Detection of Potential Transit Signals in 16 Quarters of Kepler Mission Data

March 2014 • 2014ApJS..211....6T

Authors • Tenenbaum, Peter • Jenkins, Jon M. • Seader, Shawn • Burke, Christopher J. • Christiansen, Jessie L. • Rowe, Jason F. • Caldwell, Douglas A. • Clarke, Bruce D. • Coughlin, Jeffrey L. • Li, Jie • Quintana, Elisa V. • Smith, Jeffrey C. • Thompson, Susan E. • Twicken, Joseph D. • Haas, Michael R. • Henze, Christopher E. • Hunter, Roger C. • Sanderfer, Dwight T. • Campbell, Jennifer R. • Girouard, Forrest R. • Klaus, Todd C. • McCauliff, Sean D. • Middour, Christopher K. • Sabale, Anima • Kamal Uddin, Akm • Wohler, Bill • Barclay, Thomas • Still, Martin

Abstract • We present the results of a search for potential transit signals in 4 yr of photometry data acquired by the Kepler mission. The targets of the search include 111,800 stars which were observed for the entire interval and 85,522 stars which were observed for a subset of the interval. We found that 9743 targets contained at least one signal consistent with the signature of a transiting or eclipsing object where the criteria for detection are periodicity of the detected transits, adequate signal-to-noise ratio, and acceptance by a number of tests which reject false positive detections. When targets that had produced a signal were searched repeatedly, an additional 6542 signals were detected on 3223 target stars, for a total of 16,285 potential detections. Comparison of the set of detected signals with a set of known and vetted transit events in the Kepler field of view shows that the recovery rate for these signals is 96.9%. The ensemble properties of the detected signals are reviewed.


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Jessie Christiansen

Associate Scientist