PI: Lynne Hillenbrand, Caltech, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Astronomy Department, MC 249-17, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
CoI: Krzysztof Findeisen, Caltech
CoI: Luisa Rebull, Spitzer Science Center
Title: Connecting Stellar Properties and Aperiodic Photometric Variability Origins in Young Stars
Abstract: Although photometric and emission-line variability is a common property of newly formed stars, the panoply of behavior exhibited by the periodic as well as the more common aperiodic young star variables has not yet been assessed in quantitative detail. We are using the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) to perform a long duration, high cadence photometric monitoring survey of the North America and Pelican Nebulae complex, complementing previous work by us over more than a decade using both KPNO and other facilities. Here, we propose a spectroscopic investigation that will 1) improve the membership list for this relatively poorly-studied star forming region, especially for non- accreting yet young objects, and 2) provide key information for understanding the diversity of young star variability and its causes, thus leading to a more complete understanding of the accretion disk physics associated with early stellar evolution.
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