Retrieval of SDSS J1416+1348AB

Eileen Gonzales, Ben Burningham, Jackie Faherty, Colleen Cleary, Channon Visscher, Mark Marley, Roxana Lupu, Richard Freedman

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We present the distance-calibrated spectral energy distribution (SED) of the d/sdL7 SDSS J14162408+1348263A (J1416A) and an updated SED for SDSS J14162408+1348263B (J1416B). We also present the first retrieval analysis of J1416A using the Brewster retrieval code base and the second retrieval of J1416B. We find that the primary is best fit by a non-grey cloud opacity with a power-law wavelength dependence, but is indistinguishable between the type of cloud parameterization. J1416B is best fit by a cloud-free model, consistent with the results from Line et al. (2017). Most fundamental parameters derived via SEDs and retrievals are consistent within 1 sigma for both J1416A and J1416B. The exceptions include the radius of J1416A, where the retrieved radius is smaller than the evolutionary model-based radius from the SED for the deck cloud model, and the bolometric luminosity which is consistent within 2.5 sigma for both cloud models. The pair's metallicity and Carbon-to-Oxygen (C/O) ratio point towards formation and evolution as a system. By comparing the retrieved alkali abundances while using two opacity models, we are able to evaluate how the opacities behave for the L and T dwarf. Lastly, we find that relatively small changes in composition can drive major observable differences for lower temperature objects.
Original languageEnglish
Article number46
Number of pages32
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020


  • astro-ph.SR
  • astro-ph.EP


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