Possible Observational Criteria for Distinguishing Brown Dwarfs From Planets
- Black, David C.
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- The difference in formation process between binary stars and planetary systems is reflected in their composition, as well as orbital architecture, particularly in their orbital eccentricity as a function of orbital period. It is suggested here that this difference can be used as an observational criterion to distinguish between brown dwarfs and planets. Application of the orbital criterion suggests that, with three possible exceptions, all of the recently discovered substellar companions may be brown dwarfs and not planets. These criterion may be used as a guide for interpretation of the nature of substellar-mass companions to stars in the future.
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- Document ID: 19980151103.
The Astrophysical Journal; Volume 490; L171-L174.
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