Our Nearest 15 Million Neighbors: The Field Low—Mass Stellar Luminosity and Mass Functions

@inproceedings{Bochanski2009OurN1,
  title={Our Nearest 15 Million Neighbors: The Field Low—Mass Stellar Luminosity and Mass Functions},
  author={John J. Bochanski and Suzanne Louise Hawley and Iain Reid and Kevin R. Covey and Andrew A. West and David A. Golimowski and Zeljko Ivezic},
  year={2009}
}
  • John J. Bochanski, Suzanne Louise Hawley, +4 authors Zeljko Ivezic
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • We report on a new measurement of the luminosity function (LF) and mass function (MF) of field low—mass dwarfs using Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) photometry. The final catalog is composed of ∼15 million low—mass stars (0.1 M⊙<M<0.8 M⊙), spread over 8,400 square degrees. Distances to the stars are estimated using new photometric parallax relations, constructed from ugriz photometry of nearby low—mass stars with trigonometric parallaxes. The LF is measured with a novel technique, which… CONTINUE READING

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