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Flares from ultracool L dwarfs with Kepler

  • John E. Gizis (a1), Rishi Paudel (a1), Peter K. G. Williams (a2), Adam J. Burgasser (a3) and Sarah J. Schmidt (a4)...

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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