Volume 572, December 2014
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Published online||01 December 2014|
INAF − Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, via S. Sofia, 78,
2 INAF − Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, via Moiariello, 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy
3 Landessternwarte Königstuhl, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität, Heidelberg, Königstuhl 12, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Received: 21 May 2014
Accepted: 7 September 2014
We present the results of FLAMES/UVES and FLAMES/GIRAFFE spectroscopic observations of 23 low-mass stars in the L1615/L1616 cometary cloud, complemented with FORS2 and VIMOS spectroscopy of 31 additional stars in the same cloud. L1615/L1616 is a cometary cloud in which the star formation was triggered by the impact of massive stars in the Orion OB association. From the measurements of the lithium abundance and radial velocity, we confirm the membership of our sample to the cloud. We use the equivalent widths of the Hα, Hβ, and the He i λ5876, λ6678, λ7065 Å emission lines to calculate the accretion luminosities, Lacc, and the mass accretion rates, Ṁacc. We find in L1615/L1616 a fraction of accreting objects (~30%), which is consistent with the typical fraction of accretors in T associations of similar age (~3 Myr). The mass accretion rate for these stars shows a trend with the mass of the central object similar to that found for other star-forming regions, with a spread at a given mass that depends on the evolutionary model used to derive the stellar mass. Moreover, the behavior of the 2MASS/WISE colors with Ṁacc indicates that strong accretors with log Ṁacc ≳ −8.5 dex show large excesses in the JHKs bands, as in previous studies. We also conclude that the accretion properties of the L1615/L1616 members are similar to those of young stellar objects in T associations, like Lupus.
Key words: accretion, accretion disks / techniques: spectroscopic / open clusters and associations: individual: L1615/L1616 / stars: pre-main sequence / stars: low-mass
Based on FLAMES (UVES+GIRAFFE) observations collected at the Very Large Telescope (VLT; Paranal, Chile). Program 076.C-0385(A).
Tables 3−6 and Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
© ESO, 2014
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