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Dynamical mass of GJ 802b: A brown dwarf in a triple system

Kraus, A; Martinache, F; Lloyd, J P; Tuthill, Peter G; Ireland, Michael

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We report a dynamical measurement of the mass of the brown dwarf GJ 802B using aperture-masking interferometry and astrometry. In addition, we report the discovery that GJ 802A is itself a close spectroscopic noneclipsing binary with a 19 hr period. We find the mass of GJ 802B to be 0.063 ±0.005 M⊙. GJ 802 has kinematics inconsistent with a young star and more consistent with the thick-disk population, implying a system age of ∼10 Gyr. However, model evolutionary tracks for GJ 802B predict...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/67087
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1086/529578

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