An earlier study of the Kepler Mission noise properties on timescales of primary relevance to detection of exoplanet transits found that higher than expected noise followed, to a large extent, from the stars rather than instrument or data analysis performance. The earlier study over the first six quarters of Kepler data is extended to the full four years ultimately comprising the mission. Efforts to improve the pipeline data analysis have been successful in reducing noise levels modestly as evidenced by smaller values derived from the current data products. The new analyses of noise properties on transit timescales show significant changes in the component attributed to instrument and data analysis, with essentially no change in the inferred stellar noise. We also extend the analyses to timescales of several days, instead of several hours to better sample stellar noise that follows from magnetic activity. On the longer timescale there is a shift in stellar noise for solar-type stars to smaller values in comparison to solar values.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science