17-21 March 2019
Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Europe/Zurich timezone

New Astrophysical Insights into Radial Velocity Jitter

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Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Dorfstrasse 168, 3818 Grindelwald Switzerland
Poster Stellar signals


Mr Jacob Luhn (Penn State University)


For nearly 20 years, the California Planet Search (CPS) has simultaneously monitored precise radial velocities and chromospheric activity levels of stars from Keck observatory to search for exoplanets. This sample provides a useful set of stars to assess the dependence of RV jitter on various astrophysical processes. We measure astrophysical jitter for ~650 stars in the CPS covering a wide range of stellar parameters (effective temperature, surface gravity, and activity, among others). We highlight empirical evidence for two regimes of RV jitter: activity-dominated and convection-dominated. Combined, these regimes enable us to trace out the jitter evolution of stars -- a useful complement to rotation-activity relations. As an outcome of this effort, we present the discovery of several new planets around subgiant stars, including potentially the first known 3-planet systems, increasing the number of known RV planets around subgiant stars by nearly 15%. We also identify additional candidate planetary systems requiring further follow-up as well as a number of non-planetary companions to subgiants. Finally, we calculate possible transit times, durations, depths, and probabilities for all known CPS planets around subgiant stars in time for TESS observations and follow-up.

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Mr Jacob Luhn (Penn State University)


Prof. Fabienne Bastien (Penn State University) Prof. Jason Wright (Penn State University) Prof. Andrew Howard (Caltech) Prof. Howard Isaacson (UC Berkeley) Prof. John Johnson (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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