Revisiting Rho(1) Cancri E: A New Mass Determination Of The Transiting Super-Earth

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2012-11

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Endl, Michael
Robertson, Paul
Cochran, William D.
MacQueen, Phillip J.
Brugamyer, Erik J.
Caldwell, Caroline
Wittenmyer, Robert A.
Barnes, Stuart I.
Gullikson, Kevin

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We present a mass determination for the transiting super-Earth rho(1) Cancri e based on nearly 700 precise radial velocity (RV) measurements. This extensive RV data set consists of data collected by the McDonald Observatory planet search and published data from Lick and Keck observatories. We obtained 212 RV measurements with the Tull Coude Spectrograph at the Harlan J. Smith 2.7 m Telescope and combined them with a new Doppler reduction of the 131 spectra that we have taken in 2003-2004 with the High-Resolution Spectrograph (HRS) at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope for the original discovery of rho(1) Cancri e. Using this large data set we obtain a five-planet Keplerian orbital solution for the system and measure an RV semi-amplitude of K = 6.29 +/- 0.21 m s(-1) for rho(1) Cnc e and determine a mass of 8.37 +/- 0.38 M-circle plus. The uncertainty in mass is thus less than 5%. This planet was previously found to transit its parent star, which allowed them to estimate its radius. Combined with the latest radius estimate from Gillon et al., we obtain a mean density of rho = 4.50 +/- 0.20 g cm(-3). The location of rho(1) Cnc e in the mass-radius diagram suggests that the planet contains a significant amount of volatiles, possibly a water-rich envelope surrounding a rocky core.

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Endl, Michael, Paul Robertson, William D. Cochran, Phillip J. MacQueen, Erik J. Brugamyer, Caroline Caldwell, Robert A. Wittenmyer, Stuart I. Barnes, and Kevin Gullikson. "Revisiting ?1 Cancri e: A new mass determination of the transiting super-Earth." The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 759, No. 1 (Nov., 2012): 19.