Newly seen debris disks from the HST NICMOS archive

Marshall D. Perrin, Elodie Choquet, Christine Chen, John Debes, David Golimowski, J. Brendan Hagan, Dean C. Hines, Tushar Mittal, Margaret Moerchen, Mamadou N'Diaye, Laurent Pueyo, I. Neill Reid, Glenn Schneider, Schuyler Wolff, Remi Soummer

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By reprocessing the NICMOS coronagraphic archive using improved PSF subtraction methods, we have obtained new images of 5 debris disks, all previously unseen using classical PSF subtractions. Three of the disks are edge on and two appear to be ring like, one of which is extremely asymmetric. Their stellar hosts are nearby, young F and G type stars (40-90 pc, 12-30 Myr), including one that is a close analog to the young sun at roughly the age at which terrestrial planets were assembling. This is a 25% increase in the sample of debris disks seen in scattered light. Analysis and modeling of the disk geometries is in process. Given these systems' youth, proximity, and brightness (V = 7.2 to 8.5), these will be superb targets for investigating planet formation, and are perfect targets for studies with GPI, SPHERE and JWST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781107045200
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)1743-9213
ISSN (Electronic)1743-9221

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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