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VLA observations of dwarf M flare stars and magnetic starsThe VLA has been used to search for 6 cm emission from 16 nearby dwarf M stars, leading to the detection of only one of them - Gliese 735. The dwarf M flare stars AD Leonis and YZ Canis Minoris were also monitored at 6 cm and 20 cm wavelength in order to study variability. Successive oppositely circularly polarized bursts were detected from AD Leo at 6 cm, suggesting the presence of magnetic fields of both magnetic polarities. An impulsive 20-cm burst from YZ CMi preceded slowly varying 6-cm emission. The VLA was also used, unsuccessfully, to search for 6-cm emission from 13 magnetic Ap stars, all of which exhibit kG magnetic fields. Although the Ap magnetic stars have strong dipolar magnetic fields, the failure to detect gyroresonant radiation suggests that these stars do not have hot, dense coronae. The quiescent microwave emission from GL 735 is probably due to nonthermal radiation, since unusually high (H = 50 kG or greater) surface magnetic fields are inferred under the assumption that the 6-cm radiation is the gyroresonant radiation of thermal electrons.
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Willson, R. F.
(Tufts Univ. Medford, MA, United States)
Lang, K. R.
(Tufts Univ. Medford, MA, United States)
Foster, P.
(Tufts University Medford, MA, United States)
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August 13, 2013
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June 1, 1988
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Publication: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume: 199
Issue: 1-2
ISSN: 0004-6361
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CONTRACT_GRANT: N00014-86-K-0068
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