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Exoplanetary Scratchpad

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A list of planets discovered using the dopplar spectrometry method by team.

Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search Programmes

Swiss based team (homepage) including Mayor, Naef, Pepe, Queloz, Santos, Udry. Use the ELODIE spectrometer. Found the first confirmed exoplanet using dopplar spectrometry and many others.

ELODIE Discoveries

ELODIE (Wikipedia) is a spectrograph installed in the Haute-Provence Observatory in south-eastern France. It discovered the first confirmed exoplanet, 51 Peg b.

  • 51 Pegasi System - Contains the first exo-planet around a normal star discovered and the first "Hot Jupiter" found, which is nicknamed "Bellerophon". Found to have supersonic winds that caused the eternal night-side hemisphere to be as hot as the day-side one.
  • Gliese 876 System - Very nearby quadruple planet system and the first Red Dwarf found to have planets. The innermost planet (d) was the first found rocky planet around a normal star (the first true Super-Earth, at epistellar distances). The outer three planets c (Saturnian), b (Jovian), and e (Neptunian) are in 1:2:4 (30d/60d/120d) resonance (the exoplanet resonance and first triple-resonant planets discovered). The outermost planet has a Mercury-like orbit however it is very much colder than Mercury. Gliese 876 e actually receives only slightly more warmth from Gliese 876 than Jupiter does from our Sun. Planet b is second discovered by ELODIE after 51 Peg b and the second to have its mass exactly measured and the first to have done so by astrometry.
  • 14 Herculis System - Contains the first discovered exoplanet orbiting beyond the habitable zone. An eccentric ammonia cloud giant ranging from 1.9 to 3.7 au from a yellow dwarf star.

CORALIE Discoveries

Located in La Silla Chili, used by the Geneva southern extrasolar planet search programme.

  • Gliese 86 System - Contains the first exoplanet discovered by CORALIE of the Geneva southern extrasolar planet search programme. A cloudless blue heavy jupiter and a white dwarf around an orange star.
  • HD 75289 System - A cloudy Hot Jupiter around an yellow dwarf star.
  • HD 130322 System - A cloudless blue jovian around an orange dwarf star.
  • HD 192263 System - A cloudless blue jovian around an orange dwarf star.
  • Gliese 3021 System - Multiple star system with a planet.
  • HD 52265 System - One of the six extrasolar systems known to have planets to be first shown to also have a dust disk by Spitzer. Planet independently discovered by CORALIE and Carnegie teams and is roughly Jupiter-sized in a hot eccentric orbit.
  • HD 82943 System - Yellow dwarf with two large orbit-crossing Jovians locked in 1:2 orbital resonance that would span the inner solar system, which were disccovered by the Swiss team by 2001. The planets have nearly identical mass (1.8 MJ). Shown to have a dust disk by Spitzer.
  • HD 83443 System - A cloudy Hot Jupiter around an orange dwarf star.
  • HD 108147 System - Template:HD 108147 System
  • HD 168746 System - A dark Hot Jupiter around an yellow dwarf star.
  • HD 169830 System - Bright star with two eccentric planets known in 2003. One is likely too hot to have any clouds, while the other one is likely to sport white water cloud bands.

ESO CES

European Space Organization discoveries using a Coude Echelle Spectrometer.

California & Carnegie Planet Search

Team responsible for discovering roughly half of all known exoplanets (Exoplanets.org). Geoff Marcy is the principle investigator. It is affiliated with the Anglo-Australian Planet Search. Systems discovered by this team and affiliates using dopplar radar include (among others):

  • 70 Virginis System -
  • 47 Ursa Majoris System - (aka Ursae Majoris) One of earliest systems discovered one. Planets b (2.5 MJ, 2.1 AU) and c (0.5 MJ, 3.6 AU) are in circular orbits at asteroid-belt like distances, while planet d (1.6 MJ, 11.6 AU) is in a distant more eccentric orbit. Planet b was the first found to have a circular orbit beyond the habitable zone. The discovery of planet c made the system the first multiplanet system whose planets have circular orbits. Planet d has not yet completed a full year yet since its discovery, but is the furthest out planet discovered with the dopplar spectrometry method. Studies have shown a terrestrial planet could only form in the innermost part of the habitable zone. Several transmissions have been sent to the star system.
  • Tau Bootis System - Contains one of the first discovered Hot Jupiters, which was one of the largest and hottest of the earlier discovered ones. First planet-bearing star to have its magnetosphere probed. Hot Jupiter is embedded within it and tidally locks the star's rotation.
  • Rho Cancri System - (aka 55 Cancri) Wide binary star consisting of a sun-like primary (A) and a red-dwarf secondary (B) separated by 1,100 AU, 41 light years away. Star A contains five exoplanets, the first system found with this many. It has three tightly packed eccentric planets close in to the star, including planet e (hot Super Earth/Neptunian), b (hot Jupiter), and c (hot Saturn). Planet e was the first Neptunian discovered. It was later found to be the shortest-period planet discovered (18 hours) and to transit. The planet has about half of Neptune's mass, but is Earth-like in size and density (2.17 Earth Radius). It is composed 70% of rock and the outer 30% is likely an ocean of super-critical water (between a gas and liquid state) that is 3000km thick. This is the hottest and densest super-Earth and the is the most watery planet found to date. It likely possesses a thick atmosphere of CO and CO2. The brightness of the star (also closest known to transit and only known naked eye star to do so) makes it more easily studied than other hot super Earths. Planet f is a very eccentric Saturnian in the habitable zone. Planet d is a super jovian at Jupiter-like distances, which was the first found at true Jupiter distances and still the exoplanet discovered with dopplar spectrometry with the largest known semi-major axis. The distant outer star causes planet d's axis to flip on its axis every million years. Planet d in turn causes the other planets to flip, including its star. The axis tilt of transiting planet e should be determined at some point. "Bode's law" predicts four undiscovered planets.
  • Upsilon Andromedae System - A nearby (44 ly) multi-star system which is the first multiplanet system found around a main sequence star. The main star around which the planets orbit is a yellow-white star somewhat younger than the sun and its companion is a red dwarf in a wide orbit. It is one of the most well studied non-transiting star systems. Roaster Planet b (0.05 au, 1.4 MJ, e=0.013) is nicknamed the Fire and Ice Planet because it is hot on one side and cold on the other. The hottest parts of the planet are near the trailing side terminator at the equator, due to high velocity winds transporting heat to the night side. This is 80deg offset from the starward pole and a much greater offset than other observed hot Jupiters. This threw astronomers off and caused them to doubt the wind-theory, though later observations of other planets have shown that winds indeed can travel fast enough to cause this. The middle planets c (0.83 au, 14 MJ, may actually be a brown dwarf star, e=0.224) and d (2.5 au, 10 MJ, e=0.26) have had their inclinations and masses determined with astrometry. They are very eccentric and highly inclined to each other (30 deg). Planet scattering was thought to be a source until the outermost planet was discovered. This is planet e (5.2 au, 1.05 MJ, e = 0.005), which is the most Jupiter-like exoplanet known, and is in 3:1 resonance with planet d. The star appears to have no Kuiper-belt like disc, perhaps due to its companion star sweeping away this material.
  • 16 Cygni System - A hierarchical triple star system. Has one of the first highly eccentric Jovians discovered around the "outer" star B. Recent calculations show that a short period planet could exist around the same star, but none up to as large as Neptune could exist elsewhere.
  • Gliese 876 System - Very nearby quadruple planet system and the first Red Dwarf found to have planets. The innermost planet (d) was the first found rocky planet around a normal star (the first true Super-Earth, at epistellar distances). The outer three planets c (Saturnian), b (Jovian), and e (Neptunian) are in 1:2:4 (30d/60d/120d) resonance (the exoplanet resonance and first triple-resonant planets discovered). The outermost planet has a Mercury-like orbit however it is very much colder than Mercury. Gliese 876 e actually receives only slightly more warmth from Gliese 876 than Jupiter does from our Sun. Planet b is second discovered by ELODIE after 51 Peg b and the second to have its mass exactly measured and the first to have done so by astrometry.
  • HD 187123 System - System containing one of the earlier discovered Hot Jupiters (similar to 51 Peg b) and that had early indications of an outer planet. The confirmation of this massive distant eccentric jovian was announced at the May 2007 AAS media briefing, along with 27 other exoplanets.
  • HD 210277 System - Template:HD 210277 System
  • HD 195019 System - A cloudless blue jovian around an yellow dwarf star.
  • HD 217107 System - Contains the first discovered moderately eccentric Hot Jupiter. Its outer planet was suspected when the inner one was discovered and confirmed with four other new multiplanet systems in 2005. Outer planet is highly eccentric and skirts the outer edge of the habitable zone.
  • HD 168443 System - Contains the first planet discovered whose minimum mass was near the planet/brown dwarf boundary which orbits at a asteroid belt-like distance. Also contains a second huge planet at least 7 times as massive as Jupiter orbiting at Mercury-like distances.
  • HD 16141 System - A yellow subgiant star around which the smaller of the first 2 Saturnians discovered (HD 46375 b was the other one) is in a Mercury-like orbit.
  • HD 46375 System - An orange subgiant around which the larger of the first two Saturnians discovered (79 Ceti b was the other one) orbits, which was the first "Epistellar Saturn" discovered.
  • BD-10 3166 System - Template:BD-10 3166 System
  • HD 52265 System - One of the six extrasolar systems known to have planets to be first shown to also have a dust disk by Spitzer. Planet independently discovered by CORALIE and Carnegie teams and is roughly Jupiter-sized in a hot eccentric orbit.
  • HD 12661 System - System with two Jovians that could support water clouds discovered in 2000 and 2002. The innermost one may be an "Eccentric Sulfurous Cloud Giant".
  • HD 92788 System - Template:HD 92788 System
  • HD 38529 System - Subgiant star with a cloudy Hot Jupiter, Brown Dwarf, and Red Dwarf companion. Simulations showed that Earth-sized planet could exist between the planet and brown dwarf, but that an asteroid belt can be expected there instead.
  • HD 196050 System - Multiple star system with a planet.
  • HD 216437 System - (aka Rho Indi) Eccentric water cloud giant around a yellow sub-giant star.
  • HD 160691 System - Template:HD 160691 System
  • HD 40979 System - Multiple star system with a planet.
  • HD 3651 System - A system with planets and a distant brown dwarf that may act like a "Nemesis".

1999 Batch Announcements

  • HD 37124 System - The fourth triple planet system discovered around a normal star, the last one announced with 4 other multiplanet components in 2005. A Sunlike star with Jovian planets that received Venus-like, Mars-like, and Asteroid Belt-like radition from their stars. Simulations showed that no terrestrial planets could form between the Venus-like and Mars-like Jovian planets.
  • HD 177830 System - Template:HD 177830 System
  • HD 134987 System - (aka 23 Librae) Near naked-eye star containing two planets, also known as HD 134987. The first is an eccentric giant at Venus-like distances and one of the first exoplanets discovered (1999). The second is a Jupiter analog (a = 5.8 AU, q = 5.3 AU, Q = 6.3 AU, e = 0.12, P = 14 EY, m = 0.8 MJ) discovered ten years later, indicating that enough time has passed to detect Jupiter-like planets.
  • HD 222582 System - Multiple star system with a planet.
  • HD 10697 System - (aka 109 Piscium) A white Water Cloud Jovian around an yellow sub-giant star at near Earth-like temperatures.

AFOE Team

Team using the Advanced Fiber-Optic Echelle spectrometer at the Whipple Observatory near Tucson Arizona. Website.

  • Rho Coronae Borealis System - Has the first planet discovered closer than its star's habitability zone but not a Hot Jupiter or an Eccentric Giant. This planet was the first detected by the AFOE team. A dust disk was detected the same year as the planet, making it the first system observed to have both.
  • HD 89744 System - Contains a highly eccentric planet which was recently studied to determine what other planets could exist in the system.

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