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L-type star

(spectral type of star cooler than an M-type star)

An L-type star (L) is of the L-class (L spectral class), cooler than M-type stars, radiating mainly in the infrared. They are generally dwarf stars (L dwarf), i.e., not giant stars. They have metal hydride and alkalide metal absorption lines. Most are considered brown dwarfs, never burning hydrogen, but it is possible for main sequence stars to fall in this class. Characteristics:

Purple-red - conventional color
1300-2000 K - surface temperature

(star type,spectral type)
Further reading:

Referenced by pages:
brown dwarf (BD)
spectral class
Spectroscopic Properties of Cool Stars (SPOCS)
TW Hydrae association (TWA)
ultracool dwarf