AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 68 Extra-Solar Planets II: Current Searches, Properties and Analysis
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[68.01] The 2MASS Calibration Database Transit Search: An Odyssey of Near-Infrared Variability

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.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: plavchan@astro.ucla.edu

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