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Proposal Information for 2009B-0322


PI: Christian Marois, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, christian.marois@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Address: National Research Council of Canada, 5071 West Saanich Road, RR. 5, Victoria, British Columbia, V9E 2E7, Canada

CoI: Bruce Macintosh, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
CoI: Jean-Rene Roy, Gemini Observatory - South
CoI: Jennifer Patience, University of Exeter
CoI: Travis Barman, Lowell Observatory
CoI: Ben Zuckerman, UC Los Angeles
CoI: Inseok Song, University of Georgia
CoI: David Lafreniere, University of Toronto
CoI: Rene Doyon, University of Montreal

Title: A NICI Search of Jupiter-like Planets Around HR 8799 and Young & Nearby Stars.

Abstract: Following our discovery of the HR 8799 3-planet system at Gemini, we propose to use the simultaneous methane on/off imaging capabilities of NICI to constrain the presence of methane in the planets of this system. We also propose to pursue, with NICI, our ongoing volume-limited (<55 pc) deep AO/ADI A- & F-type star IDPS survey in the South and to acquire new unpublished southern young & close FGKM stars. The main goal of this proposal is to improve the number of observed stars of all spectral types to achieve a survey of 250 stars (including the GDPS sample) and to derive new and improved statistics on the frequency of planet around star of various masses. We will have, for the first time, a broader picture of the population of massive planets at large semi-major axes around a wide range of stellar mass.


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