AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 19. First Science Results from the Gemini North Telescope
Special Session Oral, Monday, June 4, 2001, 10:00-11:30am, C106

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[19.07] A Search for Newborn Planets

K. L. Luhman (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), R. Jayawardhana (University of Californa at Berkeley)

We present the initial results from a Gemini North Hokupa'a adaptive optics search for newborn planets around young stars in a nearby star forming region. The stars in this sample are evolved to the point that their disks should be largely dissipated, yet young enough that newly-formed planets are still very luminous. We describe the sensitivity limits to faint companions and corresponding the mass-separation phase space that is probed.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: kluhman@cfa.harvard.edu

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