AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 96. Planetary Systems II
Oral, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 10:00-11:30am, 606-607

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[96.05] Survey for Transiting Extrasolar Planets in Stellar Systems (STEPSS)

B. S. Gaudi (Institute for Advanced Study), C. J. Burke, D. L. DePoy, J. L. Marshall, R. W. Pogge (The Ohio State University), STEPSS Collaboration

We present the Survey for Transiting Extrasolar Planets in Stellar Systems (STEPSS). Our goal is to assess the frequency of close-in extrasolar planets around main-sequence stars in several open clusters. By concentrating on main-sequence stars in clusters of known age, metallicity, and stellar density, we will gain insight into how these various properties affect planet formation, migration, and survival. Our primary instrumentation is the MDM 8Kx8K Mosaic CCD imager, which in combination with the MDM 2.4m telescope yields a 25x25 square arcmin field of view. We present first results from our 19 night photometric campaign on the old, solar metallicity cluster NGC 1245, and our 30 night campaign on the rich, 500 Myr-old cluster NGC 2099.

This work was supported by NASA through a Hubble Fellowship grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

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