The first detailed look at a brown dwarf disk

I. Pascucci, D. Apai, Th Henning, C. P. Dullemond

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The combination of mid-infrared and recent submillimeter/millimeter measurements allows us to set up the first comprehensive spectral energy distribution (SED) of the circumstellar material around a young brown dwarf. Simple arguments suggest that the dust is distributed in the form of a disk. We compare basic models to explore the disk parameters. The modeling shows that a flat disk geometry fits well with the observations. A flared disk explains the SED only if it has a puffed-up inner rim and an inner gap much larger than the dust sublimation radius. Similarities and differences with disks around T Tauri stars are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L111-L114
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - Jun 20 2003


  • Circumstellar matter
  • Stars: individual (CFHT-BD-Tau 4)
  • Stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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