Gas and Dust
in the
Pleiades Reflection Nebula

This is a study of the interstellar matter associated with the Pleiades star cluster. The investigation started as an ultraviolet polarimetry survey of the nebula with the WISP rocket telescope but grew to include a variety of other photometric and spectroscopic data by the time I completed my PhD thesis in 1997. Summaries of this work can be found in my dissertation abstract as well as several old conference proceedings. Since that time, the project has been extended to include more thorough tests of dust scattering models, more detailed analyses of the gas kinematics, and power spectrum studies of the multiscale structure of the nebulosity. The papers emerging from these astronephological efforts are:

For those who cannot wait for all the papers, these images are available now:

The background on this page shows the nebula at ultraviolet, optical, and far-infrared wavelengths in false colors of blue, green, and red, respectively.

If you have any questions about this Pleiades work or would like preprints of forthcoming papers, please send email to Steven Gibson.