Using Intermediate-Luminosity Optical Transients (ILOTs) to reveal extended extra-solar Kuiper belt objects

Ealeal Bear, Noam Soker

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Abstract

We suggest that in the rare case of an Intermediate-Luminosity Optical Transient (ILOT) event, evaporation of extra-solar Kuiper belt objects (ExtraKBOs) at distances of d ≈ 500 - 10 000 AU from the ILOT can be detected. If the ILOT lasts for 1 month to a few years, enough dust might be ejected from the ExtraKBOs for the infrared (IR) emission to be detected. Because of the large distance of the ExtraKBOs, tens of years will pass before the ILOT wind disperses the dust. We suggest that after an ILOT outburst, there is a period of months to several years during which IR excess emission might hint at the existence of a Kuiper belt analog (ExtraK-Belt).

Original languageEnglish
Article number014
JournalResearch in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume16
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • (stars:) binaries: general
  • (stars:) planetary systems
  • stars: variables: other

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