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The Life, Death, And Composition Of Exoterrestrial Planets Around Intermediate Mass Stars.

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This thesis attempts to comprehensively address the life, death, and composition of terrestrial-like planets orbiting around intermediate-mass stars. All-sky optical and infrared catalogs were cross-correlated to identify new main sequence stellar systems with evidence for terrestrial planet zone formation and evolution events. One such system is identified and its mid-infrared spectral energy distribution is characterized. In the course of cross-correlating the all-sky catalogs a new class of dusty, accreting, ...
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This thesis attempts to comprehensively address the life, death, and composition of terrestrial-like planets orbiting around intermediate-mass stars. All-sky optical and infrared catalogs were cross-correlated to identify new main sequence stellar systems with evidence for terrestrial planet zone formation and evolution events. One such system is identified and its mid-infrared spectral energy distribution is characterized. In the course of cross-correlating the all-sky catalogs a new class of dusty, accreting, first-ascent giant star was discovered. Rough characterization of this new class of giants in the optical and infrared is provided with an emphasis on two giant-disk systems. The final throes of planetary systems around intermediate mass stars were investigated through the study of three gas-disk hosting white dwarfs. A dusty component to one white dwarf is identified, and the physical parameters regarding all three disks are determined. A model for the gas disk heating mechanism is suggested. By examining the pollution of the white dwarf photosphere by infalling disk material the first-ever bulk composition of an extra-solar rocky body is determined.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243711878
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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