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The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: a search for Planet 9

Naess, Sigurd, Aiola, Simone, Battaglia, Nick, Bond, Richard J., Calabrese, Erminia ORCID:, Choi, Steve K., Cothard, Nicholas F., Halpern, Mark, Hill, J. Colin, Koopman, Brian J., Devlin, Mark, McMahon, Jeff, Dicker, Simon, Duivenvoorden, Adriaan J., Dunkley, Jo, Fanfani, Valentina, Ferraro, Simone, Gallardo, Patricio A., Guan, Yilun, Han, Dongwon, Hasselfield, Matthew, Hincks, Adam D., Huffenberger, Kevin, Kosowsky, Arthur B., Louis, Thibaut, Macinnis, Amanda, Madhavacheril, Mathew S., Nati, Federico, Niemack, Michael D., Page, Lyman, Salatino, Maria, Schaan, Emmanuel, Orlowski-Scherer, John, Schillaci, Alessandro, Schmitt, Benjamin, Sehgal, Neelima, Sifón, Cristóbal, Staggs, Suzanne, Engelen, Alexander Van and Wollack, Edward J. 2021. The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: a search for Planet 9. Astrophysical Journal 923 (2) , 224. 10.3847/1538-4357/ac2307

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We use Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) observations at 98 GHz (2015–2019), 150 GHz (2013–2019), and 229 GHz (2017–2019) to perform a blind shift-and-stack search for Planet 9. The search explores distances from 300 au to 2000 au and velocities up to 6farcm3 per year, depending on the distance (r). For a 5 Earth-mass Planet 9 the detection limit varies from 325 au to 625 au, depending on the sky location. For a 10 Earth-mass planet the corresponding range is 425 au to 775 au. The predicted aphelion and most likely location of the planet corresponds to the shallower end of these ranges. The search covers the whole 18,000 square degrees of the ACT survey. No significant detections are found, which is used to place limits on the millimeter-wave flux density of Planet 9 over much of its orbit. Overall we eliminate roughly 17% and 9% of the parameter space for a 5 and 10 Earth-mass Planet 9, respectively. These bounds approach those of a recent INPOP19a ephemeris-based analysis, but do not exceed it. We also provide a list of the 10 strongest candidates from the search for possible follow-up. More generally, we exclude (at 95% confidence) the presence of an unknown solar system object within our survey area brighter than 4–12 mJy (depending on position) at 150 GHz with current distance 300 au < r < 600 au and heliocentric angular velocity $1\buildrel{\,\prime}\over{.} 5\,{\mathrm{yr}}^{-1}\lt v\cdot \tfrac{500\,\mathrm{au}}{r}\lt 2\buildrel{\prime\prime}\over{.} 3\,{\mathrm{yr}}^{-1}$, corresponding to low-to-moderate eccentricities. These limits worsen gradually beyond 600 au, reaching 5–15 mJy by 1500 au.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0004-637X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 February 2022
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2021
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 20:05

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