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Astron. Astrophys. 332, 842-844 (1998)

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Research Note

On the planetary companions of solar-type stars

Jií Kubát 1, David Holmgren 1 and Inga Rentzsch-Holm 2

1 Astronomický ústav, Akademie vd eské republiky, CZ-251 65 Ondejov, Czech Republic
2 Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik der Universität Kiel, D-24098 Kiel, Germany

Received 2 October 1997 / Accepted 9 December 1997


The problem of planets around solar type stars is reinvestigated using model stellar atmospheres and synthetic spectra. It is shown that a possible stellar companion may be spectroscopically well hidden. The changes in the corresponding line profile shapes are too small to be seen. Consequently, an erroneous classification of such secondary as a planet is possible.

Key words: stars: binaries: spectroscopic – stars: late-type – stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs – stars: planetary systems

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Online publication: March 30, 1998