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Exploring the photometric variability of ultra-cool dwarfs

Petrucci, Romina; Gómez Maqueo Chew, Yilen; Jofré, Emiliano

Wolk, Scott

Ultra-cool dwarfs (UCDs) are objects with effective temperatures below 3000 K that include fully-convective, very-low mass stars and brown dwarfs. These faint objects mainly emit in the near-infrared and, thus, it is very difficult to perform photometric stellar activity studies using optical ground-based telescopes with limited observation times. However, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) offers a unique opportunity to describe and quantify the optical flare rates and variability of these targets through high-precision photometry in order to understand the mechanisms involved in the generation of such intrinsic activity. Hence, in this contribution, we present preliminary results of a search for flares and rotation periods in a sample of UCDs observed in 2-minutes cadence with the space mission TESS.

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