Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 460, 733-741 (2006/12-4)
Search for cold debris disks around M-dwarfs.
LESTRADE J.-F., WYATT M.C., BERTOLDI F., DENT W.R.F. and MENTEN K.M.
Abstract (from CDS):
Debris disks are believed to be related to planetesimals left over around stars after planet formation has ceased. The frequency of debris disks around M-dwarfs which account for 70% of the stars in the Galaxy is unknown while constrains have already been found for A- to K-type stars. We have searched for cold debris disks around 32 field M-dwarfs by conducting observations at λ=850µm with the SCUBA bolometer array camera at the JCMT and at λ=1.2mm with the MAMBO array at the IRAM 30-m telescopes. This is the first survey of a large sample of M-dwarfs conducted to provide statistical constraints on debris disks around this type of stars. We have detected a new debris disk around the M0.5 dwarf GJ 842.2 at λ=850µm, providing evidence for cold dust at large distance from this star (∼300AU). By combining the results of our survey with the ones of Liu et al. (2004Sci...305.1442L
), we estimate for the first time the detection rate of cold debris disks around field M-dwarfs with ages between 20 and 200Myr. This detection rate is 13+6–8
% and is consistent with the detection rate of cold debris disks (9-23%) around A- to K-type main sequence stars of the same age. This is an indication that cold disks may be equally prevalent across stellar spectral types.
stars: circumstellar matter
Table 3: [LWB2006] MAMBO-WW (Nos W, E, NW, SW, NE).
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