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K.S. Bjorkman (U. Toledo), J.P. Wisniewski (U. Toledo/NASA GSFC), J.E. Bjorkman, E.N. Hesselbach (U. Toledo)
Based on analysis of the EROS microlensing data set, Lamers, Beaulieu, & de Wit (1999) and de Wit, Beaulieu, & Lamers (2002) identified 21 candidate Herbig Ae/Be (HAeBe) stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). They based the selection of candidates on the irregular photometric variability exhibited by these stars, which bore some resemblance to the variability exhibited by known Galactic HAeBe stars. The candidate stars identified were designated as EROS LMC HAeBe Candidates, or ELHCs. A smaller number (7) of candidate stars identified in the SMC (Beaulieu et al. 2001; de Wit et al. 2003) were similarly designated ESHCs. Using the CTIO 0.9m telescope and imaging camera, we obtained B, V, R, and H\alpha photometry of 2 fields in the LMC encompassing 12 of the ELHCs. We used the CTIO 4m Blanco telescope with the Hydra multi-object spectrograph to obtain optical spectroscopy of all the ELHC stars as well as the ESHC stars. Further observations included JHK photometry of both the ELHC and ESHC fields using the CTIO 4m plus the ISPI infrared imager. We will discuss the results from our observations, and comment on the implications for the tentative identification of these stars as candidate HAeBe stars. We will also compare our results with the recent findings of de Wit et al. (2005).
This work has been supported in part by NASA LTSA grant (KSB) NAG5-8054 and NASA GSRP Fellowship (JPW) NGT5-5069 to the University of Toledo. We thank the NOAO TAC for providing observing time for this project, and for providing travel support for JPW.
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