Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 551A, 44-44 (2013/3-1)
The spectral type of CHS 7797 - an intriguing very low mass periodic variable in the Orion Nebula Cluster.
RODRIGUEZ-LEDESMA M.V., MUNDT R., PINTADO O., BOUDREAULT S., HESSMAN F. and HERBST W.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the spectroscopic characterization of the unusual high-amplitude very low mass pre-main-sequence periodic variable CHS7797. This study is based on optical medium-resolution (R=2200) spectroscopy in the 6450-8600Å range, carried out with GMOS-GEMINI-S in March 2011. Observations of CHS7797 have been carried out at two distinct phases of the 17.8d period, namely at maximum (I≃17.4mag) and four days before maximum (I≃18.5mag). Four different spectral indices were used for the spectral classification at these two phases, all of them well-suited for spectral classification of young and obscured late M dwarfs. In addition, the gravity-sensitive NaI (8183/8195Å) and KI (7665/7699Å) doublet lines were used to confirm the young age of CHS7797. From the spectrum obtained at maximum light we derived a spectral type (SpT) of M6.05±0.25, while for the spectrum taken four days before maximum the derived SpT is M5.75±0.25. The derived SpTs confirm that CHS7797 has a mass in the stellar-substellar boundary mass range. In addition, the small differences in the derived SpTs at the two observed phases may provide indirect hints that CHS7797 is a binary system of similar mass components surrounded by a tilted circumbinary disk, a system similar to KH15D.
techniques: spectroscopic - binaries: general - brown dwarfs - circumstellar matter - stars: pre-main sequence - stars: fundamental parameters
The standard star LTT 215 is not in Simbad, it is a probable misprint for LTT 2415.
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