Query : 2021A&A...650A.108P

2021A&A...650A.108P - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 650A, 108-108 (2021/6-1)

Revisiting Kepler-444. II. Rotational, orbital, and high-energy fluxes evolution of the system.


Abstract (from CDS):

Context. Kepler-444 is one of the oldest planetary systems known thus far. Its peculiar configuration consisting of five sub-Earth-sized planets orbiting the companion to a binary stellar system makes its early history puzzling. Moreover, observations of HI-Lyα variations raise many questions about the potential presence of escaping atmospheres today.
Aims. We aim to study the orbital evolution of Kepler-444-d and Kepler-444-e and the impact of atmospheric evaporation on Kepler-444-e.
Methods. Rotating stellar models of Kepler-444-A were computed with the Geneva stellar evolution code and coupled to an orbital evolution code, accounting for the effects of dynamical, equilibrium tides and atmospheric evaporation. The impacts of multiple stellar rotational histories and X-ray and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) luminosity evolutionary tracks are explored.
Results. Using detailed rotating stellar models able to reproduce the rotation rate of Kepler-444-A, we find that its observed rotation rate is perfectly in line with what is expected for this old K0-type star, indicating that there is no reason for it to be exceptionally active as would be required to explain the observed HI-Lyα variations from a stellar origin. We show that given the low planetary mass (∼0.03M) and relatively large orbital distance (∼0.06AU) of Kepler-444-d and e, dynamical tides negligibly affect their orbits, regardless of the stellar rotational history considered. We point out instead how remarkable the impact is of the stellar rotational history on the estimation of the lifetime mass loss for Kepler-444-e. We show that, even in the case of an extremely slow rotating star, it seems unlikely that such a planet could retain a fraction of the initial water-ice content if we assume that it formed with a Ganymede-like composition.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO 2021

Journal keyword(s): planet-star interactions - planetary systems - stars: evolution - stars: rotation - stars: solar-type

Simbad objects: 6

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Number of rows : 6
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 BD+41 3306e Pl 19 19 00.5488384064 +41 38 04.581624991           ~ 36 0
2 BD+41 3306b Pl 19 19 00.5488384064 +41 38 04.581624991           ~ 37 0
3 BD+41 3306d Pl 19 19 00.5488384064 +41 38 04.581624991           ~ 31 0
4 BD+41 3306f Pl 19 19 00.5488384064 +41 38 04.581624991           ~ 30 0
5 Kepler-444g Pl? 19 19 00.5488384064 +41 38 04.581624991           ~ 1 0
6 BD+41 3306 PM* 19 19 00.5489000285 +41 38 04.582441681 10.01 9.67 8.86 8.18 7.66 K0V 273 0

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