A new method to identify nearby, young, low-mass stars

David R. Rodriguez, M. S. Bessell, B. Zuckerman, Joel H. Kastner

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    We describe a new method to identify young, late-type stars within ∼150 pc of the Earth that employs visual or near-infrared (NIR) data and the GALEX GR4/5 database. For spectral types later than K5, we demonstrate that the ratio of GALEX near-ultraviolet to visual and NIR emission is larger for stars with ages between 10 and 100 Myr than for older, main-sequence stars. A search in regions of the sky encompassing the TW Hya and Scorpius-Centaurus Associations has returned 54 high-quality candidates for follow up. Spectroscopic observations of 24 of these M1-M5 objects reveal Li 6708 Å absorption in at least 17 systems. Because GALEX surveys have covered a significant fraction of the sky, this methodology should prove valuable for future young star studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


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