50 Years of Brown Dwarfs: From Prediction to Discovery to by Viki Joergens (Ed.),Viki Joergens

By Viki Joergens (Ed.),Viki Joergens

The years 2012/2013 mark the fiftieth anniversary of the theoretical prediction that Brown Dwarfs, i.e. degenerate items that are simply now not huge adequate to maintain sturdy hydrogen fusion, exist. a few two decades after their discovery, how Brown Dwarfs shape continues to be one of many major open questions within the thought of superstar formation.

In this quantity, the pioneers of Brown Dwarf examine evaluation the historical past of the theoretical prediction and the following discovery of Brown Dwarfs. After an advent, written through Viki Joergens, reviewing Shiv Kumar's theoretical prediction of the life of brown dwarfs, Takenori Nakano stories his and Hayashi's calculation of the Hydrogen Burning minimal Mass. either predictions occurred within the early Nineteen Sixties. Jill Tarter then writes at the creation of the time period 'Brown Dwarf', prior to Ben Oppenheimer, Rafael Rebolo and Gibor Basri describe their first discovery of Brown Dwarfs within the Nineteen Nineties. finally, Michael Cushing and Isabelle Baraffe describe the improvement of the sector to the present state-of-the-art.

While the ebook is especially aimed toward the Brown Dwarf examine group, the outline of the pioneering interval in a systematic box will allure common readers attracted to astronomy as well.

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