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The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets
XXXVIII. Bayesian re-analysis of three systems. New super-Earths, unconfirmed signals, and magnetic cycles

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

We present the analysis of the entire HARPS observations of three stars that host planetary systems: HD 1461, HD 40307, and HD 204313. The data set spans eight years and contains more than 200 nightly averaged velocity measurements for each star. This means that it is sensitive to both long-period and low-mass planets and also to the effects induced by stellar activity cycles. We modelled the data using Keplerian functions that correspond to planetary candidates and included the short- and long-term effects of magnetic activity. A Bayesian approach was taken both for the data modelling, which allowed us to include information from activity proxies such as log R'HK in the velocity modelling, and for the model selection, which permitted determining the number of significant signals in the system. The Bayesian model comparison overcomes the limitations inherent to the traditional periodogram analysis. We report an additional super-Earth planet in the HD 1461 system. Four out of the six planets previously reported for HD 40307 are confirmed and characterised. We discuss the remaining two proposed signals. In particular, we show that when the systematic uncertainty associated with the techniques for estimating model probabilities are taken into account, the current data are not conclusive concerning the existence of the habitable-zone candidate HD 40307 g. We also fully characterise the Neptune-mass planet that orbits HD 204313 in 34.9 days.

techniques: radial velocities – methods: data analysis – methods: statistical – planetary systems

Based on observations made with the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6 m telescope at La Silla Observatory under the GTO programme ID 072.C-0488, and its continuation programmes ID 183.C-0972, 091.C-0936, and 192.C-0852.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volume 585, Article Number A134, Number of pages 24
2016 January

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia