AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 98. Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
Display, Saturday, January 9, 1999, 9:20am-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[98.02] Searching for Low Mass Stars in STIS parallels

P. Plait (NASA's GSFC)

Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) observations are being analyzed to search for late main sequence and brown dwarfs. Data already available show that many STIS parallel fields contain candidate stars and that spectral classification of these stars out to large distances is possible. Stars later than M4 can be detected at distances of greater than 3000 parsecs. On brighter stars, absolute photometry can be obtained to better than 1% accuracy, which can in turn be used to find distances. Specifically, M dwarfs in the STIS parallels have already been found at distances larger than 4000 parsecs, corresponding to heights of 1000-3000 parsecs above the Galactic plane. These observations have important implications for the low-mass end of the luminosity functions in the solar neighborhood and out of the galactic plane, which are still not well understood.

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