• stars: fundamental parameters;
  • stars: spots;
  • open clusters and associations: individual: NGC 2516


Using a novel technique, which combines previously determined rotation periods with new spectroscopic determinations of projected rotation velocity, we have determined radii for fast-rotating, low-mass (0.2–0.7 M) M-dwarfs in the young, solar-metallicity open cluster, NGC 2516. The mean radii are larger than model predictions at a given absolute I or K magnitude and also larger than the measured radii of magnetically inactive M-dwarfs; the difference increases from a few per cent to 50 per cent for the lowest luminosity stars in our sample. We show that a simple two-temperature starspot model is broadly capable of explaining these observations, but requires spot coverage fractions of about 50 per cent in rapidly rotating M-dwarfs.