Volume 572, December 2014
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||01 December 2014|
Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), Carretera de Ajalvir km 4, 28850
Torrejón de Ardoz,
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Vía Láctea s/n, 38205, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
3 Dept. Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
4 Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
5 Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
6 GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92190 Meudon, France
7 Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA), PO Box 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
Accepted: 23 September 2014
We report on the near-infrared (JHK-bands) low-resolution spectroscopy and red optical (Z-band) photometry of seven proper-motion, very low-mass substellar member candidates of the Pleiades cluster with magnitudes in the interval J = 17.5−20.8 and K = 16.1−18.5 mag. Spectra were acquired for six objects with the LIRIS and NIRSPEC instruments mounted on the 4.2-m William Herschel and the 10-m Keck II telescopes, respectively. Z-band images of two of the faintest candidates were collected with the ACAM instrument on the WHT. The new data confirm the low temperatures of all seven Pleiades proper motion candidates. From the imaging observations, we find extremely red Z − J and Z − K colors that suggest that the faintest target, Calar Pleiades 25, has a Galactic rather than extragalactic nature. We tentatively classify the spectroscopic targets from early-L to ~T0 and suggest that the L/T transition, which accounts for the onset of methane absorption at 2.1 μm, may take place at J ≈ 20.3 and K ≈ 17.8 mag in the Pleiades (absolute values of MJ ≈ 14.7 and MK ≈ 12.2 mag). We find evidence of likely low-gravity atmospheres based on the presence of triangular-shape H-band fluxes and the high flux ratio K/H (compatible with red H − K colors) of Calar Pleiades 20, 21, and 22, which is a feature also seen in field low-gravity dwarfs. Weak K i absorption lines at around 1.25 μm are probably seen in two targets. These observations add support to the cluster membership of all seven objects in the Pleiades. The trend delineated by the spectroscopic sequence of Pleiades late-M and L dwarfs resembles that of the field. With masses estimated at 0.012−0.015 M⊙ (solar metallicity and 120 Myr), Calar Pleiades 20 (L6±1), 21 (L7±1), and 22 (L/T) may become the coolest and least massive Pleiades members that are corroborated with photometry, astrometry, and spectroscopy. Calar Pleiades 25 (<0.012 M⊙) is a firm free-floating planetary-mass candidate in the Pleiades.
Key words: stars: low-mass / brown dwarfs / stars: late-type / open clusters and associations: individual: Pleiades
Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
The final reduced spectra (in FITS format) are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (184.108.40.206) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/572/A67
© ESO, 2014
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