Publication Date

2000

Journal or Book Title

The Astronomical Journal

Abstract

We report the discovery of a bright (J = 13.83±0.03) methane brown dwarf, or T dwarf, by the Two Micron All Sky Survey. This object, 2MASSI J0559191-140448, is the first brown dwarf identified by the newly commissioned CorMASS instrument mounted on the Palomar 60-inch Telescope. Near-infrared spectra from 0.9 - 2.35 μm show characteristic CH4 bands at 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, and 2.2 μm, which are significantly shallower than those seen in other T dwarfs discovered to date. Coupled with the detection of an FeH band at 0.9896 and two sets of K I doublets at J-band, we propose that 2MASS J0559-14 is a warm T dwarf, close to the transition between L and T spectral classes. The brightness of this object makes it a good candidate for detailed investigation over a broad wavelength regime and at higher resolution

Comments

This is a pre-published version which is collected from arXiv. The published version is at http://iopscience.iop.org/1538-3881/120/2/1100/fulltext.

Volume

120

Pages

1100-1105

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