GSC 06214-00210b

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GSC 06214-00210b

Post by Lazarus on 11th November 2010, 4:45 am

A ~14 Jupiter mass companion at ~300 AU from a ~0.6 solar mass star in Upper Scorpius, plus a confirmation of the physical association of 1RXS J160929.1-210524b.

Two Wide Planetary-Mass Companions to Solar-Type Stars in Upper Scorpius
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Re: GSC 06214-00210b

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th September 2011, 8:17 pm

A Disk Around the Planetary-Mass Companion GSC 06214-00210 b: Clues About the Formation of Gas Giants on Wide Orbits
http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.5693

We present Keck/OSIRIS 1.1-1.8 um adaptive optics integral field spectroscopy of the planetary-mass companion to GSC 06214-00210, a member of the ~5 Myr Upper Scorpius OB association. We infer a spectral type of L0+/-1, and our spectrum exhibits multiple signs of youth. The most notable feature is exceptionally strong PaBeta emission (EW=-11.4 +/- 0.3 A) which signals the presence of a circumplanetary accretion disk. The luminosity of GSC 06214-00210 b combined with its age yields a model-dependent mass of 14 +/- 2 MJup, making it the lowest-mass companion to show evidence of a disk. With a projected separation of 320 AU, the formation of GSC 06214-00210 b and other very low-mass companions on similarly wide orbits is unclear. One proposed mechanism is formation at close separations followed by planet-planet scattering to much larger orbits. Since that scenario involves a close encounter with another massive body, which is probably destructive to circumplanetary disks, it is unlikely that GSC 06214-00210 b underwent a scattering event in the past. This implies that planet-planet scattering is not solely responsible for the population of gas giants on wide orbits. More generally, the identification of disks around young planetary companions on wide orbits offers a novel method to constrain the formation pathway of these objects, which is otherwise notoriously difficult to do for individual systems. We also refine the spectral type of the primary from M1 to K7 and detect a mild (2-sigma) excess at 22 um using WISE photometry.

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