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Name OT1_mthomp01_1
Title Confirming a sample of luminous debris disk candidates identified in the Herschel ATLAS


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n1mqr2x
Author European Space Agency
Description Debris disks are the remains of planetary system formation, tracing the existence of planetesimal-sized objects in orbit around main sequence stars. Current and planned surveys of debris disks (including the Herschel Key Projects DEBRIS and DUNES) are deep surveys aimed at characterising the typical population of disks and targeted at samples of a few hundred nearby objects. These deep narrow surveys are relatively insensitive to the rarities in the debris disk population, some of which may be luminous and/or massive disks that have undergone recent disruptive collisional events. We have recently shown that the primarily extragalactic Key Project, the Herschel-ATLAS, can be used as a wide and shallow survey of debris disks by combining its excellent optical coverage and statistical techniques more commonly employed to identify galaxies. The combination of Herschel-ATLAS, DEBRIS and DUNES thus forms a powerful nested tier of surveys that will be sensitive to disks across the spectrum from exosolar analogues to rare disks that cannot be inferred from local populations. In this proposal we seek time to image the three candidate disks that we discovered in the Herschel-ATLAS Science Demonstration Phase with PACS so that we may confirm them as true debris disks and model their SEDs to extract mass, temperature and fractional luminosity. We will confirm whether these disk candidates are in fact the most luminous disks yet detected.
Instrument PACS_PacsPhoto_largeScan
Temporal Coverage 2011-10-18T15:24:40Z/2011-10-18T16:45:30Z
Version SPG v14.2.0
Mission Description Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.
Creator Contact https://support.cosmos.esa.int/h®erschel/
Date Published 2012-04-18T16:22:06Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2012, Confirming A Sample Of Luminous Debris Disk Candidates Identified In The Herschel Atlas, SPG v14.2.0, European Space Agency, https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-n1mqr2x