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ARES IV: probing the atmospheres of the two warm small planets HD 106315c and HD 3167c with the HST/WFC3 camera


Guilluy, G and Gressier, A and Wright, S and Santerne, A and Jaziri, AY and Edwards, B and Changeat, Q and Modirrousta-Galian, D and Skaf, N and Al-Refaie, A and Baeyens, R and Bieger, MF and Blain, D and Kiefer, F and Morvan, M and Mugnai, LV and Pluriel, W and Poveda, M and Zingales, T and Whiteford, N and Yip, KH and Charnay, B and Leconte, J and Drossart, P and Sozzetti, A and Marcq, E and Tsiaras, A and Venot, O and Waldmann, I and Beaulieu, J-P, ARES IV: probing the atmospheres of the two warm small planets HD 106315c and HD 3167c with the HST/WFC3 camera, Astronomical Journal, 161, (1) Article 19. ISSN 0004-6256 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3847/1538-3881/abc3c8


We present an atmospheric characterization study of two medium-sized planets bracketing the radius of Neptune: HD 106315c (R P = 4.98 ± 0.23 R ⊕) and HD 3167c (RP = 2.740-0.100+0.106 R⊕). We analyze spatially scanned spectroscopic observations obtained with the G141 grism (1.125-1.650 μm) of the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. We use the publicly available Iraclis pipeline and TauREx3 atmospheric retrieval code and detect water vapor in the atmosphere of both planets, with an abundance of log10[NH3] = -4.3-2.0+0.7 (∼5.68σ) and log10[H2O] = -4.1-0.9+0.9 (∼3.17σ) for HD 106315c and HD 3167c, respectively. The transmission spectrum of HD 106315c also shows possible evidence of ammonia absorption (log10[NH3] = -4.3-2.0+0.7 ∼1.97σ, even if it is not significant), while carbon dioxide absorption features may be present in the atmosphere of HD 3167c in the ∼1.1-1.6 μm wavelength range (log10[CO2] = -2.4-1.0+0.7, ∼3.28σ). However, the CO2 detection appears significant, and it must be considered carefully and put into perspective. Indeed, CO2 presence is not explained by 1D equilibrium chemistry models, and it could be due to possible systematics. The additional contributions of clouds, CO, and CH4 are discussed. HD 106315c and HD 3167c will be interesting targets for upcoming telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:astronomy data analysis, exoplanets, exoplanet atmospheres, Hubble Space Telescope
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Planetary science (excl. solar system and planetary geology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Beaulieu, J-P (Dr Jean-Philippe Beaulieu)
ID Code:149872
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2022-04-21
Last Modified:2022-05-11
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