Francesco Pepe

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We present here the discovery and characterisation of a very light planet around HD 4308. The planet orbits its star in 15.56 days. The circular radial-velocity variation presents a tiny semi-amplitude of 4.1 ms−1 that corresponds to a planetary minimum mass m2 sin i= 14.1 M⊕ (Earth masses). The planet was unveiled by high-precision radial-velocity(More)
In 2009 we started, within the dedicated HARPS-Upgrade GTO program, an intense radial-velocity monitoring of a few nearby, slowly-rotating and quiet solar-type stars. The goal of this campaign is to gather, with high cadence and continuity, very-precise radial-velocity data in order to detect tiny signatures of very-low-mass stars potentially in the(More)
A decade ago, the detection of the first transiting extrasolar planet provided a direct constraint on its composition and opened the door to spectroscopic investigations of extrasolar planetary atmospheres. Because such characterization studies are feasible only for transiting systems that are both nearby and for which the planet-to-star radius ratio is(More)
Titanium is the most widely used material in orthopaedic and dental implantoprosthesis due to its superior physical properties and enhanced biocompatibility due to the spontaneous formation of a passivating layer of titanium oxides which, however, does not form good chemical bonds with bone and tends to brake exposing bulk titanium to harsh body fluids(More)
A 4 M J planet with a 15.8 day orbital period has been detected from very precise radial velocity measurements with the CORALIE echelle spectrograph. A second remote and more massive companion has also been detected. All the planetary companions so far detected in orbit closer than 0.08 AU have a parent star with a statistically higher metal content(More)
Aims. A major goal of our survey is to significantly increase the number of detected extra-solar planets in a magnitude-limited sample to improve our knowledge of their orbital elements distributions and thus obtain better constraints for planet-formation models. Methods. Radial-velocity data were taken at Haute-Provence Observatory (OHP, France) with the(More)
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will search for planets transiting bright and nearby stars. TESS has been selected by NASA for launch in 2017 as an Astrophysics Explorer mission. The spacecraft will be placed into a highly elliptical 13.7-day orbit around the Earth. During its 2-year mission, TESS will employ four wide-field optical(More)
Over the past two years, the search for low-mass extrasolar planets has led to the detection of seven so-called 'hot Neptunes' or 'super-Earths' around Sun-like stars. These planets have masses 5-20 times larger than the Earth and are mainly found on close-in orbits with periods of 2-15 days. Here we report a system of three Neptune-mass planets with(More)
We report a spectroscopic orbit with period P = 3.52433 ± 0.00027 days for the planetary companion that transits the solar-type star HD 209458. For the metallicity, mass, and radius of the star we derive [Fe/H]= 0.00 ± 0.02, M∗ = 1.1±0.1M⊙, and R∗ = 1.3±0.1R⊙. This is based on a new analysis of the iron lines in our HIRES template spectrum, and also on the(More)