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Title: Overstable librations can account for the paucity of mean motion resonances among exoplanet pairs

We assess the multi-planet systems discovered by the Kepler satellite in terms of current ideas about orbital migration and eccentricity damping due to planet-disk interactions. Our primary focus is on first order mean motion resonances, which we investigate analytically to lowest order in eccentricity. Only a few percent of planet pairs are in close proximity to a resonance. However, predicted migration rates (parameterized by τ{sub n}=n/| n-dot |) imply that during convergent migration most planets would have been captured into first order resonances. Eccentricity damping (parameterized by τ{sub e}=e/| e-dot |) offers a plausible resolution. Estimates suggest τ {sub e}/τ {sub n} ∼ (h/a){sup 2} ∼ 10{sup –2}, where h/a is the ratio of disk thickness to radius. Together, eccentricity damping and orbital migration give rise to an equilibrium eccentricity, e {sub eq} ∼ (τ {sub e}/τ {sub n}){sup 1/2}. Capture is permanent provided e {sub eq} ≲ μ{sup 1/3}, where μ denotes the planet to star mass ratio. But for e {sub eq} ≳ μ{sup 1/3}, capture is only temporary because librations around equilibrium are overstable and lead to passage through resonance on timescale τ {sub e}. Most Kepler planet pairs have e {sub eq} > μ{sup 1/3}. Sincemore » τ {sub n} >> τ {sub e} is the timescale for migration between neighboring resonances, only a modest percentage of pairs end up trapped in resonances after the disk disappears. Thus the paucity of resonances among Kepler pairs should not be taken as evidence for in situ planet formation or the disruptive effects of disk turbulence. Planet pairs close to a mean motion resonance typically exhibit period ratios 1%-2% larger than those for exact resonance. The direction of this shift undoubtedly reflects the same asymmetry that requires convergent migration for resonance capture. Permanent resonance capture at these separations from exact resonance would demand μ(τ {sub n}/τ {sub e}){sup 1/2} ≳ 0.01, a value that estimates of μ from transit data and (τ {sub e}/τ {sub n}){sup 1/2} from theory are insufficient to match. Plausible alternatives involve eccentricity damping during or after disk dispersal. The overstability referred to above has applications beyond those considered in this investigation. It was discovered numerically by Meyer and Wisdom in their study of the tidal evolution of Saturn's satellites.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. California Institute of Technology, MC 150-21, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22340015
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astronomical Journal (New York, N.Y. Online); Journal Volume: 147; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASYMMETRY; CAPTURE; CURRENTS; DAMPING; DEMAND; EQUILIBRIUM; EVOLUTION; INTERACTIONS; MASS; MIGRATION; RESOLUTION; RESONANCE; SATELLITES; SATURN PLANET; STABILITY; STARS; THICKNESS; TRAJECTORIES; TURBULENCE