Volume 526, February 2011
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||12 January 2011|
XXVI. Two giant planets around M0 dwarfs
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Observatoire de Grenoble,
Université Joseph Fourier, CNRS, UMR 5571,
Grenoble Cedex 9,
2 Observatoire de Genève, Université de Genève, 51 ch. des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
3 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
4 Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 98bis Bd Arago, 75014 Paris, France
5 Observatoire de Haute-Provence, CNRS/OAMP, 04870 St Michel l’Observatoire, France
6 Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, 38 rue Fréderic Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille Cedex 13, France
7 Centro de Astrofísica, Universidade do Porto, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal
8 Departamento de Fìsica e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal
Received: 31 October 2010
Accepted: 1 December 2010
Fewer giants planets are found around M dwarfs than around more massive stars, and this dependence of planetary characteristics on the mass of the central star is an important observational diagnostic of planetary formation theories. In part to improve on those statistics, we are monitoring the radial velocities of nearby M dwarfs with the HARPS spectrograph on the ESO 3.6 m telescope. We present here the detection of giant planets around two nearby M0 dwarfs: planets, with minimum masses of respectively 5 Jupiter masses and 1 Saturn mass, orbit around Gl 676A and HIP 12961. The latter is, by over a factor of two, the most massive planet found by radial velocity monitoring of an M dwarf, but its being found around an early M-dwarf is in approximate line with the upper envelope of the planetary vs stellar mass diagram. HIP 12961 ([Fe/H] = −0.07) is slightly more metal-rich than the average solar neighborhood ([Fe/H] = −0.17), and Gl 676A ([Fe/H] = 0.18) significantly so. The two stars together therefore reinforce the growing trend for giant planets being more frequent around more metal-rich M dwarfs, and the 5 Jupiter mass Gl 676Ab being found around a metal-rich star is consistent with the expectation that the most massive planets preferentially form in disks with large condensate masses.
Key words: stars: individual: Gl 676A / stars: individual: HIP 12961 / planetary systems / stars: late-type / techniques: radial velocities / stars: low-mass
Based on observations made with the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6-m telescope at La Silla Observatory under program ID 072.C-0488
Tables 3 and 4 are also available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (184.108.40.206) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/526/A141
© ESO, 2011
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