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Flares from ultracool L dwarfs with Kepler

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 September 2016


John E. Gizis
Affiliation:
Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, United States
Rishi Paudel
Affiliation:
Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, United States
Peter K. G. Williams
Affiliation:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, United States
Adam J. Burgasser
Affiliation:
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States
Sarah J. Schmidt
Affiliation:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States

Abstract

We report on our search for L dwarf flares using NASA's Kepler mission. Spectroscopically confirmedflares were detected with the original Kepler mission from an L1 dwarf stars. We discuss the physicalcharacteristics of these white light flares and compare them to M dwarf flares. For “habitable zone” planets, the apparent flare brightnesses would be comparable to the most powerful M dwarf flares. Weare monitoring more L dwarfs with the Kepler K2 mission. We discussthe prospect for more detections during the remainder of the K2 mission.


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Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2016 

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