Paul D. Dobbie

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Many sub-stellar companions (usually planets but also some brown dwarfs) orbit solar-type stars. These stars can engulf their sub-stellar companions when they become red giants. This interaction may explain several outstanding problems in astrophysics but it is unclear under what conditions a low mass companion will evaporate, survive the interaction(More)
We have undertaken a detailed near-infrared spectroscopic analysis of eight notable white dwarfs, predominantly of southern declination. In each case the spectrum failed to reveal compelling evidence for the presence of a spatially unresolved, cool, late-type companion. Therefore, we have placed an approximate limit on the spectral type of a putative(More)
We report the spectroscopic confirmation of four further white dwarf members of Praesepe. This brings the total number of confirmed white dwarf members to eleven making this the second largest collection of these objects in an open cluster identified to date. This number is consistent with the high mass end of the initial mass function of Praesepe being(More)
We present heavy element abundance measurements for 16 DAO white dwarfs, determined from Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spectra. Evidence of absorption by heavy elements was found in the spectra of all the objects. Measurements were made using models that adopted the temperatures, gravities and helium abundances determined from both optical(More)
We present a new method to derive the age of young (<0.7 Gyr) L dwarfs based on their nearinfrared photometry, colours, and distances. The method is based on samples of L dwarfs belonging to the Upper Sco association (5 Myr), the Alpha Per (85 Myr) and Pleiades (125 Myr) clusters, and the Ursa Major (400 Myr) and Hyades (625 Myr) moving groups. We apply our(More)
A bright, soft X-ray source was detected on 2010 July 14 during an XMM–Newton slew at a position consistent with the galaxy GSN 069 (z = 0.018). Previous ROSAT observations failed to detect the source and imply that GSN 069 is now ≥240 times brighter than it was in 1994 in the soft X-ray band. Optical spectra (from 2001 to 2003) are dominated by unresolved(More)
We present the results of a deep optical-near-infrared multi-epoch survey covering 2.5 square degrees of the Pleiades open star cluster to search for new very-low-mass brown dwarf members. A significant (∼ 5 year) epoch difference exists between the optical (CFH12k I-, Zband) and near infrared (UKIRT WFCAM J-band) observations. We construct I,I-Z and Z,Z-J(More)
We present a detailed analysis of the EUV spectra of 13 DA white dwarfs, observed by the EUVE satellite, paying attention to the possible sources of absorbing material along the lines-of-sight in both the local interstellar medium and in the photospheres of the stars themselves. The range of interstellar column densities seen are consistent with our(More)
We present eight new T4.5–T7.5 dwarfs identified in the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Large Area Survey (LAS) Data Release 1 (DR1). In addition we have recovered the T4.5 dwarf SDSS J020742.91+000056.2 and the T8.5 dwarf ULAS J003402.77−005206.7. Photometric candidates were picked up in two-colour diagrams over 190 deg (DR1) and selected in at(More)
We present near infrared J-, Hand K-band photometry and optical spectroscopy of low-mass star and brown dwarf (BD) candidates in the Pleiades and Praesepe open clusters. We flag non-members from their position in K, I-K and J, J-K colourmagnitude diagrams (CMDs), and J-H, H-K two-colour diagrams. In general, the theoretical NextGen isochrones of the Lyon(More)