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Imaging planets around nearby white dwarfs

By Matthew R. Burleigh, F. J. Clarke and S. T. Hodgkin


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

Topics: planetary systems, white dwarfs
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2002.05417.x
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