Age-related observations of low mass pre-main and young main sequence stars

Lynne A. Hillenbrand
2008 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
AbstractThis overview summarizes the age dating methods available for young sub-solar mass stars. Pre-main sequence age diagnostics include the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram, spectroscopic surface gravity indicators, and lithium depletion; asteroseismology is also showing recent promise. Near and beyond the zero-age main sequence, rotation period or vsiniand activity (coronal and chromospheric) diagnostics along with lithium depletion serve as age proxies. Other authors in this volume
more » ... more detail in each of the aforementioned areas. Herein, I focus on pre-main sequence HR diagrams and address the questions: Do empirical young cluster isochrones match theoretical isochrones? Do isochrones predict stellar ages consistent with those derived via other independent techniques? Do the observed apparent luminosity spreads at constant effective temperature correspond to true age spreads? While definitive answers to these questions are not provided, some methods of progression are outlined.
doi:10.1017/s1743921309031731 fatcat:2zh34cvrjzctzbqppbx4zgxjhq