"Brown dwarfs and the European Extremely Large Telescope"

Speaker: Dr. Fernando Comerón 
(European Southern Observatory,Garching, Germany)
Date: Tuesday 14th, 2010
Time: 12:00
Place: Seminar Departament d'Astronomia i Meteorologia (UB)

With their enormous light-gathering power, the Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) currently undergoing detailed study phases are expected to produce quantum leaps in virtually every area of observational astrophysics. Brown dwarf studies are no exception. This talk we review some of the topics in which The European ELT (E-ELT), a fully adaptive 42m-diameter telescope, will open new research perspectives in this field. Among other break throughs, the E-ELT should be able to open the field of extragalactic brown dwarf research by placing within reach brown dwarfs in the Magellanic Clouds. Some detailed simulations will be presented to give a preview of what we may expect from the
E-ELT performance when applied to the study of brown dwarfs.