Finally, this dissertation details a project designed to measure the luminosity and mass functions of low--mass stars. Using a new technique optimized for large surveys, the field luminosity function (LF) and local stellar density profile are measured simultaneously. The sample size used to estimate the LF is nearly three orders of magnitude larger than any previous study, offering a definitive measurement of this quantity. The observed LF is transformed into a mass function (MF) and compared to previous studies.(2005) were slightly extended to increase the total number of low-mass stellar spectra. These color cuts were the ... of the Ti05 bandhead. All spectral types were confirmed by manual inspection, adjusting the final spectral type, if necessary.
|Title||:||M Dwarfs in the Local Milky Way: The Field Low-mass Stellar Luminosity and Mass Functions|
|Author||:||John J. Bochanski (Jr)|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|