AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 83 Stars Variable in Light
Poster, Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[83.12] Effectiveness of Screening Space Interferometry Mission Grid Star Candidates Via Radial Velocity Observations -- A Monte Carlo Approach

J. Catanzarite, M. Shao (Caltech/JPL), D. Ciardi, A. Wehrle (CalTech)

The Space Interferometry Mission requires an astrometric grid of over a thousand bright (V~12) stars distributed quasi-uniformly on the celestial sphere. Grid star candidates currently consist of several thousand K giants at a distance of 1 or 2 kiloparsecs. SIM grid stars must be astrometrically stable to better than 4 microarcseconds over the nominal five-year mission in order to provide a reference frame for SIM's high-precision astrometric measurements.

The presence of stellar or planetary companions could render a grid star candidate astrometrically unstable and therefore unfit for the grid. Using Monte Carlo simulations, and a priori information about binarity of solar-type stars, we investigate the effectiveness of screening SIM grid star candidates via three or four radial velocity measurements over four years. We determine the required radial velocity measurement precision for this filtering scheme.

This work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jcat@s383.jpl.nasa.gov

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