Radio Observatons

of Star-Planet Magnetic Interaction

Benjamin Pope, NYU

NASA Sagan Fellow

Under review, with coauthors Joe Callingham & Harish Vedantham (ASTRON)
Looking forward to Melodie Kao's talk on a similar topic tomorrow!
Slides available at

Radio Astronomy

At the Sagan Symposium last year I summarized the state of knowledge of planets in the radio so far...
Many papers have discussed low-frequency searches for exoplanetary radio emission, with no detections so far.

Theorists now say that expanded ionospheres of hot Jupiters might self-absorb this emission down to undetectable levels.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a billion-dollar project to build a massive ~ GHz frequency SKA-Mid array in the Karoo Desert in South Africa and a ~ 100 MHz SKA-Low array in the Murchison Desert in Western Australia.
What can the SKA do for exoplanet science?
Callingham Sensitivities Figure


The LOw Frequency Aperture Array (LOFAR) in the Netherlands has been surveying the northern sky as a LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey LoTSS.
Cross-matching Stokes V sources with Gaia DR2 50 pc sample we obtain many matches...

many more than would be expected from our previous studies scaling from the Sun!

GJ 1151

M dwarfs are known to be very variable in the radio, with wideband, circularly polarized flares.

... but GJ 1151 is inactive and this emission is steady during the epoch it is detected.

G├╝del-Benz Relation


Posterior Parameters

Scaled up from Jupiter-Io?

The Future

As LOFAR continues its survey we expect dozens more detections.

With the SKA - hundreds!

Joint LOFAR+TESS observation to observe flaring stars - can we constrain CMEs?
Follow up all LOFAR candidates with RVs and look for transits!
Finally the dawn of exoplanet radio astronomy (!?)