Exoplanets & Exomoons

A Detailed Analysis Of The Gl 486 Planetary System

By Keith Cowing
June 21, 2022
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A Detailed Analysis Of The Gl 486 Planetary System
Mass-radius diagram of all currently known transiting exoplanets with mass determination (from RV or transit time variations), in comparison with the Solar System planets. Filled circles with error bars colour-coded by their host’s Teff are planets with mass and radius uncertainties less than 30 %, open grey circles are the others. The filled black star is Gl 486 b. Dashed coloured curves are theoretical models of Zeng et al. (2019), specified in the legend. The Earth-like model is orange. Grey vertical dashed line: deuterium burning mass limit at 13 MJup (“planet”-brown dwarf boundary; see Caballero 2018 and references therein). In the inset, we zoom around the smallest planets and add mass-radius relationships informed by stellar abundances (Sect. 5.2). We plot median and 1σ error regions following nominal relative abundances of Fe, Mg, and Si of the host star without (pink) and with (cyan) the empirical correction of Adibekyan et al. (2021) based on well-characterised super-Earths. The two outliers with very high densities and M ∼ 2.0 M⊕ are Kepler-1972 b and c, which are two transiting planets with masses determined from transit time variations (Leleu et al. 2022).

The Gl 486 system consists of a very nearby, relatively bright, weakly active M3.5 V star at just 8 pc with a warm transiting rocky planet of about 1.3 R_Terra and 3.0 M_Terra that is ideal for both transmission and emission spectroscopy and for testing interior models of telluric planets.

To prepare for future studies, we collected light curves of seven new transits observed with the CHEOPS space mission and new radial velocities obtained with MAROON-X/Gemini North and CARMENES/Calar Alto telescopes, together with previously published spectroscopic and photometric data from the two spectrographs and TESS. We also performed interferometric observations with the CHARA Array and new photometric monitoring with a suite of smaller telescopes.

From interferometry, we measure a limb-darkened disc angular size of the star Gl 486. Together with a corrected Gaia EDR3 parallax, we obtain a stellar radius. We also measure a stellar rotation period at P_rot ~ 49.9 d, an upper limit to its XUV (5-920 AA) flux with new Hubble/STIS data, and, for the first time, a variety of element abundances (Fe, Mg, Si, V, Sr, Zr, Rb) and C/O ratio.

Besides, we impose restrictive constraints on the presence of additional components, either stellar or substellar, in the system. With the input stellar parameters and the radial-velocity and transit data, we determine the radius and mass of the planet Gl 486 b at R_p = 1.343+/0.063 R_Terra and M_p = 3.00+/-0.13 M_Terra. From the planet parameters and the stellar element abundances, we infer the most probable models of planet internal structure and composition, which are consistent with a relatively small metallic core with respect to the Earth, a deep silicate mantle, and a thin volatile upper layer. With all these ingredients, we outline prospects for Gl 486 b atmospheric studies, especially with forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope observations (abridged).

J. A. Caballero, E. Gonzalez-Alvarez, M. Brady, T. Trifonov, T. G. Ellis, C. Dorn, C. Cifuentes, K. Molaverdikhani, J. L. Bean, T. Boyajian, E. Rodriguez, J. Sanz-Forcada, M. R. Zapatero Osorio, C. Abia, P. J. Amado, N. Anugu, V. J. S. Bejar, C. L. Davies, S. Dreizler, F. Dubois, J. Ennis, N. Espinoza, C. D. Farrington, A. Garcia Lopez, T. Gardner, A. P. Hatzes, Th. Henning, E. Herrero, E. Herrero-Cisneros, A. Kaminski, D. Kasper, R. Klement, S. Kraus, A. Labdon, C. Lanthermann, J.-B. Le Bouquin, M. J. Lopez Gonzalez, R. Luque, A. W. Mann, E. Marfil, J. D. Monnier, D. Montes, J. C. Morales, E. Palle, S. Pedraz, A. Quirrenbach, S. Reffert, A. Reiners, I. Ribas, C. Rodriguez-Lopez, G. Schaefer, A. Schweitzer, A. Seifahrt, B. R. Setterholm, Y. Shan, D. Shulyak, E. Solano, K. R. Sreenivas, G. Stefansson, J. Stuermer, H. M. Tabernero, L. Tal-Or, T. ten Brummelaar, S. Vanaverbeke, K. von Braun, A. Youngblood, M. Zechmeister

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Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:2206.09990 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2206.09990v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: José A. Caballero
[v1] Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:22:52 UTC (7,085 KB)

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