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Astrophysics > Earth and Planetary Astrophysics

Title: On the chromospheric activity of stars with planets

Abstract: Context. Signatures of chromospheric activity enhancement have been found for a dozen stars, pointing to a possible star-planet interaction. Nevertheless in the coronal activity regime, there is no conclusive observational evidence for such an interaction. Does star-planet interaction manifest itself only for a few particular cases, without having a major effect on stars with planets in general? Aims. We aim to add additional observational constraints to support or reject the major effects of star-planet interactions in stellar activity, based on CaII chromospheric emission flux. Methods. We performed a statistical analysis of CaII emission flux of stars with planets, as well as a comparison between CaII and X-ray emission fluxes, searching for dependencies on planetary parameters. Results. In the present sample of stars with planets, there are no significant correlations between chromospheric activity indicator log(R'HK) and planetary parameters. Further, the distribution of the chromospheric activity indicator for stars without planets is not distinguishable from the one with planets.
Comments: 6 pages, 5 figures, submitted to A&A
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201015314
Cite as: arXiv:1103.5332 [astro-ph.EP]
  (or arXiv:1103.5332v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Bruno Leonardo Canto Martins [view email]
[v1] Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:31:08 GMT (53kb)