On the relative sizes of planets within kepler multiple-candidate systems

David R. Ciardi, Daniel C. Fabrycky, Eric B. Ford, T. N. Gautier, Steve B. Howell, Jack J. Lissauer, Darin Ragozzine, Jason F. Rowe

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We present a study of the relative sizes of planets within the multiple-candidate systems discovered with the Kepler mission. We have compared the size of each planet to the size of every other planet within a given planetary system after correcting the sample for detection and geometric biases. We find that for planet pairs for which one or both objects are approximately Neptune-sized or larger, the larger planet is most often the planet with the longer period. No such size-location correlation is seen for pairs of planets when both planets are smaller than Neptune. Specifically, if at least one planet in a planet pair has a radius of ≳ 3 R, 68% ± 6% of the planet pairs have the inner planet smaller than the outer planet, while no preferred sequential ordering of the planets is observed if both planets in a pair are smaller than ≲ 3 R.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number41
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume763
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 20 2013

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Ciardi, D. R., Fabrycky, D. C., Ford, E. B., Gautier, T. N., Howell, S. B., Lissauer, J. J., ... Rowe, J. F. (2013). On the relative sizes of planets within kepler multiple-candidate systems. Astrophysical Journal, 763(1), [41]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/763/1/41
Ciardi, David R. ; Fabrycky, Daniel C. ; Ford, Eric B. ; Gautier, T. N. ; Howell, Steve B. ; Lissauer, Jack J. ; Ragozzine, Darin ; Rowe, Jason F. / On the relative sizes of planets within kepler multiple-candidate systems. In: Astrophysical Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 763, No. 1.
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Ciardi, DR, Fabrycky, DC, Ford, EB, Gautier, TN, Howell, SB, Lissauer, JJ, Ragozzine, D & Rowe, JF 2013, 'On the relative sizes of planets within kepler multiple-candidate systems', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 763, no. 1, 41. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/763/1/41

On the relative sizes of planets within kepler multiple-candidate systems. / Ciardi, David R.; Fabrycky, Daniel C.; Ford, Eric B.; Gautier, T. N.; Howell, Steve B.; Lissauer, Jack J.; Ragozzine, Darin; Rowe, Jason F.

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