Advanced search
1 file | 776.38 KB

A search for debris disks in the Herschel-ATLAS

Author
Organization
Abstract
Aims. We aim to demonstrate that the Herschel-ATLAS (H-ATLAS) is suitable for a blind and unbiased survey for debris disks by identifying candidate debris disks associated with main sequence stars in the initial science demonstration field of the survey. We show that H-ATLAS reveals a population of far-infrared/sub-mm sources that are associated with stars or star-like objects on the SDSS main-sequence locus. We validate our approach by comparing the properties of the most likely candidate disks to those of the known population. Methods. We use a photometric selection technique to identify main sequence stars in the SDSS DR7 catalogue and a Bayesian Likelihood Ratio method to identify H-ATLAS catalogue sources associated with these main sequence stars. Following this photometric selection we apply distance cuts to identify the most likely candidate debris disks and rule out the presence of contaminating galaxies using UKIDSS LAS K-band images. Results. We identify 78 H-ATLAS sources associated with SDSS point sources on the main-sequence locus, of which two are the most likely debris disk candidates: H-ATLAS J090315.8 and H-ATLAS J090240.2. We show that they are plausible candidates by comparing their properties to the known population of debris disks. Our initial results indicate that bright debris disks are rare, with only 2 candidates identified in a search sample of 851 stars. We also show that H-ATLAS can derive useful upper limits for debris disks associated with Hipparcos stars in the field and outline the future prospects for our debris disk search programme.
Keywords
circumstellar matter, submillimeter: stars, submillimeter: planetary systems, DIGITAL SKY SURVEY, WIDE-FIELD CAMERA, SUBMILLIMETER IMAGES, PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEM, NEARBY STARS, COOL STARS, SPITZER, EVOLUTION, COLORS, 2MASS

Downloads

  • Thompson et al. 2010.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 776.38 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Thompson, MA, DJB Smith, JA Stevens, MJ Jarvis, Edgardo Andrés Vidal Pérez, J Marshall, L Dunne, et al. 2010. “A Search for Debris Disks in the Herschel-ATLAS.” Astronomy & Astrophysics 518.
APA
Thompson, M., Smith, D., Stevens, J., Jarvis, M., Vidal Pérez, E. A., Marshall, J., Dunne, L., et al. (2010). A search for debris disks in the Herschel-ATLAS. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, 518.
Vancouver
1.
Thompson M, Smith D, Stevens J, Jarvis M, Vidal Pérez EA, Marshall J, et al. A search for debris disks in the Herschel-ATLAS. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS. 2010;518.
MLA
Thompson, MA, DJB Smith, JA Stevens, et al. “A Search for Debris Disks in the Herschel-ATLAS.” ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS 518 (2010): n. pag. Print.
@article{1237387,
  abstract     = {Aims. We aim to demonstrate that the Herschel-ATLAS (H-ATLAS) is suitable for a blind and unbiased survey for debris disks by identifying candidate debris disks associated with main sequence stars in the initial science demonstration field of the survey. We show that H-ATLAS reveals a population of far-infrared/sub-mm sources that are associated with stars or star-like objects on the SDSS main-sequence locus. We validate our approach by comparing the properties of the most likely candidate disks to those of the known population.
Methods. We use a photometric selection technique to identify main sequence stars in the SDSS DR7 catalogue and a Bayesian Likelihood Ratio method to identify H-ATLAS catalogue sources associated with these main sequence stars. Following this photometric selection we apply distance cuts to identify the most likely candidate debris disks and rule out the presence of contaminating galaxies using UKIDSS LAS K-band images.
Results. We identify 78 H-ATLAS sources associated with SDSS point sources on the main-sequence locus, of which two are the most likely debris disk candidates: H-ATLAS J090315.8 and H-ATLAS J090240.2. We show that they are plausible candidates by comparing their properties to the known population of debris disks. Our initial results indicate that bright debris disks are rare, with only 2 candidates identified in a search sample of 851 stars. We also show that H-ATLAS can derive useful upper limits for debris disks associated with Hipparcos stars in the field and outline the future prospects for our debris disk search programme.},
  articleno    = {L134},
  author       = {Thompson, MA and Smith, DJB and Stevens, JA and Jarvis, MJ and Vidal P{\'e}rez, Edgardo Andr{\'e}s and Marshall, J and Dunne, L and Eales, S and White, GJ and Leeuw, L and Sibthorpe, B and Baes, Maarten and Gonzalez-Solares, E and Scott, D and Vieiria, J and Amblard, A and Auld, R and Bonfield, DG and Burgarella, D and Buttiglione, S and Cava, A and Clements, DL and Cooray, A and Dariush, A and de Zotti, G and Dye, S and Eales, S and Frayer, D and Fritz, Jacopo and Gonzalez-Nuevo, J and Herranz, D and Ibar, E and Ivison, RJ and Lagache, G and Lopez-Caniego, M and Maddox, S and Negrello, M and Pascale, E and Pohlen, M and Rigby, E and Rodighiero, G and Samui, S and Serjeant, S and Temi, P and Valtchanov, I and Verma, A},
  issn         = {0004-6361},
  journal      = {ASTRONOMY \& ASTROPHYSICS},
  keyword      = {circumstellar matter,submillimeter: stars,submillimeter: planetary systems,DIGITAL SKY SURVEY,WIDE-FIELD CAMERA,SUBMILLIMETER IMAGES,PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEM,NEARBY STARS,COOL STARS,SPITZER,EVOLUTION,COLORS,2MASS},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {5},
  title        = {A search for debris disks in the Herschel-ATLAS},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201014639},
  volume       = {518},
  year         = {2010},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: