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Post by Daniel on 20th June 2017, 6:12 pm

Seeing double with K2: Testing re-inflation with two remarkably similar planets around red giant branch stars

https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.05865

Determining the mechanism that causes anomalously large radii of strongly irradiated exoplanets has remained a puzzle since before the radius of an exoplanet was first measured. Here, we report the discovery of a new inflated gas giant planet found with the NASA K2 Mission, EPIC2287.01, and a revised mass for the previously discovered inflated gas giant K2-97b. These planets orbit at moderate (~9 day) orbital distances around host stars which recently evolved into red giants. We constrain the irradiation history of these systems using a model constrained by parameters determined by asteroseismology and Keck/HIRES spectroscopy and radial velocity measurements. We find that both planets resided near the planet inflation irradiation threshold during their main sequence lifetimes. We also find that the current irradiation of these planets is typical for the population of planets with similar radii, but the main sequence irradiation of these planets would have been atypically small for the population of planets inflated to their size. Our precise constraints of the masses and radii of the stars and planets in this system allow us to constrain the planetary heating efficiencies of both systems to 0.03% +0.03%/-0.02%. These results are consistent with a planet re-inflation scenario, but suggest the efficiency of planet re-inflation is significantly lower than previously theorized. Finally, we discuss the similarity of both planetary systems (agreement within 10% of stellar masses and radii, and planet masses, radii, and orbital periods) and speculate that this may be due to selection bias in searching for planets around evolved stars.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 21st June 2017, 11:53 pm

EPIC 228735255b - An eccentric 6.57 day transiting hot Jupiter in Virgo
https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.06865

We present the discovery of EPIC 228735255b, a P= 6.57 days Jupiter-mass (MP=1.0190.070 MJup) planet transiting a V=12.5 (G5-spectral type) star in an eccentric orbit (e=0.120+0.056−0.046) detected using a combination of K2 photometry and ground-based observations. With a radius of 1.0950.018RJup the planet has a bulk density of 0.7260.062ρJup. The host star has a [Fe/H] of 0.120.045, and from the K2 light curve we find a rotation period for the star of 16.30.1 days. This discovery is the 9th hot Jupiter from K2 and highlights K2's ability to detect transiting giant planets at periods slightly longer than traditional, ground-based surveys. This planet is slightly inflated, but much less than others with similar incident fluxes. These are of interest for investigating the inflation mechanism of hot Jupiters.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 4th July 2017, 9:56 pm

Another paper on EPIC 228754001

A hot Saturn on an eccentric orbit around the giant star EPIC228754001
https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.00779

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 16th July 2017, 8:58 pm

Characterization of the K2-18 multi-planetary system with HARPS: A habitable zone super-Earth and discovery of a second, warm super-Earth on a non-coplanar orbit
https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.04292

The bright M dwarf K2-18 at 34 pc is known to host a transiting super-Earth-sized planet orbiting within the star's habitable zone; K2-18b. Given the superlative nature of this system for studying an exoplanetary atmosphere receiving similar levels of insolation as the Earth, we aim to characterize the planet's mass which is required to interpret atmospheric properties and infer the planet's bulk composition. We obtain precision radial velocity measurements with the HARPS spectrograph and couple those measurements with the K2 photometry to jointly model the observed radial velocity variation with planetary signals and a radial velocity jitter model based on Gaussian process regression. We measure the mass of K2-18b to be 8.01.9 M⊕ with a bulk density of 3.70.9 g/cm3 which may correspond to a predominantly rocky planet with a significant gaseous envelope or an ocean planet with a water mass fraction ≳50%. We also find strong evidence for a second, warm super-Earth K2-18c at ∼9 days with a semi-major axis 2.4 times smaller than the transiting K2-18b. After re-analyzing the available light curves of K2-18 we conclude that K2-18c is not detected in transit and therefore likely has an orbit that is non-coplanar with K2-18b. A suite of dynamical integrations with varying simulated orbital eccentricities of the two planets are used to further constrain each planet's eccentricity posterior from which we measure eb<0.43 and ec<0.47 at 99% confidence. The discovery of the inner planet K2-18c further emphasizes the prevalence of multi-planet systems around M dwarfs. The characterization of the density of K2-18b reveals that the planet likely has a thick gaseous envelope which along with its proximity to the Solar system makes the K2-18 planetary system an interesting target for the atmospheric study of an exoplanet receiving Earth-like insolation.

EPIC 228813918 b: an Earth-sized planet in a 4.3-hour orbit around an M-dwarf
https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.04549

We report the discovery from K2 of a transiting terrestrial planet in an ultra-short-period orbit around an M3-dwarf. EPIC 228813918 b completes an orbit in only 4.3 hours, the second-shortest orbital period of any known planet, just 4 minutes longer than that of KOI 1843.03, which also orbits an M-dwarf. Using a combination of archival images, AO imaging, RV measurements, and light curve modelling, we show that no plausible eclipsing binary scenario can explain the K2 light curve, and thus confirm the planetary nature of the system. The planet, whose radius we determine to be 0.89 +/- 0.09 Earth radii, and which must have a iron mass fraction greater than 0.45, orbits a star of mass 0.463 +/- 0.052 Msol and radius 0.442 +/- 0.044 Rsol.

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