Based on observations made with the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, operated by the Joint Astronomy Centre on behalf of the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.
Eight new T4.5–T7.5 dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey Data Release 1†
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2007
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume 379, Issue 4, pages 1423–1430, August 2007
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Lodieu, N., Pinfield, D. J., Leggett, S. K., Jameson, R. F., Mortlock, D. J., Warren, S. J., Burningham, B., Lucas, P. W., Chiu, K., Liu, M. C., Venemans, B. P., McMahon, R. G., Allard, F., Baraffe, I., Y Navascués, D. B., Carraro, G., Casewell, S. L., Chabrier, G., Chappelle, R. J., Clarke, F., Day-Jones, A. C., Deacon, N. R., Dobbie, P. D., Folkes, S. L., Hambly, N. C., Hewett, P. C., Hodgkin, S. T., Jones, H. R. A., Kendall, T. R., Magazzù, A., Martín, E. L., McCaughrean, M. J., Nakajima, T., Pavlenko, Y., Tamura, M., Tinney, C. G. and Zapatero Osorio, M. R. (2007), Eight new T4.5–T7.5 dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey Data Release 1. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 379: 1423–1430. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.12023.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2007
- Accepted 2007 May 23. Received 2007 May 23; in original form 2007 February 22
- techniques: photometric;
- techniques: spectroscopic;
- stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs;
- infrared: stars
We present eight new T4.5–T7.5 dwarfs identified in the UKIRT (United Kingdom Infrared Telescope) Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Large Area Survey (LAS) Data Release 1 (DR1). In addition we have recovered the T4.5 dwarf SDSS J020742.91+000056.2 and the T8.5 dwarf ULAS J003402.77−005206.7. Photometric candidates were picked up in two-colour diagrams over 190 deg2 (DR1) and selected in at least two filters. All candidates exhibit near-infrared spectra with strong methane and water absorption bands characteristic of T dwarfs and the derived spectral types follow the unified scheme of Burgasser et al.. We have found six new T4.5–T5.5 dwarfs, one T7 dwarf, one T7.5 dwarf and recovered a T4.5 dwarf and a T8.5 dwarf. We provide distance estimates which lie in the 15–85 pc range; the T7.5 and T8.5 dwarfs are probably within 25 pc of the Sun. We conclude with a discussion of the number of T dwarfs expected after completion of the LAS, comparing these initial results to theoretical simulations.