KIC 8462852: THE INFRARED FLUX
Author(s)Marengo, Massimo; Hulsebus, Alan; Willis, Sarah E.
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We analyzed the warm Spitzer/IRAC data of KIC 8462852. We found no evidence of infrared excess at 3.6 μm and a small excess of 0.43 ± 0.18 mJy at 4.5 μm below the 3σ threshold necessary to claim a detection. The lack of strong infrared excess 2 years after the events responsible for the unusual light curve observed by Kepler further disfavors the scenarios involving a catastrophic collision in a KIC 8462852 asteroid belt, a giant impact disrupting a planet in the system or a population of dust-enshrouded planetesimals. The scenario invoking the fragmentation of a family of comets on a highly elliptical orbit is instead consistent with the lack of strong infrared excess found by our analysis.
The Astrophysical Journal. Letters
Marengo, Massimo, Alan Hulsebus, and Sarah Willis. “KIC 8462852: THE INFRARED FLUX.” The Astrophysical Journal 814, no. 1 (November 19, 2015): L15. © 2015 IOP Publishing
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