The Monitor project: rotation of low-mass stars in the open cluster NGC 2547

Jonathan Irwin, Simon Hodgkin, Suzanne Aigrain, Jerome Bouvier, Leslie Hebb, Estelle Moraux

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Abstract

We report on the results of an I-band time-series photometric survey of NGC 2547 using the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope with Wide Field Imager, achieving better than 1 per cent photometric precision per data point over 14 less than or similar to I less than or similar to 18. Candidate cluster members were selected from a V versus V - I colour - magnitude diagram over 12.5 < V < 24 (covering masses from 0.9 M-circle dot down to below the brown dwarf limit), finding 800 candidates, of which we expect similar to 330 to be real cluster members, taking into account contamination from the field (which is most severe at the extremes of our mass range). Searching for periodic variations in these gave 176 detections over the mass range 0.1 less than or similar to M/M-circle dot less than or similar to 0.9. The rotation period distributions were found to show a clear mass-dependent morphology, qualitatively intermediate between the distributions obtained from similar surveys in NGC 2362 and 2516, as would be expected from the age of this cluster. Models of the rotational evolution were investigated, finding that the evolution from NGC 2362 to 2547 was qualitatively reproduced ( given the uncertainty in the age of NGC 2547) by solid body and core-envelope decoupled models from our earlier NGC 2516 study without need for significant modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1588-1602
Number of pages15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume383
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008

Keywords

  • techniques : photometric
  • surveys
  • stars : rotation
  • open clusters and associations
  • individual : NGC 2547
  • ALPHA-PERSEI CLUSTER
  • MAIN-SEQUENCE STARS
  • COLOR-MAGNITUDE DIAGRAMS
  • YOUNG OPEN CLUSTERS
  • X-RAY-EMISSION
  • LITHIUM DEPLETION BOUNDARY
  • PHOTOMETRIC LIGHT CURVES
  • ORION ULTRADEEP PROJECT
  • SOLAR-TYPE STARS
  • K-DWARFS

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