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Metallicity of M dwarfs: The link to exoplanets

V. Neves, X. Bonfils, N. C. Santos

The determination of the stellar parameters of M dwarfs is of prime importance in the fields of galactic, stellar and planetary astronomy. M stars are the least studied galactic component regarding their fundamental parameters. Yet, they are the most numerous stars in the galaxy and contribute to most of its total (baryonic) mass. In particular, we are interested in their metallicity in order to study the star-planet connection and to refine the planetary parameters. As a preliminary result we present a test of the metallicity calibrations of Bonfils et al. (2005), Johnson & Apps (2009), and Schlaufman & Laughlin (2010) using a new sample of 17 binaries with precise V band photometry.

The Astrophysics of Planetary Systems: Formation, Structure, and Dynamical Evolution
Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 276

A. Sozzetti, M. G. Lattanzi, A. P. Boss

Cambridge University Press
Volume 6, Page 443
2011 November

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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