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dc.contributor.authorCollier Cameron, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorJardine, Moira
dc.identifier.citationCollier Cameron , A & Jardine , M 2018 , ' Hierarchical Bayesian calibration of tidal orbit decay rates among hot Jupiters ' , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol. 476 , no. 2 , pp. 2542-2555 .
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dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:4ab8d2e506f98ee686a34948a774a715
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dc.descriptionACC and MMJ acknowledge support from STFC Consolidated Grant ST/M001296/1.en
dc.description.abstractTransiting hot Jupiters occupy a wedge-shaped region in the mass ratio-orbital separation diagram. Its upper boundary is eroded by tidal spiral-in of massive, close-in planets and is sensitive to the stellar tidal dissipation parameter Q′s . We develop a simple generative model of the orbital separation distribution of the known population of transiting hot Jupiters, subject to tidal orbital decay, XUV-driven evaporation and observational selection bias. From the joint likelihood of the observed orbital separations of hot Jupiters discovered in ground-based wide-field transit surveys, measured with respect to the hyperparameters of the underlying population model, we recover narrow posterior probability distributions for Q′s in two different tidal forcing frequency regimes. We validate the method using mock samples of transiting planets with known tidal parameters. We find that Q′s and its temperature dependence are retrieved reliably over five orders of magnitude in Q′s. A large sample of hot Jupiters from small-aperture ground-based surveys yields log10Q′s = (8.26±0.14) for 223 systems in the equilibrium-tide regime. We detect no significant dependence of Q′s on stellar effective temperature. A further 19 systems in the dynamical-tide regime yield log10Q′s = 7.3±0.4, indicating stronger coupling. Detection probabilities for transiting planets at a given orbital separation scale inversely with the increase in their tidal migration rates since birth. The resulting bias towards younger systems explains why the surface gravities of hot Jupiters correlate with their host stars’ chromospheric emission fluxes. We predict departures from a linear transit-timing ephemeris of less than 4 seconds for WASP-18 over a 20-year baseline.
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dc.subjectStars: planetary systemsen
dc.subjectMethods: statisticalen
dc.subjectPlanets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stabilityen
dc.subjectQB Astronomyen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.titleHierarchical Bayesian calibration of tidal orbit decay rates among hot Jupitersen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorScience & Technology Facilities Councilen
dc.contributor.sponsorScience & Technology Facilities Councilen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Physics and Astronomyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Scienceen
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