K2-237 b and K2-238 b: discovery and characterization of two new transiting hot Jupiters from K2

August 2018 • 2018MNRAS.478.5356S

Authors • Soto, M. G. • Díaz, M. R. • Jenkins, J. S. • Rojas, F. • Espinoza, N. • Brahm, R. • Drass, H. • Jones, M. I. • Rabus, M. • Hartman, J. • Sarkis, P. • Jordán, A. • Lachaume, R. • Pantoja, B. • Vučković, M. • Ciardi, D. R. • Crossfield, I. • Dressing, C. • Gonzales, E. • Hirsch, L.

Abstract • We report the discovery of two hot Jupiters orbiting the stars K2-237 and K2-238. We used photometric data from Campaigns 11 and 12 of the Kepler K2 mission and radial velocity data obtained using the HARPS, FEROS, and CORALIE spectrographs. K2-237 b and K2-238 b have masses of 1.60^{+0.11}_{-0.11} and 0.86^{+0.13}_{-0.12} M_Jup, radii of 1.65^{+0.07}_{-0.08} and 1.30^{+0.15}_{-0.14} R_Jup, and are orbiting their host stars in 2.18- and 3.20-d orbits, respectively. The large radius of K2-237 b leads us to conclude that this candidate corresponds to a highly inflated hot Jupiter. K2-238 b has a radius consistent with theoretical models, considering the high incident flux falling on the planet. We consider K2-237 b to be an excellent system for follow-up studies, since not only is it very inflated, but it also orbits a relatively bright star (V = 11.6).


IPAC Authors


David Ciardi

Senior Scientist