The California Legacy Survey. III. On the Shoulders of (Some) Giants: The Relationship between Inner Small Planets and Outer Massive Planets

September 2022 • 2022ApJS..262....1R

Authors • Rosenthal, Lee J. • Knutson, Heather A. • Chachan, Yayaati • Dai, Fei • Howard, Andrew W. • Fulton, Benjamin J. • Chontos, Ashley • Crepp, Justin R. • Dalba, Paul A. • Henry, Gregory W. • Kane, Stephen R. • Petigura, Erik A. • Weiss, Lauren M. • Wright, Jason T.

Abstract • We use a high-precision radial velocity survey of FGKM stars to study the conditional occurrence of two classes of planets: close-in small planets (0.023-1 au, 2-30 M ) and distant giant planets (0.23-10 au, 30-6000 M ). We find that ${41}_{-13}^{+15} \% $ of systems with a close-in, small planet also host an outer giant, compared to ${17.6}_{-1.9}^{+2.4} \% $ for stars irrespective of small planet presence. This implies that small planet hosts may be enhanced in outer giant occurrences compared to all stars with 1.7σ significance. Conversely, we estimate that ${42}_{-13}^{+17} \% $ of cold giant hosts also host an inner small planet, compared to ${27.6}_{-4.8}^{+5.8} \% $ of stars irrespective of cold giant presence. We also find that more massive and close-in giant planets are not associated with small inner planets. Specifically, our sample indicates that small planets are less likely to have outer giant companions more massive than approximately 120 M and within 0.3-3 au, than to have less massive or more distant giant companions, with ~2.2σ confidence. This implies that massive gas giants within 0.3-3 au may suppress inner small planet formation. Additionally, we compare the host-star metallicity distributions for systems with only small planets and those with both small planets and cold giants. In agreement with previous studies, we find that stars in our survey that only host small planets have a metallicity distribution that is consistent with the broader solar-metallicity-median sample, while stars that host both small planets and gas giants are distinctly metal rich with ~2.3σ confidence.


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Benjamin Fulton

Assistant Scientist