The first definitive binary orbit determined with the Hubble Space Telescope fine guidance sensors: Wolf 1062 (Gliese 748)

Otto G. Franz, Todd J. Henry, Lawrence H. Wasserman, G. Fritz Benedict, Philip A. Ianna, J. Davy Kirkpatrick, Donald W. McCarthy, Arthur J. Bradley, Raynor L. Duncombe, Laurence W. Fredrick, Paul D. Hemenway, William H. Jefferys, Barbara E. McArthur, Edmund P. Nelan, Peter J. Shelus, Darrell B. Story, William F. Van Altena, Arthur L. Whipple

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Abstract

The M dwarf binary, Wolf 1062 (Gliese 748), has been observed with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Fine Guidance Sensor 3 in the transfer function scan mode to determine the apparent orbit. This is the first orbit defined fully and exclusively with HST, and is the most accurate definitive orbit for any resolved, noneclipsing system. The orbital period is 2.4490 ± 0.0119 yr and the semimajor axis is 0″.1470 ± 0″.0007 - both quantities are now known to better than 1%. Using the weighted mean of seven parallax measurements and these HST data, we find the system mass to be 0.543 ± 0.031 M, where the error of 6% is due almost entirely to the parallax error. An estimated fractional mass from the infrared brightness ratio and infrared mass-luminosity relation yields a mass for the primary of 0.37 M, and the secondary falls in the regime of very low mass stars, with a mass of only 0.17 M.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1432-1439
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume116
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1998

Keywords

  • Astrometry - binaries
  • Close - stars
  • Fundamental parameters - stars
  • Individual (Wolf 1062) - stars
  • Low-mass, brown dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Franz, O. G., Henry, T. J., Wasserman, L. H., Benedict, G. F., Ianna, P. A., Kirkpatrick, J. D., McCarthy, D. W., Bradley, A. J., Duncombe, R. L., Fredrick, L. W., Hemenway, P. D., Jefferys, W. H., McArthur, B. E., Nelan, E. P., Shelus, P. J., Story, D. B., Van Altena, W. F., & Whipple, A. L. (1998). The first definitive binary orbit determined with the Hubble Space Telescope fine guidance sensors: Wolf 1062 (Gliese 748). Astronomical Journal, 116(3), 1432-1439. https://doi.org/10.1086/300500