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Detecting the spin-orbit misalignment of the super-Earth 55 Cancri e

Abstract : We present time-resolved spectroscopy of transits of the super-Earth 55 Cnc e using HARPS-N observations. We devised an empirical correction for the "color effect" on the radial velocity residuals from the Keplerian fit, which significantly improves their dispersion with respect to the HARPS-N pipeline standard data reduction. Using our correction, we were able to detect the smallest Rossiter-McLaughlin anomaly amplitude of an exoplanet so far (~60 cm/s). The super-Earth 55 Cnc e is also the smallest exoplanet with a Rossiter-McLaughlin anomaly detection. We measured the sky-projected obliquity λ = 72.4-11.5+12.7°, indicating that the planet orbit is prograde, highly misaligned and nearly polar compared to the stellar equator. The entire 55 Cancri system may have been highly tilted by the presence of a stellar companion.

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Vincent Bourrier, Guillaume Hébrard. Detecting the spin-orbit misalignment of the super-Earth 55 Cancri e. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2014, 569, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201424266⟩. ⟨insu-03645327⟩



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