EPIC211682544 b: A 50-day period sub-Neptune with a mass measurement using HARPS-N

A. Mortier*, A. Mortier, V. M. Rajpaul, L. A. Buchhave, A. Vanderburg, L. Zeng, M. López-Morales, L. Malavolta, A. Collier Cameron, C. D. Dressing, P Figueira, V. Nascimbeni, K. Rice, A. Sozzetti, C. Watson, L. Affer, F. Bouchy, D. Charbonneau, A. Harutyunyan, R. D. HaywoodJ. A. Johnson, D. W. Latham, C Lovis, A. F. Martinez Fiorenzano, M Mayor, G. Micela, E. Molinari, F. Motalebi, F. Pepe, G. Piotto, D. Phillips, E. Poretti, D. Sasselov, D. Ségransan, S. Udry

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This paper reports on the validation and mass measurement of EPIC211682544 b, a sub-Neptune orbiting a quiet G9V star. Using K2 data from campaigns C5 and C16, we find this planet to have a period of 50.818947 ± 0.000094 days and a radius of 2.41 ± 0.12 R⊕. We followed this system with HARPS-N to obtain 67 precise radial velocities. A combined fit of the transit and radial velocity data reveals that EPIC211682544 b has a mass of 14.8 ± 3.1 M⊕. Its bulk density (5.7+1.6/−1.4 g cm−3) implies that this planet has a significant envelope of water or other volatiles around a rocky core. EPIC211682544 b likely formed in a similar way as the cores of the four giant planets in our own Solar System, but for some reason, did not accrete much gas. The planetary mass was confirmed by an independent Gaussian process-based fit to both the radial velocities and the spectroscopic activity indicators. EPIC211682544 b belongs to only a handful of confirmed K2 exoplanets with periods longer than 40 days. It is among the longest periods for a small planet with a precisely determined mass using radial velocities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1839-1847
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The version of record [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/advance-article/doi/10.1093/mnras/sty2360/5090159


  • Planets and satellites: EPIC211682544 b
  • Techniques: photometric
  • Techniques: radial velocities
  • Techniques: spectroscopic

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