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The GAPS Programme with HARPS-N at TNG XIII. The orbital obliquity of three close-in massive planets hosted by dwarf K-type stars: WASP-43, HAT-P-20 and Qatar-2

Esposito, M.; Covino, E.; Desidera, S.; Mancini, L.; Nascimbeni, V.; Zanmar Sanchez, R.; Biazzo, K.; Lanza, A.F.; Leto, G.; Southworth, J.; Bonomo, A.S.; Suárez Mascareño, A.; Boccato, C.; Cosentino, R.; Claudi, R.U.; Gratton, R.; Maggio, A.; Micela, G.; Molinari, E.; Pagano, I.; Piotto, G.; Poretti, E.; Smareglia, R.; Sozzetti, A.; Affer, L.; Anderson, D.R.; Andreuzzi, G.; Benatti, S.; Bignamini, A.; Borsa, F.; Borsato, L.; Ciceri, S.; Damasso, M.; di Fabrizio, L.; Giacobbe, P.; Granata, V.; Harutyunyan, A.; Henning, T.; Malavolta, L.; Maldonado, J.; Martinez Fiorenzano, A.; Masiero, S.; Molaro, P.; Molinaro, M.; Pedani, M.; Rainer, M.; Scandariato, G.; Turner, O.D.

The GAPS Programme with HARPS-N at TNG XIII. The orbital obliquity of three close-in massive planets hosted by dwarf K-type stars: WASP-43, HAT-P-20 and Qatar-2 Thumbnail


M. Esposito

E. Covino

S. Desidera

L. Mancini

V. Nascimbeni

R. Zanmar Sanchez

K. Biazzo

A.F. Lanza

G. Leto

A.S. Bonomo

A. Suárez Mascareño

C. Boccato

R. Cosentino

R.U. Claudi

R. Gratton

A. Maggio

G. Micela

E. Molinari

I. Pagano

G. Piotto

E. Poretti

R. Smareglia

A. Sozzetti

L. Affer

D.R. Anderson

G. Andreuzzi

S. Benatti

A. Bignamini

F. Borsa

L. Borsato

S. Ciceri

M. Damasso

L. di Fabrizio

P. Giacobbe

V. Granata

A. Harutyunyan

T. Henning

L. Malavolta

J. Maldonado

A. Martinez Fiorenzano

S. Masiero

P. Molaro

M. Molinaro

M. Pedani

M. Rainer

G. Scandariato

O.D. Turner


Context. The orbital obliquity of planets with respect to the rotational axis of their host stars is a relevant parameter for the characterization of the global architecture of planetary systems and a key observational constraint to discriminate between different scenarios proposed to explain the existence of close-in giant planets.

Aims. In the framework of the GAPS project, we conduct an observational programme aimed at determinating the orbital obliquity of known transiting exoplanets. The targets are selected to probe the obliquity against a wide range of stellar and planetary physical parameters.

Methods. We exploit high-precision radial velocity (RV) measurements, delivered by the HARPS-N spectrograph at the 3.6 m Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, to measure the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect in RV time-series bracketing planet transits, and to refine the orbital parameters determinations with out-of-transit RV data. We also analyse new transit light curves obtained with several 1-2 m class telescopes to better constrain the physical fundamental parameters of the planets and parent stars.

Results. We report here on new transit spectroscopic observations for three very massive close-in giant planets: WASP-43?b, HAT-P-20?b and Qatar-2?b (Mp = 2.00, 7.22, 2.62?MJ; a = 0.015, 0.036, 0.022?AU, respectively) orbiting dwarf K-type stars with effective temperature well below 5000?K (Teff = 4500 ± 100, 4595 ± 45, 4640 ± 65?K respectively). These are the coolest stars (except for WASP-80) for which the RM effect has been observed so far. We find ? = 3.5 ± 6.8 deg for WASP-43?b and ? = -8.0 ± 6.9 deg for HAT-P-20?b, while for Qatar-2, our faintest target, the RM effect is only marginally detected, though our best-fit value ? = 15 ± 20?deg is in agreement with a previous determination. In combination with stellar rotational periods derived photometrically, we estimate the true spin-orbit angle, finding that WASP-43?b is aligned while the orbit of HAT-P-20?b presents a small but significant obliquity (? = 36-12+10?deg). By analyzing the CaII?H&K chromospheric emission lines for HAT-P-20 and WASP-43, we find evidence for an enhanced level of stellar activity that is possibly induced by star-planet interactions.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 8, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 27, 2017
Publication Date 2017-05
Publicly Available Date May 26, 2023
Print ISSN 0004-6361
Publisher EDP Sciences
Volume 601
Article Number A53
Keywords planetary systems; Stars: individual: WASP-43; stars: individual: HAT-P-20; Stars: individual: Qatar-2; techniques: radial velocities; techniques: photometrics
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