PI: Colette Salyk, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 950 N Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
Title: Spectroscopic detection of hot debris disks around A stars
Abstract: Observations of debris disks --- optically thin disks of dust surrounding main-sequence stars --- provide an indirect way of studying the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Hot debris disks, in particular, tell us about the late stages of terrestrial planet formation. Yet, these disks are particularly hard to detect and study, with detections to date only made possible with the use of IR interferometers. I propose here a test of a technically challenging, yet high reward method to detect and characterize hot debris disks through spectroscopic observations.
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