PI: Brendan Bowler, University of Hawaii, email@example.com
Address: Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
CoI: Michael Liu, University of Hawaii
CoI: Basmah Riaz, University of Hertfordshire
CoI: John Gizis, University of Delaware
CoI: Evgenya Shkolnik, Lowell Observatory
Title: Reconnaissance of Young M Dwarfs: Locating the Elusive Majority of Nearby Moving Groups
Abstract: With ages between ~8-120 Myr and distances \lesssim80 pc, young moving group members make excellent targets for detailed studies of pre-main sequence evolution and exoplanet imaging surveys. We propose a multi-semester spectroscopic program to confirm our sample of ~1300 X-ray-selected active M dwarfs, about one-third of which are expected to be members of young moving groups. Our program consists of three parts: a reconnaissance phase of low-resolution spectroscopy to vet unlikely association members, radial velocity observations to confirm group membership, and deep adaptive optics imaging to study the architecture and demographics of giant planets around low-mass stars. We will also exploit our rich sample to study the evolution of chromospheric and coronal activity in low-mass stars with unprecedented precision. Altogether, this program will roughly double the population of M dwarfs in young moving groups, providing new targets for a broad range of star and planet formation studies in the near-future.