In Quest of Very Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs with Near-IR Surveys
Deep large scale near-infrared surveys have started revolutionizing the study of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs (hereafter VLMS and BD) by producing, for the first time, statistically significant samples. They represent the most efficient observational method to discover the so called free-floating BDs that for decades have been looked for, as well as large unbiased samples of VLMS of spectral types later than M6.5V, whose mass and luminosity functions are still poorly known and understood.
KeywordsSpectral Type Giant Planet Luminosity Function Brown Dwarf Late Giant
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