Abstract by Justin Tackett

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Justin Tackett

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Jarrod Hansen

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Physics and Astronomy

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Denise Stephens


Identifying Binary Brown Dwarf Systems using the GAIA Database


We identify Brown Dwarf stars in the GAIA database to find their parallax angle and then calculate the distance to the star to look for systems that are over luminous, for the purpose of developing a better evolutionary model of Brown Dwarfs. We also discuss the GAIA mission and its observational techniques, as well as define a Brown Dwarf. In addition to revealing systems that may be comprised of two or more stars this technique also identifies young Brown Dwarfs as they are more luminous early in their lifetimes.