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Program Information for 2015B-0031


PI: Brendan P Bowler, California Institute of Technology, bpbowler@caltech.edu
Address: Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, 1200 E California Blvd MC 150-21, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA

CoI: Michael C Liu, U. of Hawaii
CoI: Evgenya Shkolnik, Lowell Observatory
CoI: Basmah Riaz, U. of Maryland
CoI: John E Gizis, U. of Delaware

Title: Reconnaissance of Young M Dwarfs: New Targets for Direct Imaging Planet Searches

Abstract: With ages between $\approx-120 Myr and distances $\lesssim pc, young moving group members make excellent targets for exoplanet imaging surveys because of their proximity and youth. We are carrying out a search for new young moving group members from a sample of $\sim00 X- ray and UV-selected active M dwarfs. Using an efficient method to identify moving group members, we have uncovered nearly 200 new candidates of seven young associations spanning the entire sky. Here we propose to finish radial velocity measurements of our remaining northern stars visible in 2015B to confirm group membership, a critical step prior to deep adaptive optics imaging to search for giant planets. Altogether, this program will roughly double the population of M dwarfs in young moving groups, providing new targets for a broad range of exoplanet studies in the near-future.

Program Type: Standard/NASA WIYN

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2015B):  WIYN/HYDR -- 7.5n on Aug 28 - Aug 31 2015, Sep 02 - Sep 04 2015, Dec 30 - Jan 02 2016


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