In previous works we reported the detection of a brown-dwarf companion orbiting the faint stellar component of the visual binary HD 41004. This had been achieved by applying the multi-order TwO-Dimensional CORrelation (TODCOR) algorithm to CORALIE spectra. A long-term trend of the primary component had also been detected. In this paper we report follow-up observations that seem to unravel the nature of this long-term trend. The new measurements are consistent with the presence of a 2.5 MJ planet in an eccentric orbit around HD 41004 A. Thus, HD 41004 is a unique hierarchical system with a brown dwarf that accompanies the faint M-component, and a planet that orbits the brighter K-component.
Based on observations collected at the La Silla Observatory, ESO (Chile), with the CORALIE spectrograph at the 1.2-m Euler Swiss telescope.
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