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Francisco J. Pozuelos, Valérie Van Grootel, Antoine Thuillier & Martín Dévora-Pajares

The search for transiting planets around hot subdwarfs

(Volume 92 - Année 2023 — Numéro 2 - Proceedings of the 10th Meeting on Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects)
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The main goal of this project is to investigate star-planet interactions during the Red Giant Branch (RGB) phase. In particular, we focus on what happens to planetary systems once their host stars leave the main sequence and engulf close-in planets, presumably, perturbing the dy-namical architecture of the system. In this context, we wonder if close-in planets may survive this evolutionary phase, evolving towards a new stable configuration, or on the contrary, if these planets are destroyed and the entire system collapses. Whatever the outcome, how will this interaction alter the star and affect its subsequent evolution? Here, we search for observational evidence of transiting planets orbiting hot subdwarfs (sdBs) stars, which are direct post-RGB objects that have lost most of their envelopes. To this end, we analyze light curves from the space missions Kepler/K2, TESS, and CHEOPS to search for shallow periodic transits of close-in, previously engulfed planets or their remnants, such as the rocky cores of giant gas planets. By determining the occurrence of planets or remnants around sdB stars, we will place strong constraints on the evolution of planetary systems after the RGB phase of their host stars.

This summary describes the methods, tools, and strategies used to explore the available photometric data in the search for transiting planets and establish detection limits that allow us to build planet occurrence rates around these stars.

Keywords : Hot subdwarfs stars, transiting exoplanets, Kepler/K2, TESS, CHEOPS

To cite this article

Francisco J. Pozuelos, Valérie Van Grootel, Antoine Thuillier & Martín Dévora-Pajares, «The search for transiting planets around hot subdwarfs», Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège [En ligne], Volume 92 - Année 2023, Numéro 2 - Proceedings of the 10th Meeting on Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects, 73-80 URL : https://popups.uliege.be/0037-9565/index.php?id=11251.

About: Francisco J. Pozuelos

Space Sciences, Technologies and Astrophysics Research (STAR) Institute, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 19C, B-4000 Liège, Belgium and Astrobiology Research Unit, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 19C, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. Co-first author. Corresponding author: fjpozuelos@uliege.be

About: Valérie Van Grootel

Space Sciences, Technologies and Astrophysics Research (STAR) Institute, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 19C, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. Co-first author.

About: Antoine Thuillier

Space Sciences, Technologies and Astrophysics Research (STAR) Institute, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 19C, B-4000 Liège, Belgium

About: Martín Dévora-Pajares

Dpt. Física Teórica y del Cosmos, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain