The distance to the cool T9 brown dwarf ULAS J003402.77-005206.7

R.L. Smart, H.R.A. Jones, M.G. Lattanzi, S.K. Leggett, S.J. Warren, A.J. Adamson, B. Burningham, M. Casali, D.W. Evans, M.J. Irwin, D.J. Pinfield

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Aims. We demonstrate the feasibility of determining parallaxes for nearby objects with the Wide Field Camera on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) using the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey as a first epoch. We determine physical parameters for ULAS J003402.77-005206.7, one of the coolest brown dwarfs currently known, using atmospheric and evolutionary models with the distance found here. Methods. Observations over the period 10/2005 to 07/2009 were pipeline processed at the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit and combined to produce a parallax and proper motion using standard procedures. Results. We determined [...]for ULAS J003402.77-005206.7. Conclusions. We have made a direct parallax determination for one of the coolest objects outside of the solar system. The distance is consistent with a relatively young, 1-2 Gyr, low mass, 13-20 Mj, cool, 550-600 K, brown dwarf. We present a measurement of the radial velocity that is consistent with an age between 0.5 and 4.0 Gyr. [...] see original online version
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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