The discovery of an X-ray/UV stellar flare from the late-K/early-M dwarf LMC 335

B. T.H. Tsang, C. S.J. Pun, R. Di Stefano, K. L. Li, A. K.H. Kong

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We report the discovery of an X-ray/UV stellar flare from the source LMC 335, captured by XMM-Newton in the field of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The flare event was recorded continuously in X-ray for its first 10 hr from the precursor to the late decay phases. The observed fluxes increased by more than two orders of magnitude at its peak in X-ray and at least one in the UV as compared to quiescence. The peak 0.1-7.0keV X-ray flux is derived from the two-temperature APEC model to be (8.4 ± 0.6) × 10 -12ergcm-2 s-1. Combining astrometric information from multiple X-ray observations in the quiescent and flare states, we identify the NIR counterpart of LMC 335 as the Two Micron All Sky Survey source J05414534-6921512. The NIR color relations and spectroscopic parallax characterize the source as a Galactic K7-M4 dwarf at a foreground distance of (100-264)pc, implying a total energy output of the entire event of (0.4-2.9) × 1035erg. This report comprises detailed analyses of this late-K/early-M dwarf flare event that has the longest time coverage yet reported in the literature. The flare decay can be modeled with two exponential components with timescales of 28 minutes and 4 hr, with a single-component decay firmly ruled out. The X-ray spectra during flare can be described by two components, a dominant high-temperature component of 40-60MK and a low-temperature component of 10MK, with a flare loop length of about 1.1-1.3 stellar radius.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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