Development of an H-Alpha Index for the Detection of PMS Candidates in Young Open Clusters Development of an H-Alpha Index for the Detection of PMS Candidates in Young Open Clusters
This study develops a method to locate these emission objects that overcomes two limitations of previous techniques. The first limitation is the need for the creation of reddening maps. It is eliminated by the creation of a reddening free HÎ± wide/narrow index for the selection of emission objects. The second limitation is the requirement of the creation of mosaics to study the entire region of interest. This limitation is overcome by the construction of a wide-angle observation facility. This makes it possible to obtain the entire region of interest in a single frame.
Once tested to ensure the validity of the method, the wide-angle HÎ± wide/narrow procedure is applied to several young open clusters. The development of the index and the results of its application to the clusters are presented. Also, an examination into how the results can be used to address some of the questions currently surrounding the PMS is included. Finally, a guideline for the implementation of the method into future studies is discussed.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:h alpha pre main sequence pms stellar evolution emission objects young open clusters
Date of Publication:12/13/2006