We present the results of the first broadband 10.8 um survey of the NGC 2024 cluster. The mid-infrared data were combined with our previously published JHKL photometry in order to construct spectral energy distributions for all detected sources. The main scientific goals were to investigate the nature of the young stellar objects (YSOs) in the cluster, and to examine the efficiency of detecting circumstellar disk sources from near-infrared JHKL color-color diagrams. Out of 59 sources surveyed having K-band magnitudes K < 10.5, we detected 35 (~59%) at 10 um. Combining these detections, and upper limits for the non-detections, with existing JHKL data, we identify 1 Class I, 6 flat spectrum, 28 Class II and 5 Class III sources. We find a circumstellar disk fraction for NGC 2024 of ~85% +/- 15%, which confirms earlier published suggestions that the majority, if not all, of the stars in NGC 2024 formed with disks, and these disks still exist at the present time. In addition, all but one of the disk sources identified in our survey lie in the infrared excess region of the JHKL color-color diagram for the cluster. This demonstrates that JHKL color-color diagrams are extremely efficient in identifying YSOs with disks. Of the 14 sources with K - L colors suggestive of protostellar objects, \~29% are protostellar in nature, while ~7% are true Class I YSOs. This may be due to extinction producing very red K - L colors in Class II YSOs, thus making them appear similar in color to protostars. This suggests caution must be applied when estimating the sizes and lifetimes of protostellar populations within star forming regions based on K - L colors alone. Finally, we calculate the luminosities of the Class II YSOs in NGC 2024, rho Oph and Taurus and discuss the results.

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