The Brown Dwarf Debate

Published on March 30, 2018
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This video is about the line between Brown dwarfs and gas giant planets (aka super Jupiter’s): does it exist? Is it the deuterium-burning threshold? Behavior? Metallicity? Formation? Or is there no meaningful scientific distinction, and are brown dwarfs and giant planets really all on a spectrum with no clear line between them?

REFERENCES

Giant planet and brown dwarf formation https://arxiv.org/abs/1401.7559

Exoplanets versus brown dwarfs: the CoRoT view and the future https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.00917

Defining and cataloging exoplanets: The exoplanet.eu database https://arxiv.org/abs/1106.0586

A Definition for Giant Planets Based on the Mass-Density Relationship
https://arxiv.org/abs/1506.05097

Spatial differences between stars and brown dwarfs: a dynamical origin? https://arxiv.org/abs/1403.7053v1

Hints for Small Disks around Very Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.01952

VLA observations of the disk around the young brown dwarf 2MASS J044427+2512 https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.07197

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