PI: Bernadette Rodgers, Gemini Observatory - South, email@example.com
Address: Gemini Observatory, Colina El Pino s/n, La Serena, Chile
CoI: Sandrine Thomas, UC Santa Cruz / UCO Lick Observatory
CoI: Nicole van der Bliek, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory
CoI: Greg Doppmann, NOAO
Title: Expanding Herbig Ae/Be Multiplicity Survey to Southern Hemisphere
Abstract: We propose to use NICI on Gemini South to expand our successful multiplicity study to the southern hemisphere. Using NIRI+Altair on Gemini North, we have surveyed a large number of northern Herbig Ae/Be stars (143) and detected likely companions around approximately 2/3 of them. This work has increased the known companion sample by nearly a factor of 10, and uncovered several unique and interesting systems. Identifying and understanding companions to intermediate mass pre-main sequence stars enlightens our understanding of star formation as a function of mass (the primaries span 1.5-10 solar masses), and as a function of immediate stellar environment.
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