Astro2020 Science White Paper: Fundamental Physics with Brown Dwarfs: The Mass-Radius Relation

12 Mar 2019  ·  Burgasser Adam UC San Diego, Baraffe Isabelle University of Exeter, Browning Matthew University of Exeter, Burrows Adam Princeton University, Chabrier Gilles University of Exeter, Creech-Eakman Michelle New Mexico Tech, Demory Brice University of Bern, Dieterich Sergio Carnegie DTM, Faherty Jacqueline American Museum of Natural History, Huber Daniel University of Hawaii, Lodieu Nicolas Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Plavchan Peter George Mason University, Rich R. Michael UC Los Angeles, Saumon Didier Los Alamos National Laboratory, Stassun Keivan Vanderbilt University, Triaud Amaury University of Birmingham, van Belle Gerard Lowell Observatory, Van Grootel Valerie University of Liege, Vos Johanna M. American Museum of Natural History, Yadav Rakesh Harvard University ·

The lowest-mass stars, brown dwarfs and giant exoplanets span a minimum in the mass-radius relationship that probes the fundamental physics of extreme states of matter, magnetism, and fusion. This White Paper outlines scientific opportunities and the necessary resources for modeling and measuring the mass-radius relationship in this regime...

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