University of Hertfordshire

Astrometric and photometric mass functions of the old open cluster praesepe from the UKIDSS GCS

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  • Steve Boudreault
  • Nicolas Lodieu
  • N. C. Hambly
  • N. R. Deacon
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9783319030401
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Here we present the results of a wide-field (~36 sq. deg.) near-infrared (ZYJHK) survey of the Praesepe cluster using the Data Release 9 (DR9) of the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Galactic Clusters Survey (GCS). We selected cluster candidates of Praesepe based on astrometry and photometry. With our candidate list, we have obtained the luminosity function of Praesepe in the Z and J bands, and we have derived the mass function (MF) of Praesepe from 0.6 down to 0.072M⊙. Moreover, we have estimated the binarity of the Praesepe members in the 0.5–0.1M⊙ mass range and as well as their variability.

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