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2010AJ....139.2448B - Astron. J., 139, 2448-2454 (2010/June-0)

ULAS J141623.94+134836.3: a blue T dwarf companion to a blue L dwarf.


Abstract (from CDS):

We confirm the substellar nature of ULAS J141623.94+134836.3 (aka SDSS J1416+1348B), a common proper motion companion to the blue L dwarf SDSS J141624.08+134826.7 identified by Burningham et al. and Scholz. Low-resolution 0.8-2.4 µm spectroscopy obtained with the Infrared Telescope Facility/SpeX shows strong H2 O and CH4absorption bands, consistent with a T7.5 spectral type, and we see possible indications of NH3 absorption in the 1.0-1.3 µm region. More importantly, the spectrum of SDSS J1416+1348B shows a broadened Y-band peak and highly suppressed K-band flux, both indicative of high surface gravity and/or subsolar metallicity. These traits are verified through spectral model fits, from which we derive atmospheric parameters Teff= 650±60 K, log g = 5.2±0.4 cgs, [M/H] ≤ -0.3, and Kzz= 104 cm2/s, the temperature being significantly warmer than that estimated by Burningham et al. These fits also indicate a model-dependent spectroscopic distance of 10.6+3.0 –2.8 pc for SDSS J1416+1348B, formally consistent with the 7.9±1.7 pc astrometric distance for SDSS J1416+1348A from Scholz. The common peculiarities of these two co-spatial, co-moving sources suggest that their unusual blue colors–and those of other blue L and T dwarfs in general–arise from age/gravity or metallicity effects, rather than cloud properties alone.

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Journal keyword(s): binaries: visual - brown dwarfs - stars: fundamental parameters - stars: individual (SDSS J141624.08+134826.7, ULAS J141623.94+134836.3) - stars: low-mass

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