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Proposal Information for 2010A-0286


PI: John Stauffer, Caltech 314-6, stauffer@ipac.caltech.edu
Address: Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

CoI: Maria Morales-Calderon, IPAC/SSC
CoI: Luisa Rebull, IPAC/SSC
CoI: Kevin Covey, Cornell
CoI: Lori Allen, NOAO
CoI: John Carpenter, Caltech
CoI: David Ciardi, NExScI
CoI: Kenneth Wood, University of St. Andrews
CoI: Peter Plavchan, NExScI
CoI: Barb Whitney, SSI

Title: Synoptic Monitoring of Star-Forming Cores

Abstract: We propose to use ANDICAM on the CTIO-1.3m telescope to obtain synoptic monitoring at J-band of >150 very young, embedded Class I and II young-stellar objects in two star-forming cores over 20 night periods. These data will be used to complement time-series photometry we will be obtaining with IRAC on the Spitzer Space telescope as part of a recently approved ``Exploration Science" program to be carried out during the Spitzer warm mission. The goal of this program is to use the multi-wavelength photometric monitoring data to determine the physical mechanisms responsible for the near-IR and mid-IR variability of these YSOs, and therefore, shed new light on the processes involved in accreting matter onto the youngest stars (beyond the realm of steady- state accretion from axially symmetric disks).


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