Published February 26, 2021 | Version v1
Poster Open

Redefining the Neupert Effect in M Dwarfs through Multi-Wavelength Timing Analysis of AU Mic's Flares

  • 1. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2. Georgia State University
  • 3. NASA
  • 4. University of Southern Queensland
  • 5. Eureka Scientific
  • 6. RECONS Institute
  • 7. Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
  • 8. United States Naval Academy
  • 9. National Science Foundation
  • 10. Space Telescope Science Institute
  • 11. University of Arizona
  • 12. University of Oklahoma




M dwarfs are considered one of the most likely places to find extraterrestrial life in part due to their large numbers in the nearby solar neighborhood. However, they have much more intense flaring events than stars like our Sun, which could negatively impact the habitability of close-in exoplanets. Our current understanding of the multi-wavelength connections of M dwarf flaring events is surprisingly far from complete, both in wavelength coverage and temporal resolution. To rectify this, our team collected multi-wavelength data of the dM1e flare star AU Mic over 7-days using a variety of telescopes. Here, we focus on data from XMM-Newton and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) network. We discuss the Neupert effect among the X-ray, UV, and optical response in a sample of high-energy flares and present cumulative flare frequency distribution (CFFD) statistics. We find that AU Mic’s U-band CFFD is consistent with other M dwarfs in the literature and that the Neupert effect (i.e. the X-ray derivative peak and NUV peak timings overlap) is not present in all characterized flares. We propose a new Neupert classification system that includes Quasi-Neupert (response in X-ray and NUV, but the timings do not match) and Non-Neupert (missing a response from either X-ray or NUV). Future work on this project includes adding existing AU Mic radio and H-alpha observations to our analysis and using our RADYN flare modeling program to determine the electron beam heating, proton beam heating, and magnetic mirroring needed to reproduce the full range of multi-wavelength responses we see in observations.



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