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Volume 417, Number 1, April I 2004
Page(s) L11 - L14
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040028

A&A 417, L11-L14 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040028


The environment of the very red object Orion n

A possible low mass companion?
A.-M. Lagrange1, G. Chauvin1, D. Rouan2, E. Gendron2, J.-L. Beuzit1, F. Lacombe2, G. Rousset3, C. Dougados1, T. Fusco3, D. Mouillet4, J.-M. Conan3, E. Stadler1, J. Deleglise2 and C. Perrier1

1  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire de Grenoble, 414 rue de la piscine, 38400 Saint-Martin d'Hères, France
2  ONERA, BP 52, 29 avenue de la Division Leclerc, 92320 Châtillon Cedex, France
3  Laboratoire D'Études Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris, Bât. 16, 5 Place J. Jansen, 92195 Meudon, France
4  Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 57 Av. d'Azereix, BP 826, 65008 Tarbes Cedex, France

(Received 18 March 2003 / Accepted 25 September 2003)

We have imaged at high angular resolution the close environement of the very red source Orion n with NACO at the VLT UT4. We report the detection of a faint point like object  0.6'' away from this source. Assuming a distance of  450-50+50 pc and an age of 1 Myr, the photometry of this candidate companion is consistent with an object of mass 70-150  $M_{\rm {J}}$ assuming a visible extinction of  $A_{\rm {V}} = 3{-}17$. The relationship between this object and Orion n is discussed hereafter.

Key words: stars: formation -- stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs -- stars: pre-main sequence

Offprint request: G. Chauvin, gchauvin@eso.org

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