Muterspaugh, Matthew W. and Lane, Benjamin F. and Kulkarni, S. R. and Konacki, Maciej and Burke, Bernard F. and Colavita, M. M. and Shao, M. and Hartkopf, William I. and Boss, Alan P. and Williamson, M. (2010) The Phases Differential Astrometry Data Archive. V. Candidate Substellar Companions to Binary Systems. Astronomical Journal, 140 (6). pp. 1657-1671. ISSN 0004-6256 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20101216-143909506
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The Palomar High-precision Astrometric Search for Exoplanet Systems monitored 51 subarcsecond binary systems to evaluate whether tertiary companions as small as Jovian planets orbited either the primary or secondary stars, perturbing their otherwise smooth Keplerian motions. Six binaries are presented that show evidence of substellar companions orbiting either the primary or secondary star. Of these six systems, the likelihoods of two of the detected perturbations to represent real objects are considered to be "high confidence," while the remaining four systems are less certain and will require continued observations for confirmation.
|Additional Information:||© 2010 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2010 July 8; accepted 2010 September 4; published 2010 October 20. PHASES benefits from the efforts of the PTI collaboration members who have each contributed to the development of an extremely reliable observational instrument. Without this outstanding engineering effort to produce a solid foundation, advanced phase-referencing techniques would not have been possible. We thank PTI’s night assistant Kevin Rykoski for his efforts to maintain PTI in excellent condition and operating PTI in phase-referencing mode every week. Thanks are also extended to Ken Johnston and the U. S. Naval Observatory for their continued support of the USNO Double Star Program. Part of the work described in this paper was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Interferometer data were obtained at the Palomar Observatory with the NASA Palomar Testbed Interferometer, supported by NASA contracts to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. This research has made use of the Simbad database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France. M.W.M. acknowledges support from the Townes Fellowship Program, Tennessee State University, and the state of Tennessee through its Centers of Excellence program. Some of the software used for analysis was developed as part of the SIM Double Blind Test with support from NASA contract NAS7-03001 (JPL 1336910). PHASES is funded in part by the California Institute of Technology Astronomy Department, and by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant no. NNG05GJ58G issued through the Terrestrial Planet Finder Foundation Science Program. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation through grants AST 0300096, AST 0507590, and AST 0505366. M.K. is supported by the Foundation for Polish Science through a FOCUS grant and fellowship, by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education through grant N203 3020 35. Facilities: PO:PTI, TSU:AST|
|Subject Keywords:||astrometry; binaries: close; binaries: visual; techniques: interferometric|
|Classification Code:||PACS: 97.80.Di; 97.10.Nf; 97.82.Fs; 97.10.Wn; 97.80.Fk; 95.10.Jk|
|Official Citation:||Matthew W. Muterspaugh et al 2010 The Astronomical Journal 140 1657 doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/140/6/1657|
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|Deposited By:||Tony Diaz|
|Deposited On:||17 Dec 2010 18:08|
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