Pursuing the planet-debris disk connection: analysis of upper limits from the Anglo-Australian planet search

Wittenmyer, Robert A. and Marshall, Jonathan P. (2015) Pursuing the planet-debris disk connection: analysis of upper limits from the Anglo-Australian planet search. The Astronomical Journal, 149 (2). ISSN 0004-6256

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All rights reserved.Solid material in protoplanetary disks will suffer one of two fates after the epoch of planet formation; either being bound up into planetary bodies, or remaining in smaller planetesimals to be ground into dust. These end states are identified through detection of sub-stellar companions by periodic radial velocity (or transit) variations of the star, and excess emission at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths, respectively. Since the material that goes into producing the observable outcomes of planet formation is the same, we might expect these components to be related both to each other and their host star. Heretofore, our knowledge of planetary systems around other stars has been strongly limited by instrumental sensitivity. In this work, we combine observations at far-infrared wavelengths by IRAS, Spitzer, and Herschel with limits on planetary companions derived from non-detections in the 16 year Anglo-Australian Planet Search to clarify the architectures of these (potential) planetary systems and search for evidence of correlations between their constituent parts. We find no convincing evidence of such correlations, possibly owing to the dynamical history of the disk systems, or the greater distance of the planet-search targets. Our results place robust limits on the presence of Jupiter analogs which, in concert with the debris disk observations, provides insights on the small-body dynamics of these nearby systems.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to Published version allowed due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 23:49
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: circumstellar matter; infrared: stars; planetary systems; stars: solar-type; techniques: radial velocities;
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1088/0004-6256/149/2/86
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31755

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