Poster Title

Age-Activity Analysis in Wide Binary Stars

Research Mentor(s)

James Davenport

Affiliated Department

Astrophysics and Astronomy

Sort Order

03

Start Date

18-5-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

18-5-2017 3:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

We present an analysis of flare activity in wide binary stars using a combination of data sets from the NASA Kepler mission. The target list is from Janes (2017), and contains a set of known wide binary star systems identified by proper motions in the Kepler field. We crossmatched these systems with data on relative flare luminosity for ~200,000 stars in the Kepler field from Davenport (2016). This combined data set allows us to compare flare activity between stars in co-eval binaries. We find that in some wide binaries, both components are of the same spectral type and mass, but display significantly different levels of stellar activity. This may be due to these systems being α Centauri-like hierarchical triple systems. We also hope to learn if flare rates are a useful metric for age, like gyrochronology, in these wide binary systems.

Comments

Outstanding Poster Award Recipient

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Age-Activity Analysis in Wide Binary Stars

Astrophysics and Astronomy

We present an analysis of flare activity in wide binary stars using a combination of data sets from the NASA Kepler mission. The target list is from Janes (2017), and contains a set of known wide binary star systems identified by proper motions in the Kepler field. We crossmatched these systems with data on relative flare luminosity for ~200,000 stars in the Kepler field from Davenport (2016). This combined data set allows us to compare flare activity between stars in co-eval binaries. We find that in some wide binaries, both components are of the same spectral type and mass, but display significantly different levels of stellar activity. This may be due to these systems being α Centauri-like hierarchical triple systems. We also hope to learn if flare rates are a useful metric for age, like gyrochronology, in these wide binary systems.