Planets in multiple-star systems:Properties and detections

S. Udry*, A. Eggenberger, M. Mayor, T. Mazeh, S. Zucker

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Orbital properties of extra-solar planets are briefly recalled and compared with equivalent features of stellar binaries. Similarities and differences are discussed. Among the more than 115 extra-solar planets discovered to date, 19 are orbiting a component of a binary system. We discuss the properties of this subsample and compare them with the equivalent characteristics of planets around single stars. Differences in the mass-period-eccentricity distributions are observed: exoplanets with m2 sin i>2MJup and P ≤40-100 days are in binaries and present low eccentricities. In the context of the migration scenario, these characteristics are tentatively explained in the light of recent simulations of planet-disk interactions showing an increased accretion and migration rates of planets in case an additional perturbing close stellar companion is present in the system. Finally, different observational approaches to find planets in long-period spectroscopic binaries aiming to improve the still poor available statistics are presented. An important result is the detection of a planetary companion in the HD41004 triple system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
StatePublished - 2004
EventIAU Colloquium 191 - The Environment and Evolution of Double and Multiple Stars - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Duration: 3 Feb 20037 Feb 2003


  • Binaries: General
  • Stars: Planetary systems
  • Techniques: Radial velocities


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