Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013
Brown dwarf activity down to the planetary border
Joergens, Viki (Max-Planck Institut fuer Astronomie / Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics)
The exploration of disks, accretion and outflows of young brown dwarfs (BD) plays an important role in developing our understanding of BD formation, planet formation, and the physics of circumstellar disks and outflows in general. It is related to fundamental open questions in stellar astronomy, such as: Do BDs form via the same path as stars? Can planets form around BDs? How do disks develop in a low-gravity,
-temperature, and -radiation environment? Down to which minimum mass can we detect disks, accretion and outflows? The launch of jets and outflows is a key process in the formation phase. Simulations suggest that outflows are a natural by-product of isolated BD formation and a potential path to overcome the Jeans-mass problem. We detect and explore disks, accretion and outflows of BDs down to the planetary border, as presented on this poster.
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