Limits on low-frequency radio emission from southern exoplanets with the murchison widefield array

Tara Murphy, Martin E. Bell, David L. Kaplan, B. M. Gaensler, André R. Offringa, Emil Lenc, Natasha Hurley-Walker, G. Bernardi, Judd Bowman, F. Briggs, R. J. Cappallo, B. E. Corey, A. A. Deshpande, D. Emrich, R. Goeke, L. J. Greenhill, B. J. Hazelton, J. N. Hewitt, M. Johnston-Hollitt, J. C. KasperE. Kratzenberg, C. J. Lonsdale, M. J. Lynch, S. R. McWhirter, D. A. Mitchell, M. F. Morales, E. Morgan, D. Oberoi, S. M. Ord, T. Prabu, A. E E Rogers, D. A. Roshi, N. Udaya Shankar, K. S. Srivani, R. Subrahmanyan, S. J. Tingay, M. Waterson, R. B. Wayth, R. L. Webster, A. R. Whitney, A. Williams, C. L. Williams

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Abstract

We present the results of a survey for low-frequency radio emission from 17 known exoplanetary systems with the Murchison Widefield Array. This sample includes 13 systems that have not previously been targeted with radio observations. We detected no radio emission at 154 MHz, and put 3τ upper limits in the range 15.2-112.5 mJy on this emission. We also searched for circularly polarized emission and made no detections, obtaining 3τ upper limits in the range 3.4-49.9 mJy. These are comparable with the best low-frequency radio limits in the existing literature and translate to luminosity limits of between 1.2 × 1014 and 1.4 × 1017 Wif the emission is assumed to be 100 per cent circularly polarized. These are the first results from a larger program to systematically search for exoplanetary emission with the MWA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2560-2565
Number of pages6
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume446
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Radio continuum: planetary systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Murphy, T., Bell, M. E., Kaplan, D. L., Gaensler, B. M., Offringa, A. R., Lenc, E., Hurley-Walker, N., Bernardi, G., Bowman, J., Briggs, F., Cappallo, R. J., Corey, B. E., Deshpande, A. A., Emrich, D., Goeke, R., Greenhill, L. J., Hazelton, B. J., Hewitt, J. N., Johnston-Hollitt, M., ... Williams, C. L. (2015). Limits on low-frequency radio emission from southern exoplanets with the murchison widefield array. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 446(3), 2560-2565. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stu2253