The 2MASS Wide-Field T Dwarf Search. V. Discovery of a T Dwarf via Methane Imaging

November 2005 • 2005AJ....130.2347E

Authors • Ellis, S. C. • Tinney, C. G. • Burgasser, Adam J. • Kirkpatrick, J. Davy • McElwain, Michael W.

Abstract • We present the discovery of a T dwarf, 2MASS 2151-4853, via differential imaging through methane filters. The filters are designed to highlight the strong absorption in the H band due to methane found in the atmospheres of T dwarfs and provide a very efficient means of searching for them. Subsequent J- and H-band spectroscopy confirms 2MASS 2151-4853 as a T dwarf of type T4.5. It has an estimated spectrophotometric distance of 18+/-3 pc and an estimated tangential velocity of vt=50+/-10 km s-1.


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Davy Kirkpatrick

Senior Scientist