To purchase a computer and printer to be used in the statistical analysis of the optical behavior of 20 well-observed eruptive variable stars, the analysis of their total energy output during eruptions, including determination of whether such energy is constant or varying, and investigation of the relationships between their light curve and certain of their physical properties, including orbital periods and masses of the individual components of close binary compact systems.
Grant Recipients in 1987
Grant Recipients $6,134
To purchase a video processing board to process data obtained from the TI 800 x 800 CCD (thinned, back-illuminated chip) awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Institute planned to use the CCD with (1) the Cassegrain spectrograph for studies of the Orion population, (2) the MIRA echelle spectrograph for studies of bright Be stars and N-type carbon stars and (3) direct imaging of planetary nebulae via interference filters and monitoring of Herbig-Haro objects.
To purchase a Light Table and Luxo Lamp with Base to be used in the preparation of specialized Supernova (star) Charts, to aid astronomers in their visual search for, and observation of, Supernovae throughout the many hundreds of galaxies.
Toward the purchase of a computer, to be used with a microdensitometer being donated by IBM, in various ongoing research projects on galaxies, including spiral structure and star formation in the Milky Way and external galaxies, galaxies, star counts in the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds.