Exoplanets & Exomoons

The CARMENES Search For Exoplanets Around M Dwarfs. Two Terrestrial Planets Orbiting G 264-012 And One Terrestrial Planet Orbiting Gl 393

By Keith Cowing
June 1, 2021
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The CARMENES Search For Exoplanets Around M Dwarfs. Two Terrestrial Planets Orbiting G 264-012 And One Terrestrial Planet Orbiting Gl 393
Parameters of all known exoplanets around M dwarfs. Left panel: Minimum planet mass versus orbital period. Right panel: RV curve semi-amplitude against host stellar mass. Black squares represent exoplanet parameters for those listed in http//exoplanets.eu on 01 February 2021 and cyan small circles represent TESS detections. Red symbols show planets detected by the CARMENES survey (solid circles) or by its follow-up of TESS detections (solid squares). The three planet candidates presented in this work are shown as red stars.

We report the discovery of two planetary systems, namely G 264-012, an M4.0 dwarf with two terrestrial planets (Mbsini=2.50+0.29−0.30 M⊕ and Mcsini=3.75+0.48−0.47 M⊕), and Gl 393, a bright M2.0 dwarf with one terrestrial planet (Mbsini=1.71±0.24 M⊕).

Although both stars were proposed to belong to young stellar kinematic groups, we estimate their ages to be older than about 700 Ma. The two planets around G 264-012 were discovered using only radial-velocity (RV) data from the CARMENES exoplanet survey, with estimated orbital periods of 2.30 d and 8.05 d, respectively. Photometric monitoring and analysis of activity indicators reveal a third signal present in the RV measurements, at about 100 d, caused by stellar rotation. The planet Gl 393 b was discovered in the RV data from the HARPS, CARMENES, and HIRES instruments. Its identification was only possible after modelling, with a Gaussian process (GP), the variability produced by the magnetic activity of the star.

For the earliest observations, this variability produced a forest of peaks in the periodogram of the RVs at around the 34 d rotation period determined from {\em Kepler} data, which disappeared in the latest epochs. After correcting for them with this GP model, a significant signal showed at a period of 7.03 d. No significant signals in any of our spectral activity indicators or contemporaneous photometry were found at any of the planetary periods. Given the orbital and stellar properties, the equilibrium temperatures of the three planets are all higher than that for Earth. Current planet formation theories suggest that these two systems represent a common type of architecture. This is consistent with formation following the core accretion paradigm.

P.J. Amado, F.F. Bauer, C. Rodríguez López, E. Rodríguez, C. Cardona Guillén, M. Perger, J.A. Caballero, M. J. López-González, I. Muñoz Rodríguez, F.J. Pozuelos, A. Sánchez-Rivero, M. Schlecker, A. Quirrenbach, I. Ribas, A. Reiners, J. Almenara, N. Astudillo-Defru, M. Azzaro, V.J.S. Béjar, R. Bohemann, X. Bonfils, F. Bouchy, C. Cifuentes, M. Cortés-Contreras, X. Delfosse, S. Dreizler, T. Forveille, A.P. Hatzes, Th. Henning, S.V. Jeffers, A. Kaminski, M. Kürster, M. Lafarga, N. Lodieu, C. Lovis, M. Mayor, D. Montes, J.C. Morales, N. Morales, F. Murgas, J.L. Ortiz, F. Pepe, V. Perdelwitz, D. Pollaco, N.C. Santos, P. Schöfer, A. Schweitzer, N.C. Ségransan, Y. Shan, S. Stock, L. Tal-Or, S. Udry, M.R. Zapatero Osorio, M. Zechmeister

Comments: 24 pages, 18 figures. Paper in press in A&A
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:2105.13785 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2105.13785v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Pedro J. Amado
[v1] Fri, 28 May 2021 12:45:49 UTC (12,666 KB)

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