The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets: XLIV. Eight HARPS multi-planet systems hosting 20 super-Earth and Neptune-mass companions

S. Udry, X. Dumusque, C. Lovis, D. Ségransan, R. F. Diaz, W. Benz, F. Bouchy, A. Coffinet, G. Lo Curto, M. Mayor, C. Mordasini, F. Motalebi, F. Pepe, D. Queloz, N. C. Santos, A. Wyttenbach, R. Alonso, A. Collier Cameron, M. Deleuil, P. FigueiraM. Gillon, C. Moutou, D. Pollacco, E. Pompei

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Abstract

Context. We present radial-velocity measurements of eight stars observed with the HARPS Echelle spectrograph mounted on the 3.6-m telescope in La Silla (ESO, Chile). Data span more than ten years and highlight the long-term stability of the instrument.

Aims. We search for potential planets orbiting HD 20003, HD 20781, HD 21693, HD 31527, HD 45184, HD 51608, HD 134060 and HD 136352 to increase the number of known planetary systems and thus better constrain exoplanet statistics.

Methods. After a preliminary phase looking for signals using generalized Lomb-Scargle periodograms, we perform a careful analysis of all signals to separate bona-fide planets from signals induced by stellar activity and instrumental systematics. We finally secure the detection of all planets using the efficient MCMC available on the Data and Analysis Center for Exoplanets (DACE web-platform), using model comparison whenever necessary.

Results. In total, we report the detection of twenty new super-Earth to Neptune-mass planets, with minimum masses ranging from 2 to 30 MEarth and periods ranging from 3 to 1300 days, in multiple systems with two to four planets. Adding CORALIE and HARPS measurements of HD20782 to the already published data, we also improve the characterization of the extremely eccentric Jupiter orbiting this visual companion of HD 20781.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA37
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Volume622
Early online date25 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Planetary systems
  • Techniques: radial velocities
  • Techniques: spectroscopic
  • Methods: data analysis
  • Stars: general

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