Identifying nearby, young, late-type stars by means of their circumstellar disks

Adam Schneider*, Inseok Song, Carl Melis, B. Zuckerman, Mike Bessell

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    It has recently been shown that a significant fraction of late-type members of nearby, very young associations (age ≲10Myr) display excess emission at mid-IR wavelengths indicative of dusty circumstellar disks. We demonstrate that the detection of mid-IR excess emission can be utilized to identify new nearby, young, late-type stars including two definite new members ("TWA 33" and "TWA 34") of the TW Hydrae Association (TWA). Both new TWA members display mid-IR excess emission in the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer catalog and they show proper motion and youthful spectroscopic characteristics - namely, Hα emission, strong lithium absorption, and low surface gravity features consistent with known TWA members. We also detect mid-IR excess - the first unambiguous evidence of a dusty circumstellar disk - around a previously identified UV-bright, young, accreting star (2M1337) that is a likely member of the Lower-Centaurus Crux region of the Scorpius-Centaurus Complex.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number163
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


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