L-band photometry of L and T dwarfs

Denise C. Stephens, Mark S. Marley, Keith S. Noll, Nancy Chanover

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We present K-and L-band photometry obtained with the Keck I telescope for a representative sample of L and T dwarfs. These observations were motivated in part by the dominant role H2O and CH4 play in shaping the flux near 2 and 3 μm and by the potential use of these bands as indicators of spectral class in the infrared. In addition, these observations aid the determination of the bolometric luminosity of L and T dwarfs. Here we report the K, L1, and Ls magnitudes of our objects and the trends observed in the (K-L1) and (K-Ls colors as a function of L and T dwarf spectral class. We compare these colors with theoretical models, derive a relationship between effective temperature a.nd L spectral class, and compare our temperature estimates with others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L97-L101
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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