Submitting Campus

Daytona Beach

Department

Department of Physical Sciences

Document Type

Poster

Publication/Presentation Date

2017

Abstract/Description

We are determining rotation periods for an ensemble of over 100 wide non-interacting binary stars in the K2 Campaign 5 field that contain two main sequence dwarfs, as well as a smaller sample containing at least one white dwarf component. Observations of such coeval pairs provide the basis for our new investigation of rotation-based age determinations. Such “gyrochronology” ages can achieve a precision that exceeds most other current method of stellar age determination. Here we present a status report on our analysis of the light curves extracted from the K2 Campaign 5 field.

Grant or Award Name

NASA grants NNX15AV60G and NNX16AB76G

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