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New Low-mass Accretors in the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association

  • Simon J. Murphy (a1) (a2), Warrick A. Lawson (a2) and Joao Bento (a1)

Abstract

We describe the serendipitous discovery of two new lithium-rich M5 members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association (Sco-Cen). Both stars exhibit large 12 and 22 μm excesses and strong, variable Hα emission which we attribute to accretion from circumstellar discs. Such stars are thought to be incredibly rare at the ~16 Myr median age of much of Sco-Cen. The serendipitous discovery of two accreting stars hosting large quantities of circumstellar material may be indicative of a sizeable age spread in Sco-Cen, or further evidence that disc dispersal and planet formation time-scales are longer around lower-mass stars.

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  • Simon J. Murphy (a1) (a2), Warrick A. Lawson (a2) and Joao Bento (a1)

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