Project Report

Under my tenure as an NSF East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, I spent 10 weeks in Mitaka, Japan working at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) as a guest researcher. I became a member of a large telescopic survey called the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS), which uses the 8.2m diameter Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to search for planets and the pancake-like disks of gas and dust that surround young stars (where we think planets form). As a member of the survey team, I was tasked to use my Japanese language skills to compose a data reduction manual for international collaborators. I completed this manual by working through the reduction and analysis of images of the young star SR21 and its surrounding disk of planet-forming material. I continued this work upon my return to the US, and am now in the final stages of preparing it for publication. The results on SR21 have become an important component of my PhD dissertation, and have opened the way for several interesting collaborative projects using US telescope facilities. The manual that I composed is now in use by the SEEDS team. I will continue to collaborate with NAOJ and the SEEDS team in my future career and am grateful to the NSF for the opportunity to forge new working relationships abroad.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA)
Application #
1107806
Program Officer
Carter Kimsey
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-06-01
Budget End
2012-05-31
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$5,700
Indirect Cost
Name
Follette Katherine B
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Tucson
State
AZ
Country
United States
Zip Code
85704