Revisiting ϵ Eridani with NEID: Identifying New Activity-sensitive Lines in a Young K Dwarf Star

Sarah Jiang, Arpita Roy, Samuel Halverson, Chad F. Bender, Carlos Selgas, O. Justin Otor, Suvrath Mahadevan, Guđmundur Stefánsson, Ryan C. Terrien, Christian Schwab

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Recent improvements in the sensitivity and precision of the radial velocity (RV) method for exoplanets have brought it close, but not quite to, the threshold (∼10 cm s−1) required to detect Earth-mass and other potentially habitable planets around Sun-like stars. Stellar activity-driven noise in RV measurements remains a significant hurdle to achieving this goal. While various efforts have been made to disentangle this noise from real planetary signals, a greater understanding of the relationship between spectra and stellar activity is crucial to informing stellar activity mitigation. We use a partially automated method to analyze spectral lines in a set of observations of the young, active star ϵ Eridani from the high-precision spectrograph NEID, correlate their features (depth, FWHM, and integrated flux) with known activity indicators, and filter and curate for well-defined lines whose shape changes are sensitive to certain types of stellar activity. We then present a list of nine lines correlated with the S-index in all three line features, including four newly identified activity-sensitive lines, as well as additional lines correlated with the S-index in at least one feature, and discuss the possible implications of the behavior observed in these lines. Our line lists represent a step forward in the empirical understanding of the complex relationships between stellar activity and spectra and illustrate the importance of studying the time evolution of line morphologies with stabilized spectrographs in the overall effort to mitigate activity in the search for small, potentially Earth-like exoplanets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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