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Kepler-11 is a Solar Twin: Revising the Masses and Radii of Benchmark Planets via Precise Stellar Characterization

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Bedell, Megan ; Bean, Jacob L. ; Melendez, Jorge ; Mills, Sean M. ; Fabrycky, Daniel C. ; Freitas, Fabrcio C. ; Ramirez, Ivan ; Asplund, Martin ; Liu, Fan ; Yong, David
Total Authors: 10
Document type: Journal article
Source: ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL; v. 839, n. 2 APR 20 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 5

The six planets of the Kepler-11 system are the archetypal example of a population of surprisingly low-density transiting planets revealed by the Kepler mission. We have determined the fundamental parameters and chemical composition of the Kepler-11 host star to unprecedented precision using an extremely high-quality spectrum from Keck-HIRES (R similar or equal to 67,000, S/N per pixel similar or equal to 260 at 600 nm). Contrary to previously published results, our spectroscopic constraints indicate that Kepler-11 is a young main-sequence solar twin. The revised stellar parameters and new analysis raise the densities of the Kepler-11 planets by between 20% and 95% per planet, making them more typical of the emerging class of ``puffy{''} close-in exoplanets. We obtain photospheric abundances of 22 elements and find that Kepler-11 has an abundance pattern similar to that of the Sun with a slightly higher overall metallicity. We additionally analyze the Kepler light curves using a photodynamical model and discuss the tension between spectroscopic and transit/TTV-based estimates of stellar density. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/24392-2 - High precision spectroscopy: impact in the study of planets, stars, the galaxy and cosmology
Grantee:Jorge Luis Melendez Moreno
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants