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Publication . Other literature type . Presentation . 2021

Exploring the Nu2 Lupi system with CHEOPS

Delrez, Laetitia; CHEOPS consortium;
Open Access
Published: 11 Oct 2021
Publisher: Zenodo

Multi-transiting planetary systems around bright stars offer unique windows to comparative exoplanetology. Nu2 Lupi (HD 136352) is a naked-eye (V=5.8) Sun-like star that was discovered to host three low-mass planets with orbital periods of 11.6, 27.6, and 107.6 days via radial velocity monitoring with HARPS. The two inner planets (b and c) were recently found to transit by TESS, prompting us to follow up the system with CHEOPS. This led to the exciting discovery that the outer planet d is also transiting. With its bright Sun-like star, long period, and mild irradiation (~5.7 times the irradiation of Earth), Nu2 Lupi d unlocks a completely new region in the parameter space of exoplanets amenable to detailed characterization. We measured its radius and mass to be 2.56+/-0.09 R_Earth and 8.82+/-0.94 M_Earth, respectively, and refined the properties of all three planets: planet b likely has a rocky mostly dry composition, while planets c and d seem to have retained small hydrogen-helium envelopes and a possibly large water fraction. This diversity of planetary compositions makes the Nu2 Lupi system an excellent laboratory for testing formation and evolution models of low-mass planets.

{"references": ["Delrez et al. 2021, Nature Astronomy, Volume 5, p. 775-787"]}

Contributed talk presented at the PLATO Mission Conference 2021.

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Other literature type . 2021
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