Binks, AS, Jeffries, RD and Wright, NJ (2020) A kinematically hot population of young stars in the solar neighbourhood. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 494 (2). pp. 2429-2439. ISSN 1365-2966

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In the last three decades several hundred nearby members of young stellar moving groups (MGs) have been identified, but there has been less systematic effort to quantify or characterise young stars that do not belong to previously identified MGs. Using a kinematically unbiased sample of 225 lithium-rich stars within 100 pc, we find that only $50 \pm 10$ per cent of young ($\lesssim 125$ Myr), low-mass ($0.5<M/M_{\odot}<1.0$) stars, are kinematically associated with known MGs. Whilst we find some evidence that six of the non-MG stars may be connected with the Lower Centaurus-Crux association, the rest form a kinematically "hotter" population, much more broadly dispersed in velocity, and with no obvious concentrations in space. The mass distributions of the MG members and non-MG stars is similar, but the non-MG stars may be older on average. We briefly discuss several explanations for the origin of the non-MG population.

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Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2020, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: stars: kinematics and dynamics, stars: late-type, stars: pre-main-sequence, solar neighbourhood
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB799 Stars
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 13:12
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 15:56

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