Universality of the companion mass-ratio distribution

M. Reggiani, M. R. Meyer
2013 Astronomy and Astrophysics  
We present new results regarding the companion mass-ratio distribution (CMRD) of stars, as a follow-up of our previous work. We used a maximum-likelihood-estimation method to re-derive the field CMRD power law avoiding dependence on the arbitrary binning. We also considered two new surveys of multiples in the field for solar-type stars and M dwarfs to test the universality of the CMRD. We found no significant differences in the CMRD for M dwarfs and solar-type stars compared with previous
more » ... s over the common mass ratio and separation range. The new best-fit power law of the CMRD in the field, combining two previous sets of data, is dN/dq ∝ q^β, with β=0.25±0.29.
doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201321631 fatcat:2lm2ielx65eyxkzq2mlij3k3ru