Date of Award

5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Sebastien Lepine

Second Advisor

Fabien Baron

Third Advisor

Russel White

Abstract

To guide research into formation scenarios for giant planets, I present a catalogue of 199,391 sources with candidate protoplanetary disks. These candidates are identified through an iterative color selection process in a 5,460-dimensional color-color space. As part of this process, photometry and SIMBAD classifications are aggregated from multiple large surveys, collectively covering 14 optical and infrared bands from 0.35 – 22 microns. An estimated false positive rate of 36.1% makes this catalogue a suitably sturdy foundation for a wide range of subsequent studies. After a discussion of the context surrounding this research, the forthcoming journal article describing this catalogue is reprinted in its entirety, and commentary is offered on the results.

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