Formation of substellar objects:
Theory and observations

ESAC, Madrid, Spain, May 21-23, 2018


In the last decade, a large number of works have been focused on explaining the origin of Brown dwarfs. Thanks to Spitzer, Herschel and lately ALMA, there are now evidences of a starlike scenario to explain the formation of these substellar objects. However, there are still open questions, like the role of turbulence, and the efficiency of other mechanisms (e.g. photoevaporation, disk fragmentation) to produce BDs. On the other hand, the study of young clusters is producing more and more spectroscopically confirmed substellar IMFs, which are fundamental to understand BD formation and evolution.

The scope of this workshop is to gather experts on BD formation, both theoreticians and observational astronomers, to discuss about the results of the last decade. We plan to compare the theoretical expectations with the results from observations to understand which questions have been answered, and which ones are still open. Moreover, experts from other fields, such as exoplanets and chemical modelling, are welcome since one of the goals is to study the phenomena from a comprehensive perspective and to produce new synergies and projects. In addition, we will discuss about the advances that can be done in this field with the advent of new facilities like e.g. JWST or Euclid.

Scientific Organizing Comitee

  • David Barrado (CAB, co-chair)
  • Carlos Eiroa (UAM, co-chair)
  • Amelia Bayo (U. De Valparaíso, Chile)
  • Philippe André (CEA Saclay, France)
  • Itziar de Gregorio-Monsalvo (ESO/ALMA, Chile)
  • Michael Dunham (State University NY at Fredonia, US)
  • Basmah Riaz (MPE Garching, Germany)
  • Dimitris Stamatellos (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
  • Aina Palau (UNAM, México)
  • Oscar Morata (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Chang Won Lee (KASI, Republic of Korea)
  • Erick Young (NASA Ames, USA)

Local Organizing Comitee

  • María Morales-Calderón (co-chair)
  • Nuria Huélamo (co-chair)
  • Benjamín Montesinos
  • David Barrado
  • Margie Guitart
  • Carlos Rodrigo Blanco
  • Bruno Merín
  • Ignacio Mendigutía

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