Disks in Nearby Low Mass Star-forming Regions

First Author:
Lori Allen
Email: lallen AT cfa.harvard.edu
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street



I will review results on disks in nearby, low-mass star forming regions from c2d, Gould Belt, various GTO and GO surveys. Using these statistically robust samples, I will examine disk frequencies and timescales for YSO evolutionary stages. I will examine the correspondence of evolutionary stage with age (as best we can determine), and consider the observational evidence for age spreads among disk-bearing stars. I will summarize searches for disks around brown dwarfs and ask whether central object mass strongly affects disk frequencies or evolution.
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