Astrophysics and Space Science Library

50 Years of Brown Dwarfs

From Prediction to Discovery to Forefront of Research

Editors: Joergens, Viki (Ed.)

  • Presents reviews written by the pioneers of Brown Dwarf research
  • Combines a historical review with forefront research results into the complete story of Brown Dwarfs so far
  • Conveys the excitement of the pioneering period in a scientific field
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About this book

The years 2012/2013 mark the 50th anniversary of the theoretical prediction that Brown Dwarfs, i.e. degenerate objects which are just not massive enough to sustain stable hydrogen fusion, exist. Some 20 years after their discovery, how Brown Dwarfs form is still one of the main open questions in the theory of star formation.

In this volume, the pioneers of Brown Dwarf research review the history of the theoretical prediction and the subsequent discovery of Brown Dwarfs. After an introduction, written by Viki Joergens, reviewing Shiv Kumar's theoretical prediction of the existence of brown dwarfs, Takenori Nakano reviews his and Hayashi's calculation of the Hydrogen Burning Minimum Mass. Both predictions happened in the early 1960s. Jill Tarter then writes on the introduction of the term 'Brown Dwarf', before Ben Oppenheimer, Rafael Rebolo and Gibor Basri describe their first discovery of Brown Dwarfs in the 1990s. Lastly, Michael Cushing and Isabelle Baraffe describe the development of the field to the current state of the art.

While the book is mainly aimed at the Brown Dwarf research community, the description of the pioneering period in a scientific field will attract general readers interested in astronomy as well.

About the authors

Dr. Viki Joergens is research staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. She is also Margarete von Wrangell Fellow and EC Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow. Her research focuses on brown dwarfs and very low-mass stars. She was member of the SOC of several workshops and sessions on brown dwarfs and very low-mass stars.

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From the book reviews:

“Through eight articles and essays … the book explores the past half-century of brown-dwarf research. … If you want to read astronomers’ reflections on the process of science and see how knowledge accumulates … across generations, 50 Years of Brown Dwarfs is a good book to pick up. … 50 Years of Brown Dwarfs would be a solid addition to a science-lover’s library, and the authors strive to describe the equations in words and let you follow their steps.” (Sarah Scoles, Astronomy Magazine, cs.astronomy.com, December, 2014)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Theoretical Prediction of the Existence of Brown Dwarfs by Shiv S. Kumar

    Joergens, Viki

    Pages 1-3

  • Pre-main Sequence Evolution and the Hydrogen-Burning Minimum Mass

    Nakano, Takenori

    Pages 5-17

  • Brown Is Not a Color: Introduction of the Term ‘Brown Dwarf’

    Tarter, Jill

    Pages 19-24

  • Teide 1 and the Discovery of Brown Dwarfs

    Rebolo, Rafael

    Pages 25-49

  • The Discovery of the First Lithium Brown Dwarf: PPl 15

    Basri, Gibor

    Pages 51-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
50 Years of Brown Dwarfs
Book Subtitle
From Prediction to Discovery to Forefront of Research
Editors
  • Viki Joergens
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
401
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01162-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01162-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01161-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37523-6
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
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