Evidence of an Upper Bound on the Masses of Planets and Its Implications for Giant Planet Formation

@article{Schlaufman2018EvidenceOA,
  title={Evidence of an Upper Bound on the Masses of Planets and Its Implications for Giant Planet Formation},
  author={K. Schlaufman},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2018},
  volume={853},
  pages={37}
}
Celestial bodies with a mass of M ~ 10 M_Jup have been found orbiting nearby stars. It is unknown whether these objects formed like gas-giant planets through core accretion or like stars through gravitational instability. I show that objects with M ~ 10 M_Jup do not share this property. This transition is coincident with a minimum in the occurrence rate of such objects, suggesting that the maximum mass of a celestial body formed through core accretion like a planet is less than 10 M_Jup… Expand
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