Faint source star planetary microlensing: the discovery of the cold gas giant planet OGLE-2014-BLG-0676Lb

N. J. Rattenbury, D. P. Bennett, T. Sumi, N. Koshimoto, I. A. Bond, A. Udalski, Y. Shvartzvald, D. Maoz, U. G. Jørgensen, M. Dominik, R. A. Street, Y. Tsapras, F. Abe, Y. Asakura, R. Barry, A. Bhattacharya, M. Donachie, P. Evans, M. Freeman, A. FukuiY. Hirao, Y. Itow, M. C. A. Li, C. H. Ling, K. Masuda, Y. Matsubara, Y. Muraki, M. Nagakane, K. Ohnishi, H. Oyokawa, To. Saito, A. Sharan, D. J. Sullivan, D. Suzuki, P. J. Tristram, A. Yonehara, R. Poleski, J. Skowron, P. Mróz, M. K. Szymański, I. Soszyński, P. Pietrukowicz, S. Kozłowski, K. Ulaczyk, Ł. Wyrzykowski, M. Friedmann, S. Kaspi, K. Alsubai, P. Browne, J. M. Andersen, V. Bozza, S. Calchi Novati, Y. Damerdji, C. Diehl, S. Dreizler, A. Elyiv, E. Giannini, S. Hardis, K. Harpsøe, T. C. Hinse, C. Liebig, M. Hundertmark, D. Juncher, N. Kains, E. Kerins, H. Korhonen, L. Mancini, R. Martin, M. Mathiasen, M. Rabus, S. Rahvar, G. Scarpetta, J. Skottfelt, C. Snodgrass, J. Surdej, J. Taylor, J. Tregloan-Reed, C. Vilela, J. Wambsganss, A. Williams, G. D'ago, E. Bachelet, D. M. Bramich, R. Figuera Jaimes, K. Horne, J. Menzies, R. Schmidt, I. A. Steele

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We report the discovery of a planet — OGLE-2014-BLG-0676Lb— via gravitational microlensing. Observations for the lensing event were made by the MOA, OGLE, Wise, RoboNET/LCOGT, MiNDSTEp and μFUN groups. All analyses of the light curve data favour a lens system comprising a planetary mass orbiting a host star. The most favoured binary lens model has a mass ratio between the two lens masses of (4.78 ± 0.13) × 10−3. Subject to some important assumptions, a Bayesian probability density analysis suggests the lens system comprises a 3.09 (+1.02/−1.12) MJ planet orbiting a 0.62(+0.20/−0.22) M⊙ host star at a deprojected orbital separation of 4.40 (+2.16/−1.46) AU. The distance to the lens system is 2.22 (+0.96/−0.83) kpc. Planet OGLE-2014-BLG-0676Lb provides additional data to the growing number of cool planets discovered using gravitational microlensing against which planetary formation theories may be tested. Most of the light in the baseline of this event is expected to come from the lens and thus high-resolution imaging observations could confirm our planetary model interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2710-2717
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date10 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • Gravitational lensing: micro
  • Planets and satellites: detection


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