Disk M Dwarf Luminosity Function From HST Star Counts

  title={Disk M Dwarf Luminosity Function From HST Star Counts},
  author={Andrew P. Gould and John N. Bahcall and Chris Flynn},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
We study a sample of 257 Galactic disk M dwarfs (8 12 (M<0.25 \ms), decreasing by a factor \gsim 3 by M_V~14 (M~0.14\ms). This decrease in the LF is in good agreement with the ground-based photometric study of nearby stars by Stobie et al. (1989), and in mild conflict with the most recent LF measurements based on local parallax stars by Reid et al. (1995). The local LF of the faint Galactic disk stars can be transformed into a local mass function using an empirical mass-M_V relation. The mass… Expand
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