M dwarfs at large heliocentric distances
Stanway, Elizabeth R., Bremer, M. N. (Malcolm N.), Lehnert, M. D. (Matthew D.) and Eldridge, John J.. (2008) M dwarfs at large heliocentric distances. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol.384 (No.1). pp. 348-360. ISSN 0035-8711Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.12711.x
We present an analysis of the faint M star population seen as foreground contaminants in deep extragalactic surveys. We use space-based data to separate such stars from high-redshift galaxies in a publicly available data set, and consider the photometric properties of the resulting sample in the optical and infrared. The inferred distances place these stars well beyond the scaleheight of the thick disc. We find strong similarities between this faint sample (reaching i′AB= 25) and the brighter disc M dwarf population studied by other authors. The optical–infrared properties of the bulk of our sources spanning 6000 Å-4.5 μm are consistent with those 5–10 mag brighter. We also present deep spectroscopy of faint M dwarf stars reaching continuum limits of i′AB≈ 26, and measure absorption-line strengths in the CaH2 and TiO5 bands. Both photometrically and spectroscopically, our sources are consistent with metallicities as low as a tenth solar: metal-rich compared with halo stars at similar heliocentric distances. We comment on the possible massive astrophysical compact halo object (MACHO) identification of M stars at faint magnitudes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QB Astronomy|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Low mass stars, Brown dwarf stars|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Page Range:||pp. 348-360|
|Funder:||Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (Great Britain) (PPARC)|
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