Imaging search for planets at HD 115892, HD 172555

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Imaging search for planets at HD 115892, HD 172555

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 22nd June 2011, 9:17 pm

Searching for Gas Giant Planets on Solar System Scales: VLT NACO/APP Observations of the Debris Disk Host Stars HD172555 and HD115892

Using the APP coronagraph of VLT/NACO we searched for planetary mass companions around HD115892 and HD172555 in the thermal infrared at 4 micron. Both objects harbor unusually luminous debris disks for their age and it has been suggested that small dust grains were produced recently in transient events (e.g., a collision) in these systems. Such a collision of planetesimals or protoplanets could have been dynamically triggered by yet unseen companions. We did not detect any companions in our images but derived the following detection limits: For both objects we would have detected companions with apparent magnitudes between ~13.2-14.1 mag at angular separations between 0.4- 1.0" at the 5-sigma level. For HD115892 we were sensitive to companions with 12.1 mag even at 0.3". Using theoretical models these magnitudes are converted into mass limits. For HD115892 we would have detected objects with 10-15 M_Jup at angular separations between 0.4-1.0" (7-18 AU). At 0.3" (~5.5 AU) the detection limit was ~25 M_Jup. For HD172555 we reached detection limits between 2-3 M_Jup at separations between 0.5-1.0" (15-29 AU). At 0.4" (~11 AU) the detection limit was ~4 M_Jup. Despite the non-detections our data demonstrate the unprecedented contrast performance of NACO/APP in the thermal infrared at very small inner working angles and we show that our observations are mostly background limited at separation >0.5".

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Re: Imaging search for planets at HD 115892, HD 172555

Post by Lazarus on 24th June 2011, 3:16 pm

Here's the link

HD 115892 = Iota Centauri.

Certainly interesting to see the searches getting down to these kind of levels
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