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Proposal Information for 2011B-0138


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: Simon Murphy, Australian National University
CoI: Christian Marois, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
CoI: Adric Riedel, Georgia State University
CoI: Todd Henry, Georgia State University

Title: A Search for Giant Planets around a Nearby, Young, Low-mass Star

Abstract: We have identified a nearby (D=8 pc), 40 Myr old mid-M type star. This object presents a unique opportunity to probe the planetary system architecture of a low-mass star. We propose deep Gemini/NICI adaptive optics imaging to detect or constrain the presence of Jupiter and possibly sub-Jupiter mass planets at separations greater than 2 AU from this low-mass star.


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