Further constraints on the presence of a debris disk in the multiplanet system Gliese 876

Shankland, Paul, Blank, David L., Boboltz, D.A., Lazio, T.J., and White, Graeme L. (2008) Further constraints on the presence of a debris disk in the multiplanet system Gliese 876. Astronomical Journal, 135 (6). pp. 2194-2198.

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Using both the Very Large Array (VLA) at 7 mm wavelength, and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) at 3 mm, we have searched for microwave emission from cool dust in the extrasolar planetary system Gliese 876 (Gl 876). Having detected no emission above our 3σ detection threshold of 135 μJy, we rule out any dust disk with either a mass greater than 0.0006 M ⊕ or less than ~250 AU across. This result improves on previous detection aperture thresholds by an order of magnitude, and it has some implications for the dynamical modeling of the system. It also is consistent with the Greaves et al. hypothesis that relates the presence of a debris disk to close-in planets. Due to the dust-planetesimal relationship, our null result may also provide a constraint on the population or composition of the dust and small bodies around this nearby M dwarf.

Item ID: 5829
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1538-3881
Keywords: circumstellar matter; Kuiper Belt; planetary systems; planets and satellites: general; stars: individual (Gl 876)
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2009 04:48
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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