Gunther, MN, Queloz, D, Gillen, E, Delrez, L, Bouchy, F, McCormac, J, Smalley, B, Almleaky, Y, Armstrong, DJ, Bayliss, D, Burdanov, A, Burleigh, M, Cabrera, J, Casewell, SL, Cooke, BF, Csizmadia, S, Ducrot, E, Eigmueller, P, Erikson, A, Gansicke, BT, Gibson, NP, Gillon, M, Goad, MR, Jehin, E, Jenkins, JS, Louden, T, Moyano, M, Murray, C, Pollacco, D, Poppenhaeger, K, Rauer, H, Raynard, L, Smith, AMS, Sohy, S, Thompson, SJ, Udry, S, Watson, CA, West, RG and Wheatley, PJ (2018) Unmasking the hidden NGTS-3Ab: a hot Jupiter in an unresolved binary system. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 478 (4). 4720 -4737. ISSN 1365-2966

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We present the discovery of NGTS-3Ab, a hot Jupiter found transiting the primary star of an unresolved binary system. We develop a joint analysis of multicolour photometry, centroids, radial velocity (RV) cross-correlation function (CCF) profiles, and their bisector inverse slopes (BIS) to disentangle this three-body system. Data from the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), SPECULOOS and HARPS are analysed and modelled with our new BLENDFITTER software. We find that the binary consists of NGTS-3A (G6V-dwarf) and NGTS-3B (K1V-dwarf) at <1 arcsec separation. NGTS-3Ab orbits every 1.675 d. The planet radius and mass are Rplanet = 1.48 ± 0.37 RJ and Mplanet = 2.38 ± 0.26 MJ, suggesting it is potentially inflated. We emphasize that only combining all the information from multicolour photometry, centroids and RV CCF profiles can resolve systems like NGTS-3. Such systems cannot be disentangled from single-colour photometry and RV measurements alone. Importantly, the presence of a BIS correlation indicates a blend scenario, but is not sufficient to determine which star is orbited by the third body. Moreover, even if no BIS correlation is detected, a blend scenario cannot be ruled out without further information. The choice of methodology for calculating the BIS can influence the measured significance of its correlation. The presented findings are crucial to consider for wide-field transit surveys, which require wide CCD pixels (>5 arcsec) and are prone to contamination by blended objects. With TESS on the horizon, it is pivotal for the candidate vetting to incorporate all available follow-up information from multicolour photometry and RV CCF profiles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2018 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: surveys, eclipses, occultations, planets and satellites, detection, binaries, eclipsing
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 13:10

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