The onset of planet formation in brown dwarf disks.

@article{Apai2005TheOO,
  title={The onset of planet formation in brown dwarf disks.},
  author={D Apai and Ilaria Pascucci and Jeroen Bouwman and Antonella Natta and Thomas Henning and Cornelis P. Dullemond},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={310 5749},
  pages={834-6}
}
The onset of planet formation in protoplanetary disks is marked by the growth and crystallization of sub-micrometer-sized dust grains accompanied by dust settling toward the disk mid-plane. Here, we present infrared spectra of disks around brown dwarfs and brown dwarf candidates. We show that all three processes occur in such cool disks in a way similar or identical to that in disks around low- and intermediate-mass stars. These results indicate that the onset of planet formation extends to… CONTINUE READING