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Cores to Clusters

Volume 324 of the series Astrophysics and Space Science Library pp 177-187

Brown Dwarfs

  • R. ReboloAffiliated withInstituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

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Hundreds of brown dwarfs have been discovered since 1995. These objects are likely to populate every region of our Galaxy and possibly other galaxies in comparable number to stars. We briefly review their basic properties, mass function, spatial distribution and possible formation scenarios.