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Volume 505, Number 2, October II 2009
Page(s) 853 - 858
Section Planets and planetary systems
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200912427
Published online 28 July 2009
A&A 505, 853-858 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200912427

The SOPHIE search for northern extrasolar planets

I. A companion around HD 16760 with mass close to the planet/brown-dwarf transition
F. Bouchy1, 2, G. Hébrard1, S. Udry3, X. Delfosse4, I. Boisse1, M. Desort4, X. Bonfils4, A. Eggenberger4, D. Ehrenreich4, T. Forveille4, A. M. Lagrange4, H. Le Coroller2, C. Lovis3, C. Moutou5, F. Pepe3, C. Perrier4, F. Pont6, D. Queloz3, N. C. Santos7, D. Ségransan3, and A. Vidal-Madjar1

1  Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, UMR7095 CNRS, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, 98bis Bd Arago, 75014 Paris, France
    e-mail: bouchy@iap.fr
2  Observatoire de Haute-Provence, CNRS/OAMP, 04870 St Michel l'Observatoire, France
3  Observatoire de Genève, Université de Genève, 51 Ch. des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
4  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire de Grenoble, Université J. Fourier, CNRS, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
5  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, 38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille Cedex 13, France
6  School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QL, UK
7  Centro de Astrofísica, Universidade do Porto, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal

Received 5 May 2009 / Accepted 13 July 2009

We report on the discovery of a substellar companion or a massive Jupiter orbiting the G5V star HD 16760 using the spectrograph SOPHIE installed on the OHP 1.93-m telescope. Characteristics and performances of the spectrograph are presented, as well as the SOPHIE exoplanet consortium program. With a minimum mass of 14.3 ${M}_{\rm Jup}$, an orbital period of 465 days and an eccentricity of 0.067, HD 16760b seems to be located just at the end of the mass distribution of giant planets, close to the planet/brown-dwarf transition. Its quite circular orbit supports a formation in a gaseous protoplanetary disk.

Key words: planetary systems -- techniques: radial velocities -- stars: individual: HD 16760

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