AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 17 Ae Be and Debris Disks: Searches Lead to High Angular Resolution Studies
Poster, Monday, January 10, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[17.15] Customizing the Keck: Advanced Segment Tilting for Mid-Infrared Interferometry of Herbig Ae/Be disks

J. D. Monnier (University of Michigan), P. G. Tuthill, M. J. Ireland (University of Sydney), R. Cohen (W. M. Keck Observatory), A. Tannirkulam (University of Michigan)

Using the Keck-1 telescope, we have measured the sizes of Herbig Ae/Be disks in the thermal infrared, a wavelength range which probes the region of the circumstellar disk where gas giant planets are expected to form. Previous attempts to obtain precisely calibrated imaging data with Keck/LWS have been frustrated by unstable atmospheric seeing which affects the time-averaged PSF. To overcome this, we have carried-out a novel sparse-aperture interferometry experiment to enable robust mid-IR diffraction-limited imaging. Specifically, selected subsets of Keck-1 primary segments have been independently repointed using custom programming, yielding the well-established calibration advantages of sparse-aperture Fizeau interferometry. We present inital results and compare to recent results from nulling interferometry.

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