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Proposal Information for 2011A-0319


PI: Carl Melis, UC San Diego, cmelis@ucsd.edu
Address: Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, 9500 Gilman Drive, Code 0424, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0424, USA

CoI: Christian Marois, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
CoI: Bruce Macintosh, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Title: Searching for a Solar system analog in HD 131488

Abstract: Over 400 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date, but so far only one system bears any resemblance in its architecture to our Solar system. We have recently identified HD 131488 as a new Solar system analog candidate through near- to far-infrared excess emission indicative of terrestrial planets and an Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. To confirm this interpretation of HD 131488's planetary system, to better characterize its outer cold dust belt, and to search for giant planets orbiting the star we propose deep Gemini/NICI adaptive optics observations of HD 131488.


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