Gavin Ramsay, Adam Brooks, Pasi Hakala, Thomas Barclay, David Garcia-Alvarez, Victoria Antoci, Sandra Greiss, Martin Still, Danny Steeghs, Boris Gänsicke, Mark Reynolds

RATS-Kepler – a deep high cadence survey of the Kepler field

Fig. 7. The Kepler SC light curves of the eleven sources which appear to be δ Sct type stars. They are ordered so that those showing the shortest dominant period is at the top of the figure. For clarity we show the light curve covering only one day for each star. The KIC identifier for each star is shown on the right hand edge of each panel.


We outline the purpose, strategy and first results of a deep, high cadence, photometric survey of the Kepler field using the Isaac Newton Telescope on La Palma and the MDM 1.3m Telescope on Kitt Peak. Our goal was to identify sources located in the Kepler field of view which are variable on a timescale of a few mins to 1 hour. The astrophysically most interesting sources would then have been candidates for observation using Kepler using 1 min sampling. Our survey covered ∼42% of the Kepler field of view and we have obtained light curves for 7.1×105 objects in the range 13< g < 20. We have discovered more than 100 variable sources which have passed our two stage identification process. As a service to the wider community, we make our data products and cleaned CCD images available to download. We obtained Kepler data of 18 sources which we found to be variable using our survey and we give an overview of the currently available data here. These sources include a pulsating DA white dwarf, eleven δ Sct stars which have dominant pulsation periods in the range 24 min to 2.35 hrs, three contact binaries, and a cataclysmic variable (V363 Lyr). One of the δ Sct stars is in a contact binary.

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Last Revised: 2013 October 1st