Multiplicity of young stars in and around R Corona Australis

Дата и время публикации : 2008-07-28T09:57:36Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
R. Köhler
R. Neuhäuser
S. Krämer
Ch. Leinert
T. Ott
A. Eckart

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Коментарии к cтатье: 10 pages, 5 figures, accepted by by Astronomy and Astrophysics
Первичная категория: astro-ph

Все категории : astro-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: The R CrA star-forming region has a small dark cloud with quite a number of protostars, T Tauri stars, and some Herbig Ae/Be stars, plus a number of weak-line T Tauri stars around the cloud found by ROSAT follow-up observations. We searched for multiples among the young stars in and around the R CrA cloud in order to investigate multiplicity in this region. We performed interferometric and imaging observations with the speckle camera SHARP I at the ESO 3.5m NTT and adaptive optics observation with ADONIS at the ESO 3.6m telescope, all in the near-infrared bands JHK obtained in the years 1995, 2000, and 2001. We found 13 new binaries among the young stars in CrA between 0.13 arcsec (the diffraction limit) and 6 arcsec (set as an upper separation limit to avoid contamination by chance alignments). While most multiples in CrA are binaries, there are also one quadruple (TY CrA), and one triple (HR 7170) which may form a quintuple together with the binary HR 7169. One of the newly detected companions with a large magnitude difference found near the M3-5 type T Tauri star [MR 81] Ha 17 could be a brown dwarf or an infrared companion with an edge-on disk. Among seven Herbig Ae/Be stars in CrA, six are multiple. The multiplicity frequency in CrA is as high as in similar star forming regions. By comparing with the period distribution of main-sequence stars and extrapolating to separations not probed in this survey, we conclude that the companion-star frequency is 95+/-23 %; i.e. the average number of companions per primary is 0.95.

Category: Physics