Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, 61-1, Whaam-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-348, Korea e-mail: email@example.com
2 Department of Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, 702-701, Korea
3 Astrophysical Research Center for the Structure and Evolution of the Cosmos, Sejong University, Seoul, 143-747, Korea
4 Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Nauchny, Crimea, 98409, Ukraine
5 Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
6 Observatorio Astronómico Nacional SPM, Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ensenada, BC, México
Accepted: 13 October 2009
Aims. Our primary goal is to search for planets around intermediate mass stars. We are also interested in studying the nature of radial velocity (RV) variations of K giant stars.
Methods. We selected about 55 early K giant (K0-K4) stars brighter than fifth magnitude that were observed using BOES, a high resolution spectrograph attached to the 1.8 m telescope at BOAO (Bohyunsan Optical Astronomy Observatory). BOES is equipped with I2 absorption cell for high precision RV measurements.
Results. We detected a periodic radial velocity variations in the K0 III star Leonis with a period of P = 429 days. An orbital fit of the observed RVs yields a period of P = 429 days, a semi-amplitude of K = 208 , and an eccentricity of e = 0.14. To investigate the nature of the RV variations, we analyzed the photometric, Ca II λ 8662 equivalent width, and line-bisector variations of Leonis. We conclude that the detected RV variations can be best explained by a planetary companion with an estimated mass of and a semi-major axis of a = 1.19 AU, assuming a stellar mass of 1.23 .
Key words: stars: individual: γ1 Leonis / planetary systems / supergiants
RV data (Table 3) is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (188.8.131.52) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/509/A24
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