AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 24. Extrasolar Planets and Substellar Companions
Oral, Wednesday, January 12, 2000, 10:00-11:30am, Regency VI

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[24.04] Microlensing Constraints on the Frequency of Jupiter Mass Planets

B. S. Gaudi, M. D. Albrow, J.-P. Beaulieu, J. A. R. Caldwell, D. L. DePoy, M. Dominik, A. Gould, J. Greenhill, K. Hill, S. Kane, R. Martin, J. Menzies, R. M. Naber, R. W. Pogge, K. R. Pollard, P. D. Sackett, K. C. Sahu, P. Vermaak, R. Watson, A. Williams (The PLANET Collaboration)

Microlensing is the only technique likely, within the next 5 years, to constrain the frequency of Jupiter-analogs. The PLANET collaboration has monitored nearly 100 microlensing events of which more than 20 have sensitivity to the perturbations that would be caused by a Jovian-mass companion to the primary lens. No clear signatures of such planets have been detected. These null results indicate that Jupiter mass planets with separations of 1.5-3 AU occur in less than 1/3 of systems. A similar limit applies to planets of 3 Jupiter masses for separations of 1-4 AU. These are the best limits for extrasolar planets at these separations by any technique.

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