Is the activity level of HD 80606 influenced by its eccentric planet?
1 Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências
do Espaço, Universidade do Porto, CAUP, Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto, Portugal
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
3 Laboratoire J.-L. Lagrange, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, CNRS, Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur, 06304 Nice, France
4 CIDMA, Departamento de Física, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
5 ASD, IMCCE-CNRS UMR8028, Observatoire de Paris, 77 Av. Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France
6 Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
7 Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, UMR7095 CNRS, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, 98bis boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
8 Observatoire de Haute-Provence, CNRS, Université d’Aix-Marseille, 04870 Saint-Michel-l’, Observatoire, France
9 Observatoire Astronomique de l’Université de Genève, 51 Ch. des Maillettes, – Sauverny – 1290 Versoix, Suisse
10 Institut für Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universität, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
11 School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin-2, Ireland
Accepted: 12 June 2016
Aims. Several studies suggest that the activity level of a planet-host star can be influenced by the presence of a close-by orbiting planet. Moreover, the interaction mechanisms that have been proposed, magnetic interaction and tidal interaction, exhibit a very different dependence on the orbital separation between the star and the planet. A detection of activity enhancement and characterization of its dependence on planetary orbital distance can, in principle, allow us to characterize the physical mechanism behind the activity enhancement.
Methods. We used the HARPS-N spectrograph to measure the stellar activity level of HD 80606 during the planetary periastron passage and compared the activity measured to that close to apastron. Being characterized by an eccentricity of 0.93 and an orbital period of 111 days, the system’s extreme variation in orbital separation makes it a perfect target to test our hypothesis.
Results. We find no evidence for a variation in the activity level of the star as a function of planetary orbital distance, as measured by all activity indicators employed: log(), Hα, NaI, and HeI. None of the models employed, whether magnetic interaction or tidal interaction, provides a good description of the data. The photometry revealed no variation either, but it was strongly affected by poor weather conditions.
Conclusions. We find no evidence for star-planet interaction in HD 80606 at the moment of the periastron passage of its very eccentric planet. The straightforward explanation for the non-detection is the absence of interaction as a result of a low magnetic field strength on either the planet or the star and of the low level of tidal interaction between the two. However, we cannot exclude two scenarios: i) the interaction can be instantaneous and of magnetic origin, being concentrated on the substellar point and its surrounding area; and ii) the interaction can lead to a delayed activity enhancement. In either scenario, a star-planet interaction would not be detectable with the dataset described in this paper.
Key words: stars: activity / stars: individual: HD 80606 / instrumentation: spectrographs / techniques: radial velocities / techniques: spectroscopic / methods: data analysis
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