CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 - Free-floating Planetary Mass Object

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CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 - Free-floating Planetary Mass Object

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 1st October 2012, 8:56 pm

CFBDSIR2149-0403: a 4-7 Jupiter-mass free-floating planet in the young moving group AB Doradus ?
http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.0305

Using the CFBDSIR wide field survey for brown dwarfs, we identified CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9, a late T dwarf with atypically red J-Ks colour. We obtained an X-Shooter spectra, with signal detectable from 0.8 to 2.3 micron, which confirmed a T7 spectral type with an enhanced Ks-band flux indicative of a potentially low-gravity, young, object. The comparison of our near infrared spectrum with atmosphere models, for solar metallicity, shows that CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 is probably a 650-750 K, log g=3.75-4.0 substellar object. Using evolution models, this translates into a planetary mass object, with an age in the 20-200 Myr range. An independent Bayesian analysis from proper motion measurements results in a 87% probability that this free-floating planet is a member of the 50-120 Myr old AB Doradus moving group, which strengthens the spectroscopic youth diagnosis. By combining our atmospheric characterisation with the age and metallicity constraints arising from the probable membership to the AB Doradus moving group, we find that CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 is probably a 4-7 Jupiter masses free-floating planet with an effective temperature of ~700K and a log g of ~4.0, typical of the late T-type exoplanets that are targeted by direct imaging. We stress that this object could be used as a benchmark for understanding the physics of the similar T-type exoplanets that will be discovered by the upcoming high contrast imagers.

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Re: CFBDSIRJ214947.2-040308.9 - Free-floating Planetary Mass Object

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 14th November 2012, 9:20 am

BBC Article.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20309762

Time article.
http://science.time.com/2012/11/14/lost-in-space-a-starless-planet-floats-alone/

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Post by jyril on 14th November 2012, 10:05 am

ESO press release: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1245/

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