The η Chamaeleontis cluster: Photometric study of the ROSAT-detected weak-lined T Tauri stars

Warrick A. Lawson, Lisa A. Crause, Eric E. Mamajek, Eric Feigelson

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Abstract

We present the results of a photometric study of X-ray-active weak-lined T Tauri (WTT) stars in the η Chamaeleontis star cluster. Multi-epoch V-band photometric monitoring during 1999 and 2000 of the 10 X-ray-active WTT stars found that all were variable in one or both years, with periods ascribed to rotational modulation of starspots. Comparison between the rotational and X-ray properties of these objects indicates the saturation level, log(LX/Lbol) ≈ -3, observed in other studies of X-ray-active pre-main-sequence stars, persists in the η Cha stars from the slow- to the fast-rotator regimes. Cousins VRI photometry of the WTT stars has enabled us to investigate further the photometric properties of these stars. The stars appear sufficiently coeval to distinguish near-equal-mass binaries within the sample. A new Hertzsprung-Russell diagram for these objects suggests ages of 4-9 Myr for M-type RECX primaries using the tracks of D'Antona & Mazzitelli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume321
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 11 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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