Correlations between the stellar, planetary, and debris components of exoplanet systems observed by Herschel⋆
Depto. de Física Teórica, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,
2 School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
3 Department of Astrophysics, Center for Astrobiology, Ctra. de Ajalvirkm 4, Torrejon de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
4 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
5 Institute of Astronomy (IoA), University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA, UK
6 ESA-ESAC Gaia SOC. PO Box 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
7 SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, 9747 AD Groningen, The Netherlands
8 Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, 61 Av. de l’Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
9 INAF Observatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Piazza Parlamento 1, 90134 Palermo, Italy
10 Department of Astrophysics, Centre for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), ESAC Campus, PO Box 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
11 Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, 5071 West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7, Canada
12 University of Victoria, Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6, Canada
13 Australian Centre for Astrobiology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
14 Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350 Queensland, Australia
15 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
16 Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Luis Enrique Erro 1, Sta. Ma. Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico
17 SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9SS, UK
18 UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
19 Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
20 Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, AlbaNova University Center, Roslagstullsbacken 21, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
21 ESA Astrophysics & Fundamental Physics Missions Division, ESTEC/SRE-SA, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
22 Department of Physical sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
23 Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton OX11 0QX, UK
Received: 15 November 2013
Accepted: 6 March 2014
Context. Stars form surrounded by gas- and dust-rich protoplanetary discs. Generally, these discs dissipate over a few (3–10) Myr, leaving a faint tenuous debris disc composed of second-generation dust produced by the attrition of larger bodies formed in the protoplanetary disc. Giant planets detected in radial velocity and transit surveys of main-sequence stars also form within the protoplanetary disc, whilst super-Earths now detectable may form once the gas has dissipated. Our own solar system, with its eight planets and two debris belts, is a prime example of an end state of this process.
Aims. The Herschel DEBRIS, DUNES, and GT programmes observed 37 exoplanet host stars within 25 pc at 70, 100, and 160 μm with the sensitivity to detect far-infrared excess emission at flux density levels only an order of magnitude greater than that of the solar system’s Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. Here we present an analysis of that sample, using it to more accurately determine the (possible) level of dust emission from these exoplanet host stars and thereafter determine the links between the various components of these exoplanetary systems through statistical analysis.
Methods. We have fitted the flux densities measured from recent Herschel observations with a simple two parameter (Td, LIR/L⋆) black-body model (or to the 3σ upper limits at 100 μm). From this uniform approach we calculated the fractional luminosity, radial extent and dust temperature. We then plotted the calculated dust luminosity or upper limits against the stellar properties, e.g. effective temperature, metallicity, and age, and identified correlations between these parameters.
Results. A total of eleven debris discs are identified around the 37 stars in the sample. An incidence of ten cool debris discs around the Sun-like exoplanet host stars (29 ± 9%) is consistent with the detection rate found by DUNES (20.2 ± 2.0%). For the debris disc systems, the dust temperatures range from 20 to 80 K, and fractional luminosities (LIR/L⋆) between 2.4 ×10-6 and 4.1 ×10-4. In the case of non-detections, we calculated typical 3σ upper limits to the dust fractional luminosities of a few ×10-6.
Conclusions. We recover the previously identified correlation between stellar metallicity and hot-Jupiter planets in our data set. We find a correlation between the increased presence of dust, lower planet masses, and lower stellar metallicities. This confirms the recently identified correlation between cold debris discs and low-mass planets in the context of planet formation by core accretion.
Key words: infrared: stars / infrared: planetary systems / circumstellar matter / planet-disk interactions
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