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      The Arecibo Detection of the Coolest Radio-flaring Brown Dwarf

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          Radio detection provides unique means to measure and study magnetic fields of the coolest brown dwarfs. Previous radio surveys have observed quiescent and flaring emission from brown dwarfs down to spectral type L3.5, but only upper limits have been established for even cooler objects. We report the detection of sporadic, circularly polarized flares from the T6.5 dwarf, 2MASS J1047+21, with the Arecibo radio telescope at 4.75 GHz. This is by far the coolest brown dwarf yet detected at radio frequencies. The fact that such an object is capable of generating observable, coherent radio emission, despite its very low, ~900 K temperature, demonstrates the feasibility of studies of brown dwarfs in the meagerly explored LTY spectral range, using radio detection as a tool.

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          06 February 2012
          2012-02-20
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          10.1088/2041-8205/747/2/L22
          1202.1287

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          2012 ApJ 747 L22
          6 pages, 2 figures. Accepted for publication in ApJL
          astro-ph.SR astro-ph.EP

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