A Combined Ground-based and JWST Atmospheric Retrieval Analysis: Both IGRINS and NIRSpec Agree that the Atmosphere of WASP-77A b Is Metal-poor

Peter C.B. Smith, Michael R. Line, Jacob L. Bean, Matteo Brogi, Prune August, Luis Welbanks, Jean Michel Desert, Jonathan Lunine, Jorge Sanchez, Megan Mansfield, Lorenzo Pino, Emily Rauscher, Eliza Kempton, Joseph Zalesky, Martin Fowler

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Abstract

Ground-based high-resolution and space-based low-resolution spectroscopy are the two main avenues through which transiting exoplanet atmospheres are studied. Both methods provide unique strengths and shortcomings, and combining the two can be a powerful probe into an exoplanet's atmosphere. Within a joint atmospheric retrieval framework, we combined JWST NIRSpec/G395H secondary eclipse spectra and Gemini South/IGRINS pre- and post-eclipse thermal emission observations of the hot Jupiter WASP-77A b. Our inferences from the IGRINS and NIRSpec data sets are consistent with each other, and combining the two allows us to measure the gas abundances of H2O and CO, as well as the vertical thermal structure, with higher precision than either data set provided individually.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume167
Issue number3
Number of pages24
ISSN0004-6256
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Exoplanets
  • Exoplanet astronomy
  • Extrasolar gaseous planets
  • Hot Jupiters
  • Exoplanet atmospheres
  • Exoplanet atmospheric composition
  • Spectroscopy
  • High resolution spectroscopy

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