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  • 132 b/w illus. 26 tables
  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.725 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.8/8
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB843.B77 V47 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Brown dwarf stars--Congresses
    • Low mass stars--Congresses

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521663359 | ISBN-10: 0521663350)

This volume provides a state-of-the-art review of our current knowledge of brown dwarfs and very low-mass stars. The hunt for and study of these elusive objects is currently one of the most dynamic areas of research in astronomy for two reasons. Brown dwarfs bridge the gap between stars and planets. They could be as numerous as stars in galaxies and contribute to the 'dark matter' of the Universe. This volume presents review articles from a team of international authorities who gathered at a conference in La Palma to assess the spectacular progress that has been made in this field in the last few years. This volume reviews both the latest observations and theory to provide an essential reference to one of the most exciting fields in contemporary astronomy.

• The first comprehensive review of one of the most dynamic new fields in astronomy - bringing together our understanding of planets and stars • Provides a state-of-the-art summary of the theory, and the latest detections of brown dwarfs • A critical resource for all researchers and students in astronomy and planetary science wishing to keep abreast of the spectacular progress made in this field in the last few years


Part I. Searches in Clusters, Stellar Associations and the Field: 1. Open clusters after HIPPARCOS J. S. Mermilliod; 2. Proper motions of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs in open clusters N. C. Hambly; 3. Parallaxes for brown dwarfs in clusters C. G. Tinney; 4. Very low mass stars and brown dwarfs in the Belt of Orion S. J. Wolk and F. M. Walter; 5. Photometric surveys in open clusters M. R. Zapatero Osorio; 6. The mass function of the Pleiades R. F. Jameson et al.; 7. Brown dwarfs and the low-mass initial mass function in young clusters K. L. Luhman; 8. Very low mass stars in globular clusters I. R. King and G. Piotto; 9. The DENIS very low mass star and brown dwarf results X. Delfosse and T. Forveille; 10. Preliminary results from the 2MASS core project J. Liebert et al.; Part II. Spectroscopic Properties, Fundamental Parameters and Modelling: 11. Properties of M dwarfs in clusters and the field S. L. Hawley et al.; 12. Spectroscopy of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs in young clusters E. L. Martin; 13. High resolution spectra of L type stars and brown dwarfs G. Basri et al.; 14. Modelling very low mass stars and brown dwarf atmospheres F. Allard; 15. Dust in very cool dwarfs T. Tsuji; 16. On the interpretation of the optical spectra of very cool dwarfs Ya. V. Pavlenko; 17. Absolute dimensions for M type dwarfs A. Gimenez; 18. Theory of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs I. Baraffe; Part III. Convection, Rotation and Acitivity: 19. Convection in low mass stars F. D'Antona; 20. Rotation law and magnetic field in M dwarf models G. Rudiger and M. Kuker; 21. Doppler imaging of cool dwarf stars K. G. Strassmeier; 22. X-ray Emission from cool dwarfs in clusters S. Randich; 23. X-ray variability for dM stars G. Micela and A. Marino; 24. The coronae of AD Leo and EV Lac S. Sciortino et al.; 25. Prospects of vuture X-ray missions for low mass stars and cluster stars R. Pallavicini.

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