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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 11736
School of Astronomy
1.  N. Miyake
2.  S. Rahvar
3.  J. Menzies
  Status:   Published
  Journal: ApJ
  Vol.:  728
  Year:  2011
  Publisher(s):   The Astrophysical Journal
  Supported by:            ipm IPM
We report the gravitational microlensing discovery of a sub-Saturn mass planet, MOA-2009-BLG-319Lb, orbiting a K- or M-dwarf star in the inner Galactic disk or Galactic bulge. The high-cadence observations of the MOA-II survey discovered thismicrolensing event and enabled its identification as a high-magnification event approximately 24 hr prior to peak magnification. As a result, the planetary signal at the peak of this light curve was observed by 20 different telescopes, which is the largest number of telescopes to contribute to a planetary discovery to date. The microlensing model for this event indicates a planet?star mass ratio of q = (3.95 ± 0.02) × 10−4 and a separation of d = 0.97537 ± 0.00007 in units of the Einstein radius. A Bayesian analysis based on the measured Einstein radius crossing time, tE, and angular Einstein radius, θE, along with a standard Galactic model indicates a host star mass of ML = 0.38+0.34 −0.18M and a planet mass of Mp = 50+44 −24 M⊕, which is half the mass of Saturn. This analysis also yields a planet?star three-dimensional separation of a = 2.4+1.2 −0.6 AU and a distance to the planetary system of DL = 6.1+1.1 −1.2 kpc. This separation is ∼2 times the distance of the snow line, a separation similar to most of the other planets discovered by microlensing.

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