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BINARY BROWN DWARFS IN THE GALACTIC HALO?

By F. De Paolis, G. Ingrosso, Ph. Jetzer and M. Roncadelli

Abstract

Microlensing events towards the Large Magellanic Cloud entail that a sizable fraction of dark matter is in the form of MACHOs (Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects), presumably located in the halo of the Galaxy. Within the present uncertainties, brown dwarfs are a viable candidate for MACHOs. Various reasons strongly suggest that a large amount of MACHOs should actually consist of binary brown dwarfs. Yet, this circumstance looks in flat contradiction with the fact that MACHOs have been detected as unresolved objects so far. We show that such an apparent paradox does not exist within a model in which MACHOs are clumped into dark clusters along with cold molecular clouds, since dynamical friction on these clouds makes binary brown dwarfs very close. Moreover, we argue that future microlensing experiments with a more accurate photometric observation can resolve binary brown dwarfs

Year: 1998
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