Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 477, L1-4 (2008/1-1)
An accurate distance to 2M1207Ab.
DUCOURANT C., TEIXEIRA R., CHAUVIN G., DAIGNE G., LE CAMPION J.-F., SONG I. and ZUCKERMAN B.
Abstract (from CDS):
In April 2004, the first image was obtained of a planetary mass companion (now known as 2M1207b) in orbit around a self-luminous object different from our own Sun (the young brown dwarf 2MASSW J1207334-393254, hereafter 2M1207A). That 2M1207b probably formed via fragmentation and gravitational collapse offered proof that such a mechanism can form bodies in the planetary mass regime. However, the predicted mass, luminosity, and radius of 2M1207b depend on its age, distance, and other observables, such as effective temperature. To refine our knowledge of the physical properties of 2M1207b and its nature, we accurately determined the distance to the 2M1207A and b system by measuring of its trigonometric parallax at the milliarcsec level. With the ESO NTT/SUSI2 telescope, we began a campaign of photometric and astrometric observations in 2006 to measure the trigonometric parallax of 2M1207A. An accurate distance (52.4±1.1pc) to 2M1207A was measured. From distance and proper motions we derived spatial velocities that are fully compatible with TWA membership. With this new distance estimate, we discuss three scenarios regarding the nature of 2M1207b: (1) a cool (1150±150K) companion of mass 4±1MJup, (2) a warmer (1600±100K) and heavier (8±2MJup) companion occulted by an edge-on circumsecondary disk, or (3) a hot protoplanet collision afterglow.
stars: distances - stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs - planetary systems
2M1207 = 2MASSW J1207334-393254, DEN 1048-3956 = DENIS-P J104814.9-395604, GSC 8048-00232 is a misprint for GSC 8047-00232.
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