Transmission spectroscopy with VLT FORS2: a featureless spectrum for the low-density transiting exoplanet WASP-88b
Published Web Locationhttps://arxiv.org/abs/2106.14808
ABSTRACT We present ground-based optical transmission spectroscopy of the low-density hot Jupiter WASP-88b covering the wavelength range of 4413−8333 Å with the FOcal Reducer Spectrograph (FORS2) on the Very Large Telescope. The FORS2 white light curves exhibit a significant time-correlated noise that we model using a Gaussian process and remove as a wavelength-independent component from the spectroscopic light curves. We analyse complementary photometric observations from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and refine the system properties and ephemeris. We find a featureless transmission spectrum with increased absorption towards shorter wavelengths. We perform an atmospheric retrieval analysis with the aura code, finding tentative evidence for haze in the upper atmospheric layers and a lower likelihood for a dense cloud deck. While our retrieval analysis results point towards clouds and hazes, further evidence is needed to definitively reject a clear-sky scenario.