Luminosity Functions of Young Clusters: Modeling the Substellar Mass Regime

@article{Allen2003LuminosityFO,
  title={Luminosity Functions of Young Clusters: Modeling the Substellar Mass Regime},
  author={Peter Allen and David E. Trilling and David William Koerner and I. N. Reid},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={595},
  pages={1222-1230}
}
We predict near-infrared luminosity functions of young (5 Myr to 1 Gyr) star clusters by combining evolutionary models of very low mass (1 MJ to 0.15 M☉) dwarfs with empirical bolometric corrections. We identify several characteristic features in our results. These can be attributed to three causes: (1) deuterium burning in the most massive substellar objects; (2) methane absorption in bodies with Teff less than 1300 K, the temperature of the L/T transition; and (3) the formation of dust clouds… 

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