Date(s) - 24/11/2004
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Title: Exploring Young Brown Dwarfs
Speaker: Dr. Ray Jayawardhana
Institute: University of Toronto
Location: ABB 102
Now that a plethora of brown dwarfs are known, some with inferred masses close to those of extrasolar giant planets. their origin and early evolution have become subjects of widespread interest and fundamental importance. Recent findings by our group and others provide compelling evidence that young sub-stellar objects undergo a T Tauri-like accretion phase similar to that of low-mass stars, possibly suggesting a common formation mechanism. Moreover, there are now indications of disk locking and jets/outflows in objects close to or below the sub-stellar limit, further strengthening the analogy with T Tauri stars. I will review these results and discuss prospects for the near future.