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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 m 2 sin i = 14.1 M ⊕ (Earth masses). The planet was unveiled by high-precision radial-velocity(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)
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)
The planet in the system HD209458 is the first one for which repeated transits across the stellar disk have been observed. Together with radial velocity measurements, this has led to a determination of the planet's radius and mass, confirming it to be a gas giant. But despite numerous searches for an atmospheric signature, only the dense lower atmosphere of(More)
Among the 160 known exoplanets, mainly detected in large radial-velocity surveys, only 8 have a characterization of their actual mass and radius thanks to the two complementary methods of detection: radial velocities and photometric transit. We started in March 2004 an exoplanet-search programme biased toward high-metallicity stars which are more frequently(More)
This Letter reports on the photometric detection of transits of the Neptune-mass planet orbiting the nearby M-dwarf star GJ 436. It is by far the closest, smallest and least massive transiting planet detected so far. Its mass is slightly larger than Neptune's at M = 22.6 ± 1.9 M⊕. The shape and depth of the transit lightcurves show that it is crossing the(More)
Exoplanets down to the size of Earth have been found, but not in the habitable zone--that is, at a distance from the parent star at which water, if present, would be liquid. There are planets in the habitable zone of stars cooler than our Sun, but for reasons such as tidal locking and strong stellar activity, they are unlikely to harbour water-carbon life(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)