The Exoplanet Simple Orbit Fitting Toolbox (ExoSOFT): An Open-Source Tool for Efficient Fitting of Astrometric and Radial Velocity Data [IMA]

We present the Exoplanet Simple Orbit Fitting Toolbox (ExoSOFT), a new, open-source suite to fit the orbital elements of planetary or stellar mass companions to any combination of radial velocity and astrometric data. To explore the parameter space of Keplerian models, ExoSOFT may be operated with its own multi-stage sampling approach, or interfaced with third-party tools such as emcee. In addition, ExoSOFT is packaged with a collection of post-processing tools to analyze and summarize the results. Although only a few systems have been observed with both the radial velocity and direct imaging techniques, this number will increase thanks to upcoming spacecraft and ground based surveys. Providing both forms of data enables simultaneous fitting that can help break degeneracies in the orbital elements that arise when only one data type is available. The dynamical mass estimates this approach can produce are important when investigating the formation mechanisms and subsequent evolution of substellar companions. ExoSOFT was verified through fitting to artificial data and was implemented using the Python and Cython programming languages; available for public download at under the GNU General Public License v3.

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K. Mede and T. Brandt
Mon, 13 Nov 17

Comments: 9 pages, 4 figures, 2 tables. Code available at this https URL