Revised stellar properties of Kepler targets for the quarter 1-16 transit detection run

Daniel Huber, Victor Silva Aguirre, Jaymie M. Matthews, Marc H. Pinsonneault, Eric Gaidos, Rafael A. García, Saskia Hekker, Savita Mathur, Benoît Mosser, Guillermo Torres, Fabienne A. Bastien, Sarbani Basu, Timothy R. Bedding, William J. Chaplin, Brice Olivier Demory, Scott W. Fleming, Zhao Guo, Andrew W. Mann, Jason F. Rowe, Aldo M. SerenelliMyron A. Smith, Dennis Stello

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We present revised properties for 196,468 stars observed by the NASA Kepler mission and used in the analysis of Quarter 1-16 (Q1-Q16) data to detect and characterize transiting planets. The catalog is based on a compilation of literature values for atmospheric properties (temperature, surface gravity, and metallicity) derived from different observational techniques (photometry, spectroscopy, asteroseismology, and exoplanet transits), which were then homogeneously fitted to a grid of Dartmouth stellar isochrones. We use broadband photometry and asteroseismology to characterize 11,532 Kepler targets which were previously unclassified in the Kepler Input Catalog (KIC). We report the detection of oscillations in 2762 of these targets, classifying them as giant stars and increasing the number of known oscillating giant stars observed by Kepler by 20% to a total of 15,500 stars. Typical uncertainties in derived radii and masses are 40% and 20%, respectively, for stars with photometric constraints only, and 5%-15% and 10% for stars based on spectroscopy and/or asteroseismology, although these uncertainties vary strongly with spectral type and luminosity class. A comparison with the Q1-Q12 catalog shows a systematic decrease in radii of M dwarfs, while radii for K dwarfs decrease or increase depending on the Q1-Q12 provenance (KIC or Yonsei-Yale isochrones). Radii of F-G dwarfs are on average unchanged, with the exception of newly identified giants. The Q1-Q16 star properties catalog is a first step toward an improved characterization of all Kepler targets to support planet-occurrence studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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