L Dwarfs and the Substellar Mass Function

  title={L Dwarfs and the Substellar Mass Function},
  author={I. N. Reid and J. Davy Kirkpatrick and James William Liebert and Adam Burrows and John Gizis and Adam J. Burgasser and Conard C. Dahn and David G. Monet and Roc M. Cutri and Charles A. Beichman and Michael F. Skrutskie},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
Analysis of initial observations sky surveys has shown that the resulting photometric catalogs, combined with far-red optical data, provide an extremely effective method of finding isolated, very low-temperature objects in the general field. Follow-up observations have already identified more than 25 sources with temperatures cooler than the latest M dwarfs. A comparison with detailed model predictions (Burrows & Sharp 1999) indicates that these L dwarfs have effective temperatures between… Expand
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