The IC 2118 association: New T Tauri stars in high-latitude molecular clouds

M. Kun, T. Prusti, S. Nikolić, L. E B Johansson, N. A. Walton

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We identified new pre-main sequence stars in the region of high-latitude molecular clouds associated with the reflection nebula IC 2118, around l ∼ 208° and b ∼ -21°. The stars were selected as T Tauri candidates in objective prism plates obtained with the Schmidt telescope of Konkoly Observatory. Results of spectroscopic follow-up observations, carried out with the FLAIR spectrograph installed on the UK Schmidt and with ALFOSC on Nordic Optical Telescope, are presented in this paper. Based on spectral types, presence of emission lines and lithium absorption line, we identified five classical T Tauri stars and a candidate weak-line T Tauri star projected on the molecular clouds, as well as two candidate pre-main sequence stars outside the nebulous region. Using the near infrared magnitudes obtained from the 2MASS All Sky Catalog (IPAC 2003) we determined the masses and ages of these stars. We found that the five classical T Tauri stars projected on the clouds are physically related to them, whereas the other stars are probably background objects. Adopting a distance of 210 pc for IC 2118 (Kun et al. 2001) and using Palla & Stahler's (1999) evolutionary tracks we derived an average age of 2.5 × 106 yrs and a mass interval of 0.4-1.0 M⊙ for the members of the IC 2118 association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-98
Number of pages10
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume418
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

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spectrographs
catalogs
sky
observatories
telescopes
intervals

Keywords

  • ISM: clouds
  • ISM: individual objects: IC 2118
  • Stars: formation
  • Stars: pre-main sequence

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The IC 2118 association : New T Tauri stars in high-latitude molecular clouds. / Kun, M.; Prusti, T.; Nikolić, S.; Johansson, L. E B; Walton, N. A.

In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 418, No. 1, 04.2004, p. 89-98.

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Kun, M. ; Prusti, T. ; Nikolić, S. ; Johansson, L. E B ; Walton, N. A. / The IC 2118 association : New T Tauri stars in high-latitude molecular clouds. In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 2004 ; Vol. 418, No. 1. pp. 89-98.
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