Near-infrared photometry and spectroscopy of L and T dwarfs: The effects of clouds, gravity, and effective temperature

D. A. Golimowski, S. K. Leggett, M. S. Marley, Xiaohui Fan, T. R. Geballe, G. R. Knapp

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Abstract

We present new JHKL′M′ photometry on the MKO system for a large sample of L and T dwarfs identified from SDSS and 2MASS and classified according to the scheme of Geballe et al. (2002). We have compiled a sample of 105 L and T dwarfs that are uniformly classified and measured on a single photometric system. The scattered JHK spectral indices and colors of L dwarfs are likely caused by variations in the altitudes, distributions, and thicknesses of condensate clouds. Scatter in the H-K colors of late T dwarfs probably reflects the sensitivity of the K-band flux to pressure induced H 2 opacity, which itself is sensitive to surface gravity. The M′ luminosities of late-T dwarfs are 1.5-2.5 times fainter than predicted under conditions of chemical equilibrium. We have computed L bol and T eff for 42 L and T dwarfs whose trigonometric parallaxes have been measured. We find that T eff ≈1450 K for types L7-T4, which supports recent models that attribute the changing JH K-band luminosities and spectral features across the L-T transition to rapid changes in the condensate clouds over a narrow range of T eff. We compute T eff = 600-750 K for 2MASS 0415-0935 (T9), which supplants Gl 570D as the coolest known brown dwarf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
EditorsF. Favata, G.A.J. Hussain, B. Battrick
Pages575-578
Number of pages4
Edition560 I
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event13th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Jul 5 2004Jul 9 2004

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Other13th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period7/5/047/9/04

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Keywords

  • Infrared: stars
  • Stars: fundamental parameters
  • Stars: late-type
  • Stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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Golimowski, D. A., Leggett, S. K., Marley, M. S., Fan, X., Geballe, T. R., & Knapp, G. R. (2005). Near-infrared photometry and spectroscopy of L and T dwarfs: The effects of clouds, gravity, and effective temperature. In F. Favata, G. A. J. Hussain, & B. Battrick (Eds.), European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP (560 I ed., pp. 575-578)