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ID: 709819.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Orbital monitoring of the AstraLux Large M-dwarf Multiplicity sample
Authors:Janson, M.; Bergfors, C.; Brandner, W.; Bonnefoy, M.; Schlieder, J.; Köhler, R.; Hormuth, F.; Henning, T.; Hippler, S.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2014
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Start Page:id. 17 (21 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Orbital monitoring of M-type binaries is essential for constraining their fundamental properties. This is particularly useful in young systems, where the extended pre-main-sequence evolution can allow for precise isochronal dating. Here, we present the continued astrometric monitoring of the more than 200 binaries of the AstraLux Large Multiplicity Survey, building both on our previous work, archival data, and new astrometric data spanning the range of 2010-2012. The sample is very young overall---all included stars have known X-ray emission, and a significant fraction (18%) of them have recently also been identified as members of young moving groups in the solar neighborhood. We identify ~30 targets that both have indications of being young and for which an orbit either has been closed or appears possible to close in a reasonable time frame (a few years to a few decades). One of these cases, GJ 4326, is, however, identified as probably being substantially older than has been implied from its apparent moving group membership, based on astrometric and isochronal arguments. With further astrometric monitoring, these targets will provide a set of empirical isochrones, against which theoretical isochrones can be calibrated, and which can be used to evaluate the precise ages of nearby young moving groups. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile, under observing programs 081.C-0314(A), 082.C-0053(A), and 084.C-0812(A), and on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC).
Free Keywords:binaries: general; stars: late-type; techniques: high angular resolution
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0067-0049 %R 10.1088/0067-0049/214/2/17
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