Optical microflaring on the nearby flare star binary UV Ceti
Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112,
2 Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, 85748 Garching bei München, Gießenbachstraße 1, Germany
Received: 27 January 2016
Accepted: 11 March 2016
We present extremely high time resolution observations of the visual flare star binary UV Cet obtained with the Optical Pulsar Timing Analyzer (OPTIMA) at the 1.3 m telescope at Skinakas Observatory (SKO) in Crete, Greece. OPTIMA is a fiber-fed optical instrument that uses Single Photon Avalanche Diodes to measure the arrival times of individual optical photons. The time resolution of the observations presented here was 4 μs, allowing to resolve the typical millisecond variability time scales associated with stellar flares. We report the detection of very short impulsive bursts in the blue band with well resolved rise and decay time scales of about 2 s. The overall energetics put these flares at the lower end of the known flare distribution of UV Cet.
Key words: stars: activity / stars: flare / stars: low-mass
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