AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 28 Young Stars and Star Formation
Poster, Tuesday, May 27, 2003, 10:00am-6:30pm, West Exhbit Hall

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[28.09] Nearly Edge on Silhouette Disks From the FLAMINGOS Molecular Cloud Survey

R. J. Elston, E. A. Lada (University of Florida), J. Alves (ESO), B. Ferreira (University of Florida), C. J. Lada (SAO), J. Levine (University of Florida), A. A. Muench (SIRTF Science Center), S. N. Raines, N. Rashkind, C. Roman (University of Florida)

It has been found that circumstellar disks are ubiquitous around young stars in the process of formation. Not only are such disks crucial for the processes of star formation, but they are also the sites of planet formation. To constrain theories of star and planet formation one would like to know the properties of these circumstellar disks (i.e. mass, size, temperature, accretion rate, etc…). Nearly edge on silhouette disks provide the opportunity to model the properties of these circumstellar disks in detail. Here, we present a catalog of nearly edge on silhouette disks from our NOAO survey “Toward a Complete Near-Infrared Spectroscopic and Imaging Survey of Giant Molecular Clouds”. These disks were found in K-band (2.3\mum) images of the Orion-B and Perseus molecular clouds. The discovery of these disks significantly increases the number of such disks currently known. We acknowledge the support from NSF Grant AST 0204976 to the University of Florida.

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