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Microlensing Discovery of a Population of Very Tight, Very Low Mass Binary Brown Dwarfs


Choi, J-Y.; ...; Dominis Prester, Dijana; ...; treet, R.A.
Microlensing Discovery of a Population of Very Tight, Very Low Mass Binary Brown Dwarfs // The Astrophysical Journal, 768 (2013), 2; 129-1 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/768/2/129 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
Microlensing Discovery of a Population of Very Tight, Very Low Mass Binary Brown Dwarfs

Autori
Choi, J-Y. ; ... ; Dominis Prester, Dijana ; ... ; treet, R.A.

Izvornik
The Astrophysical Journal (0004-637X) 768 (2013), 2; 129-1

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Binaries: general; gravitational lensing: micro

Sažetak
Although many models have been proposed, the physical mechanisms responsible for the formation of low-mass brown dwarfs (BDs) are poorly understood. The multiplicity properties and minimum mass of the BD mass function provide critical empirical diagnostics of these mechanisms. We present the discovery via gravitational microlensing of two very low mass, very tight binary systems. These binaries have directly and precisely measured total system masses of 0.025 M ⊙ and 0.034 M ⊙, and projected separations of 0.31 AU and 0.19 AU, making them the lowest-mass and tightest field BD binaries known. The discovery of a population of such binaries indicates that BD binaries can robustly form at least down to masses of ~0.02 M ⊙. Future microlensing surveys will measure a mass-selected sample of BD binary systems, which can then be directly compared to similar samples of stellar binaries.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Fizika



POVEZANOST RADA


Projekt / tema
316-0000000-2824 - Dijagnostika i fizička svojstva cirkumstelarne tvari (Dubravka Kotnik-Karuza, )

Ustanove
Sveučilište u Rijeci - Odjel za fiziku

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Dijana Dominis Prester, (241452)

Časopis indeksira:


  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus


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