Nondetection of HD 20367 b, HD 74156 d, 47 UMa c.

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Nondetection of HD 20367 b, HD 74156 d, 47 UMa c.

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 4th March 2009, 9:06 pm

Frustrating...

A Search for Multi-Planet Systems Using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Abstract wrote:Extrasolar multiple-planet systems provide valuable opportunities for testing theories of planet formation and evolution. The architectures of the known multiple-planet systems demonstrate a fascinating level of diversity, which motivates the search for additional examples of such systems in order to better constrain their formation and dynamical histories. Here we describe a comprehensive investigation of 22 planetary systems in an effort to answer three questions: 1) Are there additional planets? 2) Where could additional planets reside in stable orbits? and 3) What limits can these observations place on such objects? We find no evidence for additional bodies in any of these systems; indeed, these new data do not support three previously announced planets (HD 20367b: Udry et al. 2003, HD 74156d: Bean et al. 2008, and 47 UMa c: Fischer et al. 2002). The dynamical simulations show that nearly all of the 22 systems have large regions in which additional planets could exist in stable orbits. The detection-limit computations indicate that this study is sensitive to close-in Neptune-mass planets for most of the systems targeted. We conclude with a discussion on the implications of these non-detections.


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Re: Nondetection of HD 20367 b, HD 74156 d, 47 UMa c.

Post by Lazarus on 5th March 2009, 3:00 pm

Well the discovery of HD 20367b had not been published in a refereed journal despite being discovered several years back. I suspect we'll be hearing more about HD 74156 though, given that it is the system hailed as being the proof of Packed Planetary Systems, but note that the existence of HD 74156d has been challenged once already.

As for 47 UMa c, who knows. There seem to be some very different claims for where the object is, but it still seems there's something there... I recall that the Wright et al. review mentioned there is a reanalysis of the system being worked on.
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Re: Nondetection of HD 20367 b, HD 74156 d, 47 UMa c.

Post by Lazarus on 7th March 2009, 1:13 pm

Oh btw here's the link to the arXiv paper, since it wasn't in the first post.
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