E. Petigura, J. H. Livingston, K. Batygin, S. M. Mills, M. Werner, H. Isaacson, B. J. Fulton, A. W. Howard, L. M. Weiss, N. Espinoza, D. Jontof-Hutter, A. Shporer, D. Bayliss, S. C. C. Barros
K2-19b and c were among the first planets discovered by NASA's K2 mission and together stand in stark contrast with the physical and orbital properties of the solar system planets. The planets are between the size of Uranus and Saturn at 7.0 ± 0.2 R☉ and 4.1 ± 0.2 R☉, respectively, and reside a mere 0.1% outside the nominal 3:2 mean-motion resonance. They represent a different outcome of the planet formation process than the solar system, as well as the vast majority of known exoplanets. We measured the physical and orbital properties of these planets using photometry from K2, Spitzer, and ground-based telescopes, along with radial velocities from Keck/HIRES. Through a joint photodynamical model, we found that the planets have moderate eccentricities of e ≈ 0.20 and well-aligned apsides Δω ≈ 0°. The planets occupy a strictly nonresonant configuration: the resonant angles circulate rather than librate. This defies the predictions of standard formation pathways that invoke convergent or divergent migration, both of which predict Δpiv ≈ 180° and eccentricities of a few percent or less. We measured masses of Mp,b = 32.4 ± 1.7 M☉ and Mp,c = 10.8 ± 0.6 M☉. Our measurements, with 5% fractional uncertainties, are among the most precise of any sub-Jovian exoplanet. Mass and size reflect a planet's core/envelope structure. Despite having a relatively massive core of Mcore ≈ 15 M☉, K2-19b is envelope-rich, with an envelope mass fraction of roughly 50%. This planet poses a challenge to standard models of core-nucleated accretion, which predict that cores gsim10 M☉ will quickly accrete gas and trigger runaway accretion when the envelope mass exceeds that of the core.
Exoplanet astronomy; Exoplanet dynamics; Exoplanet formation; Exoplanet evolution; Extrasolar gas giants; Exoplanet structure; Radial velocity; Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
The Astronomical Journal
Volume 159, Number 1