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LkCa15: A young exoplanet caught at formation?

Kraus, Adam L; Ireland, Michael

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Young and directly imaged exoplanets offer critical tests of planet-formation models that are not matched by radial velocity surveys of mature stars. These targets have been extremely elusive to date, with no exoplanets younger than 10-20 Myr and only a handful of direct-imaged exoplanets at all ages.We report the direct-imaging discovery of a likely (proto)planet around the young (∼2 Myr) solar analog LkCa 15, located inside a known gap in the protoplanetary disk (a "transitional disk"). Our...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66462
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/745/1/5

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