The GAPS Programme with HARPS-N at TNG XVII: Measurement of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect of the transiting planetary systems HAT-P-3, HAT-P-12, HAT-P-22, WASP-39 and WASP-60 [EPA]

We characterised five transiting planetary systems (HAT-P-3, HAT-P-12, HAT-P-22, WASP-39 and WASP-60) and determined their sky-projected planet orbital obliquity through the measurement of the RM effect. We used HARPS-N high-precision radial velocity measurements, gathered during transit events, to measure the RM effect in the target systems and determine the sky-projected angle between the planetary orbital plane and the stellar equator. The characterisation of stellar atmospheric parameters was performed exploiting the HARPS-N spectra, using line equivalent width ratios, and spectral synthesis methods. Photometric parameters of the five transiting exoplanets were re-analysed through 17 new light curves, obtained with an array of medium-class telescopes, and other light curves from the literature. Survey-time-series photometric data were analysed for determining the rotation periods of the five stars and their spin inclination. From the analysis of the RM effect we derived a sky-projected obliquity of 21.2 degree, -54 degree, -2.1 degree, 0 degree and -129 degree for HAT-P-3b, HAT-P-12b, HAT-P-22b, WASP-39b and WASP-60b, respectively. The latter value indicates that WASP-60b is moving on a retrograde orbit. These values represent the first measurements of \lambda for the five exoplanetary systems under study. The stellar activity of HAT-P-22 indicates a rotation period of 28.7 days, which allowed us to estimate the true misalignment angle of HAT-P-22b, \psi=24 degree. The revision of the physical parameters of the five exoplanetary systems returned values fully compatible with those existing in the literature, with the exception of the WASP-60 system, for which, based on higher quality spectroscopic and photometric data, we found a more massive and younger star, and a larger and hotter planet.

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L. Mancini, M. Esposito, E. Covino, et. al.
Tue, 13 Feb 18

Comments: 21 pages, 10 figure, accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics