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UKIRT-2017-BLG-001Lb: A Giant Planet Detected through the Dust

  • Author(s): Shvartzvald, Y
  • Novati, SC
  • Gaudi, BS
  • Bryden, G
  • Nataf, DM
  • Penny, MT
  • Beichman, C
  • Henderson, CB
  • Jacklin, S
  • Schlafly, EF
  • Huston, MJ
  • et al.

© 2018. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.. We report the discovery of a giant planet in event UKIRT-2017-BLG-001, detected by the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) microlensing survey. The mass ratio between the planet and its host is =-q 1.50+0.170-0.140.17 3, about 1.5 times the Jupiter/Sun mass ratio. The event lies 0 .35 from the Galactic center and suffers from high extinction of AK=1.68. Therefore, it could be detected only by a near-infrared (NIR) survey. The field also suffers from large spatial differential extinction, which makes it difficult to estimate the source properties required to derive the angular Einstein radius. Nevertheless, we find evidence suggesting that the source is located in the far disk. If correct, this would be the first source star of a microlensing event to be identified as belonging to the far disk. We estimate the lens mass and distance using a Bayesian analysis to find that the planet's mass is 1.28+ M0.44 J 0.37 , and it orbits a-+ 0.81+0.21-0.27Ṁ 0.21 star at an instantaneous projected separation of 4.18+0.96-0.88au. The system is at a distance of-6.3+16-2.1kpc, and so likely resides in the Galactic bulge. In addition, we find a non-standard extinction curve in this field, in agreement with previous results toward high-extinction fields near the Galactic center.

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