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K2-291b: A Rocky Super-Earth in a 2.2 day Orbit

I. J. M. Crossfield, E. Petigura, E. J. Gonzales, E. Poretti, L. Malavolta, A. W. Howard, H. Isaacson, R. D. Haywood, D. Ciardi, A. Collier Cameron, D. Charbonneau, C. D. Dressing, P. Figueira, B. J. Fulton, Lea Hirsch, D. W. Latham, A. Mortier, A. Vanderburg, L. M. Weiss, A. S. Bonomo, F. Bouchy, L. A. Buchhave, A. Coffinet, M. Damasso, X. Dumusque, C. Lovis, M. Mayor, G. Micela, E. Molinari, F. Pepe, D. F. Phillips, G. Piotto, K. Rice, D. Sasselov, D. Sťgransan, A. Sozzetti, S. Udry, C. A. Watson


K2-291 (EPIC 247418783) is a solar-type star with a radius of R_star = 0.899 ± 0.034 R_sun and mass of M_star=0.934 ± 0.038 M_sun. From K2 C13 data, we found one super-Earth planet (R_p = 1.589+0.095-0.072 R_Earth) transiting this star on a short period orbit (P = 2.225177 +6.6e-5 -6.8e-5 days). We followed this system up with adaptive-optic imaging and spectroscopy to derive stellar parameters, search for stellar companions, and determine a planet mass. From our 75 radial velocity measurements using HIRES on Keck I and HARPS-N on Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, we constrained the mass of EPIC 247418783b to M_p = 6.49 ± 1.16 M_Earth. We found it necessary to model correlated stellar activity radial velocity signals with a Gaussian process in order to more accurately model the effect of stellar noise on our data; the addition of the Gaussian process also improved the precision of this mass measurement. With a bulk density of 8.84+2.50-2.03 g cm-3, the planet is consistent with an Earth-like rock/iron composition and no substantial gaseous envelope. Such an envelope, if it existed in the past, was likely eroded away by photo-evaporation during the first billion years of the star's lifetime.

planets and satellites: composition; planets and satellites: detection; techniques: radial velocities

The Astronomical Journal
Volume 157, Number 3, Page 15
2019 February

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Instituto de Astrof√≠sica e Ci√™ncias do Espa√ßo Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia