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The Formation Mechanism and Resulting Properties of Brown Dwarfs

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 May 2016

Matthew R. Bate
Affiliation:
School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QL, United Kingdom
Ian A. Bonnell
Affiliation:
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom
Volker Bromm
Affiliation:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.

Abstract

We present results from the most complex hydrodynamical star formation calculation performed to date. It follows the collapse and fragmentation of a large-scale turbulent molecular cloud to form dozens of stars and brown dwarfs. It resolves all fragmentation down to the opacity limit, binary stars with separations as small as 1 AU, and circumstellar disks with radii down to ≈ 10 AU. In this proceedings, we examine the formation mechanism of the brown dwarfs and compare the initial mass function and the properties of the brown dwarfs with observations.

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Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2001 

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