The transiting exoplanet CoRoT-11b and its peculiar tidal evolution
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2 Thüringer Landessternwarte, Sternwarte 5, Tautenburg, D-07778 Tautenburg, Germany
3 INAF-Osservatorio Astroﬁsico di Catania, Via Santa Soﬁa 78, I-95123 Catania, Italy
CoRoT-11b is a fairly massive hot-Jupiter (Mp = 2.33 ± 0.34 MJup ) in a 3 days orbit around a F6 V star with an age of 2 ± 1 Gyr. The relatively high projected rotational velocity of the star (v sin i⋆ = 40 ± 5 km/s) places CoRoT-11 among the most rapidly rotating planet hosting stars discovered so far. Assuming that the star is seen equator-on, the v sin i⋆ and the star radius (R∗ = 1.37±0.03 R⊙) translate into a stellar rotation period of 1.73±0.26 days. This peculiar planet/star conﬁguration oﬀers an unique opportunity to study the tidal evolution of the system. Owing to the strong tidal interaction, the planet would have moved outwards, from a starting semi-major axis corresponding to an orbital period almost synchronized with the stellar rotation. We found that the present value of the tidal quality factor Q′s could be measured by a timing of the mid-epoch of the transits to be observed with an accuracy of about 0.5 − 1 seconds over a time baseline of about 25 years.
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