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Title: Imaging planets around nearby white dwarfs
Authors: Burleigh, Matthew R.
Clarke, F. J.
Hodgkin, S. T.
First Published: 11-Mar-2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2002, 331 (4), pp.L41-L45
Abstract: We suggest that Jovian planets will survive the late stages of stellar evolution, and that white dwarfs will retain planetary systems in wide orbits (≳5 au). Utilizing evolutionary models for Jovian planets, we show that infrared imaging with 8-m class telescopes of suitable nearby white dwarfs should allow us to resolve and detect companions ≳3MJUP. Detection of massive planetary companions to nearby white dwarfs would prove that such objects can survive the final stages of stellar evolution, place constraints on the frequency of main-sequence stars with planetary systems dynamically similar to our own and allow direct spectroscopic investigation of their composition and structure.
DOI Link: 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2002.05417.x
Type: Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Copyright 2002 RAS Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
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