The CORALIE survey for southern extra-solar planets VII*
Observatoire de Genève, 51 Ch. des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
Corresponding author: F. Pepe, Francesco.Pepe@obs.unige.ch
Accepted: 19 March 2002
We present the discovery of two Saturn-mass companions to HD 108147 and HD 168746. Both belong to the lightest ever discovered planets. The minimum mass of the companion to HD 168746 is of only 0.77 the mass of Saturn and its orbital period is 6.4 days. The companion to HD 108147 orbits its parent star in 10.9 days and its minimum mass is 1.34 that of Saturn. Its orbit is characterized by a high eccentricity, , indicating possibly the presence of a second companion. The detection of Saturn-mass planets by means of the Doppler technique demands high radial-velocity measurement precision. The two new candidates were discovered by means of the CORALIE echelle spectrograph. The instrumental accuracy of CORALIE combined with the simultaneous ThAr-reference technique has reached a level better than 3 m s-1. On many observed objects the precision is now limited by photon noise. We present in this paper the weighted cross-correlation technique, which leads to an improvement in the photon noise of the computed radial velocity. We discuss as well a modification of the numerical cross-correlation mask which reduces significantly the residual perturbation effects produced by telluric absorption lines.
Key words: techniques: radial velocities / stars: individual: HD 108147 / stars: individual: HD 168746 / stars: planetary systems
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