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Planets in Binaries: Formation and Dynamical Evolution
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Frequency of Planets in Binaries

SUPA, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
Centre for Exoplanet Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova, Italy
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Galaxies 2020, 8(1), 16;
Received: 22 November 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2020 / Accepted: 6 February 2020 / Published: 18 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Habitability of Planets in Stellar Binary Systems)
The frequency of planets in binaries is an important issue in the field of extrasolar planet studies because of its relevance in the estimation of the global planet population of our galaxy and the clues it can give to our understanding of planet formation and evolution. Multiple stars have often been excluded from exoplanet searches, especially those performed using the radial velocity technique, due to the technical challenges posed by such targets. As a consequence and despite recent efforts, our knowledge of the frequency of planets in multiple stellar systems is still rather incomplete. On the other hand, the lack of knowledge about the binarity at the time of the compilation of the target samples means that our estimate of the planet frequency around single stars could be tainted by the presence of unknown binaries, especially if these objects have a different behavior in terms of planet occurrence. In a previous work we investigated the binarity of the objects included in the Uniform Detectability sample defined by Fisher and Valenti (2005), showing how more than 20% of their targets were, in fact, not single stars. Here, we present an update of this census, made possible mainly by the information now available thanks to the second Gaia Data Release. The new binary sample includes a total of 313 systems, of which 114 were added through this work. We were also able to significantly improve the estimates of masses and orbital parameters for most of the pairs in the original list, especially those at close separations. A few new systems with white dwarf companions were also identified. The results of the new analysis are in good agreement with the findings of our previous work, confirming the lack of difference in the overall planet frequency between binaries and single stars but suggesting a decrease in the planet frequency for very close pairs. View Full-Text
Keywords: (Stars:) Planetary systems; (Stars:) binaries: general; (Stars:) binaries: visual; (Stars:) binaries: spectroscopic; (Stars:) statistics (Stars:) Planetary systems; (Stars:) binaries: general; (Stars:) binaries: visual; (Stars:) binaries: spectroscopic; (Stars:) statistics
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Bonavita, M.; Desidera, S. Frequency of Planets in Binaries. Galaxies 2020, 8, 16.

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