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Connecting the Dots: Low-Mass Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and Planets

Cruz, Kelle (2008) Connecting the Dots: Low-Mass Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and Planets. In: New Horizons in Astronomy: Frank N. Bash Symposium 2007. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. Vol.393. Astronomical Society of the Pacific , San Francisco, CA, pp. 51-60. ISBN 9781583816561.

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The lowest mass object that Mother Nature makes through the process of “star formation” is currently unknown. While numerous very low mass stars, brown dwarfs, and planets have been found, their relation to each other remains unclear. Here I describe how the study of brown dwarfs has the potential to help us understand both star and planet formation mechanisms. I describe the physical traits attributed to stars, brown dwarfs, and planets; compare the mass functions of brown dwarfs and planets; and discuss how studies of brown dwarfs in both young clusters and in the field can be used to challenge and constrain star and planet formation theories.

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Additional Information:© 2008 Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The results discussed are a result of efforts undertaken with my collaborators Adam Burgasser, Jackie Faherty, Davy Kirkpatrick, Dagny Looper, Eric Mamajek, Subhanjoy Mohanty, Lisa Prato, and Neill Reid. Support for this work was provided by NASA through the Spitzer Space Telescope Fellowship Program, through a contract issued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. I would particularly like to thank the conference organizers and the other invited speakers for their hard work and for making the conference a success. Many thanks to the McDonald Observatory and Astronomy Department Board of Visitors for their generous support of this unique and symposium —I am very grateful to have been a part of it.
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