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New article: Constraints on The Architecture of The HD 95086 Planetary System with The Gemini Planet Imager

Article:  Rameau, J; Nielsen, EL; De Rosa, RJ; Blunt, SC; Patience, J; Doyon, R; Graham, JR; Lafreniere, D; Macintosh, B; Marchis, F; Bailey, V; Chilcote, JK; Duchene, G; Esposito, TM; Hung, LW; Konopacky, QM; Maire, J; Marois, C; Metchev, S; Perrin, MD; Pueyo, L; Rajan, A; Savransky, D; Wang, JJ; Ward-Duong, K; Wolff, SG; Ammons, SM; Hibon, P; Ingraham, P; Kalas, P; Morzinski, KM; Oppenheimer, R; Rantakyearo, FT; Thomas, S; (2016)  “Constraints on The Architecture of The HD 95086 Planetary System with The Gemini Planet Imager”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 822 (2)


Abstract:  We present astrometric monitoring of the young exoplanet HD 95086 b obtained with the Gemini Planet Imager between 2013 and 2016. A small but significant position angle change is detected at constant separation; the orbital motion is confirmed with literature measurements. Efficient Monte Carlo techniques place preliminary constraints on the orbital parameters of HD 95086 b. With 68% confidence, a semimajor axis of 61.7(-8.4)(+20.7) au and an inclination of. 153.0(+9.7)(-13.5) are favored, with eccentricity less than 0.21.

Under the assumption of a coplanar planet-disk system, the periastron of HD 95086 b is beyond 51 au with 68% confidence. Therefore, HD 95086 b cannot carve the entire gap inferred from the measured infrared excess in the SED of HD 95086. We use our sensitivity to additional planets to discuss specific scenarios presented in the literature to explain the geometry of the debris belts. We suggest that either two planets on moderately eccentric orbits or three to four planets with inhomogeneous masses and orbital properties are possible. The sensitivity to additional planetary companions within the observations presented in this study can be used to help further constrain future dynamical simulations of the planet-disk system.

Funding Acknowledgement:  Fonds de Recherche du Quebec; NSF [AST-1518332, AST-1411868, AST-141378]; NASA [NNX15AD95G/NEXSS, NNX15AC89G, NNX14AJ80G]; U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [DE-AC52-07NA27344]

Funding Text:  We thank Kate Y. L. Su for interesting discussions about the debris system and Virginie Faramaz for her fruitful advices on handling chaotic zones. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the NSF (United States), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia e Inovacao (Brazil) and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovacion Productiva (Argentina). J.R., R.D., and D.L. acknowledge support from the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec. Supported by NSF grants AST-1518332 (R.J.D.R., J.R.G., J.J.W., T.M.E., P.K.), AST-1411868 (B.M., A.R., K.W.D.), and AST-141378 (G.D.). Supported by NASA grants NNX15AD95G/NEXSS and NNX15AC89G (R.J.D.R., J.R.G., P.K., J.J.W., T.M.E.), and NNX14AJ80G (E! .L.N., S.C.B., B.M., F.M., M.P.). Portions of this work were performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 (S.M.A.).

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