Observations of Brown Dwarfs

  title={Observations of Brown Dwarfs},
  author={G. Basri},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  • G. Basri
  • Published 2000
  • Physics
  • Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
▪ Abstract The brown dwarfs occupy the gap between the least massive star and the most massive planet. They begin as dimly stellar in appearance and experience fusion (of at least deuterium) in their interiors. But they are never able to stabilize their luminosity or temperature and grow ever fainter and cooler with time. For that reason, they can be viewed as a constituent of baryonic “dark matter.” Indeed, we currently have a hard time directly seeing an old brown dwarf beyond 100 pc. After… Expand
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