Thursday 05 Dec 2013: Young brown dwarfs: testing star and planet formation (THURSDAY)
Dr Aleks Scholz - University of St Andrews
Physics, 4th floor 14:00-15:00
Brown dwarfs - objects intermediate in mass between stars and planets - are ideal benchmark objects to test theories of star and planet formation. In particular, we hope to contribute to the understanding of the Initial Mass Function, the evolution of disks, and the physics of accretion. In this talk I will present results from a variety of observational studies focused on young brown dwarfs. I will show recent findings from our brown dwarf survey SONYC (Substellar Objects in Nearby Young Cluster), from IR and submm/mm observations of brown dwarf disks, and from variability studies aimed to constrain magnetic activity and accretion.