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Harding, LK,Hallinan, G,Boyle, RP,Butler, RE,Sheehan, B,Golden, A,JohnsKrull, CM,Browning, MK,West, AA
A Search for Periodic Optical Variability in Radio Detected Ultracool Dwarfs: A Consequence of a Magnetically-Driven Auroral Process?
16TH CAMBRIDGE WORKSHOP ON COOL STARS, STELLAR SYSTEMS AND THE SUN
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A number of ultracool dwarfs have been unexpectedly detected as radio sources in the last decade, four of which have been found to be producing periodic pulses. More recently, two of these pulsing dwarfs have also been found to be periodically variable in broadband optical photometry. The detected periods match the periods of the radio pulses which have previously been associated with the rotation period of the dwarf. For one of these objects, it has also been established that the optical and radio periodic variability are possibly linked, being a consequence of magnetically-driven auroral processes. In order to investigate the ubiquity of the periodic optical variability in radio detected sources, the GUFI instrument (Galway Ultra Fast Imager) was commissioned on the 1.8m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, on Mt. Graham, Arizona, and has been obtaining data for the past eighteen months. More than two hundred hours of multi-epoch photometric monitoring observations of radio detected ultracool dwarfs have been completed. We present initial results confirming optical periodic variability for four of this sample, three of which have been newly confirmed using GUFI.
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