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Program Information for 2016A-0421


PI: Abhijith Rajan, Arizona State U., abhijithrajan@asu.edu
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Box 871504, Tempe, AZ, 85287-1504 USA

CoI: Jennifer Patience, Arizona State U.
CoI: Joanna Bulger, Subaru Telescope
CoI: Christian Marois, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
CoI: Didier Saumon, LANL
CoI: Mark Marley, NASA Ames Research Center
CoI: Bruce Macintosh, Stanford U.
CoI: James Graham, UC Berkeley
CoI: Mara Johnson-Groh, University of Victoria
CoI: Robert de Rosa, UC Berkeley

Title: Characterizing the Atmosphere of the Lowest-mass Directly Imaged Planet 51 Eri b

Abstract: With deep Subaru/IRCS imaging, we propose to obtain M'-band photometry of the young, low mass exoplanet, 51 Eri b, recently discovered as part of the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey. The new exoplanet has a unique combination of a clear methane absorption feature in J and H-band coupled with a young age (< 40 Myr) and close orbit (~13 AU). Furthermore, models suggest that it is 2 Mjup, making it the lowest mass directly imaged planet detected to date. The longer wavelength M'-band flux is highly sensitive to the effective temperature and atmospheric chemistry and is needed to estimate the bolometric luminosity. Determining the properties of this unique exoplanet is important for comparison with both atmosphere and evolution models.

Program Type: Standard/Galactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 2 (2016A):  GEM-N-PRE/IRCS -- 10hrs band 1


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