New Light on Dark Stars

Red Dwarfs, Low-Mass Stars, Brown Stars Second Edition

I. Neill Reid and Suzanne L. Hawley

New Light on Dark Stars The last years of the twentieth century saw the discovery of numerous brown dwarfs, leading to the creation of two new spectral classes, and giving a definitive answer to their contribution to dark matter. Moreover, the development of a new generation of highly-efficient astronomical instrumentation, equipped with sensitive detectors and working in conjunction with 10-metre ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Telescope in Earth orbit, allowed detailed study of these low temperature dwarfs.

This new edition of New Light on Dark Stars presents a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of the considerable progress in research into low-mass stars, brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets over the past few years. The book deals with both the astrophysical nature of individual red dwarfs and brown dwarfs and their collective statistical properties as an important Galactic stellar population. The many discoveries of new brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets are detailed, and the book includes results from both observational and theoretical work.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
List of figures
List of tables
  1. Astronomical concepts
  2. Observational properties of low-mass dwarfs
  3. The structure, formation and evolution of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs
  4. The photosphere
  5. Stellar activity
  6. Brown dwarfs
  7. A Galactic structure primer
  8. The stellar luminosity function
  9. The mass function
  10. M dwarfs in the Galactic Halo
  11. Extrasolar planets

Extent: 592 pages, 4-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2005 (2nd edition)
ISBN: 978-3-540-25124-8

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