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Paper: Ultracool Subdwarfs: Subsolar Metallicity Objects Down to Substellar Masses
Volume: 384, 14th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun
Page: 126
Authors: Burgasser, A.J.
Abstract: In the past few years, astronomers have uncovered several very low-temperature, metal-poor stars with halo or thick disk kinematics and peculiar spectral and photometric properties, so-called ultracool subdwarfs. These include the first examples of L subdwarfs - metal-poor analogs of the L dwarf spectral class - and slightly metal-deficient T dwarfs. Ultracool subdwarfs provide useful empirical tests of low temperature atmosphere and evolutionary models, and are probes of the halo mass function down to and below the (metal-dependent) hydrogen burning limit. Here I summarize the optical and near-infrared spectroscopic properties of these objects, review recent research results, and point out scientific issues of interest in this developing subject.
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