A Caltech Library Service

Spitzer 24 μm Excesses for Bright Galactic Stars in Boötes and First Look Survey Fields

Hovhannisyan, L. R. and Mickaelian, A. M. and Weedman, D. W. and Le Floc'h, E. and Houck, J. R. and Soifer, B. T. and Brand, K. and Dey, A. and Jannuzi, B. T. (2009) Spitzer 24 μm Excesses for Bright Galactic Stars in Boötes and First Look Survey Fields. Astronomical Journal, 138 (1). pp. 251-261. ISSN 0004-6256.

PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


Optically bright Galactic stars (V ≾ 13 mag) having f_ν(24 μm) > 1 mJy are identified in Spitzer mid-infrared surveys within 8.2 deg^2 for the Boötes field of the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey and within 5.5 deg^2 for the First Look Survey (FLS). One hundred and twenty-eight stars are identified in Boötes and 140 in the FLS, and their photometry is given. (K – [24]) colors are determined using K magnitudes from the Two Micron All Sky Survey for all stars in order to search for excess 24 μm luminosity compared to that arising from the stellar photosphere. Of the combined sample of 268 stars, 141 are of spectral types F, G, or K, and 17 of these 141 stars have 24 μm excesses with (K – [24]) > 0.2 mag. Using limits on absolute magnitude derived from proper motions, at least eight of the FGK stars with excesses are main-sequence stars, and estimates derived from the distribution of apparent magnitudes indicate that all 17 are main-sequence stars. These estimates lead to the conclusion that between 9% and 17% of the main-sequence FGK field stars in these samples have 24 μm infrared excesses. This result is statistically similar to the fraction of stars with debris disks found among previous Spitzer targeted observations of much brighter, main-sequence field stars.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Dey, A.0000-0002-4928-4003
Jannuzi, B. T.0000-0002-1578-6582
Additional Information:© 2009 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2008 August 18; accepted 2009 May 7; published 2009 June 8. We thank Lusine Sargsyan for help with data collection, and we thank M. Meyer for providing unpublished stellar coordinates. We also thank the anonymous referee for detailed comments and helpful suggestions. The Spitzer/MIPS Bootes survey was made possible with GTO time provided by the Infrared Spectrograph team and Marcia Rieke. We thank NOAO for supporting the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey; A.D. and B.J. acknowledge support from NOAO, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France, and the NASA/ IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED). This work is based on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under NASA contract 1407. Support for this work by the IRS GTO team at Cornell University was provided by NASA through Contract Number 1257184 issued by JPL/ Caltech. Support was also provided by the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation under grant ARP1-2849-YE-06.
Funding AgencyGrant Number
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)UNSPECIFIED
US Civilian Research and Development FoundationARP1-2849-YE-06
Subject Keywords:circumstellar matter; infrared: stars; planetary systems: formation; stars: low mass, brown dwarfs
Issue or Number:1
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20090828-090712809
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Spitzer 24 μm Excesses for Bright Galactic Stars in Boötes and First Look Survey Fields L. R. Hovhannisyan, A. M. Mickaelian, D. W. Weedman, E. Le Floc'h, J. R. Houck, B. T. Soifer, K. Brand, A. Dey, and B. T. Jannuzi 2009 The Astronomical Journal 138 251-261 doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/138/1/251.
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:15386
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:08 Sep 2009 21:16
Last Modified:02 Nov 2019 19:58

Repository Staff Only: item control page