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ID: 358666.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The formation of brown dwarfs: observations
Authors:Luhman, K. L.; Joergens, V.; Lada, C.; Muzerolle, J.; Pascucci, I.; White, R.
Language:English
Place of Publication:Tucson
Publisher:Univ. of Arizona Press
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2007
Title of Book:Protostars and Planets V
Start Page:443
End Page:457
Full Name of Book-Editor(s):Reipurth, B.; Jewitt, J.; Keil, K.
Title of Series:The University of Arizona space science series
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We review the current state of observational work on the formation of brown dwarfs, focusing on their initial mass function, velocity and spatial distributions at birth, multiplicity, accretion, and circumstellar disks. The available measurements of these various properties are consistent with a common formation mechanism for brown dwarfs and stars. In particular, the existence of widely separated binary brown dwarfs and a probable isolated proto-brown dwarf indicate that some substellar objects are able to form in the same manner as stars through unperturbed cloud fragmentation. Additional mechanisms such as ejection and photoevaporation may play a role in the birth of some brown dwarfs, but there is no observational evidence to date to suggest that they are the key elements that make it possible for substellar bodies to form.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:InBook
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISBN:0-8165-2654-0 [ID No:1]
URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007prpl.conf..443L [ID No:2]
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