Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Physics and Astronomy
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.
Horenstein, Daniel, "A New All-sky Catalogue of Candidate Protoplanetary Disks from Aggregated Optical and Infrared Surveys." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.