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Solving for the Orbital Elements of Binary Systems using MCMC Simulations.
Mede, Kyle; Brandt, Timothy D.
AA(University of Tokyo, Room 1121, Dept. of Astronomy, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan ), AB(Princeton University, Room 17, Dept. of Astronomy, Peyton Hall, 4 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08544-1001, USA )
Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 299, pp. 52-53
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techniques: radial velocities, high angular resolution, astrometry, objects: tau Boo,
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(c) 2014: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2013
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Recent simulation and observational data have been used to investigate the ability of Kozai oscillations to explain the formation of ``hot Jupiter'' planetary systems. One of the first exoplanets discovered, tau Boo Ab, orbits a star with a binary companion, making it an excellent testbed for this scenario. We have written a three-dimensional Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulator to constrain the orbit of the distant stellar companion tau Boo B, and are currently deriving orbital parameters and confidence intervals. These orbital parameters will confirm or reject Kozai oscillations as a plausible formation mechanism for tau Boo Ab.

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