[en] binaries: eclipsing ; stars: individual: WASP-4 ; planetary systems
[en] We present and analyse light curves of four transits of the Southern hemisphere extrasolar planetary system WASP-4, obtained with a telescope defocused so the radius of each point spread function was 17 arcsec (44 pixels). This approach minimizes both random and systematic errors, allowing us to achieve scatters of between 0.60 and 0.88 mmag per observation over complete transit events. The light curves are augmented by published observations and analysed using the JKTEBOP code. The results of this process are combined with theoretical stellar model predictions to derive the physical properties of the WASP-4 system. We find that the mass and radius of the planet are M[SUB]b[/SUB] = 1.289[SUP]+0.090[/SUP][SUB]-0.090[/SUB][SUP]+0.039[/SUP][SUB]-0.000[/SUB]M[SUB]Jup[/SUB] and R[SUB]b[/SUB] = 1.371[SUP]+0.032[/SUP][SUB]-0.035[/SUB][SUP]+0.021[/SUP][SUB]-0.000[/SUB]R[SUB]Jup[/SUB], respectively (statistical and systematic uncertainties). These quantities give a surface gravity and density of g[SUB]b[/SUB] = 17.03[SUP]+0.97[/SUP][SUB]-0.54[/SUB]ms[SUP]-2[/SUP] and rho[SUB]b[/SUB] = 0.500[SUP]+0.032[/SUP][SUB]-0.021[/SUB][SUP]+0.000[/SUP][SUB]-0.008[/SUB] rho[SUB]Jup[/SUB], and fit the trends for short-period extrasolar planets to have relatively high masses and surface gravities. WASP-4 is now one of the best-quantified transiting extrasolar planetary systems, and significant further progress requires improvements to our understanding of the physical properties of low-mass stars. Based on data collected by MiNDSTEp with the Danish 1.54m telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory. E-mail: email@example.com â ¡ Royal Society University Research Fellow.
DR and JS acknowledge support from the Communauté française de Belgique - Actions de recherche concertées - Académie universitaire Wallonie-Europe