- Conference date: 11–14 August 2010
- Location: Bamberg, (Germany)
More than 450 exoplanets have currently been detected, most of them by the radial velocity (RV) technique. While the majority of exoplanets have been found around main‐sequence (MS) FGK stars (M⩽1.5M⊙), only a small fraction (∼10%) have been discovered orbiting post‐MS stars. However, such stars are known to host exoplanets and the detection fraction appears to be larger than for solar‐type dwarfs. To date ∼30 planets have been found orbiting giant stars which have revealed interesting properties that contrast with the results found for solar‐type stars. We are carrying out a RV search for planets around giant stars in the southern hemisphere in order to study different formation scenarios for planets around intermediate‐mass stars and the effect of the post‐MS evolution of the host stars on the orbits of close‐in planets (a 0.6 AU).
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