Brown Dwarf Formation: Theory

  title={Brown Dwarf Formation: Theory},
  author={A. Whitworth},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  • A. Whitworth
  • Published 2018
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies
  • We rehearse the physical and theoretical considerations that define the nature of Brown Dwarfs, in particular the maximum mass for a Brown Dwarf (set by the Hydrogen-Burning Limit) and the minimum mass for a Brown Dwarf (set by the Opacity Limit). We then review the range of mechanisms that have been invoked to explain the formation of Brown Dwarfs and their statistical properties. These include turbulent fragmentation, fragmentation of filaments and discs, dynamical ejection of stellar embryos… CONTINUE READING

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