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Paper: Young, Jupiter-Mass Objects in Ophiuchus
Volume: 357, The Spitzer Space Telescope: New Views of the Cosmos
Page: 77
Authors: Allers, K.N.; Jaffe, D.T.; van der Bliek, N.S.; Allard, F.; Baraffe, I.
Abstract: We have used 3.5 to 8 μm data from the Cores to Disks (c2d) Legacy survey and our own deep IJHKs images of a 0.5 square degree portion of the c2d fields in Ophiuchus to produce a sample of candidate young objects with probable masses between 1 and 10 MJupiter. The availability of photometry over whole range where these objects emit allows us to discriminate between young, extremely low-mass candidates and more massive foreground and background objects and means our survey will have fewer false positives than existing near- IR surveys. The sensitive inventory of a star forming cloud from the red to the mid-IR will allow us to constrain the IMF for these non-clustered star formation regions to well below the deuterium burning limit. For stars with fluxes in the broad gap between the 2MASS limits and our limits, our data will provide information about the photospheres. We will use the Spitzer results in combination with current disk models to learn about the presence and nature of circumstellar disks around young brown dwarfs.
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