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 14:35 (virtual room D)
New Discoveries from the Next Generation Transit Survey
A. Chaushev on behalf of the NGTS Consortium
Berlin Institute of Technology
The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a wide-field photometric survey designed to search for transiting exoplanets around bright (V < 13) host stars, with the aim of discovering systems that are amenable to detailed follow-up and characterisation. With the help of its excellent location at the ESO site in Paranal (Chile), NGTS has been pushing the limits of ground-based transit search for the past four years. This has resulted in exciting discoveries such as NGTS-4b, a sub-Neptune transiting through the Neptunian desert and also the shallowest transit ever detected from the ground. Other finds include NGTS-1b, the most massive planet found transiting an M-dwarf, NGTS-7b the shortest period transiting brown-dwarf, and NGTS-11b a relatively long period warm-Saturn recovered with NGTS from a single TESS transit event. In this talk, we will discuss the results from the survey to date as well as the robust on-going science program of NGTS. This includes a dedicated search for planets in young stellar clusters and many independent planet discoveries that are in the process of being published. Additionally, we will highlight how NGTS is contributing to discoveries made with TESS, by combining single NGTS telescopes to perform photometric follow-up and by identifying the periods of TESS candidates with only a single transit. Finally, we will consider the myriad of ancillary science coming from NGTS as well as opportunities to make use of the public NGTS data.