An Earth-Like Planet in the GJ 832 System

Stability of planetary orbits around GJ 832 star system, which contains inner (GJ 832c) and outer (GJ 832b) planets, is investigated numerically and the detailed phase-space analysis are performed.

The stability of the system is de?ned in terms of its lifetime, which is its survival time during the orbital integration period, and the maximum eccentricity, emax attained by the orbits during the evolution processes. A special emphasis is given to the existence of stable orbits for an Earth-like planet that is injected between the inner and outer planets.

Thus, numerical simulations are performed for three and four bodies in elliptical orbits (or circular for special cases), and a large number of initial conditions that covers the whole phase-space of the existing bodies are used. The results presented in the phase-space maps for GJ 832c indicates the least deviation of the eccentricity from its nominal value, which is then used to determine its inclination regime.

Also, the Earth-like planet displays stable orbital con?gurations for at least one billion years. Then, the radial velocity curves based on the signature from the Keplerian motion are generated for the Earth-like planet to estimate its distance from the star and its mass-limit. The synthetic RV signal suggests that an additional planet (1M? ? mass ? 15M?) with dynamically stable con?guration may be residing between 0.25 - 2.0 AU from the star. We have provided an estimated number of RV observations for the additional planet for further observational veri?cation.

S. Satyal, J. Griffith, Z. E. Musielak
(Submitted on 15 Apr 2016)

Comments: Submitted to Astronomical Journal, 15 pages (8 figures)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1604.04544 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1604.04544v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Suman Satyal
[v1] Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:39:30 GMT (5061kb,D)
http://arxiv.org/abs/1604.04544

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