In-depth study of moderately young but extremely red, very dusty substellar companion HD206893B

P. Delorme, T. Schmidt, M. Bonnefoy, S. Desidera, C. Ginski, B. Charnay, C. Lazzoni, V. Christiaens, S. Messina, V. D'Orazi, J. Milli, Joshua E. Schlieder, R.G. Gratton, L. Rodet, A-M Lagrange, O. Absil, A. Vigan, R. Galicher, J. Hagelberg, Mariangela BonavitaB. Lavie, A Zurlo, J. Olofsson, A. Boccaletti, F. Cantalloube, D. Mouillet, G. Chauvin, F. -J. Hambsch, M. Langlois, S. Udry, Th Henning, J-L Beuzit, Christoph Mordasini, P. Lucas, F. Marocco, B. Biller, J. Carson, A. Cheetham, E. Covino, V. De Caprio, A. Delboulbe, M. Feld, J.H.V. Girard, N. Hubin, A-L Maire, A. Pavlov, C. Petit, D. Rouan, R. Roelfsema, F. Wildi

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The substellar companion HD206893b has recently been discovered by direct imaging of its disc-bearing host star with the SPHERE instrument. We investigate the atypical properties of the companion, which has the reddest near-infrared colours among all known substellar objects, either orbiting a star or isolated, and we provide a comprehensive characterisation of the host star-disc-companion system. We conducted a follow-up of the companion with adaptive optics imaging and spectro-imaging with SPHERE, and a multiinstrument follow-up of its host star. We obtain a R=30 spectrum from 0.95 to 1.64 micron of the companion and additional photometry at 2.11 and 2.25 micron. We carried out extensive atmosphere model fitting for the companions and the host star in order to derive their age, mass, and metallicity. We found no additional companion in the system in spite of exquisite observing conditions resulting in sensitivity to 6MJup (2MJup) at 0.5" for an age of 300 Myr (50 Myr). We detect orbital motion over more than one year and characterise the possible Keplerian orbits. We constrain the age of the system to a minimum of 50 Myr and a maximum of 700 Myr, and determine that the host-star metallicity is nearly solar. The comparison of the companion spectrum and photometry to model atmospheres indicates that the companion is an extremely dusty late L dwarf, with an intermediate gravity (log g 4.5-5.0) which is compatible with the independent age estimate of the system. Though our best fit corresponds to a brown dwarf of 15-30 MJup aged 100-300 Myr, our analysis is also compatible with a range of masses and ages going from a 50 Myr 12MJup planetary-mass object to a 50 MJup Hyades-age brown dwarf...
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA79
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Early online date8 Dec 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Dec 2017


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