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ID: 709998.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Warm ice giant GJ 3470b - II. Revised planetary and stellar parameters from optical to near-infrared transit photometry
Authors:Biddle, L. I.; Pearson, K. A.; Crossfield, I. J. M.; Fulton, B. J.; Ciceri, S.; Eastman, J.; Barman, T.; Mann, A. W.; Henry, G. W.; Howard, A. W.; Williamson, M. H.; Sinukoff, E.; Dragomir, D.; Vican, L.; Mancini, L.; Southworth, J.; Greenberg, A.; Turner, J. D.; Thompson, R.; Taylor, B. W.; Levine, S. E.; Webber, M. W.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2014
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:1810
End Page:1820
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:It is important to explore the diversity of characteristics of low-mass, low-density planets to understand the nature and evolution of this class of planets. We present a homogeneous analysis of 12 new and 9 previously published broad-band photometric observations of the Uranus-sized extrasolar planet GJ 3470b, which belongs to the growing sample of sub-Jovian bodies orbiting M dwarfs. The consistency of our analysis explains some of the discrepancies between previously published results and provides updated constraints on the planetary parameters. Our data are also consistent with previous transit observations of this system. The physical properties of the transiting system can only be constrained as well as the host star is characterized, so we provide new spectroscopic measurements of GJ 3470 from 0.33 to 2.42 mum to aid our analysis. We find R* = 0.48 ± 0.04 R&sun;, M* = 0.51 ± 0.06 M&sun;, and Teff = 3652 ± 50K for GJ 3470, along with a rotation period of 20.70 ± 0.15 d and an R-band amplitude of 0.01 mag, which is small enough that current transit measurements should not be strongly affected by stellar variability. However, to report definitively whether stellar activity has a significant effect on the light curves, this requires future multiwavelength, multi-epoch studies of GJ 3470. We also present the most precise orbital ephemeris for this system: To = 2455983.70472 ± 0.00021BJDTDB, P = 3.336 6487^{+0.000 0043}_{-0.000 0033} d, and we see no evidence for transit timing variations greater than 1 min. Our reported planet to star radius ratio is 0.076 42 ± 0.000 37. The physical parameters of this planet are Rp = 3.88 ± 0.32 R⊕ and Mp = 13.73 ± 1.61 M⊕. Because of our revised stellar parameters, the planetary radius we present is smaller than previously reported values. We also perform a second analysis of the transmission spectrum of the entire ensemble of transit observations to date, supporting the existence of an H2-dominated atmosphere exhibiting a strong Rayleigh scattering slope.
Free Keywords:techniques: photometric; techniques: spectroscopic; eclipses; planets and satellites: atmospheres; stars: individual: GJ 3470- infrared stars
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0035-8711 %R 10.1093/mnras/stu1199
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