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The distance to the T Tauri stars in Taurus determined from their rotational properties

Preibisch, T., Smith, M.D. (1997) The distance to the T Tauri stars in Taurus determined from their rotational properties. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 322 (3). pp. 825-834. ISSN 0004-6361. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

We have determined the average distance to the young stars in the Taurus star formation region through their rotational properties. While most other distance estimates to star forming regions give the distance to the associated molecular clouds, the method used here gives the distance to the stars. Our statistical method assumes that the photometric variations are due to surface starspots that co-rotate with the equatorial surface speed and the rotation axes of the stars are randomly distributed. Furthermore, we pay much attention to possible unresolved binaries. A "best fit" distance of 152 ± 10 parsecs is derived from our sample of 25 weak line T Tauri stars in Taurus. This is within the range of distances found for the molecular cloud (140 pc - 160 PC) and confirms that the T Tauri stars are embedded within. Alternatively, the agreement of the distances to the stars and dark cloud, along with their intimate sky location, lends support to the interpretation and assumptions. This means that we find a random orientation of the rotation axes, which excludes a preferential orientation that might be caused by large scale magnetic fields in the molecular cloud. Another aspect is that our results seem to exclude strong differential rotation for the T Tauri stars.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ISM: Taurus clouds, Methods: statistical, Stars: distances, Stars: pre-main-sequence, Stars: rotation
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Giles Tarver
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 10:34 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50152 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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