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2016ApJ...830L..27R - Astrophys. J., 830, L27-L27 (2016/October-3)

The discovery of solar-like activity cycles beyond the end of the main sequence?


Abstract (from CDS):

The long-term magnetic behavior of objects near the cooler end of the stellar main sequence is poorly understood. Most theoretical work on the generation of magnetism in these ultracool dwarfs (spectral type >=M7 stars and brown dwarfs) suggests that their magnetic fields should not change in strength and direction. Using polarized radio emission measurements of their magnetic field orientations, I demonstrate that these cool, low-mass, fully convective objects appear to undergo magnetic polarity reversals analogous to those that occur on the Sun. This powerful new technique potentially indicates that the patterns of magnetic activity displayed by the Sun continue to exist, despite the fully convective interiors of these objects, in contravention of several leading theories of the generation of magnetic fields by internal dynamos.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Journal keyword(s): brown dwarfs - radiation mechanisms: non-thermal - radio continuum: stars - stars: activity - stars: low-mass - stars: magnetic field - stars: magnetic field

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