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First Spitzer Bulge Planet Lies Near the Planet/Brown-Dwarf Boundary

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 29, 2017
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First Spitzer Bulge Planet Lies Near the Planet/Brown-Dwarf Boundary

We report the discovery of OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb, which is likely to be the first Spitzer microlensing planet in the Galactic bulge/bar, an assignation that can be confirmed by two epochs of high-resolution imaging of the combined source-lens baseline object.

The planet’s mass M_p= 13.4+-0.9 M_J places it right at the deuterium burning limit, i.e., the conventional boundary between “planets” and “brown dwarfs”. Its existence raises the question of whether such objects are really “planets” (formed within the disks of their hosts) or “failed stars” (low mass objects formed by gas fragmentation).

This question may ultimately be addressed by comparing disk and bulge/bar planets, which is a goal of the Spitzer microlens program. The host is a G dwarf M_host = 0.89+-0.07 M_sun and the planet has a semi-major axis a~2.0 AU. We use Kepler K2 Campaign 9 microlensing data to break the lens-mass degeneracy that generically impacts parallax solutions from Earth-Spitzer observations alone, which is the first successful application of this approach.

The microlensing data, derived primarily from near-continuous, ultra-dense survey observations from OGLE, MOA, and three KMTNet telescopes, contain more orbital information than for any previous microlensing planet, but not quite enough to accurately specify the full orbit. However, these data do permit the first rigorous test of microlensing orbital-motion measurements, which are typically derived from data taken over <1% of an orbital period. OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb: First Spitzer Bulge Planet Lies Near the Planet/Brown-Dwarf Boundary

Y.-H. Ryu, J. C. Yee, A. Udalski, I.A. Bond, Y. Shvartzvald, W. Zang, R. Figuera Jaimes, U.G. Jørgensen, W. Zhu, C. X. Huang, Y. K. Jung, M. D. Albrow, S.-J. Chung, A. Gould, C. Han, K.-H. Hwang, I.-G. Shin, S.-M. Cha, D.-J. Kim, H.-W. Kim, S.-L. Kim, C.-U. Lee, Y. Lee, B.-G. Park, R. W. Pogge, S. Calchi Novati, S. Carey, C. B. Henderson, C. Beichman, B. S. Gaudi, P. Mróz, R. Poleski, J. Skowron, M. K. Szymanski, I. Soszynski, S. Kozlowski, P. Pietrukowicz, K. Ulaczyk, M. Pawlak, F. Abe, Y. Asakura, R. Barry, D.P. Bennett, A. Bhattacharya, M. Donachie, P. Evans, A. Fukui, Y. Hirao, Y. Itow, K. Kawasaki, N. Koshimoto, M.C.A. Li, C.H. Ling, K. Masuda, Y. Matsubara, S. Miyazaki, Y. Muraki, M. Nagakane, K. Ohnishi, C. Ranc, N.J. Rattenbury, To. Saito, A. Sharan, D.J. Sullivan, T. Sumi, et al. (44 additional authors not shown)
(Submitted on 27 Oct 2017)

Comments: 63 oages, 13 figures, 7 tables, submitted to AJ
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1710.09974 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1710.09974v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Yoon-Hyun Ryu
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