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A search for disintegrating planets in the CoRoT lightcurves
Hoyer, S., Alonso, R.


Small rocky planets on very close orbits to their host star are expected to suffer evaporation, which in some extreme cases lead to the total disintegration of the planet. One star in the Kepler sample, KIC12557458 (Rappaport et al. 12), was found to exhibit several features in its light curve that have been explained as due to the last phases of evaporation in one light rocky planet.

We have conducted a search for objects similar to KIC12557458 in the CoRoT light curves, with the goal to find other examples of disintegrating planets, or to refine the frequency of these objects by the analysis of a comparable total number of stars as observed by Kepler.

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