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Title: Investigating chromospheric magnetic activity on young stars and the wide field CAMera for UKIRT
Author: Hastie, Morag Ann
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis presents a novel approach to measuring the distribution of magnetic regions on T Tauri stars which aims to overcome limitations of other observing techniques such as Doppler imaging or Zeeman measurements. The central line emission from the strong visible Call H & K lines are a proxy indicator of surface magnetic fields and are known through observations of the Sun to be enhanced above active plage regions. Simultaneous optical spectroscopic and photometric observations of a significant sample of fast rotating T Tauri stars in the nearby clusters ρ Ophiuchus and Upper Scorpius have allowed us to ascertain a direct correlation between variations in the Cell doublet emissions and light intensities. Computer simulations which model the surface conditions as understood on T Tauri stars and generate correlations which mimic those in the observational data offer a manipulable tool for estimating how much of the stellar surface is covered. The Wide Field CAMera for the UKIRT Telescope on Mauna Kea is currently the most capable infrared imaging survey wide field camera in the world. The instrument focal plane consists of four Hawaii-II 2048 x 2048 x 2048 IR detectors, to facilitate the best operating conditions and practises for the camera these detectors must be carefully characterised such that inherent qualities can either be corrected or accounted for. The second part of this thesis details the detector characterisation work carried out prior to the instrument delivery to the telescope.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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