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P Plavchan, M Jura (UCLA), D Kirkpatrick, R Cutri (Spitzer Science Center)
The 2MASS calibration database covers ~5.7 square degrees on the sky in 40 ``calibration fields'' sampled anywhere from 562 to 3515 times over the duration of the 2MASS mission. We present a search in this unprecedented near-infrared database for transiting extrasolar planets with M Dwarf primaries. In the process we have compiled a diverse catalogue of near-infrared variables with H-Ks>0.2. We present our methods for measuring periodicity and variability, and highlight some of the newly discovered variables which include cataclysmic variables, eclipsing binaries, and one transit candidate.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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