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  1. NEW CANDIDATE ERUPTIVE YOUNG STARS IN LYNDS 1340

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    Kun, M.; Moór, A.; Szegedi-Elek, E.; Apai, D.; O'Linger-Luscusk, J.; Stecklum, B.; Wolf-Chase, G.

    2014-11-10

    We report on the discovery of three candidate eruptive young stars, found during our comprehensive multi-wavelength study of the young stellar population of the dark cloud L1340. These stars are as follows. (1) IRAS 02224+7227 (2MASS 02270555+7241167, HH 487S) exhibited FUor-like spectrum in our low-resolution optical spectra. The available photometric data restrict its luminosity to 23 L {sub ?} < L {sub bol} < 59 L {sub ?}. (2) 2MASS 02263797+7304575, identified as a classical T Tauri star during our H? survey, exhibited an EXor-type brightening in 2005 November at the time of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey observations of the region. (3) 2MASS 02325605+7246055, a low-mass embedded young star, associated with a fan-shaped infrared nebula, underwent an outburst between the DSS 1 and DSS 2 surveys, leading to the appearance of a faint optical nebula. Our [S II] and H? images, as well as the Spitzer Infrared Array Camera 4.5 ?m images, revealed Herbig-Haro objects associated with this star. Our results suggest that amplitudes and timescales of outbursts do not necessarily correlate with the evolutionary stage of the stars.

  2. Search for rapid inner disk re-arrangements in a young eruptive star

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    Kóspál, Á .; Á Brahám, P.; Kun, M.; Henning, Th.

    2012-03-01

    Young eruptive stars form a spectacular class of Sun-like pre-main sequence objects. They are characterized by strong optical outbursts due to enhanced accretion from the circumstellar disk onto the star. Recently, some unusual eruptive stars were identified where the brightening was due partly to enhanced accretion and partly to a dust-clearing event which reduced the extinction along the line of sight. In 2010, the outburst of a so-far unknown young star, V2492 Cyg, provided an opportunity to study the dust clearing phenomenon. Here we report on the first results of our coordinated Herschel, Spitzer, and ground-based monitoring of V2492 Cyg. Comparing the amplitude of observed variability at different wavelengths from optical to far-infrared, we investigate the physical cause of the extinction changes towards the star. We consider two scenarios: (1) a transient appearance/disappearance of a large amount of dust in the system either due to dust condensation/evaporation driven by the changing accretion heating, or being released from the disk surface by turbulence; (2) a pre-existing, long-lived dust structure that moves in/out of the line of sight, similarly to the orbiting warp in the inner disk of the low-mass young star LRLL 31. The Herschel/PACS 70 and 160 ?m light curves trace the effect of rapid inner disk re-arrangements on the outer cold disk and help to decide between the two scenarios.

  3. Radial velocity variations in the young eruptive star EX Lupi

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    Kóspál, Á.; Mohler-Fischer, M.; Sicilia-Aguilar, A.; Ábrahám, P.; Curé, M.; Henning, Th.; Kiss, Cs.; Launhardt, R.; Moór, A.; Müller, A.

    2014-01-01

    Context. EX Lup-type objects (EXors) are low-mass pre-main sequence objects characterized by optical and near-infrared outbursts attributed to highly enhanced accretion from the circumstellar disk onto the star. Aims: The trigger mechanism of EXor outbursts is still debated. One type of theory requires a close (sub)stellar companion that perturbs the inner part of the disk and triggers the onset of the enhanced accretion. Here, we study the radial velocity (RV) variations of EX Lup, the prototype of the EXor class, and test whether they can be related to a close companion. Methods: We conducted a five-year RV survey, collecting 54 observations with HARPS and FEROS. We analyzed the activity of EX Lup by checking the bisector, the equivalent width of the Ca 8662 Å line, the asymmetry of the Ca II K line, the activity indicator SFEROS, the asymmetry of the cross-correlation function, the line depth ratio of the VI/FeI lines, and the TiO, CaH 2, CaH 3, CaOH, and H? indices. We complemented the RV measurements with a 14-day optical/infrared photometric monitoring to look for signatures of activity or varying accretion. Results: We found that the RV of EX Lup is periodic (P = 7.417 d), with stable period, semi-amplitude (2.2 km s-1), and phase over at least four years of observations. This period is not present in any of the above-mentioned activity indicators. However, the RVs of narrow metallic emission lines suggest the same period, but with an anti-correlating phase. The observed absorption line RVs can be fitted with a Keplerian solution around a 0.6 M? central star with msini = (14.7 ± 0.7) MJup and eccentricity of e = 0.24. Alternatively, we attempted to model the observations with a cold or hot stellar spot as well. We found that in our simple model, the spot parameters needed to reproduce the RV semi-amplitude are in contradiction with the photometric variability, making the spot scenario unlikely. Conclusions: We qualitatively discuss two possibilities to explain the RV data: a geometry with two accretion columns rotating with the star, and a single accretion flow synchronized with the orbital motion of the hypothetical companion; the second scenario is more consistent with the observed properties of EX Lup. In this scenario, the companion's mass would fall into the brown dwarf desert, which, together with the unusually small separation of 0.06 au would make EX Lup a unique binary system. The companion also has interesting implications on the physical mechanisms responsible for triggering the outburst. This work is based in part on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under program IDs 079.A-9017, 081.A-9005, 081.A-9023, 081.C-0779, 082.C-0390, 082.C-0427, 083.A-9011, 083.A-9017, 084.A-9011, 085.A-9027, 086.A-9006, 086.A-9012, 087.A-9013, 087.A-9029, and 089.A-9007.Tables 2 and 3 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  4. A PECULIAR YOUNG ERUPTIVE STAR IN THE DARK CLOUD LYNDS 1340

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    Kun, M.; Szegedi-Elek, E.; Moor, A.; Abraham, P.; Kelemen, J.; Pal, A.; Racz, M.; Regaly, Zs.; Szalai, N.; Szing, A.; Acosta-Pulido, J. A.; Apai, D.; Szakats, R.

    2011-05-20

    We conducted a long-term optical photometric and spectroscopic monitoring of the strongly variable, accreting young sun-like star [KOS94] HA11, associated with the dark cloud Lynds 1340 that exhibited large amplitude (5-6 mag in the I{sub C} band) brightness variations on 2-3 years timescales, flat spectral energy distribution (SED), and extremely strong (300{approx}< EW/A {approx}< 900) H{alpha} emission. In this Letter we describe the basic properties of the star, derived from our observations between 1999 and 2011, and put into context the observed phenomena. The observed variations in the emission spectra, near-infrared colors, and SED suggest that [KOS94] HA11 (spectral type: K7-M0) is an eruptive young star, possibly similar in nature to V1647 Ori: its large-scale photometric variations are governed by variable accretion rate, associated with variations in the inner disk structure. The star recently has undergone strong and rapid brightness variations, thus its further observations may offer a rare opportunity for studying structural and chemical rearrangements of the inner disk, induced by variable central luminosity.

  5. Recovery From Giant Eruptions in Massive Stars

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    Kashi, A.; Davidson, K.; Humphreys, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    We perform radiation hydrodynamic simulations to study how very massive stars recover from giant eruptions. The post eruption star experience strong mass loss due to strong winds, driven by radial pulsations in the star*s interior, that operate by the ?-mechanism. The mass loss history obtained in our simulations resembles ? Car*s history.

  6. Activity of young stars.

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    Lamzin, S.

    2008-12-01

    The possibility to clarify the nature of activity of different types of young stars by means of ob- servations from orbital observatory WSO-UV is considered. These types include Herbig Ae/Be stars, T Tauri stars, brown dwarfs and FUORs. The problem of interstellar extinction law toward star formation regions is also discussed.

  7. Nebulae from Eruptions of Luminous Evolved Stars: Eta Carinae, RY Scuti, and the LBVs

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    Smith, N.

    2007-03-01

    The most prodigious mass loss for luminous hot stars occurs during the Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) phase in transition to a Wolf-Rayet star. Most of the mass loss is a result of a few brief eruptions, rather than a steady wind. For the most luminous stars, these eruptions eject several M_{?} at once, accounting for a large fraction of their total post-main-sequence mass loss. The geometry of their nebulae in the young free expansion phase traces the roles of rotation and binary interactions. Our most observable example is the nebula around ?Car, while nebulae around the eclipsing binary RYSct and other LBVs share similar but less extreme properties. Both ?Car and RYSct have nebulae less than 200 yrs old with pronounced axial symmetry.

  8. Disk Dispersal Around Young Stars

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    Hollenbach, David

    2004-01-01

    We first review the evidence pertaining to the lifetimes of planet-forming disks of gas and dust around young stars and discuss possible disk dispersal mechanisms: 1) viscous accretion of material onto the central source, 2) close stellar encounters, 3) stellar winds, and 4) photoevaporation caused by the heating of the disk surface by ultraviolet radiation. Photoevaporation is likely the most important dispersal mechanism for the outer regions of disks, and this talk focuses on the evaporation caused by the presence of a nearby, luminous star rather than the central star itself. We also focus on disks around low-mass stars like the Sun rather than high-mass stars, which we have treated previously. Stars often form in clusters and the ultraviolet flux from the most luminous star in the cluster can have a dramatic effect on the disk orbiting a nearby low-mass star. We apply our theoretical models to the evaporating protoplanetary disks (or "proplyds") in the Trapezium cluster in Orion, to the formation of gas giant planets like Jupiter around Sun-like stars in the Galaxy, and to the formation of Kuiper belts around low mass stars. We find a possible explanation for the differences between Neptune and Jupiter, and make a prediction concerning recent searches for giant planets in large clusters. We discuss recent models of the infrared spectra from gaseous disks around young stars.

  9. Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA, part 1: energetics and eruption dynamics

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    Karlstrom, Leif; Hurwitz, Shaul; Sohn, Robert; Vandemeulebrouck, Jean; Murphy, Fred; Rudolph, Maxwell L.; Johnston, Malcolm J.S.; Manga, Michael; McCleskey, R. Blaine

    2013-01-01

    Geysers provide a natural laboratory to study multiphase eruptive processes. We present results from a four–day experiment at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA. We simultaneously measured water discharge, acoustic emissions, infraredintensity, and visible and infrared video to quantify the energetics and dynamics of eruptions, occurring approximately every three hours. We define four phases in the eruption cycle: 1) a 28?±?3 minute phase with liquid and steam fountaining, with maximum jet velocities of 16–28?m s??1, steam mass fraction of less than ??0.01. Intermittently choked flow and flow oscillations with periods increasing from 20 to 40?s are coincident with a decrease in jet velocity and an increase of steam fraction; 2) a 26?±?8 minute post–eruption relaxation phase with no discharge from the vent, infrared (IR) and acoustic power oscillations gliding between 30 and 40?s; 3) a 59?±?13 minute recharge period during which the geyser is quiescent and progressively refills, and 4) a 69?±?14 minute pre–play period characterized by a series of 5–10?minute–long pulses of steam, small volumes of liquid water discharge and 50–70?s flow oscillations. The erupted waters ascend froma 160???170° C reservoir and the volume discharged during the entire eruptive cycle is 20.8?±?4.1 m3. Assuming isentropic expansion, we calculate a heat output from the geyser of 1.4–1.5?MW, which is

  10. Eruptions at Lone Star geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA: 2. Constraints on subsurface dynamics

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    Manga, Michael

    Eruptions at Lone Star geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA: 2. Constraints on subsurface, and gravity data from 32 consecutive eruption cycles of Lone Star geyser in Yellowstone National Park to identify key subsurface processes throughout the geyser's eruption cycle. Previously, we described

  11. Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA: 1. Energetics and eruption dynamics

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    Karlstrom, Leif; Hurwitz, Shaul; Sohn, Robert; Vandemeulebrouck, Jean; Murphy, Fred; Rudolph, Maxwell L.; Johnston, Malcolm J. S.; Manga, Michael; McCleskey, R. Blaine

    2013-08-01

    Geysers provide a natural laboratory to study multiphase eruptive processes. We present results from a 4 day experiment at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA. We simultaneously measured water discharge, acoustic emissions, infrared intensity, and visible and infrared video to quantify the energetics and dynamics of eruptions, occurring approximately every 3 h. We define four phases in the eruption cycle (1) a 28±3 min phase with liquid and steam fountaining, with maximum jet velocities of 16-28 m s-1, steam mass fraction of less than ˜0.01. Intermittently choked flow and flow oscillations with periods increasing from 20 to 40 s are coincident with a decrease in jet velocity and an increase of steam fraction; (2) a 26±8 min posteruption relaxation phase with no discharge from the vent, infrared (IR), and acoustic power oscillations gliding between 30 and 40 s; (3) a 59±13 min recharge period during which the geyser is quiescent and progressively refills, and (4) a 69±14 min preplay period characterized by a series of 5-10 min long pulses of steam, small volumes of liquid water discharge, and 50-70 s flow oscillations. The erupted waters ascend from a 160-170°C reservoir, and the volume discharged during the entire eruptive cycle is 20.8±4.1 m3. Assuming isentropic expansion, we calculate a heat output from the geyser of 1.4-1.5 MW, which is <0.1% of the total heat output from Yellowstone Caldera.

  12. Recovery from Giant Eruptions in Very Massive Stars

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    Kashi, Amit; Humphreys, Roberta M

    2015-01-01

    We use a hydro-and-radiative-transfer code to explore the behavior of a very massive star (VMS) after a giant eruption -- i.e., following a supernova impostor event. Beginning with a reasonable model for an evolved VMS, we simulate the change of state caused by a giant eruption via two methods that explicitly conserve total energy: 1. Synthetically removing outer layers of mass while reducing the energy of the inner layers. 2. Synthetically transferring energy from the core to the outer layers, an operation that automatically causes mass ejection. Our focus is on the aftermath, not the poorly-understood eruption itself. Then, using a radiation-hydrodynamic code in 1D with realistic opacities and convection, the interior disequilibrium state is followed for about 200 years. Typically the star develops a $\\sim 400 ~\\rm{km}~\\rm{s}^{-1}$ wind with a mass loss rate that begins around $0.1 ~M_\\odot~\\rm{yr^{-1}}$ and gradually decreases. This outflow is driven by $\\kappa$-mechanism radial pulsations. In some cases a...

  13. Disks around Young Binary Stars

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    L. Prato; A. J. Weinberger

    2007-05-22

    The majority of stars in known star-forming regions are located in binary systems. Although the separation distribution of these populations varies from one region to another, most peak between a few and several tens of AU. Given the >100 AU distance to the youngest regions, binaries with this separation range are also the most poorly studied. In general, only for about 60 young pairs have the circumstellar disks and the stellar properties been well-characterized. We discuss results of recent analyses of inner and outer disk properties, summarize the status of observations of disk orientations, and highlight two cases of debris disks in relatively young binaries. A substantial effort, taking advantage of available and future high-angular resolution facilities, will be required to further our knowledge of disk evolution in binaries across the range of separations influential to both terrestrial as well as giant planet formation.

  14. Eruptive Mass Loss in Very Massive Stars and Population III Stars

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    Nathan Smith

    2006-07-24

    I discuss the role played by short-duration eruptive mass loss in the evolution of very massive stars. Giant eruptions of Luminous Blue Variables (LBVs) like the 19th century event of eta Carinae can remove large quantities of mass almost instantaneously, making them significant in stellar evolution. They can potentially remove much more mass from the star than line-driven winds, especially if stellar winds are highly clumped such that previous estimates of O star mass-loss rates need to be revised downward. When seen in other galaxies as ``supernova impostors'', these LBV eruptions typically last for less than a decade, and they can remove of order 10 Msun as indicated by massive nebulae around LBVs. Such extreme mass-loss rates cannot be driven by radiation pressure on spectral lines, because the lines will completely saturate during the events. Instead, these outbursts must either be continuum-driven super-Eddington winds or outright hydrodynamic explosions, both of which are insensitive to metallicity. As such, this eruptive mode of mass loss could also play a pivotal role in the evolution and ultimate fate of massive metal-poor stars in the early universe. If they occur in these Population III stars, such eruptions would also profoundly affect the chemical yield and types of remnants from early supernovae and hypernovae thought to be the origin of long gamma ray bursts.

  15. Young and Waltzing Binary Stars

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    2001-10-01

    ADONIS Observes Low-mass Eclipsing System in Orion Summary A series of very detailed images of a binary system of two young stars have been combined into a movie . In merely 3 days, the stars swing around each other. As seen from the earth, they pass in front of each other twice during a full revolution, producing eclipses during which their combined brightness diminishes . A careful analysis of the orbital motions has now made it possible to deduce the masses of the two dancing stars . Both turn out to be about as heavy as our Sun. But while the Sun is about 4500 million years old, these two stars are still in their infancy. They are located some 1500 light-years away in the Orion star-forming region and they probably formed just 10 million years ago . This is the first time such an accurate determination of the stellar masses could be achieved for a young binary system of low-mass stars . The new result provides an important piece of information for our current understanding of how young stars evolve. The observations were obtained by a team of astronomers from Italy and ESO [1] using the ADaptive Optics Near Infrared System (ADONIS) on the 3.6-m telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory. PR Photo 29a/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system before primary eclipse PR Photo 29b/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system at mid-primary eclipse PR Photo 29c/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system after primary eclipse PR Photo 29d/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system before secondary eclipse PR Photo 29e/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system at mid-secondary eclipse PR Photo 29f/01 : The RXJ 0529.4+0041 system after secondary eclipse PR Video Clip 06/01 : Video of the RXJ 0529.4+0041 system Binary stars and stellar masses Since some time, astronomers have noted that most stars seem to form in binary or multiple systems. This is quite fortunate, as the study of binary stars is the only way in which it is possible to measure directly one of the most fundamental quantities of a star, its mass. The mass of a star determines its fate . Massive stars (with masses more than 50 times that of the Sun) lead a glorious, but short life. They are hot and very luminous and exhaust their energy supply in just a few million years. At the other end of the scale, low-mass stars like the Sun are more economical with their resources. Being cooler and dimmer, they are able to shine for billions of years [2]. But although the mass determines the fate of a star, it is not a trivial matter to measure this crucial parameter. In fact, it can only be determined directly if the star happens to be gravitationally bound to another star in a binary stellar system. Observations of the orbital motions of the two stars as they circle each other allows to "weigh" them, and also provide other important information, e.g. about their sizes and temperatures. Orbital motions The understanding of orbital motions has a long history in astronomy. The basic laws of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) are still used to calculate the masses of orbiting objects, in the solar system as well as in binary stellar systems. However, while the observations of the motion of the nine planets and moons have allowed us to measure quite accurately the masses of objects in our vicinity, the information needed to "weigh" the binary stellar systems is not that easy to obtain. As a result, the mass estimates of the stars in binary systems are often rather uncertain. A main problem is that the individual stars in many binary systems can not be visually separated, even in the best telescopes. The information about the orbit may then come from the motions of the stars, if these are revealed by spectroscopic observations of the combined light (such systems are referred to as "spectroscopic binaries"). If absorption lines from both components are present in the spectrum, the measured wavelength of these double lines will shift periodically back and forth. This is the well-known Doppler effect and it directly reflects the changing velocities of the stars, as they move along their orbits and periodically a

  16. Star formation in very young galactic clusters

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    Schroeder, M.C.; Comins, N.F.

    1988-03-01

    It is argued, following Stahler (1985), that in young galactic clusters both the suggested exponential increase in star-formation rates with time and the mass-age correlation are artifacts of incorrectly assigning pre-main-sequence ages to main-sequence stars. Quantitative arguments are presented for simultaneous formation of stars with different masses (contemporaneous star formation) in such clusters and a method is presented for determining star-formation histories and the ages of young galactic clusters (i.e., clusters in which pre-main-sequence stars are detectable). 25 references.

  17. Accretion Models for Young Neutron Stars

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    M. Ali Alpar

    2003-06-09

    Interaction with possible fallback material, along with the magnetic fields and rotation rates at birth should determine the fates and categories of young neutron stars. This paper addresses some issues related to pure or hybrid accretion models for explaining the properties of young neutron stars.

  18. The inner disks of EXor-type eruptive stars

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    Sipos, Nikoletta; Kóspál, Ágnes

    2014-01-01

    EX Lupi-type young stars (EXors) show sporadic brightenings of several magnitudes, caused by the episodic increase in the accretion rate of the circumstellar matter onto the young star. As the inner disk plays a crucial role during the onset of the outburst, we examined the quiescent properties of the circumstellar environment of EXors, focusing on the inner regions. We found that in case of three EXors (VY Tau, V1143 Ori and EX Lup) the spectral energy distributions show no or weak excess above the stellar photosphere at NIR-MIR wavelengths, indicative of inner disk clearing. A detailed radiative transfer modeling of the sources revealed that the inner regions of these disks had to go through significant evolution, either the inner radius of the dusty disk is beyond the sublimation radius and/or the inner disks are flattened.

  19. Young Star Clusters in Starburst Environments

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    Luis C. Ho

    1996-06-04

    Recent high-resolution observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) reveal that young star clusters of extraordinary luminosity and compactness ("super star clusters") are commonly found in starburst systems. Cluster formation appears to be a dominant mode of star formation in starbursts. The principal properties of the young clusters are summarized. A new ultraviolet HST imaging survey of the central regions of nearby galaxies indicates that young clusters form in a wide range of environments. Circumnuclear star-forming rings, in particular, are richly populated with clusters, and several examples from recent imaging studies are discussed. There has been much speculation that super star clusters represent present-day analogs of young globular clusters. I will present evidence suggesting that at least some super star clusters indeed have masses and mass densities comparable to those of evolved globular clusters in the Milky Way.

  20. Candidates for Young Super Star Clusters in the Milky Way

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    Rahman, Mubdi; Matzner, C. D.; Moon, D.

    2011-01-01

    Massive Star Clusters (M > 104 M?) have been known to exist throughout the local Universe, but few such objects have been found within our own Galaxy. These clusters the majority of the galactic OB star formation, and thus dramatically alter their surroundings through winds, ionizing flux and radiation pressure, and supernovae, eventually destroying their natal clouds and inflating superbubbles which will erupt from the Galactic plane. We search for the young stellar clusters within the star forming complexes identified by Rahman & Murray (2010) using the WMAP free-free and Spitzer GLIMPSE 8 micron observations. Located far across the Galactic plane, these clusters are highly extinguished and crowded by field stars. Using the 2MASS catalogue, we have developed a method of identifying overdensities of sources with colours consistent with the extinguished upper main sequence coincident with the star forming complexes. The difficulty in this method comes from the large number of overlapping foreground sources in comparison to the expected number of cluster sources in any given candidate cluster. We identify a candidate for the most massive young cluster in the Galaxy (M 105 M?), which we have dubbed the Dragonfish Cluster. The candidate cluster is at a distance of 9.7 kpc and has a total ionizing luminosity of 7×1051 photons s-1. We identify nearly 400 OB star candidates associated with the cluster, to be confirmed with near-infrared spectroscopy.

  1. THE GALEX NEARBY YOUNG-STAR SURVEY

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    Rodriguez, David R.; Faherty, Jacqueline K.; Zuckerman, B.; Kastner, Joel H.; Bessell, M. S.; Murphy, Simon J.

    2013-09-10

    We describe a method that exploits data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) ultraviolet and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Two Micron All Sky Survey infrared source catalogs, combined with proper motions and empirical pre-main sequence isochrones, to identify candidate nearby, young, low-mass stars. Applying our method across the full GALEX-covered sky, we identify 2031 mostly M-type stars that, for an assumed age of 10 (100) Myr, all lie within {approx}150 ({approx}90) pc of Earth. The distribution of M spectral subclasses among these {approx}2000 candidate young stars peaks sharply in the range M3-M4; these subtypes constitute 50% of the sample, consistent with studies of the M star population in the immediate solar neighborhood. We focus on a subset of 58 of these candidate young M stars in the vicinity of the Tucana-Horologium association. Only 20 of these 58 candidates were detected in the ROSAT All-Sky X-ray Survey-reflecting the greater sensitivity of GALEX for the purposes of identifying active nearby, young stars, particularly for stars of type M4 and later. Based on statistical analysis of the kinematics and/or spectroscopic followup of these 58 M stars, we find that 50% (29 stars) indeed have properties consistent with Tuc-Hor membership, while 12 are potential new members of the Columba association, and 2 may be AB Dor moving group members. Hence, {approx}75% of our initial subsample of 58 candidates are likely members of young (age {approx} 10-40 Myr) stellar moving groups within 100 pc, verifying that the stellar color- and kinematics-based selection algorithms described here can be used to efficiently isolate nearby, young, low-mass objects from among the field star population. Future studies will focus on characterizing additional subsamples selected from among this list of candidate nearby, young M stars.

  2. Spatial Distributions of Young Stars

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    Kraus, Adam L.; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.

    2008-10-01

    We analyze the spatial distribution of young stars in Taurus-Auriga and Upper Sco, as determined from the two-point correlation function (i.e., the mean surface density of neighbors). The corresponding power-law fits allow us to determine the fractal dimensions of each association's spatial distribution, measure the stellar velocity dispersions, and distinguish between the bound binary population and chance alignments of members. We find that the fractal dimension of Taurus is D~1.05, consistent with its filamentary structure. The fractal dimension of Upper Sco may be even shallower (D~0.7), but this fit is uncertain due to the limited area and possible spatially variable incompleteness. We also find that random stellar motions have erased all primordial structure on scales of <~0.07° in Taurus and <~1.7° in Upper Sco; given ages of ~1 and ~5 Myr, the corresponding internal velocity dispersions are ~0.2 and ~1.0 km s-1, respectively. Finally, we find that binaries can be distinguished from chance alignments at separations of <~120" (17,000 AU) in Taurus and <~75" (11,000 AU) in Upper Sco. The binary populations in these associations that we previously studied, spanning separations of 3"-30", is dominated by binary systems. However, the few lowest mass pairs (Mprim <~ 0.3 Msolar) might be chance alignments.

  3. Bimodal Distribution of Geyser Preplay Eruptions: Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

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    Namiki, A.; Hurwitz, S.; Murphy, F.; Manga, M.

    2014-12-01

    Geyser eruption intervals are determined by rates of water and heat discharge into shallow subsurface reservoirs and the conduit. In some geysers, small amounts of water discharge prior to a main eruption ('Preplay') can affect eruption intervals. Water discharge during preplay reduces the hydrostatic pressure, which in turn, induces boiling of water that is at, or near the critical temperature. Ascending steam slugs from depth can also lead to shorter eruption intervals (Namiki et al., 2014). In April 2014, we carried a five day experiment at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park. Eruptions and their preplays were recorded with an infrared sensor that measured temperature variations immediately above the geyser cone (3.4~m high), temperature loggers that measured water temperature at the base of the cone and in the outflow channels, and visual observations. At Lone Star Geyser, during the preplay phase of the eruption, mainly liquid water is erupted, whereas the main phase of the eruption begins with the liquid-water dominated eruption and turns into the steam discharge. The temperature rise in an outflow channel indicates the occurrence of preplays and initiation of the main eruption. The acquired data suggests that the preplay patterns of Lone Star Geyser are vigorous and complex, consistent with previous observations (Karlstrom et al., 2013). Our new observations reveal two typical styles: 1) vigorous preplays with few events (<5) and long intervals (>20~minutes) that last approximately 40~minutes, and 2) less vigorous preplays that include several events (>5) with short intervals (few minutes), and continue approximately for one hour. Probability distributions of preplay durations show two peaks indicating the bimodal activity. The bimodality of Lone Star preplays may be a result of subtle change of temperature distribution in a convecting reservoir which has been observed in laboratory experiments (Toramaru and Maeda, 2013).

  4. Photoevaporating Disks Around Young Stars

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    Hollenbach, David

    2004-01-01

    Ultraviolet radiation from the central star or from a nearby massive star heats the surfaces of protoplanetary disks and causes the outer, less gravitationally bound part of the disks, to photoevaporate into interstellar space. Photoevaporation is likely the most important dispersal mechanism for the outer regions of disks. We focus in this talk on disks around low-mass stars like the Sun rather than high-mass stars, which we have treated previously. Stars often form in clusters and the ultraviolet flux from the most luminous star in the cluster can have a dramatic effect on the disk orbiting a nearby low-mass star. We apply our theoretical models to the evaporating protoplanetary disks (or "proplyds") in the Trapezium cluster in Orion, to the formation of gas giant planets like Jupiter around Sun-like stars in the Galaxy, and to the formation of Kuiper belts around low mass stars. We discuss recent models of the effects of the radiation from the central low mass star including both the predicted infrared spectra from the heated disks as well as preliminary results on the photoevaporation rates.

  5. Young star clusters: Progenitors of globular clusters!?

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    P. Anders; U. Fritze--v. Alvensleben; R. de Grijs

    2003-09-04

    Star cluster formation is a major mode of star formation in the extreme conditions of interacting galaxies and violent starbursts. Young clusters are observed to form in a variety of such galaxies, a substantial number resembling the progenitors of globular clusters in mass and size, but with significantly enhanced metallicity. From studies of the metal-poor and metal-rich star cluster populations of galaxies, we can therefore learn about the violent star formation history of these galaxies, and eventually about galaxy formation and evolution. We present a new set of evolutionary synthesis models of our GALEV code, with special emphasis on the gaseous emission of presently forming star clusters, and a new tool to compare extensive model grids with multi-color broad-band observations to determine individual cluster masses, metallicities, ages and extinction values independently. First results for young star clusters in the dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 1569 are presented. The mass distributions determined for the young clusters give valuable input to dynamical star cluster system evolution models, regarding survival and destruction of clusters. We plan to investigate an age sequence of galaxy mergers to see dynamical destruction effects in process.

  6. K2 observations of young star clusters

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    Cody, Ann Marie

    2016-01-01

    In operation since 2014, the K2 mission is now acquiring high cadence, high precision, long time baseline on thousands of stars in the ecliptic plane. Unlike its predecessor the Kepler mission, K2 is observing a number of young to intermediate age star clusters. This provides the chance to not only look for relatively young planets, but to also study starspot evolution, accretion, and inner circumstellar disk dynamics on several month timescales. I will provide an overview of our K2 cluster photometry pipeline and highlight the variable processes evident in the first few campaigns.

  7. Energetic outflows from young stars

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    Lada, C.J.

    1982-07-01

    In our galaxy, stars are born in clouds of gas, bodies so cold they do not emit any radiation at the visible wavelengths. Moreover, the clouds are permeated by cosmic dust, so that the visible radiation emitted by new stars is absorbed. Radiation at the wavelengths of infrared waves and the shortest radio waves penetrate these clouds. With the development of new telescopes and equipment for the detection of radiation at those wavelengths, astronomers are now able to explore the dark clouds where stars are born. A prime probe of the conditions within star-forming clouds has turned out to be the molecule carbon monoxide (CO). In interstellar molecular clouds, CO molecules emit radiation at a wavelength of 2.6 mm. The study of such radiation has recently revealed a new and intriguing phenomena closely associated with the birth and early evolution of stars. When certain stars are in the earliest stages of their life, they appear to be associated with violent outflows of mass. In a number of instances, molecular gas is found to be flowing outward from around newly formed stars in two supersonic streams 180/sup 0/ apart. The origin and nature of these energetic outflows is a mystery. (SC)

  8. Eruptions at Lone Star geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA: 2. Constraints on subsurface dynamics

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    Vandemeulebrouck, Jean; Sohn, Robert A.; Rudolph, Maxwell L.; Hurwitz, Shaul; Manga, Michael; Johnston, Malcolm J. S.; Soule, S. Adam; McPhee, Darcy; Glen, Jonathan M. G.; Karlstrom, Leif; Murphy, Fred

    2014-12-01

    We use seismic, tilt, lidar, thermal, and gravity data from 32 consecutive eruption cycles of Lone Star geyser in Yellowstone National Park to identify key subsurface processes throughout the geyser's eruption cycle. Previously, we described measurements and analyses associated with the geyser's erupting jet dynamics. Here we show that seismicity is dominated by hydrothermal tremor (~5-40 Hz) attributed to the nucleation and/or collapse of vapor bubbles. Water discharge during eruption preplay triggers high-amplitude tremor pulses from a back azimuth aligned with the geyser cone, but during the rest of the eruption cycle it is shifted to the east-northeast. Moreover, ~4 min period ground surface displacements recur every 26 ± 8 min and are uncorrelated with the eruption cycle. Based on these observations, we conclude that (1) the dynamical behavior of the geyser is controlled by the thermo-mechanical coupling between the geyser conduit and a laterally offset reservoir periodically filled with a highly compressible two-phase mixture, (2) liquid and steam slugs periodically ascend into the shallow crust near the geyser system inducing detectable deformation, (3) eruptions occur when the pressure decrease associated with overflow from geyser conduit during preplay triggers an unstable feedback between vapor generation (cavitation) and mass discharge, and (4) flow choking at a constriction in the conduit arrests the runaway process and increases the saturated vapor pressure in the reservoir by a factor of ~10 during eruptions.

  9. Astrophysics of Young Star Binaries

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    L. Prato; T. P. Greene; M. Simon

    2002-11-16

    This paper describes our study of the astrophysics of individual components in close pre-main-sequence binaries. We observed both stars in 17 systems, located in 4 nearby star forming regions, using low-resolution (R=760), infrared spectroscopy and photometry. For 29 components we detected photospheric absorption lines and were able to determine spectral type, extinction, K-band excess, and luminosity. The other 5 objects displayed featureless or pure emission line spectra. In ~50 % of the systems, the extinction and K-band excess of the primary stars dominate those of the secondaries. Masses and ages were determined for these 29 objects by placing them on the H-R diagram, overlaid with theoretical pre-main-sequence tracks. Most of the binaries appear to be coeval. The ages span 5x10^5 to 1x10^7 years. The derived masses range from the substellar, 0.06 M_sun, to 2.5 M_sun, and the mass ratios from M_2/M_1=0.04 to 1.0. Fourteen stars show evidence of circumstellar disks. The K-band excess is well correlated with the K-L color for stars with circumstellar material.

  10. Finding Young Stars in IC417

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    Odden, Caroline; Rebull, Luisa M.; Sanchez, Richard; Hall, Garrison; Dear, AnnaMaria; Hengel, Cassie; LaRocca, Mia; Lin, Samantha; Nix, Sabine; Sweckard, Teaghan; Wilhelm, Katie

    2016-01-01

    IC 417 is a young cluster in the constellation Auriga, towards the Galactic anti-center in the Perseus arm, at a distance of ~2.3 kpc. Previous studies suggested that there are young stars in this region; Camargo et al. (2012) identified several few-Myr-old clusters in this region from 2MASS clustering, and Jose et al. (2008) identified H-alpha excess sources. Since stars form from clouds of interstellar dust and gas, a signature of star formation is excess infrared (IR) emission, which is interpreted as evidence for circumstellar dust around young stars. We identified new candidate young stellar objects (YSOs) in IC 417 by incorporating near- and mid-infrared observations from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS). Infrared excess sources were identified by using a series of color cuts in various 2MASS/WISE color-magnitude and color-color diagrams following Koenig & Leisawitz (2014). We also assembled a list of OB and H-alpha stars from the literature, including those from Jose et al. (2008), and H-alpha bright stars from the IPHAS survey (Witham et al. 2008). Starting with this compiled list of approximately 200 interesting objects in the region, we then set about checking their reliability in three ways. We inspected the POSS, 2MASS, and WISE images of the sources. We assembled and inspected spectral energy distributions (SEDs) from archival data ranging from wavelengths of 0.7 to 22 um. Finally, we created and inspected color-color and color-magnitude diagrams. We find enough new YSO candidates to more than double the number yet identified in the IC 417 region. This research was made possible through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) and was funded by NASA Astrophysics Data Program.

  11. Captured older stars as the reason for apparently prolonged star formation in young star clusters

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    Jan Pflamm-Altenburg; Pavel Kroupa

    2006-11-28

    The existence of older stars within a young star cluster can be interpreted to imply that star formation occurs on time scales longer than a free-fall time of a pre-cluster cloud core. Here the idea is explored that these older stars are not related to the star formation process forming the young star cluster but rather that the orbits of older field stars are focused by the collapsing pre-cluster cloud core. Two effects appear: The focussing of stellar orbits leads to an enhancement of the density of field stars in the vicinity of the centre of the young star cluster. And due to the time-dependent potential of the forming cluster some of these stars can get bound gravitationally to the cluster. These stars exhibit similar kinematical properties as the newly formed stars and can not be distinguished from them on the basis of radial-velocity or proper-motion surveys. Such contaminations may lead to a wrong apparent star-formation history of a young cluster. In the case of the ONC the theoretical number of gravitationally bound older low-mass field stars agrees with the number of observed older low-mass stars.

  12. Radio and infrared properties of young stars

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    Panagia, Nino

    1987-01-01

    Observing young stars, or more appropriately, pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars, in the infrared and at radio frequencies has the advantage over optical observation in that the heavy extinction associated with a star forming region is only a minor problem, so that the whole region can be studied thoroughly. Therefore, it means being able to: (1) search for stars and do statistical studies on the rate of star formation; (2) determine their luminosity, hence, to study luminosity functions and initial mass functions down to low masses; and (3) to study their spectra and, thus, to determine the prevailing conditions at and near the surface of a newly born star and its relations with the surrounding environment. The third point is of principal interest. The report limits itself to a consideration of the observations concerning the processes of outflows from, and accretion onto, PMS stars and the theory necessary to interpret them. Section 2 discusses the radiative processes relevant in stellar outflows. The main observational results are presented in Section 3. A discussion of the statistical properties of stellar winds from PMS stars are given in Section 4.

  13. Probing Young Star Physics with Aperiodic Variability

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    Findeisen, Krzysztof

    2014-01-01

    Ongoing time domain surveys such as PTF, CRTS, and Pan-STARRS1, as well as upcoming surveys such as LSST, promise to revolutionize optical astronomy by providing a comprehensive picture of the variability properties of everything from local flare stars to distant quasars. Time domain surveys have already proven a boon for studies of young stars, whose variability is frequently aperiodic and may have time scales of days to decades, depending on the physics underlying the variability. I present an overview of the PTF-NAN (North America Nebula) survey, which allows us, for the first time, to simultaneously resolve day-scale variability and to monitor changes in photometric behavior in young stars over several years, without large data gaps and without any assumptions about periodicity. I describe preliminary results of the survey, including a search for episodic stellar behavior, a study of the most robust methods for identifying the characteristic time scale(s) of an aperiodic signal, and a characterization of the full range of amplitudes and time scales represented in optical variability of young stars.

  14. Models of Accretion Disks around Young Stars

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    Paola D'Alessio; Nuria Calvet; Lee Hartmann; James Muzerolle; Michael Sitko

    2003-09-22

    We discuss the importance of accretion in calculating disk models for young stellar objects. In particular, we show that a disk inner rim, irradiated by both the star and the accretion shocks at the stellar surface, can naturally explain recent observations of DG Tau with the Keck interferometer. We present models for two objects, with mass accretion rates differing by almost two orders of magnitude, to illustrate the effects of accretion on the overall disk structure and emission.

  15. Young Star Probably Ejected From Triple System

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    2003-01-01

    Astronomers analyzing nearly 20 years of data from the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array radio telescope have discovered that a small star in a multiple-star system in the constellation Taurus probably has been ejected from the system after a close encounter with one of the system's more-massive components, presumed to be a compact double star. This is the first time any such event has been observed. Path of Small Star, 1983-2001 "Our analysis shows a drastic change in the orbit of this young star after it made a close approach to another object in the system," said Luis Rodriguez of the Institute of Astronomy of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). "The young star was accelerated to a large velocity by the close approach, and certainly now is in a very different, more remote orbit, and may even completely escape its companions," said Laurent Loinard, leader of the research team that also included Monica Rodriguez in addition to Luis Rodriguez. The UNAM astronomers presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Seattle, WA. The discovery of this chaotic event will be important for advancing our understanding of classical dynamic astronomy and of how stars evolve, including possibly providing an explanation for the production of the mysterious "brown dwarfs," the astronomers said. The scientists analyzed VLA observations of T Tauri, a multiple system of young stars some 450 light-years from Earth. The observations were made from 1983 to 2001. The T Tauri system includes a "Northern" star, the famous star that gives its name to the class of young visible stars, and a "Southern" system of stars, all orbiting each other. The VLA data were used to track the orbit of the smaller Southern star around the larger Southern object, presumed to be a pair of stars orbiting each other closely. The astronomers' plot of the smaller star's orbit shows that it followed an apparently elliptical orbit around its twin companions, moving at about 6 miles per second. Then, between 1995 and 1998, it came within about 200 million miles (about two times the distance between the Sun and the Earth) of its companions. Following that encounter, it changed its path, moving away from its companion at about 12 miles per second, double its previous speed. "We clearly see that this star's orbit has changed dramatically after the encounter with its larger companions," said Luis Rodriguez. "By watching over the next five years or so, we should be able to tell if it will escape completely," he added. "We are very lucky to have been able to observe this event," said Loinard. Though studies with computer simulations long have shown that such close approaches and stellar ejections are likely, the time scales for these events in the real Universe are long -- thousands of years. The chance to study an actual ejection of a star from a multiple system can provide a critical test for the dynamical theories. If a young star is ejected from the system in which it was born, it would be cut off from the supply of gas and dust it needs to gain more mass, and thus its development would be abruptly halted. This process, the astronomers explain, could provide an explanation for the very-low-mass "failed stars" called brown dwarfs. "A brown dwarf could have had its growth stopped by being ejected from its parent system," Loinard said. The VLA observations were made at radio frequencies of 8 and 15 GHz. T Tauri, the "Northern" star in this system, is a famous variable star, discovered in October of 1852 by J.R. Hind, a London astronomer using a 7-inch diameter telescope. At its brightest, it is some 40 times brighter than when at its faintest. It has been studied extensively as a nearby example of a young stellar system. While readily accessible with a small telescope, it is not visible to the naked eye. The observed orbital changes took place in the southern components of the system, displaced from the visible

  16. Dispersal of Disk Around Young Stars

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    DeVincenzi, Donald L.; Hollenbach, David

    2000-01-01

    Young stars produce sufficient ultraviolet photon luminosity and mechanical luminosity in their winds to significantly affect the structure and evolution of the accretion disks surrounding them. The Lyman continuum photons create a nearly static, ionized, isothermal 10(exp 4) K atmosphere forms above the neutral disk at small distances from the star. Further out, they create a photoevaporative flow which relatively rapidly destroys the disk. The resulting slow (10-50 km per second) ionized outflow, which persists for greater than or equal to 10(exp 5) years for disk masses Md approx. 0.3M*, may explain the observational characteristics of many ultracompact HII regions. We compare model results to the observed radio free-free Spectra and luminosities of ultracompact HII regions and to the interesting source MWC349, which is observed to produce hydrogen masers. We also apply the results to the early solar nebula to explain the the dispersal of the solar nebula and the differences in hydrogen content in the giant planets. Finally, we model the small bright objects ("proplyds") observed in the Orion Nebula as disks around young, low mass stars which are externally illuminated by the UV photons from the nearby massive star.

  17. Stellar ejecta from falling comet-like bodies: young stars

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    Ibodov, Firuz S.; Ibadov, Subhon

    2014-01-01

    High-resolution spectral observations of young stars with dense protoplanetary discs like Beta Pictoris led to the discovery of variable emission lines of metal atoms, Na, Fe etc., that indicate the presence of fluxes of comet-like evaporating bodies falling onto the stars, FEBs. Assuming the presence of stellar atmospheres similar to the solar one, we show that passages of the FEBs through the stellar chromosphere and photosphere with velocities around 600 km/s will be accompanied by aerodynamic crushing of the nuclei, transverse expansion of the crushed matter, ``explosion'' of the flattened nuclei in a relatively very thin sub-photosphere layer due to sharp deceleration, and impulse production of a hot plasma. The impulsive rise of the layer's temperature and density lead to the generation of a strong ``blast'' shock wave and shock wave-induced ejection/eruption of hot plasma into space above the chromosphere. Observations of such impact-induced high-temperature phenomena are of interest for the physics/prognosis of stellar/solar flares as well as physics of comets.

  18. Accretion Disks and Eruptive Phenomena

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    Scott J. Kenyon

    1999-04-05

    This paper describes eruptive phenomena in pre-main sequence stars. The eruptions of FU Orionis stars have much in common with outbursts in other accreting systems, such as dwarf novae and some symbiotic stars. These common features are best understood as increases in the rate material flows through an accretion disk. The spectroscopic properties, decay of the light curves, and outflow phenomena suggest that these outbursts arise from thermal instabilities in the disk. Available data and estimates for recurrence times indicate that young stars can accrete much, perhaps all, of their mass in FU Ori accretion events. Future observations can test this notion and place better constraints on the importance of eruptive events in the early life of a low mass star.

  19. NEW YOUNG STAR CANDIDATES IN CG4 AND Sa101

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    Rebull, L. M.; Laine, S.; Laher, R.; Legassie, M.; Hoette, V.; Kim, J. S.; Foster, M.; Mallory, C. R.; McCarron, K.; Sherry, W. H.

    2011-07-15

    The CG4 and Sa101 regions together cover a region of {approx}0.5 deg{sup 2} in the vicinity of a 'cometary globule' that is part of the Gum Nebula. There are seven previously identified young stars in this region; we have searched for new young stars using mid- and far-infrared data (3.6-70 {mu}m) from the Spitzer Space Telescope, combined with ground-based optical data and near-infrared data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey. We find infrared excesses in all six of the previously identified young stars in our maps and identify 16 more candidate young stars based on apparent infrared excesses. Most (73%) of the new young stars are Class II objects. There is a tighter grouping of young stars and young star candidates in the Sa101 region, in contrast to the CG4 region, where there are fewer young stars and young star candidates, and they are more dispersed. Few likely young objects are found in the 'fingers' of the dust being disturbed by the ionization front from the heart of the Gum Nebula.

  20. Dispersal of Disks Around Young Stars

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    Hollenbach, David

    2001-01-01

    We review the evidence pertaining to the lifetimes of planet-forming disks and discuss possible disk dispersal mechanisms: 1) viscous accretion of material onto the central source, 2) close stellar encounters, 3) stellar winds, and 4) photoevaporation by ultraviolet radiation. We focus on 3) and 4) and describe the quasi-steady state appearance and the overall evolution of disks under the influence of winds and radiation from the central star and of radiation from external OB stars. Viscous accretion likely dominates disk dispersal in the inner disk (r < or approx. equals 10 AU), while photoevaporation is the principal process of disk dispersal outside of r > or approx. equals 10 AU for low mass stars. Disk dispersal timescales are compared and discussed in relation to theoretical estimates for planet formation timescales. Photoevaporation may explain the large differences in the hydrogen content of the giant planets in the solar system. The commonly held belief that our early sun's stellar wind dispersed the solar nebula is called into question. Finally, we model the small bright objects ("proplyds") observed in the Orion Nebula as disks around young, low mass stars which are externally illuminated by the UV photons from the nearby massive star Theta(sup 1)C.

  1. Dispersal of Disks Around Young Stars

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    Hollenbach, David; DeVincenzi, D. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We review the evidence pertaining to the lifetimes of planet-forming disks and discuss possible disk dispersal mechanisms: 1) viscous accretion of material onto the central source; 2) close stellar encounters; 3) stellar winds; and 4) photoevaporation by ultraviolet radiation. We focus on 3) and 4) and describe the quasi-steady state appearance and the overall evolution of disks under the influence of winds and radiation from the central star and of radiation from external OB stars. Viscous accretion likely dominates disk dispersal in the inner disk (r approx. or less than 10 AU), while photoevaporation is the principal process of disk dispersal outside of r approx. or greater than 10 AU for low mass stars. Disk dispersal timescales are compared and discussed in relation to theoretical estimates for planet formation timescales. Photoevaporation may explain the large differences in the hydrogen content of the giant planets in the solar system. The commonly held belief that our early sun's stellar wind dispersed he solar nebula is called into question. Finally, we model the small bright objects ('proplyds') observed in the Orion Nebula as disks around young, low mass stars which are externally illuminated by the UV (ultraviolet) photons from the nearby massive star Theta(1)C.

  2. Disks and Outflows Around Young Stars

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    Beckwith, Steven; Staude, Jakob; Quetz, Axel; Natta, Antonella

    The subject of the book, the ubiquitous circumstellar disks around very young stars and the corresponding jets of outflowing matter, has recently become one of the hottest areas in astrophysics. The disks are thought to be precursors to planetary systems, and the outflows are thought to be a necessary phase in the formation of a young star, helping the star to get rid of angular momentum and energy as it makes its way onto the main sequence. The possible connections to planetary systems and stellar astrophysics makes these topics especially broad, appealing to generalists and specialists alike. The CD not only contains papers that could not be printed in the book but allows the authors to include a fair amount of data, often displayed as color images. The CD-ROM contains all the contributions printed in the corresponding book (Lecture Notes in Physics Vol. 465) and, in addition, those presented exclusively in digital form. Each contribution consists of a file in portable document format (PDF). The electronic version allows full-text searching within each file using Adobe's Acrobat Reader providing instructions for installation on Unix (Sun), PC and Macintosh computers, respectively. All contributions can be printed out; the color diagrams and color frames, which are printed in black and white in the book, can be viewed in color on screen.

  3. The structure of young star clusters

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    Gladwin, P. P.; Kitsionas, S.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Whitworth, A. P.

    1999-01-01

    In this paper we analyse and compare the clustering of young stars in Chamaeleon I and Taurus. We compute the mean surface density of companion stars N as a function of angular displacement theta from each star. We then fit N theta) with two simultaneous power laws, i.e. N(theta) ~ K_bintheta^-beta_bin + K_clutheta^-beta_clu. For Chamaeleon I, we obtain beta_bin= 1.97 +/- and beta_clu= 0.28 +/- 0.06, with the elbow at theta_elb~ 0 011 +/- 0 004. For Taurus, we obtain beta_bin= 2.02 +/- 0.04 and beta _clu= 0.87 +/- 0.01, with the elbow at theta _elb~ 0 013 +/- 0 003. For both star clusters the observational data make large (~ 5 sigma) systematic excursions from the best-fitting curve in the binary regime (theta < theta_elb). These excursions are visible also in the data used by Larson and Simon, and may be attributable to evolutionary effects of the types discussed recently by Nakajima et al. and Bate et al. In the clustering regime (theta > theta_elb) the data conform to the best-fitting curve very well, but the beta_clu values we obtain differ significantly from those obtained by other workers. These differences are due partly to the use of different samples, and partly to different methods of analysis. We also calculate the box dimensions for the two star clusters: for Chamaeleon I we obtain D_box~=1.51+/-0.12, and for Taurus D_box~=1.39+/-0.01. However, the limited dynamic range makes these estimates simply descriptors of the large-scale clustering, and not admissible evidence for fractality. We propose two algorithms for objectively generating maps of constant stellar surface density in young star clusters. Such maps are useful for comparison with molecular-line and dust-continuum maps of star-forming clouds, and with the results of numerical simulations of star formation. They are also useful because they retain information that is suppressed in the evaluation of N(theta). Algorithm I (SCATTER) uses a universal smoothing length, and therefore has a restricted dynamic range, but it is implicitly normalized. Algorithm II (GATHER) uses a local smoothing length, which gives it much greater dynamic range, but it has to be normalized explicitly. Both algorithms appear to capture well the features that the human eye sees. We are exploring ways of analysing such maps to discriminate between fractal structure and single-level clustering, and to determine the degree of central condensation in small-N clusters.

  4. HUBBLE SEES DISKS AROUND YOUNG STARS

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    2002-01-01

    [Top left]: This Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) image shows Herbig-Haro 30 (HH 30), the prototype of a young star surrounded by a thin, dark disk and emitting powerful gaseous jets. The disk extends 40 billion miles from left to right in the image, dividing the nebula in two. The central star is hidden from direct view, but its light reflects off the upper and lower surfaces of the disk to produce the pair of reddish nebulae. The gas jets are shown in green. Credit: Chris Burrows (STScI), the WFPC2 Science Team and NASA [Top right]: DG Tauri B appears very similar to HH 30, with jets and a central dark lane with reflected starlight at its edges. In this WFPC2 image, the dust lane is much thicker than seen in HH 30, indicating that dusty material is still in the process of falling onto the hidden star and disk. The bright jet extends a distance of 90 billion miles away from the system. Credit: Chris Burrows (STScI), the WFPC2 Science Team and NASA [Lower left]: Haro 6-5B is a nearly edge-on disk surrounded by a complex mixture of wispy clouds of dust and gas. In this WFPC2 image, the central star is partially hidden by the disk, but can be pinpointed by the stubby jet (shown in green), which it emits. The dark disk extends 32 billion miles across at a 90-degree angle to the jet. Credit: John Krist (STScI), the WFPC2 Science Team and NASA [Lower right]: HK Tauri is the first example of a young binary star system with an edge-on disk around one member of the pair. The thin, dark disk is illuminated by the light of its hidden central star. The absence of jets indicates that the star is not actively accreting material from this disk. The disk diameter is 20 billion miles. The brighter primary star appears at top of the image. Credit: Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL) and colleagues, and NASA

  5. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH: SOLID EARTH, VOL. 118, 115, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50251, 2013 Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA

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    Manga, Michael

    Eruptions at Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA: 1. Energetics and eruption dynamics Leif 2013; accepted 12 June 2013. [1] Geysers provide a natural laboratory to study multiphase eruptive processes. We present results from a 4 day experiment at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA

  6. Massive binary stars and the kinematics of Young Massive Clusters 

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    Henault-Brunet, Vincent; Brunet, Vincent

    2013-11-28

    Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, R136 is a rare example of a nearby young and dense massive star cluster in which individual stars can be resolved. Often suggested as a globular cluster in formation, its study is ...

  7. New Young Star Candidates in BRC 27

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    Novatne, Lauren J.; Mattrocce, G.; Milan, T.; Quinonez, A.; Rebull, L. M.; Barge, J.; Amayo, R.; Bieber, H.; Block, L.; Cheung, E.; Cruz, A.; Elkin, D.; Figueroa, A.; Jakus, M.; Kelo, A.; Larson, O.; Lemma, B.; Li, Y.; Loe, C.; Maciag, V.; Moreno, N.; Nevels, M.; Pezanoski-Cohen, G.; Short, M.; Skatchke, K.; Tur-Kaspa, A.; Zegeye, D.; Armstrong, J.; Bonadurer, R.; French, D.; Free, B.; Miller, C.; Scherich, H.; Willis, T.; Koenig, X.; Laher, R.; Padgett, D.; Piper, M.; Pavlak, A.; Piper, M.; Venezio, E.; Ali, B.

    2013-01-01

    All stars originate from clouds of interstellar gas that collapse either under their own gravity or with external help. In triggered star formation, the collapse of a cloud is initiated by pressure, e.g., from nearby star(s). When the external source is bright stars, it can illuminate the rims of the cloud, creating bright-rimmed clouds (BRCs) to be visible at optical and infrared (IR) wavelengths. We searched for new candidate young stellar objects (YSOs) primarily using the March 2012 all-sky release of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data in BRC 27, which is part of CMa R1, a region of known star formation. Spitzer data of a 5’x5’ region centered on BRC 27 were presented by Johnson et al. 2012 and Rebull et al. 2012. We investigated WISE data within a 20 arcminute radius of BRC 27 0.35 sq. deg), combining it with Spitzer data serendipitously obtained in this region, 2MASS data, and optical data. We started from nearly 4000 WISE sources and identified about 200 candidate YSOs via a series of color cuts (Koenig et al. 2012) to identify objects with WISE colors consistent with other YSOs, e.g., having an apparent IR excess. There are about 100 objects in this region already identified in the literature as possible YSOs, about 40 of which we recovered with the color cuts. We investigated these literature YSOs and YSO candidates in all available images, and created spectral energy distributions (SEDs) and color-magnitude diagrams for further analysis of each object. We will present an analysis of our selected sub-sample of YSO candidates. This research was made possible through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Project (NITARP) and was funded by NASA Astrophysics Data Program and Archive Outreach funds. Our education results are described in a companion education poster, Bonadurer et al.

  8. Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

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    2007-01-01

    This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth

    The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's 'head,' just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis.

    Wisps of green in the cloud are organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules are formed anytime carbon-based materials are burned incompletely. On Earth, they can be found in the sooty exhaust from automobile and airplane engines. They also coat the grills where charcoal-broiled meats are cooked.

    Tints of orange-red in the cloud are dust particles warmed by the newly forming stars. The reddish-pink dots at the top of the cloud are very young stars embedded in a cocoon of cosmic gas and dust. Blue spots throughout the image are background Milky Way along this line of sight.

    This composite includes data from Spitzer's infrared array camera instrument, and multiband imaging photometer instrument. Light at 4.5 microns is shown as blue, 8.0 microns is green, and 24 microns is red.

  9. The Sizes of the Nearest Young Stars

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    McCarthy, Kyle A

    2012-01-01

    We present moderate resolution (R $\\sim$ 3575) optical spectra of 19 known or suspected members of the AB Doradus and $\\beta$ Pictoris Moving Groups, obtained with the DeVeny Spectrograph on the 72-inch Perkins telescope at Lowell Observatory. For 4 of 5 recently proposed members, signatures of youth such as Li\\,I 6708 \\AA\\, absorption and H$\\alpha$ emission further strengthen the case for youth and membership. Effective temperatures are determined via line ratio analyses for the 11 F, G and early K stars observed, and via spectral comparisons for the 8 late-K and M stars observed. We assemble updated candidate membership lists for these Moving Groups that account for known binarity. We then use temperature, luminosity, and distance estimates to predict angular diameters for these stars; the motivation is to identify stars that can be spatially resolved with long-baseline optical/infrared interferometers in order to improve age estimates for these Groups and to constrain evolutionary models at young ages. Con...

  10. Circumstellar material around young stars in Orion

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    Odell, C. R.

    1994-01-01

    The star cluster associated with the Orion nebula is one of the richest known. Lying at the nearside of the Orion Molecular cloud and at a distance of about 500 pc from us, it contains many premain-sequence stars with ages of about 300,000 yr. The nebula itself is a blister type, representing a wall of material ionized by the hottest star in the Trapezium group (member C). Although this is not the closest star formation region, it is probably the easiest place to detect circumstellar, possibly proto-planetary, material around these solar mass stars. This is because the same process of photoionization that creates the nebula also photoionizes these circumstellar clouds, thus rendering them easily visible. Moreover, their dust component is made visible by extinction of light from the background nebula. Young stars with circumstellar material were found in Orion on the second set of HST images and were called proplyds, indicating their special nature as circumstellar clouds caused to be luminous by being in or near a gaseous nebula. The brightest objects in the field had previously been seen in the optical and radio, and although their true nature had been hypothesized it was the HST images that made it clear what they are. The forms vary from cometlike when near the Trapezium to elliptical when further away, with the largest being 1000 AU and the bright portions of the smallest, which are found closest to the Trapezium, being about 100 AU in diameter. We now have a second set of HST observations made immediately after the refurbishment mission that provides even greater detail and reveals even more of these objects. About half of all the low-luminosity stars are proplyds. The poster paper describes quantitative tests about their fundamental structure and addresses the question of whether the circumstellar material is a disk or shell. One object (HST 16) is seen only in silhouette against the nebula and is easily resolved into an elliptical form of optical depth monotonically increasing toward the central star.

  11. THE SIZES OF THE NEAREST YOUNG STARS

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    McCarthy, Kyle; White, Russel J.

    2012-06-15

    We present moderate resolution (R {approx} 3575) optical spectra of 19 known or suspected members of the AB Doradus and {beta} Pictoris Moving Groups, obtained with the DeVeny Spectrograph on the 72 inch Perkins telescope at Lowell Observatory. For four of five recently proposed members, signatures of youth such as Li I 6708 A absorption and H{alpha} emission further strengthen the case for youth and membership. The lack of detected lithium in the proposed {beta} Pic member TYC 2211-1309-1 implies that it is older than all other K-type members and weakens the case for membership. Effective temperatures are determined via line ratio analyses for the 11 F, G, and early-K stars observed, and via spectral comparisons for the eight late-K and M stars observed. We assemble updated candidate membership lists for these moving groups that account for known binarity. Currently, the AB Dor Moving Group contains 127 proposed members and the {beta} Pic Moving Group holds 77 proposed members. We then use temperature, luminosity, and distance estimates to predict angular diameters for these stars; the motivation is to identify stars that can be spatially resolved with long-baseline optical/infrared interferometers in order to improve age estimates for these groups and to constrain evolutionary models at young ages. Considering the portion of the sky accessible to northern hemisphere facilities (decl. > - 30), six stars have diameters large enough to be spatially resolved ({theta} > 0.4 mas) with the CHARA Array, which currently has the world's longest baseline of 331 m; this subsample includes the low-mass M2.5 member of AB Dor, GJ 393, which is likely to still be pre-main sequence. For southern hemisphere facilities (decl. < + 30), 18 stars have diameters larger than this limiting size, including the low-mass debris disk star AU Mic (0.72 mas). However, the longest baselines of southern hemisphere interferometers (160 m) are only able to resolve the largest of these, the B6 star {alpha} Gru (1.17 mas); proposed long-baseline stations may alleviate the current limitations.

  12. A BOW SHOCK NEAR A YOUNG STAR

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    2002-01-01

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope continues to reveal various stunning and intricate treasures that reside within the nearby, intense star-forming region known as the Great Nebula in Orion. One such jewel is the bow shock around the very young star, LL Ori, featured in this Hubble Heritage image. Named for the crescent-shaped wave made by a ship as it moves through water, a bow shock can be created in space when two streams of gas collide. LL Ori emits a vigorous solar wind, a stream of charged particles moving rapidly outward from the star. Our own Sun has a less energetic version of this wind that is responsible for auroral displays on the Earth. The material in the fast wind from LL Ori collides with slow-moving gas evaporating away from the center of the Orion Nebula, which is located to the lower right in this Heritage image. The surface where the two winds collide is the crescent-shaped bow shock seen in the image. Unlike a water wave made by a ship, this interstellar bow shock is a three-dimensional structure. The filamentary emission has a very distinct boundary on the side facing away from LL Ori, but is diffuse on the side closest to the star, a characteristic common to many bow shocks. A second, fainter bow shock can be seen around a star near the upper right-hand corner of the Heritage image. Astronomers have identified numerous shock fronts in this complex star-forming region and are using this data to understand the many complex phenomena associated with the birth of stars. This image was taken in February 1995 as part of the Hubble Orion Nebula mosaic. A close visitor in our Milky Way galaxy, the nebula is only 1,500 light-years from Earth. The filters used in this color composite represent oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen emissions. Image Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)

  13. High-frequency continuum observations of young stars

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    Cohen, M.

    1980-01-01

    31-GHz and/or 90-GHz radio continuum observations have been made towards 48 young stars. Only three signals are definitely detected and are shown to represent late O or early B stars. None of the 'continuum T Tauri stars' were detected, suggesting that these are unlikely to be hot stars. Some early B stars should have been detectable if they have normal Stromgren zones. Their undetectability may well signify that circumstellar dust modifies the ionization of surrounding gas.

  14. A Coronagraphic Search for Substellar Companions to Young Stars

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    Schneider, Glenn

    clarify whether 1800K objects are minimum­mass stars or brown dwarfs. The first undisputed brown dwarf discoveries. Presently, we now know of several suspected isolated brown dwarf objects in the Pleiades star attempt this daunting task. 1.1. Searching around young stars Brown dwarfs and giant planets are more

  15. Where are all the Young Stars in Aquila?

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    L. Prato; E. L. Rice; T. M. Dame

    2008-11-18

    The high Galactic longitude end of the Aquila Rift comprises the large Aquila molecular cloud complex, however, few young stars are known to be located in the area, and only one is directly associated with the Rift. In contrast, the Serpens star-forming region at the low Galactic longitude end of the Rift contains hundreds of young stars. We review studies of the raw molecular material and describe searches for young objects in the Aquila clouds. The characteristics of the known young stars and associated jets and outflows are also provided. Finally, we suggest some possible explanations for the dearth of star formation in this gas-rich region and propose some future observations to examine this mystery further.

  16. 8-13 Micron Spectroscopy of Young Stars

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    Hanner, M. S.; Brooke, T. Y.; Tokunaga, A. T.

    1997-01-01

    We presen 8-13 meu spectra of 23 young stars acquired with the UKIRT CGS3 spectromere, including T Tauri, Herbig Ae/Be, and FU Ori stars. Silicate emission and absorption features can generally be matched with the Trapezium emissivity, by employing simple models to account for optical depth effects.

  17. Stellar-Dynamics of Young Star Clusters

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    Pavel Kroupa

    2000-02-10

    The stellar-dynamical evolution of bound star clusters during the first few Myr is dominated by binary-binary and binary-star interactions, the rapid sinking of the most massive stars to the centre of the clusters and mass loss from evolving stars. The consequences of these processes for the binary and stellar population in clusters, and for the star clusters as a whole, are studied by following the evolution over 150 Myr of a library of compact cluster models containing up to 10^4 stars.

  18. The Be star content of young open clusters

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    Fabregat, J

    2002-01-01

    We present a photometric survey aimed to characterize the Be star population of young open clusters. It is found that in these clusters early-type Be stars are more frequent than in the galactic field, and late-type Be stars are scarce or inexistent. We interpret this result as evidence for an evolutionary enhancement of the Be phenomenon towards the end of the main sequence lifetime.

  19. Magnetic Stars in Young Clusters and Associations

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    Romanyuk, I. I.; Semenko, E. A.; Yakunin, I. A.

    2015-04-01

    We present a review of the current state of the problem. The spatial distribution of magnetic CP stars in the Galaxy corresponds to the distribution of normal A and B stars of the same temperature. Most magnetic Bp stars observed (61%) are the cluster stars, while most of Ap stars (75%) are the field stars. Evolution of magnetic fields of CP stars is preferably to be studied with the use of Bp stars in clusters of different age. A total of 85 CP stars of various types are identified among 814 members of the Ori OB1 association. The fraction of CP stars decreases with age for different cluster subgroups: from 21.4% in the youngest subgroup (d) to 7.7% in the oldest one (a). The association contains 33 magnetic stars, 11 of them were found as magnetic using the 6-m telescope. A strong field (the longitudinal component Be>3 kG) more often occurs in the hot Bp stars-members of the Ori OB1 association and among the members of the Scorpio-Centaurus cluster. What is not a general law—two cool magnetic Ap stars (HD 154708 and HD 178892) with a 7-8 kG longitudinal field Be have been found. The Babcock's (1960) star HD 215441 is the record dipolar surface field (Bs =34 kG) star yet. The chemical composition of weak- and strong-field stars does not differ, but strong-field CP stars have essentially larger continuum depressions.

  20. Young viscous flows in the Lowell crater of Orientale basin, Moon: Impact melts or volcanic eruptions?

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    Srivastava, N.; Kumar, D.; Gupta, R. P.

    2013-10-01

    Topographical, morphological and spectral reflectance studies have been carried out for a distinct resurface event inside Copernican aged Lowell crater (13.00°S 103.40°W), Orientale basin, using high resolution TC, MI-VIS, LROC-NAC, and M3 data from Kaguya, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Chandrayaan-1 missions. The resurfacing is predominantly gabbroic/basaltic in composition and is confined to nearly a linear ~17 km long, a 3-6 km wide and a ~100 m deep channel, possibly a graben. It is characterised with distinct surface features such as small uplift with melt pond, several lava-like flows, cracks going up to decimetre size, 20-80 m pits/craters with small central uplifts or depressions and ~100 m craters that emanate liquid. A minimum of three generations of flows have been identified within the unit, the oldest one being less viscous and the subsequent younger ones showing well developed lobes due to the high viscosity. There is a conspicuous absence of unambiguously identified primary impact craters on these flows suggesting their fresh nature. On the basis of these integrated observations we hypothesise that at least the younger portions of this amazingly carved resurfaced unit might be composed of volcanic flows erupted from single or multiple sources subsequent to the emplacement of impact melts from a ~9 km diameter crater on the edge of Lowell crater. Gabbroic/basaltic signatures have also been identified at several other locations inside Lowell crater indicating that it would have impacted on a pre-existing basaltic surface or on a gabbroic pluton. These findings have implications to lunar magmatism and understanding of the genesis of young flows on the lunar surface.

  1. Investigating the process of star formation in young LMC star clusters

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    R. A. Johnson; S. F. Beaulieu; R. A. W. Elson; G. Gilmore; N. Tanvir; B. Santiago

    1999-07-29

    The rich star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) are ideal for studying the process of star formation. Here we focus on the determination of age spreads amongst the massive stars in two young clusters, NGC1818 and NGC1805. We present colour magnitude diagrams (derived from HST data) for these clusters, and discuss the difficulties in age spread determination.

  2. THE FORMATION OF YOUNG DENSE STAR CLUSTERS THROUGH MERGERS

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    Fujii, M. S.; Portegies Zwart, S. F.; Saitoh, T. R.

    2012-07-01

    Young star clusters such as NGC 3603 and Westerlund 1 and 2 in the Milky Way and R136 in the Large Magellanic Cloud are dynamically more evolved than expected based on their current relaxation times. In particular, the combination of a high degree of mass segregation, a relatively low central density, and the large number of massive runaway stars in their vicinity are hard to explain with the monolithic formation of these clusters. Young star clusters can achieve such a mature dynamical state if they formed through the mergers of a number of less massive clusters. The shorter relaxation times of less massive clusters cause them to dynamically evolve further by the time they merge, and the merger product preserves the memory of the dynamical evolution of its constituent clusters. With a series of N-body simulations, we study the dynamical evolution of single massive clusters and those that are assembled through merging smaller clusters together. We find that the formation of massive star clusters through the mergers of smaller clusters can reproduce the currently observed spatial distribution of massive stars, the density, and the characteristics (number and mass distribution) of the stars ejected as runaways from young dense clusters. We therefore conclude that these clusters and possibly other young massive star clusters formed through the mergers of smaller clusters.

  3. M33's Variable A -- A Hypergiant Star More Than 35 Years in Eruption

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    Humphreys, R M; Gordon, K; Helton, A; Hinz, J; Jones, T J; Koppelman, M; McQuinn, K; Polomski, E; Wagner, R M; Willner, S P; Woodward, C E; Gehrz, Robert D.; Gordon, Karl; Helton, Andrew; Hinz, Joannah; Humphreys, Roberta M.; Jones, Terry J.; Koppelman, Michael; Polomski, Elisha; Quinn, Kristen Mc

    2006-01-01

    Variable A in M33 is a member of a rare class of highly luminous, evolved stars near the upper luminosity boundary that show sudden and dramatic shifts in apparent temperature due to the formation of optically thick winds in high mass loss episodes. Recent optical and infrared spectroscopy and imaging reveal that its ``eruption'' begun in $\\sim$1950 has ended, {\\it lasting $\\approx$ 45 yrs}. Our current observations show major changes in its wind from a cool, dense envelope to a much warmer state surrounded by low density gas with rare emission lines of Ca II, [Ca II] and K I. Its spectral energy distribution has unexpectedly changed, especially at the long wavelengths, with a significant decrease in its apparent flux, while the star remains optically obscured. We conclude that much of its radiation is now escaping out of our line of sight. We attribute this to the changing structure and distribution of its circumstellar ejecta corresponding to the altered state of its wind as the star recovers from a high ma...

  4. M33's Variable A -- A Hypergiant Star More Than 35 Years in Eruption

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    Roberta M. Humphreys; Terry J. Jones; Elisha Polomski; Michael Koppelman; Andrew Helton; Kristen McQuinn; Robert D. Gehrz; C. E. Woodward; R. Mark Wagner; Karl Gordon; Joannah Hinz; S. P. Willner

    2006-01-05

    Variable A in M33 is a member of a rare class of highly luminous, evolved stars near the upper luminosity boundary that show sudden and dramatic shifts in apparent temperature due to the formation of optically thick winds in high mass loss episodes. Recent optical and infrared spectroscopy and imaging reveal that its ``eruption'' begun in $\\sim$1950 has ended, {\\it lasting $\\approx$ 45 yrs}. Our current observations show major changes in its wind from a cool, dense envelope to a much warmer state surrounded by low density gas with rare emission lines of Ca II, [Ca II] and K I. Its spectral energy distribution has unexpectedly changed, especially at the long wavelengths, with a significant decrease in its apparent flux, while the star remains optically obscured. We conclude that much of its radiation is now escaping out of our line of sight. We attribute this to the changing structure and distribution of its circumstellar ejecta corresponding to the altered state of its wind as the star recovers from a high mass loss event.

  5. Asteroseismology. Echography of young stars reveals their evolution.

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    Zwintz, K; Fossati, L; Ryabchikova, T; Guenther, D; Aerts, C; Barnes, T G; Themeßl, N; Lorenz, D; Cameron, C; Kuschnig, R; Pollack-Drs, S; Moravveji, E; Baglin, A; Matthews, J M; Moffat, A F J; Poretti, E; Rainer, M; Rucinski, S M; Sasselov, D; Weiss, W W

    2014-08-01

    We demonstrate that a seismic analysis of stars in their earliest evolutionary phases is a powerful method with which to identify young stars and distinguish their evolutionary states. The early star that is born from the gravitational collapse of a molecular cloud reaches at some point sufficient temperature, mass, and luminosity to be detected. Accretion stops, and the pre-main sequence star that emerges is nearly fully convective and chemically homogeneous. It will continue to contract gravitationally until the density and temperature in the core are high enough to start nuclear burning of hydrogen. We show that there is a relationship for a sample of young stars between detected pulsation properties and their evolutionary status, illustrating the potential of asteroseismology for the early evolutionary phases. PMID:24993346

  6. Newly-discovered young stars in Carina and Vela

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    Jensen, E. L. N.; Schlesinger, K. J.; Higby-Naquin, C. T.

    2004-12-01

    Recent observations have shown that a substantial population of pre-main-sequence stars exists within 100 pc of the Sun. Such stars are useful for constraining disk evolution timescales, given their relative proximity and their ages in the 10--50 Myr range, filling the gap between nearby low-mass star-forming regions with ages of a few Myr and ZAMS stars at ages of 100 Myr. We present here the latest results from our continuing search for such stars. In this work, we have undertaken a search for young stars too faint to be included in the Hipparcos catalog by looking for x-ray bright Tycho-2 stars with kinematics similar to the young Hipparcos stars HIP 33111, 33455, 46063, and 48558. These stars lie in the vicinity of (but outside the conventional boundaries of) the Lower Centaurus Crux (LCC) OB association and the ˜30 Myr-old open cluster IC 2391. There is significant overlap between the stars selected here and those proposed by Makarov & Urban (2000) as the Carina-Vela moving group, though the stars around HIP 33111 and 33455 lie outside the proposed moving group, and also farther from LCC. We present high-resolution optical spectra of more than 60 such stars, from which we derive Li abundances, surface gravities, and precise radial velocities. Many of these stars are late-type pre-main-sequence stars, showing strong x-ray emission (log Lx}/L{bol > -4) and strong Li absorption at levels similar to the late-type stars in IC 2602 and IC 2391. Most of the stars that show strong Li absorption also share similar radial velocities, clustering around vhelio ? +20 km/s. We present a detailed analysis of these stars' ages and kinematics, and we discuss their relationship to the other young stars and known star-forming regions in the vicinity. We gratefully acknowledge the support of this work by the National Science Foundation, through grant AST-0307830.

  7. Searching for substellar companions of young isolated neutron stars

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    Posselt, B.; Neuhäuser, R.; Haberl, F.

    2009-03-01

    Context: Only two planetary systems orbiting old ms-pulsars have been discovered. Young radio pulsars and radio-quiet neutron stars cannot be analysed by the usually-applied radio-pulse-timing technique. However, finding substellar companions orbiting these neutron stars would be of significant importance: the companion may have had an exotic formation, its observation may also enable us to study neutron-star physics. Aims: We investigate the closest young neutron stars to Earth to search for orbiting substellar companions. Methods: Young, thus warm substellar companions are visible in the Near infrared, in which the neutron star itself is much fainter. Four young neutron stars are at sufficient speed to enable a common proper-motion search for substellar companions within few years. Results: For Geminga, RX J0720.4-3125, RX J1856.6-3754, and PSR J1932+1059 we found no comoving companion of masses as low as 12, 15, 11, and 42 Jupiter masses, respectively, for assumed ages of 1, 1, 1, and 3.1 Myr, and distances of 250, 361, 167, and 361 pc, respectively. Near infrared limits are presented for these four and five additional neutron stars for which we have observations for only one epoch. Conclusions: We conclude that young, isolated neutron stars rarely have brown-dwarf companions. Based on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla or Paranal Observatories under programme IDs: 66.D-0135, 71.C-0189, 72.C-0051, 74.C-0596, 077.C-0162, 78.C-0686, 79.C-0570.

  8. Variable stars in young open star cluster NGC 7380

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    Lata, Sneh; Panwar, Neelam; Chen, W P; Samal, M R; Pandey, J C

    2015-01-01

    We present time series photometry of 57 variable stars in the cluster region NGC 7380. The association of these variable stars to the cluster NGC 7380 has been established on the basis of two colour diagrams and colour-magnitude diagrams. Seventeen stars are found to be main-sequence variables, which are mainly B type stars and are classified as slowly pulsating B stars, $\\beta$ Cep or $\\delta$ Scuti stars. Some of them may belong to new class variables as discussed by Mowlavi et al. (2013) and Lata et al. (2014). Present sample also contains 14 pre-main-sequence stars, whose ages and masses are found to be mostly $\\lesssim$ 5 Myr and range 0.60 $\\lesssim M/M_{\\odot} \\lesssim$ 2.30 and hence should be T-Tauri stars. About half of the weak line T-Tauri stars are found to be fast rotators with a period of $\\lesssim$ 2 days as compared to the classical T-Tauri stars. Some of the variables belong to the field star population.

  9. The formation and dynamical evolution of young star clusters

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    Fujii, Michiko

    2015-01-01

    Recent observations have revealed a variety of young star clusters, including embedded systems, young massive clusters, and associations. We study the formation and dynamical evolution of these clusters using a combination of simulations and theoretical models. Our simulations start with a turbulent molecular cloud that collapses under its own gravity. The stars are assumed to form in the densest regions in the collapsing cloud after an initial free-fall times of the molecular cloud. The dynamical evolution of these stellar distributions are continued by means of direct $N$-body simulations. The molecular clouds typical for the Milky Way Galaxy tend to form embedded clusters which evolve to resemble open clusters. The associations were initially considerably more clumpy, but lost their irregularity in about a dynamical time scale due to the relaxation process. The densest molecular clouds, which are absent in the Milky Way but are typical in starburst galaxies, form massive young star clusters. They indeed ar...

  10. DIRECT DETECTIONS OF YOUNG STARS IN NEARBY ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES

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    Ford, H. Alyson; Bregman, Joel N.

    2013-06-20

    Small amounts of star formation in elliptical galaxies are suggested by several results: surprisingly young ages from optical line indices, cooling X-ray gas, and mid-infrared dust emission. Such star formation has previously been difficult to directly detect, but using ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 imaging, we have identified individual young stars and star clusters in four nearby ellipticals. Ongoing star formation is detected in all galaxies, including three ellipticals that have previously exhibited potential signposts of star-forming conditions (NGC 4636, NGC 4697, and NGC 4374), as well as the typical ''red and dead'' NGC 3379. The current star formation in our closest targets, where we are most complete, is between 2.0 and 9.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}. The star formation history was roughly constant from 0.5 to 1.5 Gyr (at (3-5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}), but decreased by a factor of several in the past 0.3 Gyr. Most star clusters have a mass between 10{sup 2} and 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }. The specific star formation rates of {approx}10{sup -16} yr{sup -1} (at the present day) or {approx}10{sup -14} yr{sup -1} (when averaging over the past Gyr) imply that a fraction 10{sup -8} of the stellar mass is younger than 100 Myr and 10{sup -5} is younger than 1 Gyr, quantifying the level of frosting of recent star formation over the otherwise passive stellar population. There is no obvious correlation between either the presence or spatial distribution of postulated star formation indicators and the star formation we detect.

  11. A young massive planet in a star-disk system.

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    Setiawan, J; Henning, Th; Launhardt, R; Müller, A; Weise, P; Kürster, M

    2008-01-01

    There is a general consensus that planets form within disks of dust and gas around newly born stars. Details of their formation process, however, are still a matter of ongoing debate. The timescale of planet formation remains unclear, so the detection of planets around young stars with protoplanetary disks is potentially of great interest. Hitherto, no such planet has been found. Here we report the detection of a planet of mass (9.8+/-3.3)M(Jupiter) around TW Hydrae (TW Hya), a nearby young star with an age of only 8-10 Myr that is surrounded by a well-studied circumstellar disk. It orbits the star with a period of 3.56 days at 0.04 au, inside the inner rim of the disk. This demonstrates that planets can form within 10 Myr, before the disk has been dissipated by stellar winds and radiation. PMID:18172492

  12. RCW 108: Massive Young Stars Trigger Stellar Birth

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    2008-01-01

    RCW 108 is a region where stars are actively forming within the Milky Way galaxy about 4,000 light years from Earth. This is a complicated region that contains young star clusters, including one that is deeply embedded in a cloud of molecular hydrogen. By using data from different telescopes, astronomers determined that star birth in this region is being triggered by the effect of nearby, massive young stars.

    This image is a composite of X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission detected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and orange). More than 400 X-ray sources were identified in Chandra's observations of RCW 108. About 90 percent of these X-ray sources are thought to be part of the cluster and not stars that lie in the field-of-view either behind or in front of it. Many of the stars in RCW 108 are experiencing the violent flaring seen in other young star-forming regions such as the Orion nebula. Gas and dust blocks much of the X-rays from the juvenile stars located in the center of the image, explaining the relative dearth of Chandra sources in this part of the image.

    The Spitzer data show the location of the embedded star cluster, which appears as the bright knot of red and orange just to the left of the center of the image. Some stars from a larger cluster, known as NGC 6193, are also visible on the left side of the image. Astronomers think that the dense clouds within RCW 108 are in the process of being destroyed by intense radiation emanating from hot and massive stars in NGC 6193.

    Taken together, the Chandra and Spitzer data indicate that there are more massive star candidates than expected in several areas of this image. This suggests that pockets within RCW 108 underwent localized episodes of star formation. Scientists predict that this type of star formation is triggered by the effects of radiation from bright, massive stars such as those in NGC 6193. This radiation may cause the interior of gas clouds in RCW 108 to be compressed, leading to gravitational collapse and the formation of new stars.

  13. Young Star Cluster Aglow With Mysterious X-Ray Cloud

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    2002-01-01

    At a distance of 6,000 light years from Earth, the star cluster RCW 38 is a relatively close star-forming region. This area is about 5 light years across, and contains thousands of hot, very young stars formed less than a million years ago, 190 of which exposed x-rays to Chandra. Enveloping the star cluster, the diffused cloud of x-rays shows an excess of high energy x-rays, which indicates that the x-rays come from trillion-volt electrons moving in a magnetic field. Such particles are typically produced by exploding stars, or in the strong magnetic fields around neutron stars or black holes, none of which are evident in RCW 38. One possible origin for the particles, could be an undetected supernova that occurred in the cluster, possibly thousands of years ago, producing a shock wave that is interacting with the young stars. Regardless of the origin of these energetic electrons, their presence could change the chemistry of the disks that will eventually form planets around the stars in the cluster.

  14. Young ?-enriched giant stars in the solar neighbourhood

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    Martig, Marie; Rix, Hans-Walter; Aguirre, Victor Silva; Hekker, Saskia; Mosser, Benoit; Elsworth, Yvonne; Bovy, Jo; Stello, Dennis; Anders, Friedrich; García, Rafael A.; Tayar, Jamie; Rodrigues, Thaíse S.; Basu, Sarbani; Carrera, Ricardo; Ceillier, Tugdual; Chaplin, William J.; Chiappini, Cristina; Frinchaboy, Peter M.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Hearty, Fred R.; Holtzman, Jon; Johnson, Jennifer A.; Majewski, Steven R.; Mathur, Savita; Mészáros, Szabolcs; Miglio, Andrea; Nidever, David; Pan, Kaike; Pinsonneault, Marc; Schiavon, Ricardo P.; Schneider, Donald P.; Serenelli, Aldo; Shetrone, Matthew; Zamora, Olga

    2015-08-01

    We derive age constraints for 1639 red giants in the APOKASC sample for which seismic parameters from Kepler, as well as effective temperatures, metallicities and [?/Fe] values from APOGEE DR12 (Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment Data Release 12) are available. We investigate the relation between age and chemical abundances for these stars, using a simple and robust approach to obtain ages. We first derive stellar masses using standard seismic scaling relations, then determine the maximum possible age for each star as function of its mass and metallicity, independently of its evolutionary stage. While the overall trend between maximum age and chemical abundances is a declining fraction of young stars with increasing [?/Fe], at least 14 out of 241 stars with [?/Fe] >0.13 are younger than 6 Gyr. Five stars with [?/Fe] ?0.2 have ages below 4 Gyr. We examine the effect of modifications in the standard seismic scaling relations, as well as the effect of very low helium fractions, but these changes are not enough to make these stars as old as usually expected for ?-rich stars (i.e. ages greater than 8-9 Gyr). Such unusual ?-rich young stars have also been detected by other surveys, but defy simple explanations in a galaxy evolution context.

  15. Winds and Accretion in Young Stars

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    Suzan Edwards

    2008-09-21

    Establishing the origin of accretion powered winds from forming stars is critical for understanding angular momentum evolution in the star-disk interaction region. Here, the high velocity component of accretion powered winds is launched and accreting stars are spun down, in defiance of the expected spin-up during magnetospheric accretion. T Tauri stars in the final stage of disk accretion offer a unique opportunity to study the connection between accretion and winds and their relation to stellar spindown. Although spectroscopic indicators of high velocity T Tauri winds have been known for decades, the line of He I 10830 offers a promising new diagnostic to probe the magnetically controlled star-disk interaction and wind-launching region. The high opacity and resonance scattering properties of this line offer a powerful probe of the geometry of both the funnel flow and the inner wind that, together with other atomic and molecular spectral lines covering a wide range of excitation and ionization states, suggests that the magnetic interaction between the star and disk, and the subsequent launching of the inner high velocity wind, is sensitive to the disk accretion rate.

  16. The rotational evolution of young low mass stars

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    Jerome Bouvier

    2007-12-18

    Star-disk interaction is thought to drive the angular momentum evolution of young stars. In this review, I present the latest results obtained on the rotational properties of low mass and very low mass pre-main sequence stars. I discuss the evidence for extremely efficient angular momentum removal over the first few Myr of pre-main sequence evolution and describe recent results that support an accretion-driven braking mechanism. Angular momentum evolution models are presented and their implication for accretion disk lifetimes discussed.

  17. Population of Be Stars in Young Open Clusters

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    Malchenko, S. L.; Tarasov, A. E.

    2008-12-01

    Both high and medium resolution spectroscopy of Be stars and binary stellar systems in young open clusters (e.g., NGC 869 And 884, NGC 6913, NGC 6871, NGC 7160 and NGC 7419) were carried out. The high resolution spectroscopy of 100 stars in H? region and medium resolution one of 42 stars in 4400 - 4960 Å range were obtained. From them 52 B stars and 48 Be stars spectra were studied. T_{eff}, log g and V sin i were determined from the medium resolution spectra. One new Be star was found. One another star showed a complex variability of H?. It characterizes the star as a close binary system. Some of stars demonstrate a long - term V/R variability of the emission peaks that can be easy described by one arm oscillations in theirs envelopes. Our clusters survey approved that classical Be stars mostly appear at age of 10 Myr, and their concentration reaches the maximum at the age of 12-20 Myr.

  18. Shock Waves in Out ows from Young Stars Patrick Hartigan

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    Hartigan, Patrick

    Shock Waves in Out ows from Young Stars Patrick Hartigan Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Rice in the Netherlands. hartigan.tex; 29/03/2004; 11:58; p.1 #12; 2 Patrick Hartigan 2. Physics of Radiative Shocks 2

  19. Determination of convective turnover times in young stars Nicola Pizzolato

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    Determination of convective turnover times in young stars Nicola Pizzolato Dipartimento di Scienze ways of evaluating the convective turnover time ø conv may influence the relationship between X­ rays. Computing the convective turnover time For the aim of this work we have used and compared the convective

  20. The Smallest Mass Ratio Young Star Spectroscopic Binaries

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    L. Prato; M. Simon; T. Mazeh; I. S. McLean; D. Norman; S. Zucker

    2002-01-19

    Using high resolution near-infrared spectroscopy with the Keck telescope, we have detected the radial velocity signatures of the cool secondary components in four optically identified pre-main-sequence, single-lined spectroscopic binaries. All are weak-lined T Tauri stars with well-defined center of mass velocities. The mass ratio for one young binary, NTTS 160905-1859, is M2/M1 = 0.18+/-0.01, the smallest yet measured dynamically for a pre-main-sequence spectroscopic binary. These new results demonstrate the power of infrared spectroscopy for the dynamical identification of cool secondaries. Visible light spectroscopy, to date, has not revealed any pre-main-sequence secondary stars with masses <0.5 M_sun, while two of the young systems reported here are in that range. We compare our targets with a compilation of the published young double-lined spectroscopic binaries and discuss our unique contribution to this sample.

  1. Late-Type Stars in Young Open Clusters Duncan C. Foster

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    Late-Type Stars in Young Open Clusters by Duncan C. Foster Armagh Observatory B.A. (TCD) 1994-type stars, this thesis presents a study of two young open clusters, IC2602 and Stock 2. This thesis attempts in the Faculty of Science School of Mathematics and Physics 1997 #12;Abstract Late-Type Stars in Young Open

  2. Empirical Isochrones for Low Mass Stars in Nearby Young Associations

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    Herczeg, Gregory J

    2015-01-01

    Absolute ages of young stars are important for many issues in pre-main sequence stellar and circumstellar evolution but are long recognized as difficult to derive and calibrate. In this paper, we use literature spectral types and photometry to construct empirical isochrones in HR diagrams for low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in the eta Cha, epsilon Cha, and TW Hya Associations and the beta Pic and Tuc-Hor Moving Groups. A successful theory of pre-main sequence evolution should match the shapes of the stellar loci for these groups of young stars. However, when comparing the combined empirical isochrones to isochrones predicted from evolutionary models, discrepancies lead to a spectral type (mass) dependence in stellar age estimates. Improved prescriptions for convection and boundary conditions in the latest models of pre-main sequence models lead to a significantly improved correspondence between empirical and model isochrones, with small offsets at low temperatures that may be explained by observational uncert...

  3. The evolutionary tracks of young massive star clusters

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    Pfalzner, S.; Steinhausen, M.; Vincke, K.; Menten, K.; Parmentier, G.

    2014-10-20

    Stars mostly form in groups consisting of a few dozen to several ten thousand members. For 30 years, theoretical models have provided a basic concept of how such star clusters form and develop: they originate from the gas and dust of collapsing molecular clouds. The conversion from gas to stars being incomplete, the leftover gas is expelled, leading to cluster expansion and stars becoming unbound. Observationally, a direct confirmation of this process has proved elusive, which is attributed to the diversity of the properties of forming clusters. Here we take into account that the true cluster masses and sizes are masked, initially by the surface density of the background and later by the still present unbound stars. Based on the recent observational finding that in a given star-forming region the star formation efficiency depends on the local density of the gas, we use an analytical approach combined with N-body simulations to reveal evolutionary tracks for young massive clusters covering the first 10 Myr. Just like the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is a measure for the evolution of stars, these tracks provide equivalent information for clusters. Like stars, massive clusters form and develop faster than their lower-mass counterparts, explaining why so few massive cluster progenitors are found.

  4. Astronomers Discover Rotating Disk Around Young, Massive Star

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    1999-01-01

    Astronomers using radio telescopes in New Mexico and California have discovered a giant, rotating disk of material around a young, massive star, indicating that very massive stars as well as those closer to the size of the Sun may be circled by disks from which planets are thought to form. This is the most massive young star for which such a disk has yet been found. Debra Shepherd of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Stan Kurtz of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, used the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope and telescopes of Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) to make a detailed study of an object called G192.16-3.82, in the constellation Orion. They announced their findings at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Austin, TX, today. What astronomers call Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) -- stars still in the process of formation -- are enigmatic objects, both drawing in material from their surroundings and expelling material outward at the same time. "The details of the interaction between these two processes are poorly understood," Shepherd said. "In addition, most theories are based on observing low-mass stars, and we don't know if things work the same way with higher-mass stars." "We now have the first unambiguous evidence for a rotating disk around a high-mass star that also is powering an outflow," Shepherd said. "We need to make more observations to confirm the finding, but this information will help test theories of how such young stellar objects operate." It has been difficult to study massive star formation, because massive stars are rarer than smaller ones, they tend to form in clusters, making observations more difficult, and there are few of them forming relatively nearby. The object that Shepherd and Kurtz chose is reasonably isolated. "We think it provides us with a good laboratory for studying the process," Kurtz said. The young star at the core of G192.16-3.82 is about six to 10 times more massive than the sun. The rotating disk and an "envelope" of material surrounding the star contain about 20 times the mass of the sun. VLA observations revealed the speed of material in the disk, indicating that the disk is rotating around the central star according to Kepler's laws of planetary motion, just as the planets of our Solar System do. The disk extends outward from the star more than 500 times the Earth-Sun distance. "This is comparable in size to the largest disks seen around smaller stars, but this one is at least four times more massive than those disks," Shepherd said. During star formation, the material in such disks is thought to be drawn into the new star by its gravitational pull, while other processes power an outflow of material into the surrounding space. The outflow in the region of G192.16-3.82 is one of the largest such outflows in our Milky Way Galaxy. The velocity measurements were possible because the disk contains water molecules that amplify microwave radio emissions in a manner similar to that in which a laser amplifies light. The water molecules that act as amplifiers -- masers -- both appear as bright spots on radio telescope images and are emitted at a specific, known radio frequency. The molecules' motion causes that frequency to be changed by the Doppler effect. The amount of change allows scientists to calculate the velocity. The VLA is an instrument of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  5. An Intermediate Luminosity Transient in NGC 300: The Eruption of a Dust-Enshrouded Massive Star

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    Berger, E.; Soderberg, A. M.; Chevalier, R. A.; Fransson, C.; Foley, R. J.; Leonard, D. C.; Debes, J. H.; Diamond-Stanic, A. M.; Dupree, A. K.; Ivans, I. I.; Simmerer, J.; Thompson, I. B.; Tremonti, C. A.

    2009-07-01

    We present multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectroscopy, UV/radio/X-ray imaging, and archival Hubble and Spitzer observations of an intermediate luminosity optical transient recently discovered in the nearby galaxy NGC 300. We find that the transient (NGC 300 OT2008-1) has a peak absolute magnitude of M bol ? -11.8 mag, intermediate between novae and supernovae, and similar to the recent events M85 OT2006-1 and SN 2008S. Our high-resolution spectra, the first for this event, are dominated by intermediate velocity (~200-1000 km s-1) hydrogen Balmer lines and Ca II emission and absorption lines that point to a complex circumstellar environment, reminiscent of the yellow hypergiant IRC+10420. In particular, we detect asymmetric Ca II H&K absorption with a broad red wing extending to ~103 km s-1, indicative of gas inflow at high velocity (possibly the wind of a massive binary companion). The low luminosity, intermediate velocities, and overall similarity to a known eruptive star indicate that the event did not result in a complete disruption of the progenitor. We identify the progenitor in archival Spitzer observations, with deep upper limits from Hubble data. The spectral energy distribution points to a dust-enshrouded star with a luminosity of about 6 × 104 L sun, indicative of a ~10-20 M sun progenitor (or binary system). This conclusion is in good agreement with our interpretation of the outburst and circumstellar properties. The lack of significant extinction in the transient spectrum indicates that the dust surrounding the progenitor was cleared by the outburst. We thus predict that the progenitor should be eventually visible with Hubble if the transient event marks an evolutionary transition to a dust-free state, or with Spitzer if the event marks a cyclical process of dust formation.

  6. AN INTERMEDIATE LUMINOSITY TRANSIENT IN NGC 300: THE ERUPTION OF A DUST-ENSHROUDED MASSIVE STAR

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    Berger, E.; Soderberg, A. M.; Foley, R. J.; Dupree, A. K.; Chevalier, R. A.; Fransson, C.; Leonard, D. C.; Debes, J. H.; Diamond-Stanic, A. M.; Tremonti, C. A.; Ivans, I. I.; Thompson, I. B.; Simmerer, J.

    2009-07-10

    We present multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectroscopy, UV/radio/X-ray imaging, and archival Hubble and Spitzer observations of an intermediate luminosity optical transient recently discovered in the nearby galaxy NGC 300. We find that the transient (NGC 300 OT2008-1) has a peak absolute magnitude of M{sub bol} {approx} -11.8 mag, intermediate between novae and supernovae, and similar to the recent events M85 OT2006-1 and SN 2008S. Our high-resolution spectra, the first for this event, are dominated by intermediate velocity ({approx}200-1000 km s{sup -1}) hydrogen Balmer lines and Ca II emission and absorption lines that point to a complex circumstellar environment, reminiscent of the yellow hypergiant IRC+10420. In particular, we detect asymmetric Ca II H and K absorption with a broad red wing extending to {approx}10{sup 3} km s{sup -1}, indicative of gas inflow at high velocity (possibly the wind of a massive binary companion). The low luminosity, intermediate velocities, and overall similarity to a known eruptive star indicate that the event did not result in a complete disruption of the progenitor. We identify the progenitor in archival Spitzer observations, with deep upper limits from Hubble data. The spectral energy distribution points to a dust-enshrouded star with a luminosity of about 6 x 10{sup 4} L{sub sun}, indicative of a {approx}10-20 M{sub sun} progenitor (or binary system). This conclusion is in good agreement with our interpretation of the outburst and circumstellar properties. The lack of significant extinction in the transient spectrum indicates that the dust surrounding the progenitor was cleared by the outburst. We thus predict that the progenitor should be eventually visible with Hubble if the transient event marks an evolutionary transition to a dust-free state, or with Spitzer if the event marks a cyclical process of dust formation.

  7. Evolution of massive stars in very young clusters and associations

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    Stothers, R. B.

    1985-01-01

    Statistics concerning the stellar content of young galactic clusters and associations which show well defined main sequence turnups have been analyzed in order to derive information about stellar evolution in high-mass galaxies. The analytical approach is semiempirical and uses natural spectroscopic groups of stars on the H-R diagram together with the stars' apparent magnitudes. The new approach does not depend on absolute luminosities and requires only the most basic elements of stellar evolution theory. The following conclusions are offered on the basis of the statistical analysis: (1) O-tupe main-sequence stars evolve to a spectral type of B1 during core hydrogen burning; (2) most O-type blue stragglers are newly formed massive stars burning core hydrogen; (3) supergiants lying redward of the main-sequence turnup are burning core helium; and most Wolf-Rayet stars are burning core helium and originally had masses greater than 30-40 solar mass. The statistics of the natural spectroscopic stars in young galactic clusters and associations are given in a table.

  8. Evidence for a planetary companion around a nearby young star

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    J. Setiawan; P. Weise; Th. Henning; R. Launhardt; A. Müller; J. Rodmann

    2007-04-03

    We report evidence for a planetary companion around the nearby young star HD 70573. The star is a G type dwarf located at a distance of 46 pc with age estimation between 20 and 300 Myrs. We carried out spectroscopic observations of this star with FEROS at the 2.2 m MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla. Our spectroscopic analysis yields a spectral type of G1-1.5V and an age of about 100 Myrs. Variations in stellar radial velocity of HD 70573 have been monitored since December 2003 until January 2007. The velocity accuracy of FEROS within this period is about 10 m/s. HD 70573 shows a radial velocity variation with a period of 852 +/- 12 days and a semi-amplitude of 149 +/- 6 m/s. The period of this variation is significantly longer than its rotational period, which is 3.3 days. Based on the analysis of the Ca II K emission line, Halpha and Teff variation as stellar activity indicators as well as the lack of a correlation between the bisector velocity span and the radial velocity, we can exclude the rotational modulation and non-radial pulsations as the source of the long-period radial velocity variation. Thus, the presence of a low-mass companion around the star provides the best explanation for the observed radial velocity variation. Assuming a primary mass m1=1.0 +/- 0.1 Msun for the host star, we calculated a minimum mass of the companion m2sini of 6.1 Mjup, which lies in the planetary mass regime, and an orbital semi-major axis of 1.76 AU. The orbit of the planet has an eccentricity of e=0.4. The planet discovery around the young star HD 70573 gives an important input for the study of debris disks around young stars and their relation to the presence of planets.

  9. Star and planet formation in young stellar clusters Die meisten Sterne in unserer Milchstrae wer-

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    Star and planet formation in young stellar clusters Die meisten Sterne in unserer Milchstraße wer such as Orion demonstrated that most of the young stars there are found in dense aggregates or clusters around binary stars and in dense clusters will evolve quite differently to those around single stars

  10. TEN MICRON OBSERVATIONS OF NEARBY YOUNG STARS Stanimir A. Metchev and Lynne A. Hillenbrand

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    Metchev, Stanimir

    star HD 88638. The G2 V star HD 107146, which does not display a 10 m excess, is identified as a newTEN MICRON OBSERVATIONS OF NEARBY YOUNG STARS Stanimir A. Metchev and Lynne A. Hillenbrand Division ABSTRACT We present new 10 m photometry of 21 nearby young stars obtained at the Palomar 5 m

  11. The influence of grain growth in circumstellar dust envelopes on observed colors and polarization of some eruptive stars

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    Efimov, Yu. S.

    1989-01-01

    R CrB stars are classical examples of stars where dust envelope formation takes place. Dust envelope formation was detected around the Kuwano-Honda object (PU Vul) in 1980 to 1981 when the star's brightness fell to 8(sup m). Such envelopes are also formed at nova outbursts. The process of dust envelope formation leads to appreciable variations in optical characteristics, which are seen in specific color and polarization variations in the course of light fading and the appearance of IR radiation. It is shown that the model of a circumstellar dust envelope with aligned particles of changing size can be successfully applied to explain most phenomena observed at the time of light minima for a number of eruptive stars. The polarization may arise in a nonspherical dust envelope or be produced by alignment of nonspherical particles.

  12. Building dwarf galaxies out of merged young star clusters

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    M. Fellhauer

    2001-06-22

    Young star clusters in interacting galaxies are often found in groups or clusters of star clusters containing up to 100 single clusters. In our project we study the future fate of these clusters of star clusters. We find that the star clusters merge on time scales of a few dynamical crossing times of the super-cluster. The resulting merger object has similarities with observed dwarf ellipticals (dE). Furthermore, if destructive processes like tidal heating, dynamical friction or interaction with disc or bulge of the parent galaxy are taken into account our merger objects may evolve into objects resembling dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSph), without the need of a high dark matter content.

  13. A multiwavelength study of young stars in the Elephant Trunk

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    López Martí, B.; Bayo, A.; Morales Calderón, M.; Barrado, D.

    2013-05-01

    We present the results of a multiwavelength study of young stars in IC 1396A, ``the Elephant Trunk Nebula''. Our targets are selected combining optical, near-infrared and mid-infrared photometry. Near-infrared and optical spectroscopy are used to confirm their youth and to derive spectral types for these objects, showing that they are early to mid-M stars, and that our sample includes some of the lowest-mass objects reported so far in the region. The photometric and spectroscopic information is used to construct the spectral energy distributions and to study the properties of the stars (mass, age, accretion, disks, spatial location). The implications for the triggered star formation picture are discussed.

  14. Shock-heating of stellar envelopes: a possible common mechanism at the origin of explosions and eruptions in massive stars

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    Dessart, Luc; Livne, Eli; Waldman, Roni

    2010-07-01

    Observations of transient phenomena in the Universe reveal a spectrum of mass-ejection properties associated with massive stars, covering from Type II/Ib/Ic core-collapse supernovae (SNe) to giant eruptions of luminous blue variables (LBV) and optical transients. In this work, we hypothesize that a large fraction of these phenomena may have an explosive origin, the distinguishing ingredient being the ratio of the prompt energy release Edep to the envelope binding energy Ebinding. Using one-dimensional one-group radiation hydrodynamics and a set of 10 -25 Msolar massive-star models, we explore the dynamical response of a stellar envelope subject to a strong, sudden and deeply rooted energy release. Following energy deposition, a shock systematically forms, crosses the progenitor envelope on a time-scale of a day and breaks out with a signal of a duration of hours to days and a 105 -1011 Lsolar luminosity. We identify three different regimes, corresponding to a transition from dynamic to quasi-static diffusion transport. For Edep > Ebinding, full envelope ejection results with an SN-like bolometric luminosity and kinetic energy, modulations being commensurate to the energy deposited and echoing the diversity of Type II-Plateau SNe. For Edep ~ Ebinding, partial envelope ejection results with a small expansion speed and a more modest but year-long luminosity plateau, reminiscent of LBV eruptions or so-called SN impostors. For Edep < Ebinding, we obtain a `puffed-up' star, secularly relaxing back to thermal equilibrium. In parallel with gravitational collapse and Type II SNe, we argue that thermonuclear combustion, for example of as little as a few 0.01 Msolar of C/O, could power a wide range of explosions/eruptions. Besides massive stars close to the Eddington limit and/or critical rotation, 8 -12 Msolar red supergiants, which are amongst the least bound of all stars, represent attractive candidates for transient phenomena.

  15. Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

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    2007-01-01

    This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. Astronomers suspect that shockwaves from a supernova explosion in Orion's head, nearly three million years ago, may have initiated this newfound birth

    The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30. It is located approximately 1,300 light-years away and sits on the right side of Orion's 'head,' just north of the massive star Lambda Orionis.

    Wisps of red in the cloud are organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules are formed anytime carbon-based materials are burned incompletely. On Earth, they can be found in the sooty exhaust from automobile and airplane engines. They also coat the grills where charcoal-broiled meats are cooked.

    This image shows infrared light captured by Spitzer's infrared array camera. Light with wavelengths of 8 and 5.8 microns (red and orange) comes mainly from dust that has been heated by starlight. Light of 4.5 microns (green) shows hot gas and dust; and light of 3.6 microns (blue) is from starlight.

  16. Dependency of Dynamical Ejections of O Stars on the Masses of Very Young Star Clusters

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    Oh, Seungkyung; Kroupa, Pavel; Pflamm-Altenburg, Jan

    2015-06-01

    Massive stars can be efficiently ejected from their birth star clusters through encounters with other massive stars. We study how the dynamical ejection fraction of O star systems varies with the masses of very young star clusters, {{M}ecl}, by means of direct N-body calculations. We include diverse initial conditions by varying the half-mass radius, initial mass segregation, initial binary fraction, and orbital parameters of the massive binaries. The results show robustly that the ejection fraction of O star systems exhibits a maximum at a cluster mass of {{10}3.5} {{M}? } for all models, even though the number of ejected systems increases with cluster mass. We show that lower mass clusters ({{M}ecl}? 400 {{M}? }) are the dominant sources for populating the Galactic field with O stars by dynamical ejections, considering the mass function of embedded clusters. About 15% (up to ?38%, depending on the cluster models) of O stars of which a significant fraction are binaries, and which would have formed in a ?10 Myr epoch of star formation in a distribution of embedded clusters, will be dynamically ejected to the field. Individual clusters may eject 100% of their original O star content. A large fraction of such O stars have velocities up to only 10 km s-1. Synthesising a young star cluster mass function, it follows, given the stellar-dynamical results presented here, that the observed fractions of field and runaway O stars, and the binary fractions among them, can be well understood theoretically if all O stars form in embedded clusters.

  17. Surface deformation and seismic signatures associated with the eruption cycle of Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

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    Gomez, F. G.; Johnson, H. E., III; LeWinter, A. L.; Finnegan, D. C.; Sandvol, E. A.; Nayak, A.; Hurwitz, S.

    2014-12-01

    Geysers are important subjects for studying processes involved with multi-phase eruptions. As part of a larger field effort, this study applies imaging geodesy and seismology to study eruptive cycles of the Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Lone Star Geyser is an ideal candidate for such study, as it erupts with a nearly regular period of approximately 3 hours. The geyser includes a 5 m diameter cone that rises 2 meters above the sinter terrace, and the entire system can be viewed from a nearby hillside. Fieldwork was accomplished during April 2014. Ground-based interferometric radar (GBIR) and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) were used to image possible surface deformations associated with Lone Star Geyer's eruption cycles. Additional observations were provided by global positioning system (GPS) measurements and six broad-band seismometers deployed in the immediate vicinity of the geyser. The GBIR and TLS were deployed approximately 65 meters from the sinter cone of the geyser. The GBIR involves a ku-band radar (1.7 cm wavelength) that is sensitive to approximately half-millimeter changes in the line-of-sight distance. Radar images were acquired every minute for 3 or more eruptions per day. Temporally redundant, overlapping interferograms were used to improve the sensitivity and interpolate a minute-wise time series of line-of-sight displacement, and efforts were made to account for possible path-delay effects resulting from water vapor around the geyser cone. Repeat (every minute) high-speed TLS scans were acquired for multiple eruption cycles over the course of two-days. Resulting measurement point spacing on the sinter cone was ~3cm. The TLS point-clouds were geo-referenced using static surveyed reflectors and scanner positions. In addition to measuring ground deformation, filtering and classification of the TLS point cloud was used to construct a mask that allows radar interferometry to exclude non-ground areas (vegetation, snow, sensors). Preliminary results suggest deformations are very small, with possible uplift around the sinter cone of up to 1 cm. Ongoing analysis is examining temporal variations in the seismological data that may correlate with apparent temporal and spatial patterns of surface displacement.

  18. Brightness constraint for cooling models of young neutron stars

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    Hovik Grigorian

    2006-06-21

    We study the systematics of neutron star cooling curves with three representative masses from the most populated interval of the estimated mass distribution for compact objects. The cooling simulations are made in the framework of the nuclear medium cooling (NMC) scenario using different combinations of possible nucleon-nucleon pairing gaps. Possible heating or enhanced cooling mechanisms in the crust are not considered. We define a constraint on the highest possible temperatures for a given age of young neutron stars and show that this limits the freedom of modeling pairing gaps and crust properties.

  19. eROSITA - Nearby Young Stars in X-rays

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    Robrade, Jan

    2015-01-01

    X-ray surveys are well suited to detect, identify and study young stars based on their high levels of magnetic activity and thus X-ray brightness. The eROSITA instrument onboard the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) satellite will perform an X-ray all-sky survey that surpasses existing data by a sensitivity increase of more than an order of magnitude. The 4 yr survey is expected to detect more than half a million stars and stellar systems in X-rays.

  20. Uncovering the Properties of Young Neutron Stars and Their Surroundings

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    Oliversen, Ronald (Technical Monitor); Slane, Patrick

    2005-01-01

    The subject grant provides funding through the NASA LTSA program. This five-year grant involves the study of young neutron stars, particularly those in supernova remnants. In the fifth year of this program, the following studies have been undertaken in support of this effort and are discussed in this report. 1) 3C 58; 2) Chandra Survey for Compact Objects in Supernova Remnants; 3) G327.1-1.1; 4) Infrared Emission from Pulsar Wind Nebulae; and Cas A.

  1. New Insights from Aperiodic Variability of Young Stars

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    Findeisen, Krzysztof

    Nearly all young stars are variable, with the variability traditionally divided into two classes: periodic variables and aperiodic or "irregular" variables. Periodic variables have been studied extensively, typically using periodograms, while aperiodic variables have received much less attention due to a lack of standard statistical tools. However, aperiodic variability can serve as a powerful probe of young star accretion physics and inner circumstellar disk structure. For my dissertation, I analyzed data from a large-scale, long-term survey of the nearby North America Nebula complex, using Palomar Transient Factory photometric time series collected on a nightly or every few night cadence over several years. This survey is the most thorough exploration of variability in a sample of thousands of young stars over time baselines of days to years, revealing a rich array of lightcurve shapes, amplitudes, and timescales. I have constrained the timescale distribution of all young variables, periodic and aperiodic, on timescales from less than a day to ~100 days. I have shown that the distribution of timescales for aperiodic variables peaks at a few days, with relatively few (˜15%) sources dominated by variability on tens of days or longer. My constraints on aperiodic timescale distributions are based on two new tools, magnitude- vs. time-difference (Delta m-Deltat) plots and peak-finding plots, for describing aperiodic lightcurves; this thesis provides simulations of their performance and presents recommendations on how to apply them to aperiodic signals in other time series data sets. In addition, I have measured the error introduced into colors or SEDs from combining photometry of variable sources taken at different epochs. These are the first quantitative results to be presented on the distributions in amplitude and time scale for young aperiodic variables, particularly those varying on timescales of weeks to months.

  2. HOT WHITE DWARF SHINES IN YOUNG STAR CLUSTER

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    2002-01-01

    A dazzling 'jewel-box' collection of over 20,000 stars can be seen in crystal clarity in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The young (40 million year old) cluster, called NGC 1818, is 164,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The LMC, a site of vigorous current star formation, is an ideal nearby laboratory for studying stellar evolution. In the cluster, astronomers have found a young white dwarf star, which has only very recently formed following the burnout of a red giant. Based on this observation astronomers conclude that the red giant progenitor star was 7.6 times the mass of our Sun. Previously, astronomers have estimated that stars anywhere from 6 to 10 solar masses would not just quietly fade away as white dwarfs but abruptly self-destruct in torrential explosions. Hubble can easily resolve the star in the crowded cluster, and detect its intense blue-white glow from a sizzling surface temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. IMAGE DATA Date taken: December 1995 Wavelength: natural color reconstruction from three filters (I,B,U) Field of view: 100 light-years, 2.2 arc minutes TARGET DATA Name: NGC 1818 Distance: 164,000 light-years Constellation: Dorado Age: 40 million years Class: Rich star cluster Apparent magnitude: 9.7 Apparent diameter: 7 arc minutes Credit: Rebecca Elson and Richard Sword, Cambridge UK, and NASA (Original WFPC2 image courtesy J. Westphal, Caltech) Image files are available electronically via the World Wide Web at: http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/1998/16 and via links in http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/latest.html or http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pictures.html. GIF and JPEG images are available via anonymous ftp to oposite.stsci.edu in /pubinfo/GIF/9816.GIF and /pubinfo/JPEG/9816.jpg.

  3. The Search for Young Planetary Systems And the Evolution of Young Stars

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    Beichman, Charles A.; Boden, Andrew; Ghez, Andrea; Hartman, Lee W.; Hillenbrand, Lynn; Lunine, Jonathan I.; Simon, Michael J.; Stauffer, John R.; Velusamy, Thangasamy

    2004-01-01

    The Space Interferometer Mission (SIM) will provide a census of planetary systems by con- ducting a broad survey of 2,000 stars that will be sensitive to the presence of planets with masses as small as approx. 15 Earth masses (1 Uranus mass) and a deep survey of approx. 250 of the nearest, stars with a mass limit of approx.3 Earth masses. The broad survey will include stars spanning a wide range of ages, spectral types, metallicity, and other important parameters. Within this larger context, the Young Stars and Planets Key Project will study approx. 200 stars with ages from 1 Myr to 100 Myr to understand the formation and dynamical evolution of gas giant planets. The SIM Young Stars and Planets Project will investigate both the frequency of giant planet formation and the early dynamical history of planetary systems. We will gain insight into how common the basic architecture of our solar system is compared with recently discovered systems with close-in giant planets by examining 200 of the nearest (less than 150 pc) and youngest (1-100 Myr) solar-type stars for planets. The sensitivity of the survey for stars located 140 pc away is shown in the planet mass-separation plane. We expect to find anywhere from 10 (assuming that only the presently known fraction of stars. 5-7%, has planets) to 200 (all young stars have planets) planetary systems. W-e have set our sensitivity threshold to ensure the detection of Jupiter-mass planets in the critical orbital range of 1 to 5 AU. These observations, when combined with the results of planetary searches of mature stars, will allow us to test theories of planetary formation and early solar system evolution. By searching for planets around pre-main sequence stars carefully selected to span an age range from 1 to 100 Myr, we will learn a t what epoch and with what frequency giant planets are found at the water-ice snowline where they are expected to form. This will provide insight into the physical mechanisms by which planets form and migrate from their place of birth, and about their survival rate. With these data in hand, we will provide data, for the first time, on such important questions as: What processes affect the formation and dynamical evolution of planets? When and where do planets form? What is initial mass distribution of planetary systems around young stars? How might planets be destroyed? What is the origin of the eccentricity of planetary orbits? What is the origin of the apparent dearth of companion objects between planets and brown dwarfs seen in mature stars? The observational strategy is a compromise between the desire to extend the planetary mass function as low as possible and the essential need to build up sufficient statistics on planetary occurrence. About half of the sample will be used to address the "where" and "when" of planet formation. We will study classical T Tauri stars (cTTs) which have massive accretion disks and post- accretion, weak-lined T Tauri stars (wTTs). Preliminary estimates suggest the sample will consist of approx. 30% cTTs and approx. 70% wTTs, driven in part by the difficulty of making accurate astrometric measurements toward objects with strong variability or prominent disks.

  4. Misaligned protoplanetary disks in a young binary star system.

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    Jensen, Eric L N; Akeson, Rachel

    2014-07-31

    Many extrasolar planets follow orbits that differ from the nearly coplanar and circular orbits found in our Solar System; their orbits may be eccentric or inclined with respect to the host star's equator, and the population of giant planets orbiting close to their host stars suggests appreciable orbital migration. There is at present no consensus on what produces such orbits. Theoretical explanations often invoke interactions with a binary companion star in an orbit that is inclined relative to the planet's orbital plane. Such mechanisms require significant mutual inclinations between the planetary and binary star orbital planes. The protoplanetary disks in a few young binaries are misaligned, but often the measurements of these misalignments are sensitive only to a small portion of the inner disk, and the three-dimensional misalignment of the bulk of the planet-forming disk mass has hitherto not been determined. Here we report that the protoplanetary disks in the young binary system HK Tauri are misaligned by 60 to 68 degrees, such that one or both of the disks are significantly inclined to the binary orbital plane. Our results demonstrate that the necessary conditions exist for misalignment-driven mechanisms to modify planetary orbits, and that these conditions are present at the time of planet formation, apparently because of the binary formation process. PMID:25079553

  5. IRAS22150+6190: A Poorly Studied Young Star

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    Kuratov, K. S.; Zakhozhay, O. V.; Miroshnichenko, A. S.; Zakhozhay, V. A.

    Many young stellar objects have been discovered in the course of the InfraRed Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) mission, which observed almost the entire sky in four photometric bands between 12 and 100 microns in 1989. These discoveries led to constraining the evolution of stars of various masses and the material that was left from the proto-stellar clouds. Investigation of young stars are important because they allow us to learn more about star and planet formation modes as well as better understand processes of the proto-stellar debris dispersal. Nevertheless, not all optical counterparts of such objects have been revealed or studied in detail. We report our multicolor optical photometric observations of IRAS 22150+6109 obtained at the Tien-Shan Astronomical Observatory near Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as preliminary results of our analysis of the spectral energy distribution. Fundamental parameters of the star are estimated under an assumption that it has a zero-age main-sequence luminosity and a spectral type of B3. Our plans on further observations and modeling of the object are outlined.

  6. Is the Galactic center populated with young star clusters?

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    Simon F. Portegies Zwart

    2000-06-29

    We study the evolution and observability of young and compact star clusters near the Galactic center, such as the Arches cluster and the Quintuplet. The star clusters are modeled with a combination of techniques; using direct N-body, integration to calculate the motions of all stars and detailed stellar and binary evolution to follow the evolution of the stars. The modeled star clusters dissolve within 10 to 60 million years in the tidal field of the Galaxy. The projected stellar density in the modeled clusters drops within 5% to 70% of the lifetime to a level comparable to the projected background density towards the Galactic center. And it will be very hard to distinguished these clusters at later age among the background stars. This effect is more severe for clusters at larger distance from the Galactic center but in projection at the same distance. Based on these arguments we conclude that the Galactic center easily hides 10 to 40 clusters with characteristics similar to the Arches and the Quintuplet cluster.

  7. Orbital Decay of Evolving Young Star Clusters in Galactic Nuclei

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    Ernst, A.; Just, A.; Spurzem, R.

    2006-08-01

    We model the evolution of star clusters in galactic centres. Such star clusters are subject to strong tidal fields, while their orbits are decaying due to dynamical friction. One of our aims is to consider circular as well as eccentric star cluster orbits. We treat the evolution of the orbital parameters of such star clusters in the tidal field of the host galaxy in a semi- analytical way with a generalized dynamical friction formula, which incorporates density gradients, anisotropy and different self-consistent distribution functions of the galactic bulge's stellar background. However, typical relaxation processes governing the internal dynamical evolution of the star cluster, like escape of stars, core collapse and mass segregation are followed with direct N-body simulations, using NBODY6TID, a parallel N-body code derived from NBODY6++ with a special three-dimensional treatment of strong external forces without any approximations (e.g. no tidal approximation). Stellar evolution will be traced as well. Applications in the Milky Way include the young starburst clusters Arches and Quintuplet at projected galactocentric radii of l ess than 35 pc and the formation of comoving groups like IRS 13 in the central parsec of our Galaxy.

  8. Observation of light echoes around very young stars

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    Ortiz, J. L.; Sugerman, B. E. K.; de La Cueva, I.; Santos-Sanz, P.; Duffard, R.; Gil-Hutton, R.; Melita, M.; Morales, N.

    2010-09-01

    Aims: The goal of the paper is to present new results on light echoes from young stellar objects. Methods: Broad band CCD images were obtained over three months at one-to-two week intervals for the field of NGC 6726, using the large field-of-view remotely-operated telescope on top of Cerro Burek. Results: We detected scattered light echoes around two young, low-amplitude, irregular variable stars. Observations revealed not just one, but multiple light echoes from brightness pulses of the T Tauri star S CrA and the Herbig Ae/Be star R CrA. Analysis of S CrA's recurring echoes suggests that the star is located 138 ± 16 pc from Earth, making these the closest echoes ever detected. The environment that scatters the stellar light from S CrA is compatible with an incomplete dust shell or an inclined torus some 10 000 AU in radius and containing ~2 × 10-3 M? of dust. The cause of such concentration at ~10 000 AU from the star is unknown. It could be the remnant of the envelope from which the star formed, but the distance of the cloud is remarkably similar to the nominal distance of the Oort cloud to the Sun, leading us to also speculate that the dust (or ice) seen around S CrA might have the same origin as the Solar System Oort cloud. Movies are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org, http://www.iaa.es/~ortiz/animacion1.avi, and http://www.iaa.es/~ortiz/S-animation.gif

  9. Young Stars Poised for Production of Rocky Planets

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    2004-11-01

    VLT Interferometer Studies the Inner Region of Circumstellar Discs [1] Summary One of the currently hottest astrophysical topics - the hunt for Earth-like planets around other stars - has just received an important impetus from new spectral observations with the MIDI instrument at the ESO VLT Interferometer (VLTI). An international team of astronomers [2] has obtained unique infrared spectra of the dust in the innermost regions of the proto-planetary discs around three young stars - now in a state possibly very similar to that of our solar system in the making, some 4,500 million years ago. Reporting in this week's issue of the science journal Nature, and thanks to the unequalled, sharp and penetrating view of interferometry, they show that in all three, the right ingredients are present in the right place to start formation of rocky planets at these stars. PR Photo 32a/04: Mid-IR spectrum of the inner disc around the star HD 142527, compared to those of common types of dust. PR Photo 32b/04: Mid-IR spectra of the inner and outer disc regions of three young stars. PR Photo 32c/04: Comparison of mid-IR spectra of various astronomical objects with those of the inner and outer disc regions of three young stars. "Sand" in the inner regions of stellar discs ESO PR Photo 32a/04 ESO PR Photo 32a/04 Mid-IR spectrum of the inner disc around the star HD 142527, compared to those of common types of dust [Preview - JPEG: 400 x 541 pix - 120k] [Normal - JPEG: 800 x 1032 pix - 280k] Caption: ESO PR Photo 32a/04 presents a mid-IR spectrum of the inner region of the protoplanetary disc around the young star HD 142527, as observed with the MIDI instrument at the VLT Interferometer (upper). Below it are shown laboratory spectra of two crystalline minerals as well as of an Interplanetary Dust Particle (IDP; captured in the Earth's upper atmosphere) with hydrated silicates and, at the bottom, a typical telescopic spectrum of dust grains in the interstellar space. The spectral "signatures" of crystalline pyroxene and olivine, i.e. peaks at wavelength 9.2 and 11.3 µm, respectively, are clearly visible in the spectrum of the inner stellar disc, demonstrating the presence of these species in that region of the disc. The Sun was born about 4,500 million years ago from a cold and massive cloud of interstellar gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravitational pull. A dusty disc was present around the young star, in which the Earth and other planets, as well as comets and asteroids were later formed. This epoch is long gone, but we may still witness that same process by observing the infrared emission from very young stars and the dusty protoplanetary discs around them. So far, however, the available instrumentation did not allow a study of the distribution of the different components of the dust in such discs; even the closest known are too far away for the best single telescopes to resolve them. But now, as Francesco Paresce, Project Scientist for the VLT Interferometer and a member of the team from ESO explains, "With the VLTI we can combine the light from two well-separated large telescopes to obtain unprecedented angular resolution. This has allowed us, for the first time, to peer directly into the innermost region of the discs around some nearby young stars, right in the place where we expect planets like our Earth are forming or will soon form". Specifically, new interferometric observations of three young stars by an international team [2], using the combined power of two 8.2-m VLT telescopes a hundred metres apart, has achieved sufficient image sharpness (about 0.02 arcsec) to measure the infrared emission from the inner region of the discs around three stars (corresponding approximately to the size of the Earth's orbit around the Sun) and the emission from the outer part of those discs. The corresponding infrared spectra have provided crucial information about the chemical composition of the dust in the discs and also about the average grain size. These trailblazing observations show that the inner par

  10. HUNTING FOR YOUNG DISPERSING STAR CLUSTERS IN IC 2574

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    Pellerin, Anne; Meyer, Martin M.; Calzetti, Daniella; Harris, Jason E-mail: martin.meyer@uwa.edu.au E-mail: jharris@30doradus.org

    2012-12-01

    Dissolving stellar groups are very difficult to detect using traditional surface photometry techniques. We have developed a method to find and characterize non-compact stellar systems in galaxies where the young stellar population can be spatially resolved. By carrying out photometry on individual stars, we are able to separate the luminous blue stellar population from the star field background. The locations of these stars are used to identify groups by applying the HOP algorithm, which are then characterized using color-magnitude and stellar density radial profiles to estimate age, size, density, and shape. We test the method on Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys archival images of IC 2574 and find 75 dispersed stellar groups. Of these, 20 highly dispersed groups are good candidates for dissolving systems. We find few compact systems with evidence of dissolution, potentially indicating that star formation in this galaxy occurs mostly in unbound clusters or groups. These systems indicate that the dispersion rate of groups and clusters in IC 2574 is at most 0.45 pc Myr{sup -1}. The location of the groups found with HOP correlate well with H I contour map features. However, they do not coincide with H I holes, suggesting that those holes were not created by star-forming regions.

  11. Direct Measurement of the Volume of Liquid Water Emitted During Eruptions of Lone Star Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Murphy, F.; Hurwitz, S.; Johnston, M. J.; Vandemeulebrouck, J.; Pontbriand, C.; Sohn, R. A.; Karlstrom, L.; Rudolph, M. L.

    2011-12-01

    In September, 2010 a comprehensive series of instrumental observations was carried out at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park to measure changes in the geyser and its surroundings during eruptions. That project included measurements of flow in the streams that drain the geyser area. Three small streams convey liquid water from the geyser and many of the surrounding hot springs to the Firehole River, about 75 m south of the geyser cone. We developed rating curves for two of these streams by measuring channel cross-sections and timing floating markers (using stopwatches and video recordings) while simultaneously recording stream depth at two-second intervals at two locations using pressure transducers and dataloggers. We estimated the flow in the third (ungaged) stream to be 0.15 of the flow in the easternmost stream, with which it shares a source area and part of its channel. The eruption cycle takes about 3 hours, and a total of nine eruption cycles were observed. During these 3-hour cycles the geyser and the nearby hot springs deliver a total of between 15 and 28 m3 of water to the Firehole River. During the 10-20 minutes of the main phase of an eruption, the geyser delivered between 8 and 11 m3 of water to the three streams. The volume of water emitted during eruptions appears to display a significant diurnal variation which strongly correlates with air temperature, with significantly more flow during early afternoon hours. There were also significant variations in the distribution of flow between the different channels. Our calculations suggest that losses due to evaporation along the flow channels are negligible, and losses due to infiltration appear to be small. The calculated volumes of water discharge do not account for the volume of erupted steam or evaporation of liquid water from the jet. Steam discharge will be assessed using image analysis of high speed video. The calculated volumes provide accurate and important constraint for models of geyser jet dynamics, energetics, and mass balance.

  12. HUBBLE PICTURES SHOW HOT GAS BUBBLE EJECTED BY YOUNG STAR

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    2002-01-01

    These images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 reveal the evolution of bubbles of glowing gas being blown out from the young binary star system XZ Tauri. Gas from an unseen disk around one or both of the stars is channeled through magnetic fields surrounding the binary system and then is forced out into space at nearly 300,000 miles per hour (540,000 kilometers per hour). This outflow, which is only about 30 years old, extends nearly 60 billion miles (96 billion kilometers). Hubble first discovered this unique bubble in 1995, and additional observations were made between 1998 and 2000. These images show that there was a dramatic change in its appearance between 1995 and 1998. In 1995, the bubble's edge was the same brightness as its interior. However, when Hubble took another look at XZ Tauri in 1998, the edge was suddenly brighter. This brightening is probably caused by the hot gas cooling off, which allows electrons in the gas to recombine with atoms, a process that gives off light. This is the first time that astronomers have seen such a cooling zone 'turn on.' These images provide an unprecedented opportunity to study the development of a very recent outflow from young (about 1 million years old) stars. Credits: NASA, John Krist (Space Telescope Science Institute), Karl Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Jeff Hester (Arizona State University), Chris Burrows (European Space Agency/Space Telescope Science Institute)

  13. Empirical Isochrones for Low Mass Stars in Nearby Young Associations

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    Herczeg, Gregory J.; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.

    2015-07-01

    Absolute ages of young stars are important for many issues in pre-main-sequence stellar and circumstellar evolution but long have been recognized as difficult to derive and calibrate. In this paper, we use literature spectral types and photometry to construct empirical isochrones in Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams for low mass stars and brown dwarfs in the ? Cha, ? Cha, and TW Hya Associations and the ? Pic and Tuc-Hor Moving Groups. A successful theory of pre-main-sequence evolution should match the shapes of the stellar loci for these groups of young stars. However, when comparing the combined empirical isochrones to isochrones predicted from evolutionary models, discrepancies lead to a spectral type (mass) dependence in stellar age estimates. Improved prescriptions for convection and boundary conditions in the latest models of pre-main-sequence evolution lead to a significantly improved correspondence between empirical and model isochrones, with small offsets at low temperatures that may be explained by observational uncertainties or by model limitations. Independent of model predictions, linear fits to combined stellar loci of these regions provide a simple empirical method to order clusters by luminosity with a reduced dependence on spectral type. Age estimates calculated from various sets of modern models that reproduce Li depletion boundary ages of the ? Pic Moving Group also imply a ˜4 Myr age for the low mass members of the Upper Sco OB Association, which is younger than the 11 Myr age that has been recently estimated for intermediate and high mass members.

  14. The variable stars of the young LMC cluster NGC 2164

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    Welch, Douglas L.; Mateo, Mario; Olszewski, Edward W.; Fischer, Philippe; Takamiya, Marianne

    1993-01-01

    The present search of the LMC cluster NGC 2164 for variable stars has uncovered one new member classical Cepheid variable with 3.772-day period; attention is also given to photometry for a previously unknown field overtone Cepheid variable with 3.4626-day period, and the 10.6878-day period HV 12078, which may be a member of the young NGC 2156 cluster. The clear separation of fundamental and overtone pulsators in the period-luminosity-color relation of known LMC cluster Cepheids establishes that the NGC 2164 member is a true overtone.

  15. Global Alfven Wave Heating of the Magnetosphere of Young Stars

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    A. G. Elfimov; R. M. O. Galvao; V. Jatenco-Pereira; R. Opher

    2002-10-30

    Excitation of a Global Alfven wave (GAW) is proposed as a viable mechanism to explain plasma heating in the magnetosphere of young stars. The wave and basic plasma parameters are compatible with the requirement that the dissipation length of GAWs be comparable to the distance between the shocked region at the star's surface and the truncation region in the accretion disk. A two-fluid magnetohydrodynamic plasma model is used in the analysis. A current carrying filament along magnetic field lines acts as a waveguide for the GAW. The current in the filament is driven by plasma waves along the magnetic field lines and/or by plasma crossing magnetic field lines in the truncated region of the disk of the accreting plasma. The conversion of a small fraction of the kinetic energy into GAW energy is sufficient to heat the plasma filament to observed temperatures.

  16. The Brightest Young Star Clusters in NGC 5253

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    Calzetti, D; Adamo, A; Gallagher, J S; Andrews, J E; Smith, L J; Clayton, G C; Lee, J C; Sabbi, E; Ubeda, L; Kim, H; Ryon, J E; Thilker, D; Bright, S N; Zackrisson, E; Kennicutt, R C; de Mink, S E; Whitmore, B C; Aloisi, A; Chandar, R; Cignoni, M; Cook, D; Dale, D A; Elmegreen, B G; Elmegreen, D M; Evans, A S; Fumagalli, M; Gouliermis, D A; Grasha, K; Grebel, E K; Krumholz, M R; Walterbos, R; Wofford, A; Brown, T M; Christian, C; Dobbs, C; Herrero, A; Kahre, L; Messa, M; Nair, P; Nota, A; Oestlin, G; Pellerin, A; Sacchi, E; Schaerer, D; Tosi, M

    2015-01-01

    The nearby dwarf starburst galaxy NGC5253 hosts a number of young, massive star clusters, the two youngest of which are centrally concentrated and surrounded by thermal radio emission (the `radio nebula'). To investigate the role of these clusters in the starburst energetics, we combine new and archival Hubble Space Telescope images of NGC5253 with wavelength coverage from 1500 Ang to 1.9 micron in 13 filters. These include H-alpha, P-beta, and P-alpha, and the imaging from the Hubble Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy Extragalactic UV Survey). The extraordinarily well-sampled spectral energy distributions enable modeling with unprecedented accuracy the ages, masses, and extinctions of the 9 optically brightest clusters (M_V star formation has become more concentrated towards the radio nebula over the last ~15 Myr. The most massive cluster ...

  17. The Photoevaporation of Discs Around Young Stars in Massive Clusters

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    C. J. Clarke

    2007-02-05

    We present models in which the photoevaporation of discs around young stars by an external ultraviolet source (as computed by Adams et al 2004) is coupled with the internal viscous evolution of the discs. These models are applied to the case of the Orion Nebula Cluster, where the presence of a strong ultraviolet field from the central OB stars, together with a detailed census of circumstellar discs and photoevaporative flows, is well established. In particular we investigate the constraints that are placed on the initial disc properties in the ONC by the twin requirement that most stars possess a disc on a scale of a few A.U., but that only a minority ($ 0.1 M_\\odot$). The ubiquity of discs on a small scale, on the other hand, mainly constrains the timespan over which the discs have been exposed to the ultraviolet field ($< 2 $Myr). We argue that the discs that are resolved by HST represent a population of discs in which self-gravity was important at the time that the dominant central OB star switched on, but that, according to our models, self-gravity is unlikely to be important in these discs at the present time. We discuss the implications of our results for the so-called proplyd lifetime problem.

  18. Massive Young Stars in the Vicinity of Super Star Cluster NGC 1569-B from Adaptive Optics Imaging

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    Crawford, John-Paul; McCrady, N.; Graham, J. R.; Vacca, W. D.

    2013-01-01

    Young massive clusters are the sites of formation of the most massive stars. The dwarf starburst NGC 1569 contains two of the brightest, most massive 10^6 solar mass) young 10 Myr) star clusters within 5 Mpc. High spatial resolution HST/ACS imaging in the literature has produced a typical age of ~20 Myr for cluster B. We present Keck Adaptive Optics images at matching spatial resolution in near-infrared, providing a photometric advantage in distinguishing population ages. We fit isochrones derived from stellar evolution models to determine the age and extinction of individual stars. The I-K color-magnitude diagram shows a dispersed young 10 Myr) population of super giant stars evolved from high mass 20 solar mass) progenitors interspersed with a field population of older 100 Myr) stars. The proximity of the massive stars and the cluster suggests association, either through dispersed star formation or dynamic evolution of the cluster.

  19. Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. 244, 2001

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    Jensen, Eric L. N.

    Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. 244, 2001 Ray Jayawardhana and Thomas Greene, eds. Can Post T Tauri Stars Be Found? Yes! Eric L. N. Jensen Swarthmore College the observational challenges of finding post T Tauri stars (PTTS), defined here as low-mass, pre­main-sequence stars

  20. NEW YOUNG STAR CANDIDATES IN BRC 27 AND BRC 34

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    Rebull, L. M.; Laher, R.; Legassie, M.; Gibbs, J. C.; Aryal, S.; Canakapalli, T. S.; Linahan, M.; Ezyk, N.; Fagan, J.; Sartore, D.; Badura, K. S.; Armstrong, J. D.; Allen, L. E.; McGehee, P.; and others

    2013-01-01

    We used archival Spitzer Space Telescope mid-infrared data to search for young stellar objects (YSOs) in the immediate vicinity of two bright-rimmed clouds, BRC 27 (part of CMa R1) and BRC 34 (part of the IC 1396 complex). These regions both appear to be actively forming young stars, perhaps triggered by the proximate OB stars. In BRC 27, we find clear infrared excesses around 22 of the 26 YSOs or YSO candidates identified in the literature, and identify 16 new YSO candidates that appear to have IR excesses. In BRC 34, the one literature-identified YSO has an IR excess, and we suggest 13 new YSO candidates in this region, including a new Class I object. Considering the entire ensemble, both BRCs are likely of comparable ages, within the uncertainties of small number statistics and without spectroscopy to confirm or refute the YSO candidates. Similarly, no clear conclusions can yet be drawn about any possible age gradients that may be present across the BRCs.

  1. UV-selected Young Massive Star Cluster Populations in Nearby Star-forming Galaxies

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    Smith, Linda J.

    2015-08-01

    The Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) is an HST Treasury program aimed at the investigation of star-formation and its relationship to environment in nearby galaxies. The results of a UV-selected study of young massive star clusters in a sample of nearby galaxies (< 10 Mpc) using detections based on the WFC3/UVIS F275W filter will be presented. Previous studies have used V or I-band detections and tend to ignore clusters younger than 10 Myr old. This very young population, which represents the most recent cluster-forming event in the LEGUS galaxies will be discussed.This poster is presented on behalf of the LEGUS team (PI Daniela Calzetti).

  2. The dynamical fate of planetary systems in young star clusters

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    Zheng, Xiaochen; Kouwenhoven, M. B. N.; Wang, Long

    2015-11-01

    We carry out N-body simulations to examine the effects of dynamical interactions on planetary systems in young open star clusters. We explore how the planetary populations in these star clusters evolve, and how this evolution depends on the initial amount of substructure, the virial ratio, the cluster mass and density, and the initial semi-major axis of the planetary systems. The fraction of planetary systems that remains intact as a cluster member, fBPS, is generally well-described by the functional form fBPS = f0(1 + [a/a0]c)-1, where (1 - f0) is the fraction of stars that escapes from the cluster, a0 the critical semi-major axis for survival, and c a measure for the width of the transition region. The effect of the initial amount of substructure over time t can be quantified as fBPS = A(t) + B(D), where A(t) decreases nearly linearly with time, and B(D) decreases when the clusters are initially more substructured. Provided that the orbital separation of planetary systems is smaller than the critical value a0, those in clusters with a higher initial stellar density (but identical mass) have a larger probability of escaping the cluster intact. These results help us to obtain a better understanding of the difference between the observed fractions of exoplanets-hosting stars in star clusters and in the Galactic field. It also allows us to make predictions about the free-floating planet population over time in different stellar environments.

  3. JET FORMATION FROM MASSIVE YOUNG STARS: MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS VERSUS RADIATION PRESSURE

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    Vaidya, Bhargav; Porth, Oliver; Fendt, Christian; Beuther, Henrik E-mail: fendt@mpia.de

    2011-11-20

    Observations indicate that outflows from massive young stars are more collimated during their early evolution compared to later stages. Our paper investigates various physical processes that impact the outflow dynamics, i.e., its acceleration and collimation. We perform axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations particularly considering the radiation pressure exerted by the star and the disk. We have modified the PLUTO code to include radiative forces in the line-driving approximation. We launch the outflow from the innermost disk region (r < 50 AU) by magnetocentrifugal acceleration. In order to disentangle MHD effects from radiative forces, we start the simulation in pure MHD and later switch on the radiation force. We perform a parameter study considering different stellar masses (thus luminosity), magnetic flux, and line-force strength. For our reference simulation-assuming a 30 M{sub Sun} star-we find substantial de-collimation of 35% due to radiation forces. The opening angle increases from 20 Degree-Sign to 32 Degree-Sign for stellar masses from 20 M{sub Sun} to 60 M{sub Sun }. A small change in the line-force parameter {alpha} from 0.60 to 0.55 changes the opening angle by {approx}8 Degree-Sign . We find that it is mainly the stellar radiation that affects the jet dynamics. Unless the disk extends very close to the star, its force is too small to have much impact. Essentially, our parameter runs with different stellar masses can be understood as a proxy for the time evolution of the star-outflow system. Thus, we have shown that when the stellar mass (thus luminosity) increases with age, the outflows become less collimated.

  4. Jet Formation from Massive Young Stars: Magnetohydrodynamics versus Radiation Pressure

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    Vaidya, Bhargav; Fendt, Christian; Beuther, Henrik; Porth, Oliver

    2011-11-01

    Observations indicate that outflows from massive young stars are more collimated during their early evolution compared to later stages. Our paper investigates various physical processes that impact the outflow dynamics, i.e., its acceleration and collimation. We perform axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations particularly considering the radiation pressure exerted by the star and the disk. We have modified the PLUTO code to include radiative forces in the line-driving approximation. We launch the outflow from the innermost disk region (r < 50 AU) by magnetocentrifugal acceleration. In order to disentangle MHD effects from radiative forces, we start the simulation in pure MHD and later switch on the radiation force. We perform a parameter study considering different stellar masses (thus luminosity), magnetic flux, and line-force strength. For our reference simulation—assuming a 30 M ? star—we find substantial de-collimation of 35% due to radiation forces. The opening angle increases from 20° to 32° for stellar masses from 20 M ? to 60 M ?. A small change in the line-force parameter ? from 0.60 to 0.55 changes the opening angle by ~8°. We find that it is mainly the stellar radiation that affects the jet dynamics. Unless the disk extends very close to the star, its force is too small to have much impact. Essentially, our parameter runs with different stellar masses can be understood as a proxy for the time evolution of the star-outflow system. Thus, we have shown that when the stellar mass (thus luminosity) increases with age, the outflows become less collimated.

  5. The Brightest Young Star Clusters in NGC 5253.

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    Calzetti, D.; Johnson, K. E.; Adamo, A.; Gallagher, J. S., III; Andrews, J. E.; Smith, L. J.; Clayton, G. C.; Lee, J. C.; Sabbi, E.; Ubeda, L.; Kim, H.; Ryon, J. E.; Thilker, D.; Bright, S. N.; Zackrisson, E.; Kennicutt, R. C.; de Mink, S. E.; Whitmore, B. C.; Aloisi, A.; Chandar, R.; Cignoni, M.; Cook, D.; Dale, D. A.; Elmegreen, B. G.; Elmegreen, D. M.; Evans, A. S.; Fumagalli, M.; Gouliermis, D. A.; Grasha, K.; Grebel, E. K.; Krumholz, M. R.; Walterbos, R.; Wofford, A.; Brown, T. M.; Christian, C.; Dobbs, C.; Herrero, A.; Kahre, L.; Messa, M.; Nair, P.; Nota, A.; Östlin, G.; Pellerin, A.; Sacchi, E.; Schaerer, D.; Tosi, M.

    2015-10-01

    The nearby dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 5253 hosts a number of young, massive star clusters, the two youngest of which are centrally concentrated and surrounded by thermal radio emission (the “radio nebula”). To investigate the role of these clusters in the starburst energetics, we combine new and archival Hubble Space Telescope images of NGC 5253 with wavelength coverage from 1500 Å to 1.9 ?m in 13 filters. These include H?, P?, and P?, and the imaging from the Hubble Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy Extragalactic UV Survey). The extraordinarily well-sampled spectral energy distributions enable modeling with unprecedented accuracy the ages, masses, and extinctions of the nine optically brightest clusters (MV < -8.8) and the two young radio nebula clusters. The clusters have ages ˜1-15 Myr and masses ˜1 × 104-2.5 × 105 M?. The clusters’ spatial location and ages indicate that star formation has become more concentrated toward the radio nebula over the last ˜15 Myr. The most massive cluster is in the radio nebula; with a mass ˜2.5 × 105 M? and an age ˜1 Myr, it is 2-4 times less massive and younger than previously estimated. It is within a dust cloud with AV ˜ 50 mag, and shows a clear near-IR excess, likely from hot dust. The second radio nebula cluster is also ˜1 Myr old, confirming the extreme youth of the starburst region. These two clusters account for about half of the ionizing photon rate in the radio nebula, and will eventually supply about 2/3 of the mechanical energy in present-day shocks. Additional sources are required to supply the remaining ionizing radiation, and may include very massive stars. Based on observations obtained with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.

  6. YOUNG, ULTRAVIOLET-BRIGHT STARS DOMINATE DUST HEATING IN STAR-FORMING GALAXIES

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    Law, Ka-Hei; Gordon, Karl D.; Misselt, K. A. E-mail: kgordon@stsci.edu

    2011-09-10

    In star-forming galaxies, dust plays a significant role in shaping the ultraviolet (UV) through infrared (IR) spectrum. Dust attenuates the radiation from stars, and re-radiates the energy through equilibrium and non-equilibrium emission. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), graphite, and silicates contribute to different features in the spectral energy distribution; however, they are all highly opaque in the same spectral region-the UV. Compared to old stellar populations, young populations release a higher fraction of their total luminosity in the UV, making them a good source of the energetic UV photons that can power dust emission. However, given their relative abundance, the question of whether young or old stellar populations provide most of these photons that power the IR emission is an interesting question. Using three samples of galaxies observed with the Spitzer Space Telescope and our dusty radiative transfer model, we find that young stellar populations (on the order of 100 million years old) dominate the dust heating in star-forming galaxies, and old stellar populations (13 billion years old) generally contribute less than 20% of the far-IR luminosity.

  7. Probing triggered star formation: young stars associated with AFGL333 in W3

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    Kim, J. S.; Jose, J.; Sherry, W. H.; Meyer, M.

    2014-03-01

    We present our observational studies on star formation associated with the AFGL333 complex and W3-south cluster in the high density layer (HDL) region located in between the W3 giant molecular cloud and W4 H II region. This region is suggested to be experiencing triggered/assisted mode of star formation. We have conducted a multi-wavelength study of the region using optical, near- and mid-IR data. Using Spitzer data and from our deep near-IR observations we identified and classified young stellar objects. We present preliminary results on census of young stellar population, extinction map, stellar density, and spatial distribution of the young stars in the region. We find about 580 YSOs associated with AFGL333. The ages of YSO candidates range between 0.1-5 Myr with wide age spread. Spatial distribution of class I and class II sources suggests that the IR dark cloud (IRDC) region harbors more class I sources than its surrounding area, suggesting relatively younger YSO population.

  8. Properties of Young Stars in Nearby SFRs: Cepheus, Ophiuchus and Taurus

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    Allen, Thomas; Prchlik, Jakub; Megeath, S. Thomas; Wolk, Scott J.; Gutermuth, Robert A.; Pipher, Judith; Prato, Lisa A.; Mclane, Jacob Noel; Biddle, Lauren; Wright-Garba, Nuria Meilani Laure; Muzzio, Ryan; Avilez, Ian

    2016-01-01

    We study the properties of young stars in several nearby star formation regions. Our approach examines both the aggregate properties of large samples of young stars and the detailed properties of a smaller sample of individual stars. The large aggregate sample helps our statistical understanding of how while studying individual young stars in detail informs our interpretation of the larger data set. The specific star formation regions we have been studying include Cep OB3b, a large cluster of thousands of young stars as well as Taurus and Ophiuchus, both smaller star formation regions that are close enough to examine individual stars in detail. We use a number of instruments that span much of the electromagnetic spectrum including the Discovery Channel Telescope in the ultraviolet and visible and Keck in the infrared. For the young stars in the Cep OB3b region we examine the X-ray and accretion properties. For the young stars in Taurus and Ophiuchus, we estimate properties, such as vsini, magnetic field strength, effective temperature and presence (or lack) of a disk.

  9. Photometric monitoring of the young star Par 1724 in Orion

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    Neuhäuser, R.; Koeltzsch, A.; Raetz, St.; Schmidt, T. O. B.; Mugrauer, M.; Young, N.; Bertoldi, F.; Roell, T.; Eisenbeiss, T.; Hohle, M. M.; Va?ko, M.; Ginski, C.; Rammo, W.; Moualla, M.; Broeg, C.

    2009-05-01

    We report new photometric observations of the ˜ 200 000 year old naked weak-line run-away T Tauri star Par 1724, located north of the Trapezium cluster in Orion. We observed in the broad band filters B, V, R, and I using the 90 cm Dutch telescope on La Silla, the 80 cm Wendelstein telescope, and a 25 cm telescope of the University Observatory Jena in Großschwabhausen near Jena. The photometric data in V and R are consistent with a ˜ 5.7 day rotation period due to spots, as observed before between 1960ies and 2000. Also, for the first time, we present evidence for a long-term 9 or 17.5 year cycle in photometric data (V band) of such a young star, a cycle similar to that to of the Sun and other active stars. Based on observations obtained with telescopes of the University Observatory Jena, which is operated by the Astrophysical Institute of the Friedrich-Schiller-University; a telescope of the University Observatory Munich on Mount Wendelstein, the 0.9m ESO-Dutch telescope on La Silla, Chile, and with the All Sky Automated Survey (ASAS) project (www.astrouw.edu.pl/asas).

  10. Bright Young Star Clusters in NGC5253 with LEGUS

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    Calzetti, Daniela; Johnson, Kelsey E.; Adamo, Angela; Gallagher, John S.; Andrews, Jennifer E.; Smith, Linda J.; Clayton, Geoffrey C.; Lee, Janice C.; Sabbi, Elena; Ubeda, Leonardo; Kim, Hwihyun; Ryon, Jenna E.; Thilker, David A.; Bright, Stacey N.; Zackrisson, Erik; Kennicutt, Robert; de Mink, Selma E.; Whitmore, Bradley C.; Aloisi, Alessandra; Chandar, Rupali; Cignoni, Michele; Cook, David; Dale, Daniel A.; Elmegreen, Bruce; Elmegreen, Debra M.; Evans, Aaron S.; Fumagalli, Michele; Gouliermis, Dimitrios; Grasha, Kathryn; Grebel, Eva; Krumholz, Mark R.; Walterbos, Rene A. M.; Wofford, Aida; Brown, Thomas M.; Christian, Carol A.; Dobbs, Claire; Herrero-Davo`, Artemio; Kahre, Lauren; Messa, Matteo; Nair, Preethi; Nota, Antonella; Östlin, Göran; Pellerin, Anne; Sacchi, Elena; Schaerer, Daniel; Tosi, Monica

    2016-01-01

    Using UV-to-H broad and narrow-band HST imaging, we derive the ages and masses of the 11 brightest star clusters in the dwarf galaxy NGC5253. This galaxy, located at ~3 Mpc, hosts an intense starburst, which includes a centrally-concentrated dusty region with strong thermal radio emission (the `radio nebula'). The HST imaging includes data from the Cycle 21 Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey), in addition to narrow--band H-alpha (6563 A), P-beta (12820 A), and P-alpha (18756 A). The bright clusters have ages ~1-15 Myr and masses ~1E4 - 2.5E5 Msun. Two of the 11 star clusters are located within the radio nebula, and suffer from significant dust attenuation. Both are extremely young, with a best-fit age around 1 Myr, and masses ~7.5E4 and ~2.5E5 Msun, respectively. The most massive of the two `radio nebula' clusters is 2-4 times less massive than previously estimated and is embedded within a cloud of dust with A_V~50 mag. The two clusters account for about half of the ionizing photon rate in the radio nebula, and will eventually supply about 2/3 of the mechanical energy in present-day shocks. Additional sources are required to supply the remaining ionizing radiation, and may include very massive stars.

  11. YoungStar in Wisconsin: An Initial Progress Report as of July 2011

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    Edie, Dave

    2011-01-01

    YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar is designed to: (1) Evaluate and rate the quality of care given by child care providers; (2) Help parents choose the best child care for their kids; (3) Support providers with tools and training to…

  12. YoungStar in Milwaukee County: An Initial Progress Report as of July 2011

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    Edie, Dave

    2011-01-01

    YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar is designed to: (1) Evaluate and rate the quality of care given by child care providers; (2) Help parents choose the best child care for their kids; (3) Support providers with tools and training to…

  13. Multiplicity study of young pre-main sequence stars in the Lupus star-forming Region

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    Vogt, Nikolaus; Mugrauer, Markus; Schmidt, Tobias O. B.; Neuhaeuser, Ralph; Ginski, Christian

    2013-07-01

    We have conducted a high contrast imaging search for (sub)stellar companions among 63 young pre-main sequence stars in the Lupus star forming region, using the adaptive optics imager NACO at UT4 of the ESO Paranal observatory. We detected faint co-moving companions around our targets at angular separations between about 0.1 up to several arc seconds (binaries and triple systems). Some of these companions are in the sub stellar mass regime, according to their apparent near infrared photometry at the distance of the Lupus star forming region (about 140pc). We give a progress report to our long-term project, still in execution with the follow-up spectroscopy of detected substellar companion-candidates, and present some first results.

  14. Properties of stellar clusters around high-mass young stars

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    Faustini, F.; Molinari, S.; Testi, L.; Brand, J.

    2009-09-01

    Context: Twenty-six high-luminosity IRAS sources believed to be collection of stars in the early phases of high-mass star formation have been observed in the near-IR (J, H, K_s) to characterize the clustering properties of their young stellar population and compare them with those of more evolved objects (e.g., Herbig Ae/Be stars) of comparable mass. All the observed sources possess strong continuum and/or line emission in the millimeter, being therefore associated with gas and dust envelopes. Nine sources have far-IR colors characteristic of UCHII regions, while the other 17 are probably experiencing an evolutionary phase that precedes the hot-cores, as suggested by a variety of evidence collected in the past decade. Aims: We attempt to gain insight into the initial conditions of star formation in these clusters (initial mass function [IMF], star formation history [SFH]), and to determine mean cluster ages. Methods: For each cluster, we complete aperture photometry. We derive stellar density profiles, color-color and color-magnitude diagrams, and color (HKCF) and luminosity (KLF) functions. These two functions are compared with simulated KLFs and HKCFs from a model that generates populations of synthetic clusters starting from assumptions about the IMF, SFH, and Pre-MS evolution, and using the average properties of the observed clusters as boundary conditions (bolometric luminosity, dust distribution, infrared excess, extinction). Results: Twenty-two sources show evidence of clustering with a stellar richness indicator that varies from a few up to several tens of objects, and a median cluster radius of 0.7 pc. A considerable number of cluster members present an infrared excess characteristic of young pre-main-sequence objects. For a subset of 9 detected clusters, we could perform a statistically significant comparison of the observed KLFs with those resulting from synthetic cluster models; for these clusters, we find that the median stellar age ranges between 2.5×105 and 5×106 years, with evidence of an age spread of the same entity within each cluster. We also find evidence that older clusters tend to be smaller in size, in agreement with our clusters being on average larger than those around relatively older Herbig Ae/Be stars. Our models allow us to explore the relationship between the mass of the most massive star in the cluster and both the cluster richness and the total stellar mass. Although these relationships are predicted by several classes of cluster formation models, their detailed analysis suggests that the properties of our modeled clusters may not be consistent with them resulting from random sampling of the IMF. Conclusions: Our results are consistent with star formation having occurred continuously over a period of time longer than the typical crossing time. Appendices are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org Based on observations obtained at the Palomar Observatory and at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile), programme 65.I-0310(A).

  15. Where to Find Young Bright Stars in Geosciences: GGD, NSU

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    Rakhmenkoulova, I. F.; Sharapov, V. N.

    2004-12-01

    Geology and Geophysics Department (GGD) of Novosibirsk State University (NSU) can be regarded as infant, because it was founded in 1962. On the other hand, if to judge by what have been done - it is not only full-fledged, but well-known department. The unique location and specific educational and scientific traditions make GGD a famous school not only in Siberia, but in Russia, and all over the world. What are the tips to prepare bright stars in geosciences? 1.NSU is located in Academgorodok (Novosibirsk scientific center), unique place in Siberia, where more than 20 scientific institutions are located. This makes the University different from other schools in Russia. Famous Russian scientists, including members of RAS, together with foreign professors give lectures and seminars for NSU students. 2.The bright star hunting starts far below the NSU level. Each year in April there is a special event in Academgorodok -`Geologic Olympiad', where children of all Russian regions, as well as ex-Soviet republics are gathered together to submit their papers, to discuss most interesting geoscience problems and to win prizes for their knowledge. The youngest stars happen to be only 6-7 years old. The event is sponsored by NSU, UIGGM, and the Ministry of Natural Resources. The brightest geostars are grown from `Geologic Olympiad' participants. 3.There is special physics-mathematical high school in Academgorodok. Each summer this school gathers young stars from farthest Siberian and Far East regions and gives classes and seminars in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology. As the result the most talented children become the students of this school (for two years). The school in turn supplies GGD with the students. 4.NSU has the study curriculum different from other universities in Russia. That is why the entrance examinations are much more difficult as compared to other schools and are taken in July (a month earlier then at other universities). However the entrance examinations are based on free competition and education at GGD is free. For example, to become a student of oil and gas geochemistry a young star should win a competition between nine young persons. 5.GGD scientific research program starts from course paper (second year of study), the next steps being Bachelor's and Master's dissertations and postgraduate course. The scientific advisors are most famous scientists from Academgorodok. Moreover, the GGD students have a possibility to take unique exclusive electives of most modern fields of science. 6.GGD is equipped by a good computer class and SGG workstation. Most computers were granted by Schlumberger, as a sign that best graduates in geosciences in Russia are from GGD NSU. So the students have free Internet access as well as they can use online web educational resources of GGD. The educational system of GGD does not use a conception `to teach something', but the conception `to teach how to learn'. At GGD a tutor has 5-6 students. For some electives and specialties there is one student - one tutor system. GGD students are able to have field practice in all Siberian and Far East regions, huge territory with unique geology. The NSU educational system is flexible enough, so that the graduates are able to adapt to any interdisciplinary science and can successfully work in other fields. The graduators work not only in oil companies and scientific institutions in Russia, but in such companies as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Shell, Total, De Beers, and others. The brightest GGD stars are even head-hunted. The NSU slogan is `WE WILL NOT MAKE YOU SMARTER, WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO THINK!'

  16. Absolute parameters of young stars: GG Lup and ?1 Sco

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    Budding, E.; Butland, R.; Blackford, M.

    2015-04-01

    New high-resolution spectroscopy and BVR photometry, together with literature data, on the Gould's Belt close binary systems GG Lup and ?1 Sco are presented and analysed. In the case of GG Lup, light and radial velocity curve fittings confirm a near-main-sequence picture of a pair of close stars. Absolute parameters are found, to within a few per cent, thus: M1 = 4.16 ± 0.12, M2 = 2.64 ± 0.12 (M?); R1 = 2.42 ± 0.05, R2 = 1.79 ± 0.04 (R?); T1 ˜ 13 000, T2 ˜ 10 600 (K); photometric distance ˜160 (pc). The high eccentricity and relatively short period (105 yr) of apsidal revolution may be related to an apparent `slow B-type pulsator' oscillation. Disturbances of the outer envelope of at least one of the components then compromise comparisons to standard evolutionary models, at least regarding the age of the system. A rate of apsidal advance is derived, which allows a check on the mean internal structure constant overline{k_2} = 0.0058 ± 0.0004. This is in agreement with values recently derived for young stars of solar composition and mass ˜3 M?. For ?1 Sco, we agree with previous authors that the secondary component is considerably oversized for its mass, implying binary (interactive) stellar evolution, probably of the `Case A' type. The primary appears relatively little affected by this evolution, however. Its parameters show consistency with a star of its derived mass at age about 13 Myr, consistent with the star's membership of the Sco-Cen OB2 Association. The absolute parameters are as follows: M1 = 8.3 ± 1.0, M2 = 4.6 ± 1.0 (M?); R1 = 3.9 ± 0.3, R2 = 4.6 ± 0.4 (R?); T1 ˜ 24 000, T2 ˜ 17 000 (K); photometric distance ˜135 (pc).

  17. Accretion Disks around Young Stars: Lifetimes, Disk Locking and Variability

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    Ray Jayawardhana; Jaime Coffey; Alexander Scholz; Alexis Brandeker; Marten H. van Kerkwijk

    2006-05-23

    We report the findings of a comprehensive study of disk accretion and related phenomena in four of the nearest young stellar associations spanning 6-30 million years in age, an epoch that may coincide with the late stages of planet formation. We have obtained ~650 multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectra of 100 low-mass stars that are likely members of the eta Chamaeleontis (~6 Myr), TW Hydrae (~8 Myr), beta Pictoris (~12 Myr) and Tucanae-Horologium (~30 Myr) groups. Our data were collected over 12 nights between 2004 December - 2005 July on the Magellan Clay 6.5m telescope. Based on H$\\alpha$ line profiles, along with a variety of other emission lines, we find clear evidence of on-going accretion in three out of 11 eta Cha stars and two out of 32 TW Hydrae members. None of the 57 beta Pic or Tuc-Hor members shows measurable signs of accretion. Together, these results imply significant evolution of the disk accretion process within the first several Myr of a low-mass star's life. While a few disks can continue to accrete for up to ~10 Myr, our findings suggest that disks accreting for beyond that timescale are rather rare. This result provides an indirect constraint on the timescale for gas dissipation in inner disks and, in turn, on gas giant planet formation. All accretors in our sample are slow rotators, whereas non-accretors cover a large range in rotational velocities. This may hint at rotational braking by disks at ages up to ~8 Myr. Our multi-epoch spectra confirm that emission-line variability is common even in somewhat older T Tauri stars, among which accretors tend to show particularly strong variations. Thus, our results indicate that accretion and wind activity undergo significant and sustained variations throughout the lifetime of accretion disks.

  18. Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2001

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    Jayawardhana and Thomas Greene, eds. X-Ray Surveys and Young Stellar Population: Constraints on StellarYoung Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2001 Ray tool to explore the properties of young stellar populations in the solar neighborhood. In particular we

  19. High resolution spectroscopy of old stars and young disks

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    Bitner, Martin Allan, Jr.

    In Chapter 2, we present the details of LinBrod, a program that calculates synthetic spectra of cool Roche-lobe-filling stars in close binary systems. The program has two modes of operation. In the primary mode it calculates the spectra by adding wavelength-dependent, velocity-shifted specific intensities from the distorted and gravity-darkened surface of the lobe-filling star. The wavelength-dependent specific intensities are calculated externally using the ATLAS9 stellar atmosphere program and a modified version of the MOOG spectrum synthesis program. In its secondary mode LinBrod calculates phase-dependent line-broadening functions that can be convolved with the spectra of non- rotating single stars to yield approximate synthetic spectra. We use the line- broadening functions to isolate and assess the effects of the physical processes that broaden the absorption lines in the spectra of lobe-filling stars. The synthetic spectra can be used to extract radial velocities, mass ratios, and chemical abundances from observed spectra of lobe-filling stars. Originally written to analyze observations of the secondary stars in X-ray binaries containing black holes, the program can also be used to analyze observations of the secondary stars in Algol systems, cataclysmic variables, and low-mass X-ray binaries containing neutron stars. In Chapter 3, we discuss the dwarf nova SS Cygni, a close binary star consisting of a K star transferring mass to a white dwarf by way of an accretion disk. We have obtained new spectroscopic observations of SS Cyg. Fits of synthetic spectra for Roche-lobe-filling stars to the absorption-line spectrum of the K star yield the amplitude of the K star's radial velocity curve and the mass ratio: K K = 162.5 ± 1.0 km s -1 and q = M K /M wd = 0.685 ± 0.015. The fits also show that the accretion disk and white dwarf contribute a fraction f = 0.535 ± 0.075 of the total flux at 5500 Å. Taking the weighted average of our results with previously published results obtained using similar techniques, we find [left angle bracket]K K [right angle bracket] = 163.7 ± 0.7 km s -1 and [left angle bracket] q [right angle bracket] = 0.683 ± 0.012. The orbital light curve of SS Cyg shows an ellipsoidal variation diluted by light from the disk and white dwarf. From an analysis of the ellipsoidal variations we limit the orbital inclination to the range 45° <= i <= 56°. The derived masses of the K star and white dwarf are M K = 0.55 ± 0.13 [Special characters omitted.] and M wd = 0.81 ± 0.19[Special characters omitted.] , where the uncertainties are dominated by systematic errors in the orbital inclination. The K star in SS Cyg is 10% to 50% larger than an unevolved star with the same mass and thus does not follow the mass-radius relation for Zero-Age Main- Sequence stars; nor does it follow the ZAMS mass/spectral-type relation. Its mass and spectral type are, however, consistent with models in which the core hydrogen has been significantly depleted. In Chapters 4 and 5, we report the results of a search for pure rotational molecular hydrogen emission from the circumstellar environments of young stellar objects with disks using the Texas Echelon Cross Echelle Spectrograph (TEXES) on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the Gemini North Observatory. We searched for mid-infrared H 2 emission in the S(1), S(2), and S (4) transitions. Keck NIRSPEC observations of the H2 S(9) transition were included for some sources as an additional constraint on the gas temperature. We detected H 2 emission from 6 of 28 sources observed: AB Aur, DoAr 21, Elias 29, GSS 30 IRS 1, GV Tau N, and HL Tau. Four of the six targets with detected emission are class I sources that show evidence for surrounding material in an envelope in addition to a circumstellar disk. The detected emission lines are narrow (~10 km s -1 ), centered at the stellar velocity, and spatially unresolved at scales of 0.4 inches, which is consistent with origin from a disk at radii 10-50 AU from the star. In cases where we detect multiple emission lines, we

  20. On the Interaction of Young Massive Stars with their Environment

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    Henkel, Christian; Voronkov, Maxim; Muller, Erik; Whiteoak, John; Wang, Min; Zhang, Jiangshui

    2007-04-01

    The molecular void in NGC6334-FIRII, created by the ionization fronts and stellar winds of young massive stars, is a geometrically extremely simple target that is thus optimally suited for a study of a wide range of physical and chemical processes. Here we propose to use the MOPRA/MOPS broad band 8 GHz system to obtain spectral scans (20-28, 79-115 GHz) toward the void and its nearby environment. We intend (1) to reveal the dominant excitation mechanism at the inner edge of the cloud (PDR or shock?), (2) to study the physical and chemical parameters of the tenuous gas along the line-of-sight toward the void, (3) to search for the warm molecular component seen in H2 to study its kinematics and chemistry, and (4) to determine oxygen isotope ratios.

  1. Young Cool Stars Divided on the Issue of Rotation

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    Søren Meibom

    2008-11-09

    We present the results of a combination of new stellar rotation periods and extensive information about membership in the young open clusters M35 and M34. The observations show that late-type members of both clusters divide into two distinct groups, each with a different dependence of rotation on mass (color). We discuss these new results in the context of existing rotation data for cool stars in older clusters, with a focus on the dependence of rotation on mass and age. We mention briefly tests of rotation as an "astronomical clock" (gyrochronology), and our plans to use the Kepler space mission to push observations of stellar rotation periods beyond the age of the Hyades and the Sun.

  2. X-raying circumstellar material around young stars

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    Schneider, P C

    2015-01-01

    Young stars are surrounded by copious amounts of circumstellar material. Its composition, in particular its gas-to-dust ratio, is an important parameter. However, measuring this ratio is challenging, because gas mass estimates are often model dependent. X-ray absorption is sensitive to the gas along the line-of-sight while optical/near-IR extinction depends on the dust content. Therefore, the gas-to-dust ratio of an absorber is given by the ratio between X-ray and optical/near-IR extinction. We present three systems where we used X-ray and optical/near-IR data to constrain the gas-to-dust ratio of circumstellar material; from a dust-rich debris disk to gaseous protoplanetary disks.

  3. Young Cool Stars Divided on the Issue of Rotation

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    Meibom, Søren

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of a combination of new stellar rotation periods and extensive information about membership in the young open clusters M35 and M34. The observations show that late-type members of both clusters divide into two distinct groups, each with a different dependence of rotation on mass (color). We discuss these new results in the context of existing rotation data for cool stars in older clusters, with a focus on the dependence of rotation on mass and age. We mention briefly tests of rotation as an "astronomical clock" (gyrochronology), and our plans to use the Kepler space mission to push observations of stellar rotation periods beyond the age of the Hyades and the Sun.

  4. SUPERSONIC LINE BROADENING WITHIN YOUNG AND MASSIVE SUPER STAR CLUSTERS

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    Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Silich, Sergiy; Wuensch, Richard; Munoz-Tunon, Casiana; Palous, Jan E-mail: richard@wunsch.c E-mail: cmt@ll.iac.e

    2010-01-10

    The origin of supersonic infrared and radio recombination nebular lines often detected in young and massive superstar clusters is discussed. We suggest that these arise from a collection of repressurizing shocks (RSs), acting effectively to re-establish pressure balance within the cluster volume and from the cluster wind which leads to an even broader although much weaker component. The supersonic lines here are shown to occur in clusters that undergo a bimodal hydrodynamic solution, that is within clusters that are above the threshold line in the mechanical luminosity or cluster mass versus the size of the cluster plane. A plethora of RSs is due to frequent and recurrent thermal instabilities that take place within the matter reinserted by stellar winds and supernovae. We show that the maximum speed of the RSs and of the cluster wind are both functions of the temperature reached at the stagnation radius. This temperature depends only on the cluster heating efficiency (eta). Based on our two-dimensional simulations we calculate the line profiles that result from several models and confirm our analytical predictions. From a comparison between the predicted and observed values of the half-width zero intensity of the two line components, we conclude that the thermalization efficiency in young super star clusters above the threshold line must be lower than 20%.

  5. An Infrared Examination of Young Stars in Upper Centaurus Lupus

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    Johnson, Chelen H.; Linahan, M.; Barge, J.; Rebull, L. M.; Aranda, D.; Canlas, N. G.; Donahoe, K. E.; Ernst, M. K.; Ford, S.; Fox, M. E.; Gutierrez, E.; Haecker, L. W.; Hibbs, C. A.; Maddaus, M. R.; Martin, T. A.; Ng, E.; Niedbalec, A. P.; O'Bryan, S. E.; Searls, E. F.; Zeidner, A. B.; Zegeye, D.

    2014-01-01

    Optical studies of the Upper Centaurus Lupus (UCL) region of the Scorpius-Centaurus (Sco-Cen) complex have found many young stellar objects. The nearby G/K/M Sco-Cen members have been estimated to be much younger 10 Myr) than similar star associations (Song, et al 2012). We have assembled infrared data for the objects thought to be members of UCL by mining various archives including the 2-Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS), the Spitzer Heritage Archive (SHA), specifically the Spitzer Enhanced Imaging Products Source List, and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) all-sky source catalog. We created spectral energy distributions (SEDs) and color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) with multiple wavelengths to identify infrared excesses and determine what fraction of these stars have circumstellar disks. Students from three high schools collaborated on this project, which is a follow-up project made possible through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Project (NITARP; http://nitarp.ipac.caltech.edu).

  6. Photon Bubbles in the Circumstellar Envelopes of Young Massive Stars

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    N. J. Turner; E. Quataert; H. W. Yorke

    2007-01-28

    We show that the optically-thick dusty envelopes surrounding young high-mass stars are subject to the photon bubble instability. The infrared radiation passing through the envelope amplifies magnetosonic disturbances, with growth rates in our local numerical radiation MHD calculations that are consistent with a linear analysis. Modes with wavelengths comparable to the gas pressure scale height grow by more than two orders of magnitude in a thousand years, reaching non-linear amplitudes within the envelope lifetime. If the magnetic pressure in the envelope exceeds the gas pressure, the instability develops into trains of propagating shocks. Radiation escapes readily through the low-density material between the shocks, enabling accretion to continue despite the Eddington limit imposed by the dust opacity. The supersonic motions arising from the photon bubble instability can help explain the large velocity dispersions of hot molecular cores, while conditions in the shocked gas are suitable for maser emission. We conclude that the photon bubble instability may play a key role in the formation of massive stars.

  7. Spectral Energy Distributions of Young Stars in IC 348: The Role of Disks in Angular Momentum Evolution of Young, Low-Mass Stars

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    Blanc, Thompson S Le; Stassun, Keivan G

    2011-01-01

    Theoretical work suggests that a young star's angular momentum and rotation rate may be strongly influenced by magnetic interactions with its circumstellar disk. A generic prediction of these 'disk-locking' (DL) theories is that a disk-locked star will be forced to co-rotate with the Keplerian angular velocity of the inner edge of the disk. These theories have also been interpreted to suggest a correlation between young stars' rotation periods and the structural properties of their disks, such that slowly rotating stars possess close-in disks that enforce the star's slow rotation, whereas rapidly rotating stars possess anemic or evacuated inner disks that are unable to brake the stars and they spin up as they contract. To test these expectations, we model the SEDs of 33 young stars in IC 348 with known rotation periods and infrared excesses indicating the presence of disks. For each star, we match the observed spectral energy distribution, typically sampling 0.6-8.0 \\mum, to a grid of 200,000 pre-computed sta...

  8. Pulsating B-type stars in the young open cluster h Persei (NGC 869)

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    A. Majewska-Swierzbinowicz; A. Pigulski; R. Szabo; Z. Csubry

    2007-11-10

    We announce the discovery of six Beta Cephei stars and many other variable stars in the young open cluster h Persei (NGC 869). The cluster seems to be very rich in variable B-type stars, similarly to its twin, Chi Persei (NGC 884).

  9. X-ray Properties of Young Stars and Stellar Clusters Eric Feigelson and Leisa Townsley

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    Guedel, Manuel

    X-ray Properties of Young Stars and Stellar Clusters Eric Feigelson and Leisa Townsley Pennsylvania the environments of star and planet formation are thermodynamically cold, substantial X-ray emission from 10 - 100 MK plasmas is present. In low mass pre-main sequence stars, X-rays are produced by violent magnetic

  10. Discovery of a luminous white dwarf in a young star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Rebecca A. W. Elson; Steinn Sigurdsson; Jarrod Hurley; Melvyn B. Davies; Gerard F. Gilmore

    1998-03-19

    We have identified a candidate 1-2 x 10^5 year old luminous white dwarf in NGC 1818, a young star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud. This discovery strongly constrains the boundary mass M_c at which stars stop forming neutron stars and start forming white dwarfs, to M_c > 7.6 Msun.

  11. Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. 244, 2001

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    Jensen, Eric L. N.

    Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. 244, 2001 Ray Jayawardhana and Thomas Greene, eds. Can Post T Tauri Stars Be Found? Yes! Eric L. N. Jensen Swarthmore College the observational challenges of #12;nding post T Tauri stars (PTTS), de#12;ned here as low-mass, pre

  12. Anatomy of a Young Massive Star Cluster: NGC 1569-B

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    S. S. Larsen; L. Origlia; J. P. Brodie; J. S. Gallagher III

    2007-10-02

    We present new H-band echelle spectra, obtained with the NIRSPEC spectrograph at Keck II, for the massive star cluster "B" in the nearby dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 1569. From spectral synthesis and equivalent width measurements we obtain abundances and abundance patterns. We derive an Fe abundance of [Fe/H]=-0.63+/-0.08, a super-solar [alpha/Fe] abundance ratio of +0.31+/-0.09, and an O abundance of [O/H]=-0.29+/-0.07. We also measure a low 12C/13C = 5+/-1 isotopic ratio. Using archival imaging from the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board HST, we construct a colour-magnitude diagram (CMD) for the cluster in which we identify about 60 red supergiant (RSG) stars, consistent with the strong RSG features seen in the H-band spectrum. The mean effective temperature of these RSGs, derived from their observed colours and weighted by their estimated H-band luminosities, is 3790 K, in excellent agreement with our spectroscopic estimate of Teff = 3800+/-200 K. From the CMD we derive an age of 15-25 Myr, slightly older than previous estimates based on integrated broad-band colours. We derive a radial velocity of -78+/-3 km/s and a velocity dispersion of 9.6+/-0.3 km/s. In combination with an estimate of the half-light radius of 0.20"+/-0.05" from the HST data, this leads to a dynamical mass of (4.4+/-1.1)E5 Msun. The dynamical mass agrees very well with the mass predicted by simple stellar population models for a cluster of this age and luminosity, assuming a normal stellar IMF. The cluster core radius appears smaller at longer wavelengths, as has previously been found in other extragalactic young star clusters.

  13. A Young Stellar Object Masquerading as a Dying Star?

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    Sahai, R.

    1999-12-01

    We report the serendipitous discovery of an object which has the morphology of a young stellar object (YSO) like HH30, but which has been classified as a planetary nebula (PN) since 1964! This object, He2-90, discovered by K.G. Henize in 1964, has been listed as a PN by Perek and Kohoutek (1967, Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae, Publ. House Czech. Acad. Sci.) and in the more recent compilation by Acker et al (1992, Strasbourg-ESO Catalog of Galactic Planetary Nebulae, ESO, Garching). Acker et al subjected their catalogued PNe to morphological and spectroscopic tests, selecting 1143 out of an initial list of 1820 objects which had at least once been classified as PNe. These authors list He2-90 as a PN with a diameter of 10 arcsec, however in a subsequent narrow-band imaging study, Schwarz, Corradi & Melnick (1992, A&AS, 96, 23) find the object to be stellar. We imaged He2-90 as part of a SNAPSHOT imaging survey of young planetary nebulae with the Wide-Field & Planetary Camera 2 onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (Sahai & Trauger 1998, AJ, 116, 1357). Our HST image, taken with the F656N (H? ) filter, shows an object resembling a classical YSO -- a bipolar nebula bisected by a flaring dark lane, and a highly collimated bipolar jet structure oriented orthogonal to the dark lane. The jet is knotty, showing at least five pairs of emission knots located symmetrically on either side of the central (obscured) star. He2-90 lies towards, but slightly outside, the Coalsack dark cloud region. If it is indeed a YSO, then it may be associated with molecular clouds belonging to the Sagittarius-Carina arm which lie in its direction (at distances of probably 1-2 kpc). We present our HST imaging of He2-90 and discuss its morphology in the context of formation models for low-mass stars and planetary nebulae. We summarise new multi-wavelength observations which we are undertaking to further investigate the nature of this mysterious object. Funding for this work has been provided by NASA through grant GO 08345.01-97A from STScI (operated by AURA, under contract from NASA).

  14. Variable stars in the field of the young open cluster Roslund 2

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    Sowicka, P.; Handler, G.; Taubner, R.; Brunner, M.; Passegger, V.-M.; Bauer, F.; Paunzen, E.

    2014-02-01

    The study of variable stars in open clusters via asteroseismology is a powerful tool for the study of stellar evolution and stars in general. That is because stars in clusters can be assumed to originate from the same interstellar cloud, so they share similar properties such as age and overall metallicity. We performed a search for variable stars in the field of the young open star cluster Roslund 2, with photoelectric and CCD photometry acquired at two different telescopes. Within the resulting light curves we have found 12 variable stars. Our measurements confirm three previously known variables.

  15. Variable Stars in the Field of Young Open Cluster NGC 581

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    L. Wyrzykowski; G. Pietrzynski; O. Szewczyk

    2002-04-16

    We present results of the search for variable stars in the field of young open cluster NGC 581. Based on 19 nights of observations, 6 new variable stars were discovered. Two of them turned out to be eclipsing binary systems. Another two detected variable stars are most probably of gamma Dor type. During our observations one of the known Be stars located in our field of view showed irregular variations of brightness, typical for this class of stars. The sixth variable star is a pulsating red giant.

  16. Angular Momentum Evolution of Young Stars: Toward a Synthesis of Observations, Theory, and Modeling

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    Keivan G. Stassun; Donald Terndrup

    2003-03-17

    The aim of this AAS Topical Session was to update the community on the current state of knowledge about the angular momentum evolution of young stars. For newcomers to the subject, the session was intended to provide an introduction and general overview and to highlight emerging issues. For experienced workers in this field, the session provided an opportunity for synthesizing recent developments in observations, theory, and modeling of rotation of young stars and for identifying promising new research directions.

  17. `Tail-end' Bondi-Hoyle accretion in young star clusters: Implications for disks, planets, and stars

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    Henry B. Throop; John Bally

    2008-04-03

    Young stars orbiting in the gravitational potential well of forming star clusters pass through the cluster's dense molecular gas and can experience Bondi-Hoyle accretion from reservoirs outside their individual protostellar cloud cores. Accretion can occur for several million years after the stars form, but before the cluster disperses. This accretion is predominantly onto the disk and not the star. N-body simulations of stars orbiting in three young model clusters containing 30, 300, and 3000 stars are presented. The simulations include the gravitational potential of the molecular gas which smoothly disperses over time. The clusters have a star formation efficiency of 33% and a radius of 0.22 pc. We find that the disks surrounding solar-mass stars in the N=30 cluster accretes ~0.01 M_sol (~1 minimum-mass solar nebula, MMSN) per Myr. The accretion rate scales as M^2.1 for stars of mass M. The accretion rate is ~5 times lower for N=3000 cluster, due to its higher stellar velocities and higher temperature. The Bondi-Hoyle accretion rates onto the disks are several times lower than accretion rates observed directly onto young stars (e.g., Muzerolle et al 2005): these two accretion rates follow the same M^2 behavior and may be related. The accreted disk mass is large enough that it may have a substantial and unappreciated effect on disk structure and the formation of planetary systems. We discuss a variety of implications of this process, including its effect on metallicity differences between cluster stars, compositional differences between a star and its disk, the formation of terrestrial and gas-giant planets, and isotopic anomalies observed in our Solar System.

  18. Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2001

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    Young Stars Near Earth: Progress and Prospects ASP Conference Series, Vol. ???, 2001 Ray Jayawardhana and Thomas Greene, eds. Results from an XMM-EPIC Observation of Upper Sco-Cen S. Sciortino 1 , F limiting sensitivity of the RASS, even assuming that all the members of Upper Sco-Cen, being young, emit X

  19. ROTATIONAL PERIODS OF VERY YOUNG BROWN DWARFS AND VERY LOW MASS STARS IN CHAMAELEON I1

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    Joergens, Viki

    ROTATIONAL PERIODS OF VERY YOUNG BROWN DWARFS AND VERY LOW MASS STARS IN CHAMAELEON I1 V. Joergens May 20 ABSTRACT We have studied the photometric variability of very young brown dwarfs and very low periods in the Gunn i and R bands for the three M6.5­M7 type brown dwarf candidates Cha H 2, Cha H 3

  20. A Survey for Young Spectroscopic Binary K7-M4 Stars in Ophiuchus

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    L. Prato

    2006-11-20

    This paper describes a high-resolution, infrared spectroscopic survey of young, low-mass stars designed to identify and characterize pre-main-sequence spectroscopic binaries. This is the first large infrared radial velocity survey of very young stars to date. The frequency and mass ratio distribution of the closest, low-mass binaries bear directly on models of stellar, brown dwarf, and planetary mass companion formation. Furthermore, spectroscopic binaries can provide mass ratios and ultimately masses, independent of assumptions, needed to calibrate models of young star evolution. I present the initial results from observations of a uniform sample of 33 T Tauri M stars in the Ophiuchus molecular cloud. The average mass of this sample is less than that of other young star radial velocity surveys of similar scope by a factor of ~2. Almost every star was observed at 3-4 epochs over 3 years with the 10 meter Keck II telescope and the facility infrared spectrometer NIRSPEC. An internal precision of 0.43 km/s was obtained with standard cross-correlation calibration techniques. Four of the targets are newly discovered spectroscopic binaries, one of which is located in a sub-arcsecond, hierarchical quadruple system. Three other sub-arcsecond visual binaries were also serendipitously identified during target acquisition. The spectroscopic multiplicity of the sample is comparable to that of earlier type, pre-main-sequence objects. Therefore, there is no dearth of young, low-mass spectroscopic binary stars, at least in the Ophiuchus region.

  1. CHANDRA HETGS MULTIPHASE SPECTROSCOPY OF THE YOUNG MAGNETIC O STAR 1 Marc Gagne,1

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    Townsend, Richard

    . INTRODUCTION 1 Ori C, the brightest star in the Trapezium and the primary source of ionization of the Orion radiation-driven wind, may be the prototype of a new class of stellar X-ray source: a young, hot star of the magnetically channeled wind shock mechanism on 1 Ori C. This model fits all the data surprisingly well

  2. Chromospherically active stars. II - HD 82558, a young single BY Draconis variable

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    Fekel, Francis C.; Bopp, Bernard W.; Africano, John L.; Goodrich, Bret D.; Palmer, Leigh Hunter

    1986-01-01

    It is presently noted that the HD 82558 chromospherically active star is a young and rapidly rotating K2 V single BY Draconis variable with very strong far-UV emission features and an H-alpha line filled to the continuum level by emission. HD 82558 has constant velocity and is not a member of the Hyades Supercluster. Its light curve behavior, which appears to have been stable for several hundred rotation cycles, is reminiscent of that of the young, rapidly rotating, single K V variable H II 1883 in the Pleiades; this stability may be characteristic of young, single, chromospherically active stars.

  3. AGE AND MASS STUDIES FOR YOUNG STAR CLUSTERS IN M31 FROM SEDS-FIT

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    Wang Song; Ma Jun; Fan Zhou; Wu Zhenyu; Zhang Tianmeng; Zou Hu; Zhou Xu

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, we present photometry for young star clusters in M31, which are selected from Caldwell et al. These star clusters have been observed as part of the Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) Multicolor Sky Survey from 1995 February to 2008 March. The BATC images including these star clusters are taken with 15 intermediate-band filters covering 3000-10000 A. Combined with photometry in the GALEX far- and near-ultraviolet, broadband UBV RI, SDSS ugriz, and infrared JHK{sub s} of Two Micron All Sky Survey, we obtain their accurate spectral energy distributions (SEDs) from 1538 to 20000 A. We derive these star clusters' ages and masses by comparing their SEDs with stellar population synthesis models. Our results are in good agreement with previous determinations. The mean value of age and mass of young clusters (<2 Gyr) is about 385 Myr and 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }, respectively. There are two distinct peaks in the age distribution, a highest peak at age {approx}60 Myr and a secondary peak around 250 Myr, while the mass distribution shows a single peak around 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }. A few young star clusters have two-body relaxation times greater than their ages, indicating that those clusters have not been well dynamically relaxed and therefore have not established the thermal equilibrium. There are several regions showing aggregations of young star clusters around the 10 kpc ring and the outer ring, indicating that the distribution of the young star clusters is well correlated with M31's star-forming regions. The young massive star clusters (age {<=}100 Myr and mass {>=}10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }) show apparent concentration around the ring splitting region, suggesting a recent passage of a satellite galaxy (M32) through M31 disk.

  4. An Intermediate Luminosity Transient in NGC300: The Eruption of a Dust-Enshrouded Massive Star

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    Berger, E; Chevalier, R A; Fransson, C; Foley, R J; Leonard, D C; Debes, J H; Diamond-Stanic, A M; Dupree, A K; Ivans, I I; Simmerer, J; Thompson, I B; Tremonti, C A

    2009-01-01

    [abridged] We present multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectroscopy, UV/radio/X-ray imaging, and archival Hubble and Spitzer observations of an intermediate luminosity optical transient recently discovered in the nearby galaxy NGC300. We find that the transient (NGC300 OT2008-1) has a peak absolute magnitude of M_bol~-11.8 mag, intermediate between novae and supernovae, and similar to the recent events M85 OT2006-1 and SN2008S. Our high-resolution spectra, the first for this event, are dominated by intermediate velocity (~200-1000 km/s) hydrogen Balmer lines and CaII emission and absorption lines that point to a complex circumstellar environment, reminiscent of the yellow hypergiant IRC+10420. In particular, we detect broad CaII H&K absorption with an asymmetric red wing extending to ~1000 km/s, indicative of gas infall onto a massive and relatively compact star (blue supergiant or Wolf-Rayet star); an extended red supergiant progenitor is unlikely. The origin of the inflowing gas may be a previous eje...

  5. Nuclear ashes and outflow in the eruptive star Nova Vul 1670.

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    Kami?ski, Tomasz; Menten, Karl M; Tylenda, Romuald; Hajduk, Marcin; Patel, Nimesh A; Kraus, Alexander

    2015-04-16

    CK Vulpeculae was observed in outburst in 1670-1672 (ref. 1), but no counterpart was seen until 1982, when a bipolar nebula was found at its location. Historically, CK Vul has been considered to be a nova (Nova Vul 1670), but its similarity to 'red transients', which are more luminous than classical novae and thought to be the results of stellar collisions, has re-opened the question of CK Vul's status. Red transients cool to resemble late M-type stars, surrounded by circumstellar material rich in molecules and dust. No stellar source has been seen in CK Vul, though a radio continuum source was identified at the expansion centre of the nebula. Here we report that CK Vul is surrounded by chemically rich molecular gas in the form of an outflow, as well as dust. The gas has peculiar isotopic ratios, revealing that CK Vul's composition was strongly enhanced by the nuclear ashes of hydrogen burning. The chemical composition cannot be reconciled with a nova or indeed any other known explosion. In addition, the mass of the surrounding gas is too large for a nova, though the conversion from observations of CO to a total mass is uncertain. We conclude that CK Vul is best explained as the remnant of a merger of two stars. PMID:25799986

  6. The Stellar Composition of the Star Formation Region CMa R1. II. Spectroscopic and Photometric Observations of 9 Young Stars

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    H. R. E. Tjin A Djie; M. E. van den Ancker; P. F. C. Blondel; V. S. Shevchenko; O. V. Ezhkova; D. de Winter; K. N. Grankin

    2001-03-21

    We present new high and low resolution spectroscopic and photometric data of nine members of the young association CMa R1. All the stars have circumstellar dust at some distance as could be expected from their association with reflection nebulosity. Four stars (HD 52721, HD 53367, LkHalpha 220 and LkHalpha 218) show Halpha emission and we argue that they are Herbig Be stars with discs. Our photometric and spectroscopic observations on these stars reveal new characteristics of their variability. We present first interpretations of the variability of HD 52721, HD 53367 and the two LkHalpha stars in terms of a partially eclipsing binary, a magnetic activity cycle and circumstellar dust variations, respectively. The remaining five stars show no clear indications of Halpha emission in their spectra, although their spectral types and ages are comparable with those of HD 52721 and HD 53367. This indicates that the presence of a disc around a star in CMa R1 may depend on the environment of the star. In particular we find that all Halpha emission stars are located at or outside the arc-shaped border of the H II region, which suggests that the stars inside the arc have lost their discs through evaporation by UV photons from nearby O stars, or from the nearby (< 25 pc) supernova, about 1 Myr ago.

  7. Discovery at Young Star Hints Magnetism Common to All Cosmic Jets

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    2010-11-01

    Astronomers have found the first evidence of a magnetic field in a jet of material ejected from a young star, a discovery that points toward future breakthroughs in understanding the nature of all types of cosmic jets and of the role of magnetic fields in star formation. Throughout the Universe, jets of subatomic particles are ejected by three phenomena: the supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies, smaller black holes or neutron stars consuming material from companion stars, and young stars still in the process of gathering mass from their surroundings. Previously, magnetic fields were detected in the jets of the first two, but until now, magnetic fields had not been confirmed in the jets from young stars. "Our discovery gives a strong hint that all three types of jets originate through a common process," said Carlos Carrasco-Gonzalez, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalucia Spanish National Research Council (IAA-CSIC) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The astronomers used the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope to study a young star some 5,500 light-years from Earth, called IRAS 18162-2048. This star, possibly as massive as 10 Suns, is ejecting a jet 17 light-years long. Observing this object for 12 hours with the VLA, the scientists found that radio waves from the jet have a characteristic indicating they arose when fast-moving electrons interacted with magnetic fields. This characteristic, called polarization, gives a preferential alignment to the electric and magnetic fields of the radio waves. "We see for the first time that a jet from a young star shares this common characteristic with the other types of cosmic jets," said Luis Rodriguez, of UNAM. The discovery, the astronomers say, may allow them to gain an improved understanding of the physics of the jets as well as of the role magnetic fields play in forming new stars. The jets from young stars, unlike the other types, emit radiation that provides information on the temperatures, speeds, and densities within the jets. This information, combined with the data on magnetic fields, can improve scientists' understanding of how such jets work. "In the future, combining several types of observations could give us an overall picture of how magnetic fields affect the young star and all its surroundings. This would be a big advance in understanding the process of star formation," Rodriguez said. Carrasco-Gonzalez and Rodriguez worked with Guillem Anglada and Mayra Osorio of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalucia, Josep Marti of the University of Jaen in Spain, and Jose Torrelles of the University of Barcelona. The scientists reported their findings in the November 26 edition of Science.

  8. FAKE STAR FORMATION BURSTS: BLUE HORIZONTAL BRANCH STARS MASQUERADE AS YOUNG MASSIVE STARS IN OPTICAL INTEGRATED LIGHT SPECTROSCOPY

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    Ocvirk, P.

    2010-01-20

    Model color-magnitude diagrams of low-metallicity globular clusters (GCs) usually show a deficit of hot evolved stars with respect to observations. We investigate quantitatively the impact of such modeling inaccuracies on the significance of star formation history reconstructions obtained from optical integrated spectra. To do so, we analyze the sample of spectra of galactic globular clusters of Schiavon et al. with STECKMAP (Ocvirk et al.), and the stellar population models of Vazdekis et al. and Bruzual and Charlot, and focus on the reconstructed stellar age distributions. First, we show that background/foreground contamination correlates with E(B - V), which allows us to define a clean subsample of uncontaminated GCs, on the basis of an E(B - V) filtering. We then identify a 'confusion zone' where fake young bursts of star formation pop up in the star formation history although the observed population is genuinely old. These artifacts appear for 70%-100% of cases depending on the population model used, and contribute up to 12% of the light in the optical. Their correlation with the horizontal branch (HB) ratio indicates that the confusion is driven by HB morphology: red HB clusters are well fitted by old stellar population models while those with a blue HB require an additional hot component. The confusion zone extends over [Fe/H] = [ - 2, - 1.2], although we lack the data to probe extreme high and low metallicity regimes. As a consequence, any young starburst superimposed on an old stellar population in this metallicity range could be regarded as a modeling artifact, if it weighs less than 12% of the optical light, and if no emission lines typical of an H II region are present. This work also provides a practical method for constraining HB morphology from high signal to noise integrated light spectroscopy in the optical. This will allow post-asymptotic giant branch evolution studies in a range of environments and at distances where resolving stellar populations is impossible with current and planned telescopes.

  9. Life and Death of Young Dense Star Clusters near the Galactic Center

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    Simon Portegies Zwart; Stephen McMillan; Holger Baumgardt

    2004-03-05

    We discuss the structural change and degree of mass segregation of young dense star clusters within about 100pc of the Galactic center. In our calculations, which are performed with GRAPE-6, the equations of motion of all stars and binaries are calculated accurately but the external potential of the Galaxy is solved (semi)analytically. The simulations are preformed to model the Arches star cluster. We find that star clusters with are less strongly perturbed by the tidal field and dynamical friction are much stronger affected by mass segregation; resulting in a significant pile-up of massive stars in the cluster center. At an age of about 3.5Myr more than 90 per cent of the stars more massive than ~10Msun are concentrated within the half-mass radius of the surviving cluster. Star clusters which are strongly perturbed by the tidal field of the parent Galaxy are much less affected by mass segregation.

  10. Open Clusters as Laboratories: The Angular Momentum Evolution of Young Stars

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    Stauffer, John R.

    1998-01-01

    The core group concentrated on three primary research topics: (1) ROSAT observation of the coronal activity of low mass stars in young open clusters; (2) the determination of stellar ages and the determination of the timescale for dissipation of circumstellar disks around young stars; and (3) the determination of rotation velocities of low mass stars in young open cluster and the inferred angular momentum evolution of low mass stars. With accurate ages for the clusters, we can then derive an independent estimate of the timescale for debris disks to dissipate. As the second half of that project, we are using the Caltech/UC/NASA Keck telescopes to obtain spectra of brown dwarf candidates in a number of nearby, young open clusters, from which we can determine new and accurate cluster ages. The final primary program that we have addressed was the determination of rotational velocities for low mass stars in our target open clusters. Our group has obtained rotational velocities for a large number of stars in several open clusters during this LTSA program, and we have published the results in several papers. One particularly time-consuming aspect of our program was the development of a database of the photometry and rotational velocities for nearby open clusters, which we have made available to the community.

  11. On the Nature of the Peculiar Hot Star in the Young LMC Cluster NGC1818

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    James Liebert

    1999-01-21

    The blue star reported in the field of the young LMC cluster NGC1818 by Elson et al. (1998) has the wrong luminosity and radius to be a "luminous white dwarf" member of the cluster. In addition, unless the effective temperature quoted by the authors is a drastic underestimate, the luminosity is much too low for it to be a cluster member in the post-AGB phase. Other possibilities, including that of binary evolution, are briefly discussed. However, the implication that the massive main sequence turnoff stars in this cluster can produce white dwarfs (instead of neutron stars) from single-star evolution needs to be reconsidered.

  12. A Search for Diskless Young Stars in M17's Heart of Darkness

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    Povich, Matthew

    2010-09-01

    We propose a 100-ks ACIS-I observation of a large (~100 pc long) molecular cloud complex associated with the giant H II region M17. The dense, central regions appear as filamentary infrared dark clouds containing >200 embedded intermediate-mass young stellar objects (YSOs) in Spitzer images; this is a rare example of a young proto-OB association. ACIS will detect a few hundred disk-dominated YSOs plus potentially hundreds of diskless young stars associated with the cloud. We may also detect hard X-ray emission and possibly soft, diffuse emission associated with ultracompact H II regions in the ACIS field. Our results will provide new constraints on circumstellar disk lifetimes, timescales for OB star formation, and the current star formation rate in the complex.

  13. KMOS view of the Galactic centre. I. Young stars are centrally concentrated

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    Feldmeier-Krause, A.; Neumayer, N.; Schödel, R.; Seth, A.; Hilker, M.; de Zeeuw, P. T.; Kuntschner, H.; Walcher, C. J.; Lützgendorf, N.; Kissler-Patig, M.

    2015-12-01

    Context. The Galactic centre hosts a crowded, dense nuclear star cluster with a half-light radius of 4 pc. Most of the stars in the Galactic centre are cool late-type stars, but there are also ?100 hot early-type stars in the central parsec of the Milky Way. These stars are only 3-8 Myr old. Aims: Our knowledge of the number and distribution of early-type stars in the Galactic centre is incomplete. Only a few spectroscopic observations have been made beyond a projected distance of 0.5 pc of the Galactic centre. The distribution and kinematics of early-type stars are essential to understand the formation and growth of the nuclear star cluster. Methods: We cover the central >4 pc2 (0.75 sq. arcmin) of the Galactic centre using the integral-field spectrograph KMOS (VLT). We extracted more than 1000 spectra from individual stars and identified early-type stars based on their spectra. Results: Our data set contains 114 bright early-type stars: 6 have narrow emission lines, 23 are Wolf-Rayet stars, 9 stars have featureless spectra, and 76 are O/B type stars. Our wide-field spectroscopic data confirm that the distribution of young stars is compact, with 90% of the young stars identified within 0.5 pc of the nucleus. We identify 24 new O/B stars primarily at large radii. We estimate photometric masses of the O/B stars and show that the total mass in the young population is ?12 000 M?. The O/B stars all appear to be bound to the Milky Way nuclear star cluster, while less than 30% belong to the clockwise rotating disk. We add one new star to the sample of stars affiliated with this disk. Conclusions: The central concentration of the early-type stars is a strong argument that they have formed in situ. An alternative scenario, in which the stars formed outside the Galactic centre in a cluster that migrated to the centre, is refuted. A large part of the young O/B stars is not on the disk, which either means that the early-type stars did not all form on the same disk or that the disk is dissolving rapidly. Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile (60.A-9450(A)).Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgThe extracted spectra as FITS files are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/584/A2

  14. Connecting the Dense Gas and Young Stars in the CARMA Large Area Star Formation Survey

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    Mundy, Lee G.; Storm, Shaye; Looney, Leslie; Lee, Katherine I.; Fernandez Lopez, Manuel; Ostriker, Eve C.; Chen, Che-Yu; CLASSy Team

    2016-01-01

    The CARMA Large Area Star Formation Survey (CLASSy) imaged the dense gas structure and kinematics in five, roughly 1 pc scale regions in the Serpens and Perseus clouds with 7" angular resolution. The spatial distribution and Class of the young stellar population (YSOs) is available for these regions from the Spitzer c2d and Gould Belt surveys, with added sources from the Herschel 70 micron images. Together, these datasets allow us to compare, for the first time at similar spatial resolutions, the distributions of the dense gas and YSOs over regions containing up to 90 identified YSOs. This enables a detailed look at the separation between YSOs and the nearest dense gas peak and a measure of overall relationship between the YSO and dense gas distributions. We find that most Class 0 YSOs are forming in the highest column density regions: leaves in the dendrogram analysis utilized by CLASSy. In Serpens and Perseus, we find that 29% and 38%, respectively, of the leaves have identified embedded YSOs. Class 1 sources are less confined to leaf locations; Class II sources are distributed throughout regions, mostly away from hierarchical peaks. This trend could be due to a modest (0.1 km/sec) velocity difference between YSOs and their natal cores, or due to the YSOs consuming or dispersing their natal cores.

  15. A KINEMATIC AND PHOTOMETRIC STUDY OF THE GALACTIC YOUNG STAR CLUSTER NGC 7380

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    Chen, W. P.; Chen, C. W.; Pandey, A. K.; Sharma, Saurabh; Chen Li; Sperauskas, J.; Ogura, K.; Chuang, R. J.; Boyle, R. P.

    2011-09-15

    We present proper motions, radial velocities, and a photometric study of the Galactic open cluster NGC 7380, which is associated with prominent emission nebulosity and dark molecular clouds. On the basis of the sample of highly probable member stars, the star cluster is found to be at a distance of 2.6 {+-} 0.4 kpc, has an age of around 4 Myr, and a physical size of {approx}6 pc across with a tidal structure. The binary O-type star DH Cep is a member of the cluster in its late stage of clearing the surrounding material, and may have triggered the ongoing star formation in neighboring molecular clouds which harbor young stars that are coeval and comoving with, but not gravitationally bound by, the star cluster.

  16. Dense cores in dark clouds - Young embedded stars at 2 micrometers

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    Benson, P. J.; Myers, P. C.; Wright, E. L.

    1984-01-01

    Twenty-five visually opaque regions which contain strong sources of NH3 (1,1) line emission (dense cores) have been surveyed for evidence of associated stars at two microns. Five such stars have been found, of which three - in B5, L1489, and L1582 - are optically invisible and probably embedded in their associated cores. The stars in B5 and L1489 have 2-100 micron spectra and luminosity similar to those of HL Tau, a very young T Tauri star. These stars probably formed in the cores where they are now seen. These results tend to confirm earlier suggestions that low-mass stars form in dense cores.

  17. IDENTIFYING THE YOUNG LOW-MASS STARS WITHIN 25 pc. II. DISTANCES, KINEMATICS, AND GROUP MEMBERSHIP

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    Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Anglada-Escude, Guillem; Liu, Michael C.; Bowler, Brendan P.; Weinberger, Alycia J.; Boss, Alan P.; Reid, I. Neill; Tamura, Motohide

    2012-10-10

    We have conducted a kinematic study of 165 young M dwarfs with ages of {approx}<300 Myr. Our sample is composed of stars and brown dwarfs with spectral types ranging from K7 to L0, detected by ROSAT and with photometric distances of {approx}<25 pc assuming that the stars are single and on the main sequence. In order to find stars kinematically linked to known young moving groups (YMGs), we measured radial velocities for the complete sample with Keck and CFHT optical spectroscopy and trigonometric parallaxes for 75 of the M dwarfs with the CAPSCam instrument on the du Pont 2.5 m Telescope. Due to their youthful overluminosity and unresolved binarity, the original photometric distances for our sample underestimated the distances by 70% on average, excluding two extremely young ({approx}<3 Myr) objects found to have distances beyond a few hundred parsecs. We searched for kinematic matches to 14 reported YMGs and identified 10 new members of the AB Dor YMG and 2 of the Ursa Majoris group. Additional possible candidates include six Castor, four Ursa Majoris, two AB Dor members, and one member each of the Her-Lyr and {beta} Pic groups. Our sample also contains 27 young low-mass stars and 4 brown dwarfs with ages {approx}<150 Myr that are not associated with any known YMG. We identified an additional 15 stars that are kinematic matches to one of the YMGs, but the ages from spectroscopic diagnostics and/or the positions on the sky do not match. These warn against grouping stars together based only on kinematics and that a confluence of evidence is required to claim that a group of stars originated from the same star-forming event.

  18. On the origin of young stars at the Galactic center

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    Madigan, Ann-Marie; Pfuhl, Oliver; Levin, Yuri; Gillessen, Stefan; Genzel, Reinhard; Perets, Hagai B.

    2014-05-01

    The center of our Galaxy is home to a massive black hole, Sgr A*, and a nuclear star cluster containing stellar populations of various ages. While the late type stars may be too old to have retained memory of their initial orbital configuration, and hence formation mechanism, the kinematics of the early type stars should reflect their original distribution. In this contribution we present a new statistic which uses directly-observable kinematic stellar data to infer orbital parameters for stellar populations, and is capable of distinguishing between different origin scenarios. We use it on a population of B-stars in the Galactic center that extends out to large radii (˜0.5 pc) from the massive black hole. We find that the high K-magnitude population (?15 M?) form an eccentric distribution, suggestive of a Hills binary-disruption origin.

  19. Star Formation and Young Stellar Content in the W3 Giant Molecular Cloud

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    Rivera-Ingraham, Alana; Martin, Peter G.; Polychroni, Danae; Moore, Toby J. T.

    2011-12-01

    In this work, we have carried out an in-depth analysis of the young stellar content in the W3 giant molecular cloud (GMC). The young stellar object (YSO) population was identified and classified in the Infrared Array Camera/Multiband Imaging Photometer color-magnitude space according to the "Class" scheme and compared to other classifications based on intrinsic properties. Class 0/I and II candidates were also compared to low-/intermediate-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars selected through their colors and magnitudes in the Two Micron All Sky Survey. We find that a reliable color/magnitude selection of low-mass PMS stars in the infrared requires prior knowledge of the protostar population, while intermediate-mass objects can be more reliably identified. By means of the minimum spanning tree algorithm and our YSO spatial distribution and age maps, we investigated the YSO groups and the star formation history in W3. We find signatures of clustered and distributed star formation in both triggered and quiescent environments. The central/western parts of the GMC are dominated by large-scale turbulence likely powered by isolated bursts of star formation that triggered secondary star formation events. Star formation in the eastern high-density layer (HDL) also shows signs of quiescent and triggered stellar activity, as well as extended periods of star formation. While our findings support triggering as a key factor for inducing and enhancing some of the major star-forming activity in the HDL (e.g., W3 Main/W3(OH)), we argue that some degree of quiescent or spontaneous star formation is required to explain the observed YSO population. Our results also support previous studies claiming a spontaneous origin for the isolated massive star(s) powering KR 140.

  20. STAR FORMATION AND YOUNG STELLAR CONTENT IN THE W3 GIANT MOLECULAR CLOUD

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    Rivera-Ingraham, Alana; Martin, Peter G.; Polychroni, Danae; Moore, Toby J. T.

    2011-12-10

    In this work, we have carried out an in-depth analysis of the young stellar content in the W3 giant molecular cloud (GMC). The young stellar object (YSO) population was identified and classified in the Infrared Array Camera/Multiband Imaging Photometer color-magnitude space according to the 'Class' scheme and compared to other classifications based on intrinsic properties. Class 0/I and II candidates were also compared to low-/intermediate-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars selected through their colors and magnitudes in the Two Micron All Sky Survey. We find that a reliable color/magnitude selection of low-mass PMS stars in the infrared requires prior knowledge of the protostar population, while intermediate-mass objects can be more reliably identified. By means of the minimum spanning tree algorithm and our YSO spatial distribution and age maps, we investigated the YSO groups and the star formation history in W3. We find signatures of clustered and distributed star formation in both triggered and quiescent environments. The central/western parts of the GMC are dominated by large-scale turbulence likely powered by isolated bursts of star formation that triggered secondary star formation events. Star formation in the eastern high-density layer (HDL) also shows signs of quiescent and triggered stellar activity, as well as extended periods of star formation. While our findings support triggering as a key factor for inducing and enhancing some of the major star-forming activity in the HDL (e.g., W3 Main/W3(OH)), we argue that some degree of quiescent or spontaneous star formation is required to explain the observed YSO population. Our results also support previous studies claiming a spontaneous origin for the isolated massive star(s) powering KR 140.

  1. The Mass-Radius Relation of Young Stars from K2

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    Kraus, Adam L.; Cody, Ann Marie; Covey, Kevin R.; Rizzuto, Aaron C.; Mann, Andrew; Ireland, Michael; Jensen, Eric L. N.; Muirhead, Philip Steven

    2016-01-01

    Evolutionary models of pre-main sequence stars remain largely uncalibrated, especially for masses below that of the Sun, and dynamical masses and radii pose valuable tests of these theoretical models. Stellar mass dependent features of star formation (such as disk evolution, planet formation, and even the IMF) are fundamentally tied to these models, which implies a systematic uncertainty that can only be improved with precise measurements of calibrator stars. We will describe the discovery and characterization of ten eclipsing binary systems in the Upper Scorpius star-forming region from K2 Campaign 2 data, spanning from B stars to the substellar boundary. We have obtained complementary RV curves, spectral classifications, and high-resolution imaging for these targets; the combination of these data yield high-precision masses and radii for the binary components, and hence a dense sampling of the (nominally coeval) mass-radius relation of 10 Myr old stars. We already reported initial results from this program for the young M4.5 eclipsing binary UScoCTIO 5 (Kraus et al. 2015), demonstrating that theoretically predicted masses are discrepant by ~50% for low-mass stars. K2's unique radius measurements allow us to isolate the source of the discrepancy: models of young stars do not predict luminosities that are too low, as is commonly thought, but rather temperatures that are too warm.

  2. Analysis of MOST light curves of five young stars in Taurus-Auriga and Lupus~3 Star Forming Regions

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    Siwak, Michal; Matthews, Jaymie M; Kuschnig, Rainer; Guenther, David B; Moffat, Anthony F J; Sasselov, Dimitar; Weiss, Werner W

    2011-01-01

    Continuous photometric observations of five young stars obtained by the MOST satellite in 2009 and 2010 in the Taurus and Lupus star formation regions are presented. Using light curve modelling under the assumption of internal invariability of spots, we obtained small values of the solar-type differential-rotation parameter (k=0.0005-0.009) for three spotted weak-line T Tau stars, V410 Tau, V987 Tau and Lupus 3-14; for another spotted WTTS, Lupus 3-48, the data are consistent with a rigidly rotating surface (k=0). Three flares of similar rise (4 min 30 sec) and decay (1 h 45 min) times were detected in the light curve of Lupus 3-14. The brightness of the classical T Tau star RY Tau continuously decreased over 3 weeks of its observations with a variable modulation not showing any obvious periodic signal.

  3. X-Ray Properties of Young Stars and Stellar Clusters

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    Feigelson, E.; Townsley, L.; Güdel, M.; Stassun, K.

    Although the environments of star and planet formation are thermodynamically cold, substantial X-ray emission from 10-100 MK plasmas is present. In low-mass pre-main-sequence stars, X-rays are produced by violent magnetic reconnection flares. In high-mass O stars, they are produced by wind shocks on both stellar and parsec scales. The recent Chandra Orion Ultradeep Project, XMM-Newton Extended Survey of Taurus, and Chandra studies of more distant high-mass star-forming regions reveal a wealth of X-ray phenomenology and astrophysics. X-ray flares mostly resemble solar-like magnetic activity from multipolar surface fields, although extreme flares may arise in field lines extending to the protoplanetary disk. Accretion plays a secondary role. Fluorescent iron line emission and absorption in inclined disks demonstrate that X-rays can efficiently illuminate disk material. The consequent ionization of disk gas and irradiation of disk solids addresses a variety of important astrophysical issues of disk dynamics, planet formation, and meteoritics. New observations of massive star-forming environments such as M 17, the Carina Nebula, and 30 Doradus show remarkably complex X-ray morphologies including the low-mass stellar population, diffuse X-ray flows from blister Hii regions, and inhomogeneous superbubbles. X-ray astronomy is thus providing qualitatively new insights into star and planet formation.

  4. Infrared Observational Manifestations of Young Dusty Super Star Clusters

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    Martínez-González, Sergio; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Silich, Sergiy

    2016-01-01

    The growing evidence pointing at core-collapse supernovae as large dust producers makes young massive stellar clusters ideal laboratories to study the evolution of dust immersed in a hot plasma. Here we address the stochastic injection of dust by supernovae, and follow its evolution due to thermal sputtering within the hot and dense plasma generated by young stellar clusters. Under these considerations, dust grains are heated by means of random collisions with gas particles which result in the appearance of infrared spectral signatures. We present time-dependent infrared spectral energy distributions that are to be expected from young stellar clusters. Our results are based on hydrodynamic calculations that account for the stochastic injection of dust by supernovae. These also consider gas and dust radiative cooling, stochastic dust temperature fluctuations, the exit of dust grains out of the cluster volume due to the cluster wind, and a time-dependent grain size distribution.

  5. Infrared Observational Manifestations of Young Dusty Super Star Clusters

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    Martinez-Gonzalez, Sergio; Silich, Sergiy

    2015-01-01

    The growing evidence pointing at core-collapse supernovae as large dust producers makes young massive stellar clusters ideal laboratories to study the evolution of dust immersed into a hot plasma. Here we address the stochastic injection of dust by supernovae and follow its evolution due to thermal sputtering within the hot and dense plasma generated by young stellar clusters. Under these considerations, dust grains are heated by means of random collisions with gas particles which results on the appearance of infrared spectral signatures. We present time-dependent infrared spectral energy distributions which are to be expected from young stellar clusters. Our results are based on hydrodynamic calculations that account for the stochastic injection of dust by supernovae. These also consider gas and dust radiative cooling, stochastic dust temperature fluctuations, the exit of dust grains out of the cluster volume due to the cluster wind and a time-dependent grain size distribution.

  6. The Dispersal of Young Stars and the Greater Sco-Cen Association

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    Mamajek, E. E.; Feigelson, E. D.

    We review topics related to the dispersal of young stars from their birth-sites, and focus in particular on the entourage of young stars related to the ongoing star-formation event in the Sco-Cen OB association. We conduct a follow-up kinematic study to that presented in Mamajek, Lawson, & Feigelson (2000; ApJ 544, 356) amongst nearby, isolated, young stars. In addition to the eta Cha and TW Hya groups, we find several more intriguing Sco-Cen outlier candidates: most notably ? Pic, PZ Tel, HD 199143, and HD 100546. We discuss the connection between Sco-Cen and the southern ``150 pc Conspiracy'' molecular clouds, and in particular, Corona Australis. The kinematic evidence suggests that many of the nearby, isolated ~10 Myr-old stars were born near Sco-Cen during the UCL and LCC starbursts 10-15 Myr ago. We hypothesize that these stars inherited 5-10 km/s velocities moving away from Sco-Cen, either through molecular cloud turbulence, or through formation in molecular clouds associated with the expanding Sco-Cen superbubbles (e.g. Loop I).

  7. Star formation in the vicinity of nuclear black holes: young stellar objects close to Sgr A*

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    Jalali, B.; Pelupessy, F. I.; Eckart, A.; Portegies Zwart, S.; Sabha, N.; Borkar, A.; Moultaka, J.; Muži?, K.; Moser, L.

    2014-10-01

    It is often assumed that the strong gravitational field of a super-massive black hole disrupts an adjacent molecular cloud preventing classical star formation in the deep potential well of the black hole. Yet, young stars have been observed across the entire nuclear star cluster of the Milky Way including the region close (<0.5 pc) to the central black hole, Sgr A*. Here, we focus particularly on small groups of young stars, such as IRS 13N located 0.1 pc away from Sgr A*, which is suggested to contain about five embedded massive young stellar objects (<1 Myr). We perform three-dimensional hydrodynamical simulations to follow the evolution of molecular clumps orbiting about a 4 × 106 M? black hole, to constrain the formation and the physical conditions of such groups. The molecular clumps in our models are assumed to be isothermal containing 100 M? in <0.2 pc radius. Such molecular clumps exist in the circumnuclear disc of the Galaxy. In our highly eccentrically orbiting clump, the strong orbital compression of the clump along the orbital radius vector and perpendicular to the orbital plane causes the gas densities to increase to values higher than the tidal density of Sgr A*, which are required for star formation. Additionally, we speculate that the infrared excess source G2/DSO approaching Sgr A* on a highly eccentric orbit could be associated with a dust-enshrouded star that may have been formed recently through the mechanism supported by our models.

  8. Simultaneous Spitzer and K2 monitoring of young stars in the Lagoon Nebula

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    Cody, Ann Marie; Stauffer, John; Rebull, Luisa; Howell, Steve; Barentsen, Geert; Douglas, Stephanie

    2015-10-01

    We propose to obtain 17 days of Spitzer/IRAC monitoring on disk-bearing members of the 1--2 Myr Lagoon Nebula star cluster (M8), simultaneous with the K2 optical campaign 9 on the same objects June/July 2016. Young stars in this age range are dynamic objects, with highly variable emission at many wavelengths from X-ray to infrared. Variability on day to month timescales originates from the stellar surface, accretion columns, and the inner disk (r~0.1-1 AU), and provides a way to infer structural features that are inaccessible to direct imaging. We aim to monitor a set of several hundred young stars in the optical and infrared at continuous sub-day cadence and 1% or better precision-- a set-up that is only possible with space telescopes. Despite similarity to the Young Stellar Object Variability Project (YSOVAR; cycle 6) and Coordinated Synoptic Investigation of NGC 2264 (CSI 2264; cycle 8), this program is the only one to obtain high quality light curves on higher mass Herbig AeBe stars. In this mass regime, the inner disk and its relationship to the star may be substantially different from the lower mass T Tauri stars previously monitored with Spitzer. We will use the acquired data to determine how variability processes-- and hence inner disk structure-- vary with mass. With the required 2x/day cadence, we request a total of 33.0 hours for this program.

  9. The similar emission-line spectra of the young star LkH-alpha 101 and the hypergiant MWC 300

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    Hamann, F.; Persson, S.E. )

    1989-12-01

    High-resolution spectra from 0.63 to 1.75 microns are presented, showing that the luminous young star LkH-alpha 101 and the post-main-sequence hypergiant MWC 300 have very similar emission-line properties. Tables are given of line measurements and identifications. It is found that, in spite of their different histories, these stars have similar conditions of density, temperature, kinematics, and possibly geometry in their line-emitting envelopes. The results support models of hypergiants and luminous young stars which both invoke dense equatorial disks and suggest that disk structures around some evolved hot young stars are created by dense equatorial winds. 74 refs.

  10. Buoyancy and g-modes in young superfluid neutron stars

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    Passamonti, A.; Andersson, N.; Ho, W. C. G.

    2016-01-01

    We consider the local dynamics of a realistic neutron-star core, including composition gradients, superfluidity and thermal effects. The main focus is on the gravity g-modes, which are supported by composition stratification and thermal gradients. We derive the equations that govern this problem in full detail, paying particular attention to the input that needs to be provided through the equation of state and distinguishing between normal and superfluid regions. The analysis highlights a number of key issues that should be kept in mind whenever equation of state data is compiled from nuclear physics for use in neutron-star calculations. We provide explicit results for a particular stellar model and a specific nucleonic equation of state, making use of cooling simulations to show how the local wave spectrum evolves as the star ages. Our results show that the composition gradient is effectively dominated by the muons whenever they are present. When the star cools below the superfluid transition, the support for g-modes at lower densities (where there are no muons) is entirely thermal. We confirm the recent suggestion that the g-modes in this region may be unstable, but our results indicate that this instability will be weak and would only be present for a brief period of the star's life. Our analysis accounts for the presence of thermal excitations encoded in entrainment between the entropy and the superfluid component. Finally, we discuss the complete spectrum, including the normal sound waves and, in superfluid regions, the second sound.

  11. Buoyancy and g-modes in young superfluid neutron stars

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    A. Passamonti; N. Andersson; W. C. G. Ho

    2015-04-28

    We consider the local dynamics of a realistic neutron star core, including composition gradients, superfluidity and thermal effects. The main focus is on the gravity g-modes, which are supported by composition stratification and thermal gradients. We derive the equations that govern this problem in full detail, paying particular attention to the input that needs to be provided through the equation of state and distinguishing between normal and superfluid regions. The analysis highlights a number of key issues that should be kept in mind whenever equation of state data is compiled from nuclear physics for use in neutron star calculations. We provide explicit results for a particular stellar model and a specific nucleonic equation of state, making use of cooling simulations to show how the local wave spectrum evolves as the star ages. Our results show that the composition gradient is effectively dominated by the muons whenever they are present. When the star cools below the superfluid transition, the support for g-modes at lower densities (where there are no muons) is entirely thermal. We confirm the recent suggestion that the g-modes in this region may be unstable, but our results indicate that this instability will be weak and would only be present for a brief period of the star's life. Our analysis accounts for the presence of thermal excitations encoded in entrainment between the entropy and the superfluid component. Finally, we discuss the complete spectrum, including the normal sound waves and, in superfluid regions, the second sound.

  12. M-dwarf rapid rotators and the detection of relatively young multiple M-star systems

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    Rappaport, S.; Joss, M.; Sanchis-Ojeda, R. E-mail: mattjoss@mit.edu; and others

    2014-06-20

    We have searched the Kepler light curves of ?3900 M-star targets for evidence of periodicities that indicate, by means of the effects of starspots, rapid stellar rotation. Several analysis techniques, including Fourier transforms, inspection of folded light curves, 'sonograms', and phase tracking of individual modulation cycles, were applied in order to distinguish the periodicities due to rapid rotation from those due to stellar pulsations, eclipsing binaries, or transiting planets. We find 178 Kepler M-star targets with rotation periods, P {sub rot}, of <2 days, and 110 with P {sub rot} < 1 day. Some 30 of the 178 systems exhibit two or more independent short periods within the same Kepler photometric aperture, while several have 3 or more short periods. Adaptive optics imaging and modeling of the Kepler pixel response function for a subset of our sample support the conclusion that the targets with multiple periods are highly likely to be relatively young physical binary, triple, and even quadruple M star systems. We explore in detail the one object with four incommensurate periods all less than 1.2 days, and show that two of the periods arise from one of a close pair of stars, while the other two arise from the second star, which itself is probably a visual binary. If most of these M-star systems with multiple periods turn out to be bound M stars, this could prove a valuable way discovering young hierarchical M-star systems; the same approach may also be applicable to G and K stars. The ?5% occurrence rate of rapid rotation among the ?3900 M star targets is consistent with spin evolution models that include an initial contraction phase followed by magnetic braking, wherein a typical M star can spend several hundred Myr before spinning down to periods longer than 2 days.

  13. Investigating the rotational evolution of young, low-mass stars using Monte Carlo simulations

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    Vasconcelos, M. J.; Bouvier, J.

    2015-06-01

    Context. Young stars rotate well below break-up velocity, which is thought to result from the magnetic coupling with their accretion disk. Aims: We investigate the rotational evolution of young stars under the disk-locking hypothesis through Monte Carlo simulations. Methods: Our simulations included 280 000 stars, each of which was initially assigned a mass, a rotational period, and a mass accretion rate. The mass accretion rate depends on both mass and time, following power-law indices of 1.4 and -1.5, respectively. A mass-dependent accretion threshold was defined below which a star was considered as diskless, which resulted in a distribution of disk lifetimes that matches observations. Stars were evolved at constant angular spin rate while accreting and at constant angular momentum when they became diskless. Results: Starting with a bimodal distribution of periods for disk and diskless stars, we recovered the bimodal period distribution seen in several young clusters. The short-period peak mostly consists of diskless stars, and the long-period peak is mainly populated by accreting stars. Both distributions, however, present a long tail toward long periods, and a population of slowly rotating diskless stars is observed at all ages. We reproduced the observed correlations between disk fraction and spin rate, as well as between IR excess and rotational period. The period-mass relation we derived from the simulations only shows the same global trend as observed in young clusters when we released the disk-locking assumption for the lowest mass stars. Finally, we find that the time evolution of median specific angular momentum follows a power-law index of -0.65 for accreting stars, as expected from disk locking, and of -0.53 for diskless stars, a shallower slope that results from a wide distribution of disk lifetimes. At the end of the accretion phase, our simulations reproduce the angular momentum distribution of the low-mass members of the 13 Myr h Per cluster. Conclusions: Using observationally documented distributions of disk lifetimes, mass accretion rates, and initial rotation periods, and evolving an initial population from 1 to 12 Myr, we reproduced the main characteristics of pre-main sequence angular momentum evolution, which supports the disk-locking hypothesis.

  14. The internal velocity dispersions of three young star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Lupton, Robert H.; Fall, S. Michael; Freeman, Kenneth C.; Elson, Rebecca A. W.

    1989-01-01

    The radial velocities of 11 to 37 stars have been measured in each of three rich young star clusters in the LMC: NGC 1866, NGC 2164, and NGC 2214. A thorough analysis of the observational errors and contamination by field stars is presented along with a new method to assign confidence limits to the velocity dispersions. Limits are set to the central densities, total masses, and mass-to-light ratios of the clusters, and the question of whether they have unbound halos is addressed. From the small velocity dispersion and large radial extent of NGC 1866, it is inferred that the cluster is not yet tidally limited by the LMC.

  15. An Investigation of Three Methods for Determining Young Star Spectral Types

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    Bruhns, Sara; Prato, Lisa A.

    2015-01-01

    We present an investigation of several spectral typing techniques applied to 6 young, low-mass binary systems in the Taurus star-forming region (2 Myr). Spectra of resolution ~2000 were taken in the K band at Keck II using NIRC2 in grism spectroscopy mode where adaptive optics allowed us to resolve subarcsecond separations. We tested three different methods to determine spectral type to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each method. First, we used fits to standard star spectra to determine spectral types, extinctions, and K-band excesses. This method resulted in anomalously high extinctions not supported in the literature. It was also often difficult to distinguish between best fits. Second, we used the equivalent width ratios of IRTF SpeX standards to determine linear relationships onto which we plotted the equivalent width ratios of our sample stars. This method was complicated by low signal to noise in weak lines and the presence of significant circumstellar material around some of our sample of young stars, which may have inconsistently veiled and skewed our results. Third, we used K-band spectral indices and solar metallicity models to infer effective temperatures for our sample. This promising approach, applicable for the M-type stars in our sample, yields effective temperatures of several hundred degrees Kelvin lower than the other methods. Our main goal in this work is to highlight the uncertainties inherent in the typical procedures used for determining young star spectral types and encourage a concerted effort to define a more accurate and precise approach to the measurement of pre-main sequence effective temperature. Temperature is a fundamental stellar property without which our calibration of young star evolution, and by inference planet formation, is highly uncertain, even in the face of precisely measured stellar masses.

  16. Young star clusters in the circumnuclear region of NGC 2110

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    Durré, Mark; Mould, Jeremy

    2014-03-20

    High-resolution observations in the near infrared show star clusters around the active galactic nucleus (AGN) of the Seyfert 1 NGC 2110, along with a 90 × 35 pc bar of shocked gas material around its nucleus. These are seen for the first time in our imaging and gas kinematics of the central 100 pc with the Keck OSIRIS instrument with adaptive optics. Each of these clusters is two to three times brighter than the Arches cluster close to the center of the Milky Way. The core star formation rate is 0.3 M {sub ?} yr{sup –1}. The photoionized gas (He I) dynamics imply an enclosed mass of 3-4 × 10{sup 8} M {sub ?}. These observations demonstrate the physical linkage between AGN feedback, which triggers star formation in massive clusters, and the resulting stellar (and supernovae) winds, which cause the observed [Fe II] emission and feed the black hole.

  17. GRAVITATIONAL SLINGSHOT OF YOUNG MASSIVE STARS IN ORION

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    Chatterjee, Sourav; Tan, Jonathan C. E-mail: jt@astro.ufl.edu

    2012-08-01

    The Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC) is the nearest region of massive star formation and thus a crucial testing ground for theoretical models. Of particular interest among the ONC's {approx}1000 members are: {theta}{sup 1} Ori C, the most massive binary in the cluster with stars of masses 38 and 9 M{sub Sun }; the Becklin-Neugebauer (BN) object, a 30 km s{sup -1} runaway star of {approx}8 M{sub Sun }; and the Kleinmann-Low (KL) nebula protostar, a highly obscured, {approx}15 M{sub Sun} object still accreting gas while also driving a powerful, apparently 'explosive' outflow. The unusual behavior of BN and KL is much debated: How did BN acquire its high velocity? How is this related to massive star formation in the KL nebula? Here, we report the results of a systematic survey using {approx}10{sup 7} numerical experiments of gravitational interactions of the {theta}{sup 1}C and BN stars. We show that dynamical ejection of BN from this triple system at its observed velocity leaves behind a binary with total energy and eccentricity matching those observed for {theta}{sup 1}C. Five other observed properties of {theta}{sup 1}C are also consistent with it having ejected BN and altogether we estimate that there is only a {approx}< 10{sup -5} probability that {theta}{sup 1}C has these properties by chance. We conclude that BN was dynamically ejected from the {theta}{sup 1}C system about 4500 years ago. BN then plowed through the KL massive star-forming core within the last 1000 years causing its recently enhanced accretion and outflow activity.

  18. COOL YOUNG STARS IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: {beta} PICTORIS AND AB DORADUS MOVING GROUP CANDIDATES

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    Schlieder, Joshua E.; Simon, Michal; Lepine, Sebastien E-mail: schlieder@mpia-hd.mpg.de

    2012-04-15

    As part of our continuing effort to identify new, low-mass members of nearby, young moving groups (NYMGs), we present a list of young, low-mass candidates in the northern hemisphere. We used our proven proper-motion selection procedure and ROSAT X-ray and GALEX-UV activity indicators to identify 204 young stars as candidate members of the {beta} Pictoris and AB Doradus NYMGs. Definitive membership assignment of a given candidate will require a measurement of its radial velocity and distance. We present a simple system of indices to characterize the young candidates and help prioritize follow-up observations. New group members identified in this candidate list will be high priority targets for (1) exoplanet direct imaging searches, (2) the study of post-T-Tauri astrophysics, (3) understanding recent local star formation, and (4) the study of local galactic kinematics. Information available now allows us to identify eight likely new members in the list. Two of these, a late-K and an early-M dwarf, we find to be likely members of the {beta} Pic group. The other six stars are likely members of the AB Dor moving group. These include an M dwarf triple system, and three very cool objects that may be young brown dwarfs, making them the lowest-mass, isolated objects proposed in the AB Dor moving group to date.

  19. HUBBLE IMAGES REVEAL A YOUNG STAR'S DYNAMIC DISK AND JETS

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    2002-01-01

    These images of HH 30 show changes over only a five-year period in the disk and jets of this newborn star, which is about half a million years old. The pictures were taken between 1995 and 2000 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers are interested in the disk because it is probably similar to the one from which the Sun and the planets in our solar system formed. Hubble reveals an edge-on disk (located at the bottom of the images), which appears as a flattened cloud of dust split into two halves by a dark lane. The disk blocks light from the central star. All that is visible is the reflection of the star's light by dust above and below the plane of the disk. The disk's diameter is 450 astronomical units (one astronomical unit equals the Earth-Sun distance). Shadows billions of miles in size can be seen moving across the disk. In 1995 and 2000, the left and right sides of the disk were about the same brightness, but in 1998 the right side was brighter. These patterns may be caused by bright spots on the star or variations in the disk near the star. The dust cloud near the top of these frames is illuminated by the star and reflects changes in its brightness. The star's magnetic field plays a major role in forming the jets (located above and below the disk), which look like streams of water from a fire hose. The powerful magnetic field creates the jets by channeling gas from the disk along the magnetic poles above and below the star. The gaps between the compact knots of gas seen in the jet above the disk indicate that this is a sporadic process. By tracking the motion of these knots over time, astronomers have measured the jet's speed at between 200,000 to 600,000 miles per hour (160,000 and 960,000 kilometers per hour). Oddly, the jet below the disk is moving twice as fast as the one above it. Credits: NASA, Alan Watson (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Karl Stapelfeldt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), John Krist and Chris Burrows (European Space Agency/Space Telescope Science Institute)

  20. Magnetic fields on young, moderately rotating Sun-like stars - I: HD~35296 and HD~29615

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    Waite, Ian; Carter, Bradley; Petit, Pascal; Donati, Jean-Francois; Jeffers, Sandra; Saikia, Sudeshna Boro

    2015-01-01

    Observations of the magnetic fields of young solar-type stars provide a way to investigate the signatures of their magnetic activity and dynamos. Spectropolarimetry enables the study of these stellar magnetic fields and was thus employed at the T\\'{e}lescope Bernard Lyot and the Anglo-Australian Telescope to investigate two moderately rotating young Sun-like stars, namely HD 35296 (V119 Tau, HIP 25278) and HD 29615 (HIP 21632). The results indicate that both stars display rotational variation in chromospheric indices consistent with their spot activity, with variations indicating a probable long-term cyclic period for HD 35296. Additionally, both stars have complex, and evolving, large-scale surface magnetic fields with a significant toroidal component. High levels of surface differential rotation were measured for both stars. For the F8V star HD 35296 a rotational shear of $\\Delta\\Omega$ = 0.22$^{+0.04}_{-0.02}$ rad/d was derived from the observed magnetic profiles. For the G3V star HD 29615 the magnetic fea...

  1. High molecular gas fractions in normal massive star-forming galaxies in the young Universe.

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    Tacconi, L J; Genzel, R; Neri, R; Cox, P; Cooper, M C; Shapiro, K; Bolatto, A; Bouché, N; Bournaud, F; Burkert, A; Combes, F; Comerford, J; Davis, M; Schreiber, N M Förster; Garcia-Burillo, S; Gracia-Carpio, J; Lutz, D; Naab, T; Omont, A; Shapley, A; Sternberg, A; Weiner, B

    2010-02-11

    Stars form from cold molecular interstellar gas. As this is relatively rare in the local Universe, galaxies like the Milky Way form only a few new stars per year. Typical massive galaxies in the distant Universe formed stars an order of magnitude more rapidly. Unless star formation was significantly more efficient, this difference suggests that young galaxies were much more molecular-gas rich. Molecular gas observations in the distant Universe have so far largely been restricted to very luminous, rare objects, including mergers and quasars, and accordingly we do not yet have a clear idea about the gas content of more normal (albeit massive) galaxies. Here we report the results of a survey of molecular gas in samples of typical massive-star-forming galaxies at mean redshifts of about 1.2 and 2.3, when the Universe was respectively 40% and 24% of its current age. Our measurements reveal that distant star forming galaxies were indeed gas rich, and that the star formation efficiency is not strongly dependent on cosmic epoch. The average fraction of cold gas relative to total galaxy baryonic mass at z = 2.3 and z = 1.2 is respectively about 44% and 34%, three to ten times higher than in today's massive spiral galaxies. The slow decrease between z approximately 2 and z approximately 1 probably requires a mechanism of semi-continuous replenishment of fresh gas to the young galaxies. PMID:20148033

  2. SPIN EVOLUTION OF ACCRETING YOUNG STARS. II. EFFECT OF ACCRETION-POWERED STELLAR WINDS

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    Matt, Sean P.; Greene, Thomas P.; Pudritz, Ralph E. E-mail: thomas.p.greene@nasa.gov E-mail: pudritz@physics.mcmaster.ca

    2012-01-20

    We present a model for the rotational evolution of a young, solar-mass star interacting magnetically with an accretion disk. As in a previous paper (Paper I), the model includes changes in the star's mass and radius as it descends the Hayashi track, a decreasing accretion rate, and a prescription for the angular momentum transfer between the star and disk. Paper I concluded that, for the relatively strong magnetic coupling expected in real systems, additional processes are necessary to explain the existence of slowly rotating pre-main-sequence stars. In the present paper, we extend the stellar spin model to include the effect of a spin-down torque that arises from an accretion-powered stellar wind (APSW). For a range of magnetic field strengths, accretion rates, initial spin rates, and mass outflow rates, the modeled stars exhibit rotation periods within the range of 1-10 days in the age range of 1-3 Myr. This range coincides with the bulk of the observed rotation periods, with the slow rotators corresponding to stars with the lowest accretion rates, strongest magnetic fields, and/or highest stellar wind mass outflow rates. We also make a direct, quantitative comparison between the APSW scenario and the two types of disk-locking models (namely, the X-wind and Ghosh and Lamb type models) and identify some remaining theoretical issues for understanding young star spins.

  3. Workshop on Physics of Accretion Disks Around Compact and Young Stars

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    Liang, E (editor); Stepinski, T. F. (editor)

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of the two-day Workshop on Physics of Accretion Disks Around Compact and Young Stars was to bring together workers on accretion disks in the western Gulf region (Texas and Louisiana). Part 2 presents the workshop program, a list of poster presentations, and a list of workshop participants. Accretion disks are believed to surround many stars. Some of these disks form around compact stars, such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes that are members of binary systems and reveal themselves as a power source, especially in the x-ray and gamma regions of the spectrum. On the other hand, protostellar disks are believed to be accretion disks associated with young, pre-main-sequence stars and manifest themselves mostly in infrared and radio observations. These disks are considered to be a natural outcome of the star formation process. The focus of this workshop included theory and observations relevant to accretion disks around compact objects and newly forming stars, with the primary purpose of bringing the two communities together for intellectual cross-fertilization. The nature of the workshop was exploratory, to see how much interaction is possible between distinct communities and to better realize the local potential in this subject. A critical workshop activity was identification and documentation of key issues that are of mutual interest to both communities.

  4. Distances with <4% precision from type Ia supernovae in young star-forming environments.

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    Kelly, Patrick L; Filippenko, Alexei V; Burke, David L; Hicken, Malcolm; Ganeshalingam, Mohan; Zheng, WeiKang

    2015-03-27

    The luminosities of type Ia supernovae (SNe), the thermonuclear explosions of white-dwarf stars, vary systematically with their intrinsic color and the rate at which they fade. From images taken with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), we identified SNe Ia that erupted in environments that have high ultraviolet surface brightness and star-formation surface density. When we apply a steep model extinction law, we calibrate these SNe using their broadband optical light curves to within ~0.065 to 0.075 magnitude, corresponding to <4% in distance. The tight scatter, probably arising from a small dispersion among progenitor ages, suggests that variation in only one progenitor property primarily accounts for the relationship between their light-curve widths, colors, and luminosities. PMID:25814580

  5. Distances with <4% precision from type Ia supernovae in young star-forming environments

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    Kelly, Patrick L.; Filippenko, Alexei V.; Burke, David L.; Hicken, Malcolm; Ganeshalingam, Mohan; Zheng, WeiKang

    2015-03-01

    The luminosities of type Ia supernovae (SNe), the thermonuclear explosions of white-dwarf stars, vary systematically with their intrinsic color and the rate at which they fade. From images taken with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), we identified SNe Ia that erupted in environments that have high ultraviolet surface brightness and star-formation surface density. When we apply a steep model extinction law, we calibrate these SNe using their broadband optical light curves to within ~0.065 to 0.075 magnitude, corresponding to <4% in distance. The tight scatter, probably arising from a small dispersion among progenitor ages, suggests that variation in only one progenitor property primarily accounts for the relationship between their light-curve widths, colors, and luminosities.

  6. An Infrared Radial Velocity Search for 'Hot Jupiters' Around Young Stars

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    Cantrell, Justin R.; White, Russel; Ira Bailey, John

    2016-01-01

    We present initial findings from our infrared RV survey of young stars in search of young hot Jupiters utilizing high dispersion IR (2.3micron) spectra from Gemini South Phoenix, VLT CRIRES and Keck NIRSPEC. Our technique uses telluric features as an absolute wavelength reference, allowing us to achieve a precision of ~40m/s for slowly rotating field stars. Although RV jitter is lower at IR wavelengths, it is still ~100m/s, thus limiting our sensitivity to hot Jupiters. With this survey of young (8-12Myr) associations using multi-epoch RV data, we hope to to put constraints on the current theories of formation and early migration as it allows for the detection of planets in the process of formation, or soon after they have formed.

  7. A runaway collision in a young star cluster as the origin of the brightest supernova.

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    Portegies Zwart, Simon F; van den Heuvel, Edward P J

    2007-11-15

    Supernova SN 2006gy in the galaxy NGC 1260 is the most luminous recorded. Its progenitor might have been a very massive (>100 Mo, where is the mass of the Sun) star, but that interpretation is incompatible with hydrogen in the spectrum of the supernova; stars >40 Moare believed to have shed their hydrogen envelopes several hundred thousand years before the explosion. Alternatively, the progenitor might have arisen from the merger of two massive stars. Here we show that the collision frequency of massive stars in a dense and young cluster (of the kind to be expected near the centre of a galaxy) is sufficient to provide a reasonable chance that SN 2006gy resulted from such a bombardment. If this is the correct explanation, then we predict that when the supernova fades (in a year or so) a dense cluster of massive stars will become visible at the site of the explosion. PMID:18004377

  8. Photometry and Polarization of the UXor Type Young Star GM Cep

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    Huang, Po-Chieh; Chen, Chang-Yao; Hu, Chia-Ling; Chen, Wen-Ping

    2015-08-01

    UX Orionis stars, or UXORs, are a sub-type of Herbig Ae/be or T Tauri stars exhibiting sporadic extinction of stellar light due to circumstellar dust obscuration. GM Cep is such a UXOR in the young (~4 Myr) open cluster Trumper 37 at ~900 pc, showing prominent infrared access, H-alpha emission, and abrupt brightness variation. Here we present intense multi-color photometric monitoring from 2009 to 2015, together with the century-long photometric behavior reported in the literature, to add to the study by Chen et al. (2012) that GM Cep showed (i) sporadic brightening on a time scale of days due to young stellar accretion, (ii) occultation events, each lasting for a couple months, with a probable recurrence time of about two years, (iii) normal dust reddening as the star became redder when dimmer, (iv) the unusual “blueing” phenomena near the brightness minima when the star appeared bluer when dimmer. The occultation events may be caused by a dust clump, signifying the density inhomogeneity in a young stellar disk from grain coagulation to planetesimal formation. We present evidence of possible radial drift of the clump toward the star, stretching longer along the orbit and thinner in the line of sight. GM Cep is moderately polarized, from 4% to 9% in g, r, and i bands, with the level of polarization anticorrelated with the brightness in the bright state, during which the dust clump is back-scattering stellar light.

  9. Properties of the remnant clockwise disk of young stars in the galactic center

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    Yelda, S.; Ghez, A. M.; Meyer, L.; Morris, M. R.; Lu, J. R.; Do, T.; Matthews, K. E-mail: ghez@astro.ucla.edu E-mail: morris@astro.ucla.edu E-mail: do@di.utoronto.ca

    2014-03-10

    We present new kinematic measurements and modeling of a sample of 116 young stars in the central parsec of the Galaxy in order to investigate the properties of the young stellar disk. The measurements were derived from a combination of speckle and laser guide star adaptive optics imaging and integral field spectroscopy from the Keck telescopes. Compared to earlier disk studies, the most important kinematic measurement improvement is in the precision of the accelerations in the plane of the sky, which have a factor of six smaller uncertainties (? ? 10 ?as yr{sup –2}). We have also added the first radial velocity measurements for eight young stars, increasing the sample at the largest radii (6''-12'') by 25%. We derive the ensemble properties of the observed stars using Monte Carlo simulations of mock data. There is one highly significant kinematic feature (?20?), corresponding to the well-known clockwise disk, and no significant feature is detected at the location of the previously claimed counterclockwise disk. The true disk fraction is estimated to be ?20%, a factor of ?2.5 lower than previous claims, suggesting that we may be observing the remnant of what used to be a more densely populated stellar disk. The similarity in the kinematic properties of the B stars and the O/WR stars suggests a common star formation event. The intrinsic eccentricity distribution of the disk stars is unimodal, with an average value of (e) = 0.27 ± 0.07, which we show can be achieved through dynamical relaxation in an initially circular disk with a moderately top-heavy mass function.

  10. Stellar Masses in the Mysterious Young Triple Star System AS 205

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    Encalada, Frankie; Rosero, Viviana A.; Prato, Lisa A.; Bruhns, Sara

    2015-01-01

    The lack of accurate absolute mass measurements for young, low-mass pre-main sequence stars is problematic for the calibration of stellar evolutionary track models. An on-going program to increase the sample of young star masses begins with mass ratio measurements in spectroscopic binaries. By the end of its 5-year duration, the GAIA all-sky mission will provide new astrometric measurements for young spectroscopic binaries down to separations of tens of microarcseconds, yielding absolute masses for double-lined systems. We obtain mass ratios by taking high-resolution spectra of young double-lined spectroscopic binaries over a few epochs to construct a radial velocity versus phase diagram. For the young spectroscopic binary AS 205B, using eight of our own spectra supplied by the CSHELL instrument on the IRTF at Mauna Kea, plus one from the literature, we estimate a period of approximately 140 days, an eccentricity of 0.7, and a mass-ratio of 0.5. This spectroscopic system comprises the secondary in a 1.4'' visual binary in which both the A and B components are surrounded by optically thick, actively accreting disks, making AS 205B a member of that rare class of young spectroscopic binaries with a primordial circumbinary disk.

  11. Young and intermediate-age massive star clusters.

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    Larsen, Søren S

    2010-02-28

    An overview of our current understanding of the formation and evolution of star clusters is given, with the main emphasis on high-mass clusters. Clusters form deeply embedded within dense clouds of molecular gas. Left-over gas is cleared within a few million years and, depending on the efficiency of star formation, the clusters may disperse almost immediately or remain gravitationally bound. Current evidence suggests that a small percentage of star formation occurs in clusters that remain bound, although it is not yet clear whether this fraction is truly universal. Internal two-body relaxation and external shocks will lead to further, gradual dissolution on time scales of up to a few hundred million years for low-mass open clusters in the Milky Way, while the most massive clusters (>10(5) M(o)) have lifetimes comparable to or exceeding the age of the Universe. The low-mass end of the initial cluster mass function is well approximated by a power-law distribution, dN/dM proportional to M(-2), but there is mounting evidence that quiescent spiral discs form relatively few clusters with masses M > 2 x 10(5) M(o). In starburst galaxies and old globular cluster systems, this limit appears to be higher, at least several x10(6) M(o). The difference is likely related to the higher gas densities and pressures in starburst galaxies, which allow denser, more massive giant molecular clouds to form. Low-mass clusters may thus trace star formation quite universally, while the more long-lived, massive clusters appear to form preferentially in the context of violent star formation. PMID:20083510

  12. A New Sub-stellar Companion around the Young Star HD 284149

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    Bonavita, Mariangela; Daemgen, Sebastian; Desidera, Silvano; Jayawardhana, Ray; Janson, Markus; Lafrenière, David

    2014-08-01

    Even though only a handful of sub-stellar companions have been found via direct imaging, each of these discoveries has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the star formation process and the physics of cool atmospheres. Young stars are prime targets for direct imaging searches for planets and brown dwarfs due to the favorable brightness contrast expected at such ages and also because it is often possible to derive relatively good age estimates for these primaries. Here we present the direct imaging discovery of HD 284149 b, a 18-50 M Jup companion at a projected separation of 400 AU from a young (25+2510 Myr) F8 star, with which it shares common proper motion.

  13. A NEW SUB-STELLAR COMPANION AROUND THE YOUNG STAR HD 284149

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    Bonavita, Mariangela; Desidera, Silvano; Daemgen, Sebastian; Jayawardhana, Ray; Janson, Markus; Lafrenière, David

    2014-08-20

    Even though only a handful of sub-stellar companions have been found via direct imaging, each of these discoveries has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the star formation process and the physics of cool atmospheres. Young stars are prime targets for direct imaging searches for planets and brown dwarfs due to the favorable brightness contrast expected at such ages and also because it is often possible to derive relatively good age estimates for these primaries. Here we present the direct imaging discovery of HD 284149 b, a 18-50 M {sub Jup} companion at a projected separation of 400 AU from a young (25{sub 10}{sup +25} Myr) F8 star, with which it shares common proper motion.

  14. SIM PlanetQuest Key Project Precursor Observations to Detect Gas Giant Planets Around Young Stars

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    Tanner, Angelle; Beichman, Charles; Akeson, Rachel; Ghez, Andrea; Grankin, Konstantin N.; Herbst, William; Hillenbrand, Lynne; Huerta, Marcos; Konopacky, Quinn; Metchev, Stanimir; Mohanty, Subhanjoy; Prato, L.; Simon, Michal

    2008-01-01

    We present a review of precursor observing programs for the SIM PlanetQuest Key project devoted to detecting Jupiter mass planets around young stars. In order to ensure that the stars in the sample are free of various sources of astrometric noise that might impede the detection of planets, we have initiated programs to collect photometry, high contrast images, interferometric data and radial velocities for stars in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. We have completed a high contrast imaging survey of target stars in Taurus and the Pleiades and found no definitive common proper motion companions within one arcsecond (140 AU) of the SIM targets. Our radial velocity surveys have shown that many of the target stars in Sco-Cen are fast rotators and a few stars in Taurus and the Pleiades may have sub-stellar companions. Interferometric data of a few stars in Taurus show no signs of stellar or sub-stellar companions with separations of <5 mas. The photometric survey suggests that approximately half of the stars initially selected for this program are variable to a degree (1(sigma) >0.1 mag) that would degrade the astrometric accuracy achievable for that star. While the precursor programs are still a work in progress, we provide a comprehensive list of all targets ranked according to their viability as a result of the observations taken to date. By far, the observable that removes the most targets from the SIM-YSO program is photometric variability.

  15. THE PRODUCTION OF X-RAY EMISSION IN CLASSICAL T TAURI STARS Classical T Tauri stars (CTTSs) are young, solar mass pre-main sequence stars that are still

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    Linsky, Jeffrey L.

    THE PRODUCTION OF X-RAY EMISSION IN CLASSICAL T TAURI STARS Classical T Tauri stars (CTTSs disk. Vigorous magnetic activity around these young stars, evidenced by X-ray luminosities of 10 1 10 3 times the solar X-ray luminos- ity, plays a critical role in the early evolution of the stars

  16. Optically visible post-AGB stars, post-RGB stars and young stellar objects in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Kamath, D.; Wood, P. R.; Van Winckel, H.

    2015-12-01

    We have carried out a search for optically visible post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). First, we selected candidates with a mid-IR excess and then obtained their optical spectra. We disentangled contaminants with unique spectra such as M stars, C stars, planetary nebulae, quasi-stellar objects and background galaxies. Subsequently, we performed a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the remaining candidates to estimate their stellar parameters such as effective temperature, surface gravity (log g), metallicity ([Fe/H]), reddening and their luminosities. This resulted in a sample of 35 likely post-AGB candidates with late-G to late-A spectral types, low log g, and [Fe/H] < -0.5. Furthermore, our study confirmed the existence of the dusty post-red giant branch (post-RGB) stars, discovered previously in our Small Magellanic Cloud survey, by revealing 119 such objects in the LMC. These objects have mid-IR excesses and stellar parameters (Teff, log g, [Fe/H]) similar to those of post-AGB stars except that their luminosities (< 2500 L?), and hence masses and radii, are lower. These post-RGB stars are likely to be products of binary interaction on the RGB. The post-AGB and post-RGB objects show spectral energy distribution properties similar to the Galactic post-AGB stars, where some have a surrounding circumstellar shell, while some others have a surrounding stable disc similar to the Galactic post-AGB binaries. This study also resulted in a new sample of 162 young stellar objects, identified based on a robust log g criterion. Other interesting outcomes include objects with an UV continuum and an emission line spectrum; luminous supergiants; hot main-sequence stars; and 15 B[e] star candidates, 12 of which are newly discovered in this study.

  17. Accretion Rates on Pre-main-sequence Stars in the Young Open Cluster NGC 6530

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    Gallardo, José; del Valle, Luciano; Ruiz, María Teresa

    2012-01-01

    It is well accepted that during the star formation process, material from a protoplanetary disk is accreted onto the central object during the first ~1-5 Myr. Different authors have published measurements of accretion rates for young low- and intermediate-mass stars in several nearby star-forming regions (SFRs). Due to its somewhat larger distance, the SFR M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) has not been studied to the same extent, despite its abundant population of young stellar objects. We have obtained optical band low-resolution spectra of a sample of pre-main-sequence stars in the open cluster NGC 6530 located in the aforementioned nebulae using the Gemini Multi Object Spectrograph at Gemini-South in multi-object mode. Spectra cover the H? emission line used to measure the accretion rate, following the method presented by Natta et al. The observed spectral characteristics are fully consistent with pre-main-sequence stars, showing lithium absorption lines, which are very common in young stellar objects, as well as prominent and broad H? emission lines, indicating a T Tauri evolutionary stage. This work presents the first determinations of mass accretion rates of young stellar objects in the open cluster NGC 6530, confirming that they are classical T Tauri stars going through the accretion phase. These observations contribute to a better understanding of the stellar content and evolutionary phase of the very active Lagoon Nebula SFR. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciencia e Tecnologia (Brazil), and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina).

  18. BAYESIAN ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY NEW STAR CANDIDATES IN NEARBY YOUNG STELLAR KINEMATIC GROUPS

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    Malo, Lison; Doyon, Rene; Lafreniere, David; Artigau, Etienne; Gagne, Jonathan; Baron, Frederique; Riedel, Adric E-mail: doyon@astro.umontreal.ca E-mail: artigau@astro.umontreal.ca E-mail: baron@astro.umontreal.ca

    2013-01-10

    We present a new method based on a Bayesian analysis to identify new members of nearby young kinematic groups. The analysis minimally takes into account the position, proper motion, magnitude, and color of a star, but other observables can be readily added (e.g., radial velocity, distance). We use this method to find new young low-mass stars in the {beta} Pictoris and AB Doradus moving groups and in the TW Hydrae, Tucana-Horologium, Columba, Carina, and Argus associations. Starting from a sample of 758 mid-K to mid-M (K5V-M5V) stars showing youth indicators such as H{alpha} and X-ray emission, our analysis yields 214 new highly probable low-mass members of the kinematic groups analyzed. One is in TW Hydrae, 37 in {beta} Pictoris, 17 in Tucana-Horologium, 20 in Columba, 6 in Carina, 50 in Argus, 32 in AB Doradus, and the remaining 51 candidates are likely young but have an ambiguous membership to more than one association. The false alarm rate for new candidates is estimated to be 5% for {beta} Pictoris and TW Hydrae, 10% for Tucana-Horologium, Columba, Carina, and Argus, and 14% for AB Doradus. Our analysis confirms the membership of 58 stars proposed in the literature. Firm membership confirmation of our new candidates will require measurement of their radial velocity (predicted by our analysis), parallax, and lithium 6708 A equivalent width. We have initiated these follow-up observations for a number of candidates, and we have identified two stars (2MASSJ01112542+1526214, 2MASSJ05241914-1601153) as very strong candidate members of the {beta} Pictoris moving group and one strong candidate member (2MASSJ05332558-5117131) of the Tucana-Horologium association; these three stars have radial velocity measurements confirming their membership and lithium detections consistent with young age.

  19. Accretion Disks around Young Stars: An Observational Perspective

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    Ménard, F.; Bertout, C.

    Accretion disks are pivotal elements in the formation and early evolution of solar-like stars. On top of supplying the raw material, their internal conditions also regulate the formation of planets. Their study therefore holds the key to solve this long standing mystery: how did our Solar System form? This chapter focuses on observational studies of the circumstellar environment, and in particular of circumstellar disks, associated with pre-main sequence solar-like stars. The direct measurement of disk parameters poses an obvious challenge: at the distance of the typical star forming regions ( e.g. 140 pc for Taurus), a planetary system like ours (with diameter simeq50 AU out to Pluto, but excluding the Kuiper belt which could extend much farther out) subtends only 0.35''. Yet its surface brightness is low in comparison to the bright central star and high angular and high contrast imaging techniques are required if one hopes to resolve and measure these protoplanetary disks. Fortunately, capable instruments providing 0.1'' resolution or better and high contrast have been available for just about 10 years now. They are covering a large part of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the UV/Optical with HST and the near-infrared from ground-based adaptive optics systems, to the millimetric range with long-baseline radio interferometers. It is therefore not surprising that our knowledge of the structure of the disks surrounding low-mass stars has made a gigantic leap forward in the last decade. In the following pages we will attempt to describe, in a historical perpective, the road that led to the idea that most solar-like stars are surrounded by an accretion disk at one point in their early life and how, nowadays, their structural and physical parameters can be estimated from direct observations. We will follow by a short discussion of a few of the constraints available regarding the evolution and dissipation of these disks. This last topic is particularly relevant today to understand the mechanism leading to the formation of planets.

  20. Determining the Locations of Brown Dwarfs in Young Star Clusters

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    Porter, Lauren A.

    2005-01-01

    Brown dwarfs are stellar objects with masses less than 0.08 times that of the Sun that are unable to sustain nuclear fusion. Because of the lack of fusion, they are relatively cold, allowing the formation of methane and water molecules in their atmospheres. Brown dwarfs can be detected by examining stars' absorption spectra in the near-infrared to see whether methane and water are present. The objective of this research is to determine the locations of brown dwarfs in Rho Ophiuchus, a star cluster that is only 1 million years old. The cluster was observed in four filters in the near-infrared range using the Wide-Field Infra-Red Camera (WIRC) on the 100" DuPont Telescope and Persson's Auxiliary Nasymith Infrared Camera (PANIC) on the 6.5-m Magellan Telescope. By comparing the magnitude of a star in each of the four filters, an absorption spectrum can be formed. This project uses standard astronomical techniques to reduce raw frames into final images and perform photometry on them to obtain publishable data. Once this is done, it will be possible to determine the locations and magnitudes of brown dwarfs within the cluster.

  1. Vertical Structure of Magnetized Accretion Disks Around Young Stars

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    Tapia, Carlos; Lizano, Susana

    2016-01-01

    We model the vertical structure of magnetized accretion disks subject to viscous and resistive heating, and irradiation by the central star. We apply our formalism to the radial structure of magnetized accretion disks threaded by a poloidal magnetic field dragged during the process of star formation developed by Shu and coworkers. We consider disks around low mass protostars, T Tauri, and FU Orionis stars. We consider two levels of disk magnetization, ?sys = 4 (strongly magnetized disks), and ?sys = 12 (weakly magnetized disks). The rotation rates of strongly magnetized disks have large deviations from Keplerian rotation. In these models, resistive heating dominates the thermal structure for the FU Ori disk. The T Tauri disk is very thin and cold because it is strongly compressed by magnetic pressure; it may be too thin compared with observations. Instead, in the weakly magnetized disks, rotation velocities are close to Keplerian, and resistive heating is always less than 7% of the viscous heating. In these models, the T Tauri disk has a larger aspect ratio, consistent with that inferred from observations. All the disks have spatially extended hot atmospheres where the irradiation flux is absorbed, although most of the mass (~ 90 - 95 %) is in the disk midplane.

  2. THE NEARBY, YOUNG, ISOLATED, DUSTY STAR HD 166191

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    Schneider, Adam; Song, Inseok; Hufford, Tara; Melis, Carl; Zuckerman, B.; Bessell, Mike; Hinkley, Sasha E-mail: song@physast.uga.edu E-mail: cmelis@ucsd.edu E-mail: bessell@mso.anu.edu.au

    2013-11-01

    We report an in-depth study of the F8-type star HD 166191, identified in an ongoing survey for stars exhibiting infrared emission above their expected photospheres in the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer all-sky catalog. The fractional IR luminosity measured from 3.5 to 70 ?m is exceptionally high (L{sub IR}/L{sub bol} ? 10%). Near-diffraction-limited imaging observations with the T-ReCS Si filter set on the Gemini South telescope and adaptive optics imaging with the NIRC2 Lp filter on the Keck II telescope confirmed that the excess emission coincides with the star. Si-band images show a strong solid-state emission feature at ?10 ?m. Theoretical evolutionary isochrones and optical spectroscopic observations indicate a stellar age in the range 10-100 Myr. The large dust mass seen in HD 166191's terrestrial planet zone is indicative of a recent collision between planetary embryos or massive ongoing collisional grinding associated with planet building.

  3. Modeling tracers of young stellar population age in star-forming galaxies

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    Levesque, Emily M.; Leitherer, Claus

    2013-12-20

    The young stellar population of a star-forming galaxy is the primary engine driving its radiative properties. As a result, the age of a galaxy's youngest generation of stars is critical for a detailed understanding of its star formation history, stellar content, and evolutionary state. Here we present predicted equivalent widths for the H?, H?, and Br? recombination lines as a function of stellar population age. The equivalent widths are produced by the latest generations of stellar evolutionary tracks and the Starburst99 stellar population synthesis code, and are the first to fully account for the combined effects of both nebular emission and continuum absorption produced by the synthetic stellar population. Our grid of model stellar populations spans six metallicities (0.001 < Z < 0.04), two treatments of star formation history (a 10{sup 6} M {sub ?} instantaneous burst and a continuous star formation rate of 1 M {sub ?} yr{sup –1}), and two different treatments of initial rotation rate (v {sub rot} = 0.0v {sub crit} and 0.4v {sub crit}). We also investigate the effects of varying the initial mass function. Given constraints on galaxy metallicity, our predicted equivalent widths can be applied to observations of star-forming galaxies to approximate the age of their young stellar populations.

  4. PRECISE HIGH-CADENCE TIME SERIES OBSERVATIONS OF FIVE VARIABLE YOUNG STARS IN AURIGA WITH MOST

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    Cody, Ann Marie; Tayar, Jamie; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Kallinger, Thomas

    2013-03-15

    To explore young star variability on a large range of timescales, we have used the MOST satellite to obtain 24 days of continuous, sub-minute cadence, high-precision optical photometry on a field of classical and weak-lined T Tauri stars (TTSs) in the Taurus-Auriga star formation complex. Observations of AB Aurigae, SU Aurigae, V396 Aurigae, V397 Aurigae, and HD 31305 reveal brightness fluctuations at the 1%-10% level on timescales of hours to weeks. We have further assessed the variability properties with Fourier, wavelet, and autocorrelation techniques, identifying one significant period per star. We present spot models in an attempt to fit the periodicities, but find that we cannot fully account for the observed variability. Rather, all stars exhibit a mixture of periodic and aperiodic behavior, with the latter dominating stochastically on timescales less than several days. After removal of the main periodicity, periodograms for each light curve display power-law trends consistent with those seen for other young accreting stars. Several of our targets exhibited unusual variability patterns not anticipated by prior studies, and we propose that this behavior originates with the circumstellar disks. The MOST observations underscore the need for investigation of TTS light variations on a wide range of timescales in order to elucidate the physical processes responsible; we provide guidelines for future time series observations.

  5. New circumstellar disk candidates around young low mass stars and brown dwarfs

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    Boucher, Anne; Lafrenière, David; Gagné, Jonathan; Malo, Lison; Doyon, Rene

    2015-12-01

    It is now common knowledge that circumstellar disks are signposts of past or ongoing planetary system formation. Their presence and their properties, in relation to those of their host star, also bear valuable information about the process of star formation itself. To address these questions, we started a project to uncover new circumstellar disks around newly identified low mass star and brown dwarf candidates in nearby young kinematic associations. Being near the stellar/substellar mass boundary, these hosts - and their potential disks - are particularly interesting to study both star and planet formation. We used a least squares approach to fit synthetic spectra to the observed photometric data of each star, covering from 0.8 µm up to 22 µm, and then identified candidates showing a significant excess compared to the best fits. We then carefully looked at the data for these candidates to filter out those biased by contaminants or other artefacts. We ended up with a list of 4 young stars and brown dwarfs strongly suspected of being surrounded by a disk. Here we will present our search method and some properties of our newly identified disk-bearing candidates.

  6. Young Stars in an Old Bulge: A Natural Outcome of Internal Evolution in the Milky Way

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    Ness, M.; Debattista, Victor P.; Bensby, T.; Feltzing, S.; Roškar, R.; Cole, D. R.; Johnson, J. A.; Freeman, K.

    2014-06-01

    The center of our disk galaxy, the Milky Way, is dominated by a boxy/peanut-shaped bulge. Numerous studies of the bulge based on stellar photometry have concluded that the bulge stars are exclusively old. The perceived lack of young stars in the bulge strongly constrains its likely formation scenarios, providing evidence that the bulge is a unique population that formed early and separately from the disk. However, recent studies of individual bulge stars using the microlensing technique have reported that they span a range of ages, emphasizing that the bulge may not be a monolithic structure. In this Letter we demonstrate that the presence of young stars that are located predominantly nearer to the plane is expected for a bulge that has formed from the disk via dynamical instabilities. Using an N-body+ smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulation of a disk galaxy forming out of gas cooling inside a dark matter halo and forming stars, we find a qualitative agreement between our model and the observations of younger metal-rich stars in the bulge. We are also able to partially resolve the apparent contradiction in the literature between results that argue for a purely old bulge population and those that show a population comprised of a range in ages; the key is where to look.

  7. Young Stellar Objects in the Massive Star-forming Region W49

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    Saral, G.; Hora, J. L.; Willis, S. E.; Koenig, X. P.; Gutermuth, R. A.; Saygac, A. T.

    2015-11-01

    We present the initial results of our investigation of the star-forming complex W49, one of the youngest and most luminous massive star-forming regions in our Galaxy. We used Spitzer/Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) data to investigate massive star formation with the primary objective of locating a representative set of protostars and the clusters of young stars that are forming around them. We present our source catalog with the mosaics from the IRAC data. In this study we used a combination of IRAC, MIPS, Two Micron All Sky Survey, and UKIRT Deep Infrared Sky Survey (UKIDSS) data to identify and classify the young stellar objects (YSOs). We identified 232 Class 0/I YSOs, 907 Class II YSOs, and 74 transition disk candidate objects using color–color and color–magnitude diagrams. In addition, to understand the evolution of star formation in W49, we analyzed the distribution of YSOs in the region to identify clusters using a minimal spanning tree method. The fraction of YSOs that belong to clusters with ?7 members is found to be 52% for a cutoff distance of 96?, and the ratio of Class II/I objects is 2.1. We compared the W49 region to the G305 and G333 star-forming regions and concluded that W49 has the richest population, with seven subclusters of YSOs.

  8. YOUNG STARS IN AN OLD BULGE: A NATURAL OUTCOME OF INTERNAL EVOLUTION IN THE MILKY WAY

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    Ness, M.; Debattista, Victor P.; Cole, D. R.; Bensby, T.; Feltzing, S.; Roškar, R.; Johnson, J. A.; Freeman, K.

    2014-06-01

    The center of our disk galaxy, the Milky Way, is dominated by a boxy/peanut-shaped bulge. Numerous studies of the bulge based on stellar photometry have concluded that the bulge stars are exclusively old. The perceived lack of young stars in the bulge strongly constrains its likely formation scenarios, providing evidence that the bulge is a unique population that formed early and separately from the disk. However, recent studies of individual bulge stars using the microlensing technique have reported that they span a range of ages, emphasizing that the bulge may not be a monolithic structure. In this Letter we demonstrate that the presence of young stars that are located predominantly nearer to the plane is expected for a bulge that has formed from the disk via dynamical instabilities. Using an N-body+ smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulation of a disk galaxy forming out of gas cooling inside a dark matter halo and forming stars, we find a qualitative agreement between our model and the observations of younger metal-rich stars in the bulge. We are also able to partially resolve the apparent contradiction in the literature between results that argue for a purely old bulge population and those that show a population comprised of a range in ages; the key is where to look.

  9. Are superluminous supernovae and long GRBs the products of dynamical processes in young dense star clusters?

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    Van den Heuvel, E. P. J.; Portegies Zwart, S. F.

    2013-12-20

    Superluminous supernovae (SLSNe) occur almost exclusively in small galaxies (Small/Large Magellanic Cloud (SMC/LMC)-like or smaller), and the few SLSNe observed in larger star-forming galaxies always occur close to the nuclei of their hosts. Another type of peculiar and highly energetic supernovae are the broad-line Type Ic SNe (SN Ic-BL) that are associated with long-duration gamma-ray bursts (LGRBs). Also these have a strong preference for occurring in small (SMC/LMC-like or smaller) star-forming galaxies, and in these galaxies LGRBs always occur in the brightest spots. Studies of nearby star-forming galaxies that are similar to the hosts of LGRBs show that these brightest spots are giant H II regions produced by massive dense young star clusters with many hundreds of O- and Wolf-Rayet-type stars. Such dense young clusters are also found in abundance within a few hundred parsecs from the nucleus of larger galaxies like our own. We argue that the SLSNe and the SNe Ic-BL/LGRBs are exclusive products of two types of dynamical interactions in dense young star clusters. In our model the high angular momentum of the collapsing stellar cores required for the engines of an SN Ic-BL results from the post-main-sequence mergers of dynamically produced cluster binaries with almost equal-mass components. The merger produces a critically rotating single helium star with sufficient angular momentum to produce an LGRB; the observed 'metal aversion' of LGRBs is a natural consequence of the model. We argue that, on the other hand, SLSNe could be the products of runaway multiple collisions in dense clusters, and we present (and quantize) plausible scenarios of how the different types of SLSNe can be produced.

  10. Clustering Properties of Young Stellar Objects in the Massive Star Forming Region W49

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    Saral, Gozde; Hora, Joseph L.; Koenig, Xavier; Saygac, Talat

    2014-06-01

    Massive stars play a vital role in the star formation process, yet their own formation and their effects on subsequent generations of star formation is not well understood. To improve our understanding, we have begun a detailed study of massive and active star forming complexes in giant molecular clouds outside the Galactic Center. One of the main goals of this study is to identify and classify the Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) in each region by using Spitzer Space Telescope IRAC & MIPS data. Following this,YSO clusters will be identified based on spatial distributions of the detected sources. Studying clusters with different evolutionary stages will help us to understand the formation and evolution processes from beginning to end. This study will also provide significant information on how massive stars interact with their environment and how they affect the low-mass star formation in the cloud. Within this context, we present the initial results of our investigation on the star-forming complex W49 that is one of the youngest, most luminous and most massive star formation region in the Galaxy. We used a combination of Spitzer Space Telescope IRAC & MIPS data, Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and UKIRT Deep Infrared Sky Survey (UKIDSS) data to identify and classify the Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) and generated a final catalog with a photometry of sources containing more than 2 million sources within an area of size ?lx?b = 2°.6 x 3°.4, centered at (l,b) = (42°.7,0°.04) over a wavelength range from 1.2 to 24 ?m. With a preliminary source classification we identified thousands of YSO candidates. In addition, to understand the evolution of star formation in W49 we analyzed the distributions of YSOs to identify the clusters based on spatial distributions of the detected sources.

  11. Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Water and Organics in Protoplanetary Disks around Young Stars

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    Sargent, Benjamin; Forrest, William; Watson, Dan M.; Calvet, Nuria; Furlan, Elise; Kim, Kyoung-Hee; Green, Joel; Pontoppidan, Klaus Martin; Tayrien, Cyprian

    2015-08-01

    The building blocks of planets in planet-forming ("protoplanetary") disks are assembled early in the lifetime of a young star. The gas disks are relatively short-lived, with a half-life of about 3 million years, as chemical reactions modify the reservoir of material from the natal molecular cloud. 5 - 7.5 ?m wavelength Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) spectra of about a dozen T Tauri stars in the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region showing emission from water vapor and absorption from other gases in these stars' protoplanetary disks will be presented. Some of these stars' spectra show a strong emission manifold at 6.6 ?m due to the nu2 = 1 - 0 bending mode of water vapor, with the shape of the spectrum suggesting water vapor temperatures > 500 K. Other stars' spectra show a strong absorption band, peaking in strength at 5.6 - 5.7 ?m, which appears consistent in some cases with gaseous formaldehyde (H2CO) and in other cases with formic acid (HCOOH). Modeling of these stars' spectra suggests these gases are present in the inner few AU -- i.e., in the planet-forming regions -- of their disks. How the gaseous features observed between 5 - 7.5 ?m relate to those at other wavelengths will be discussed. Future directions for this research, including both pursuing confirmation of HCOOH and H2CO features at these and other wavelengths and modeling of the gas features at these wavelengths in other Spitzer-IRS spectra of protoplanetary disks around young stars, will also be discussed. This work suggests that water and organic molecules, which are crucial for life as we know it, are present in the habitable zones of stars at a very early age [of 1-3 million years].

  12. YOUNG STELLAR POPULATIONS AND STAR CLUSTERS IN NGC 1705

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    Annibali, F.; Greggio, L.; Tosi, M.; Montegriffo, P.; Monelli, M.; Sirianni, M.; Aloisi, A.

    2009-07-15

    We present Hubble Space Telescope (HST) photometry of the late-type dwarf galaxy NGC 1705 observed with the Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in the F380W and F439W bands and with the Advanced Camera for Surveys/High-Resolution Channel (HRC) in the F330W, F555W, and F814W broad-band filters. We cross-correlate these data with previous ones acquired with the WFPC2 in the F555W, F814W bands, and derive multiband color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of the cross-identified individual stars and candidate star clusters. For the central regions of the galaxy, where HST-NICMOS F110W and F160W photometry is also available, we present U, B, V, I, J, H CMDs of the 256 objects with magnitudes measured in all bands. While our previous study based on F555W, F814W, F110W, and F160W data allowed us to trace the star formation history of NGC 1705 back to a Hubble time, the new data provide a better insight on its recent evolution. With the method of the synthetic CMDs, we confirm the presence of two strong bursts of star formation (SF). The older of the two bursts (B1) occurred between {approx}10 and 15 Myr ago, coeval to the age of the central super star cluster (SSC). The younger burst (B2) started {approx}3 Myr ago, and it is still active. The stellar mass produced by B2 amounts to {approx}10{sup 6} M {sub sun}, and it is a factor of {approx}3 lower for B1. The interburst phase was likely characterized by a much lower level of SF rather than by its complete cessation. The two bursts show distinct spatial distributions: while B1 is centrally concentrated, B2 is more diffused, and presents ring and arclike structures that remind of an expanding shell. This suggests a feedback mechanism, in which the expanding superbubble observed in NGC 1705, likely generated by the 10-15 Myr burst, triggered the current strong SF activity. The excellent spatial resolution of the HRC allowed us to reliably identify 12 star clusters (plus the SSC) in the central {approx}26'' x 29'' region of NGC 1705, 10 of which have photometry in all the UBVIJH bands. The comparison of the cluster photometry with the GALEV populations synthesis models provides ages from {approx}10 Myr to {approx}1 Gyr, and masses between {approx}10{sup 4} and 10{sup 5} M {sub sun}. The conspicuous cluster population in the central regions, with one SSC, one populous cluster, and several regular ones, confirm the strong star-forming activity of NGC 1705.

  13. SIM PlanetQuest Key Project Precursor Observations to Detect Gas Giant Planets Around Young Stars

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    Angelle Tanner; Charles Beichman; Rachel Akeson; Andrea Ghez; Konstantin N. Grankin; William Herbst; Lynne Hillenbrand; Marcos Huerta; Quinn Konopacky; Stanimir Metchev; Subhanjoy Mohanty; L. Prato; Michal Simon}

    2007-05-25

    We present a review of precursor observing programs for the SIM PlanetQuest Key project devoted to detecting Jupiter mass planets around young stars. In order to ensure that the stars in the sample are free of various sources of astrometric noise that might impede the detection of planets, we have initiated programs to collect photometry, high contrast images, interferometric data and radial velocities for stars in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. We have completed a high contrast imaging survey of target stars in Taurus and the Pleiades and found no definitive common proper motion companions within one arcsecond (140 AU) of the SIM targets. Our radial velocity surveys have shown that many of the target stars in Sco-Cen are fast rotators and a few stars in Taurus and the Pleiades may have sub-stellar companions. Interferometric data of a few stars in Taurus show no signs of stellar or sub-stellar companions with separations of 0.1 mag) that would degrade the astrometric accuracy achievable for that star. While the precursor programs are still a work in progress, we provide a comprehensive list of all targets ranked according to their viability as a result of the observations taken to date. By far, the observable that moves the most targets from the SIM-YSO program is photometric variability.

  14. Star Formation in the vicinity of Nuclear Black Holes: Young Stellar Objects close to Sgr A*

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    Jalali, B; Eckart, A; Zwart, S Portegies; Sabha, N; Borkar, A; Moultaka, J; Muži?, K; Moser, L

    2014-01-01

    It is often assumed that the strong gravitational field of a super-massive black hole disrupts an adjacent molecular cloud preventing classical star formation in the deep potential well of the black hole. Yet, young stars have been observed across the entire nuclear star cluster of the Milky Way including the region close ($<$0.5~pc) to the central black hole, Sgr A*. Here, we focus particularly on small groups of young stars, such as IRS 13N located 0.1 pc away from Sgr A*, which is suggested to contain about five embedded massive young stellar objects ($<$1 Myr). We perform three dimensional hydrodynamical simulations to follow the evolution of molecular clumps orbiting about a $4\\times10^6~M_{\\odot}$ black hole, to constrain the formation and the physical conditions of such groups. The molecular clumps in our models assumed to be isothermal containing 100 $M_{\\odot}$ in $<$0.2 pc radius. Such molecular clumps exist in the circumnuclear disk of the Galaxy. In our highly eccentrically orbiting clump...

  15. Uncovering the Properties of Young Neutron Stars and their Surrounding Supernova Remnants

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    Oliversen, Ronald J. (Technical Monitor); Slane, Patrick O.

    2004-01-01

    This five-year grant involves the study of young neutron stars, particularly those in supernova remnants.In the fourth year of this program, the following studies have been undertaken in support of this effort: 1.CTA 1: Following up on our ROSAT and ASCA studies of this SNR, we obtained observations with the XMM-Newton observatory to investigate the central compact source and surrounding nebula. 2. 3C 58: Based upon our earlier Chandra observations, we submitted a successful Chandra Large Project proposal for a 350 ks observation of this young neutron star and its wind nebula. 3. G347.3 - - 0.5: Our Chandra observations of portions of this SNR were aimed at studying the nonthermal X-ray emission from the remnant shell. 4. Chandra Survey for Compact Objects in Supernova Remnants: We have formed a collaboration to carry out an extensive search for young neutron stars in nearby supernova remnants. Using X-ray observations from an approved Chandra Large Project, as well as from additional approved XMM observations, we are investigating a volume-limited sample of SNRs for which there is currently no evidence of associated neutron stars.

  16. Gyrochronology of Low-mass Stars - Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for Young M Dwarfs

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    Kidder, Benjamin; Shkolnik, E.; Skiff, B.

    2014-01-01

    New rotation periods for 34 young <300 Myr), early-M dwarfs within 25 parsecs were measured using photometric data collected with telescopes at Lowell Observatory during 2012 and 2013. An additional 25 rotation periods for members of the same sample were found in the literature. Ages were derived from H? and X-ray emission, lithium absorption, surface gravity, and kinematic association of members of known young moving groups (YMGs). We compared rotation periods with the estimated ages as well as indicators of magnetic activity, with the intention of strengthening age-rotation-activity relations and assessing the possible use of gyrochronology in young, low-mass stars. We compared ages and rotation periods of our target stars to cluster members spanning 1-600 Myr. Rotation periods at every age exhibit a large scatter, with values typically ranging from 0.2 to 15 days. This suggests that gyrochronology for individual field stars will not be possible without a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms that govern angular momentum evolution. Yet, on average, the data still support the predicted trends for spin-up during contraction and spin-down on the main sequence, with the turnover occurring at around 150 Myr for early Ms. This suggests that rotation period distributions can be helpful in evaluating the ages of coeval groups of stars. Many thanks to the National Science Foundation for their support through the Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant AST- 1004107.

  17. Magneto-rotational and thermal evolution of young neutron stars

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    Popov, S. B.

    2015-11-01

    After a brief review of population synthesis of close-by cooling neutron stars, I focus on the interpretation of the dichotomy of spin periods of near-by coolers. The existence of two well separated groups - short period (˜ 0.1-0.3 s) radio pulsars and long period (˜ 3-10 s) radio quiet sources, aka the Magnificent Seven, - can not easily be explained by unified models developed recently (Popov et al. 2010; Gullón et al. 2014). I speculate that the most natural solution of the problem can be in the bimodal initial magnetic-field distribution related to the existence of an additional mechanism of field generation in magnetars.

  18. Deep HST/ACS Photometry of an Arc of Young Stars in the Southern Halo of M82

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    Suwannajak, Chutipong

    2016-01-01

    We present deep HST/ACS photometry of an arclike, overdense region of stars in the southern halo of M82, located approximately 5 kpc from its disk. This arc feature was originally identified about a decade ago. The early ground-based studies suggested that it contains young stars with ages and metallicities similar to those that formed in the tidal tails between M81, M82, and NGC3077 during their interactions. The arc is clearly presented in the spatial distribution of stars in our field with significantly higher stellar density than the background M82 halo stars. The location of the tip of the red giant branch (RGB) reveals the arc to have a similar distance to M81 and M82, therefore confirming that it belongs to this interacting system. Combining our data with those from the ACS Nearby Galaxy Survey Treasury (ANGST), we construct a color-magnitude diagram (CMD) for the arc. A sequence of young stars is clearly presented on its CMD. This young main sequence is not seen in other parts of the M82 halo. Single-metallicity isochrones are used to derive the age of the young stars in the arc. We confirm that these stars exhibit ages consistent with young stars found in the HI bridges between M81, M82 and NGC3077. Furthermore, the mean metallicity of the RGB stars is also derived from their metallicity distribution function and found to be similar to that found in the HI bridges.

  19. The evolution of surface magnetic fields in young solar-type stars

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    Folsom, C P; Bouvier, J; Morin, J; Lèbre, A

    2015-01-01

    Surface rotation rates of young solar-type stars display drastic changes at the end of the pre-main sequence through the early main sequence. This may trigger corresponding changes in the magnetic dynamos operating in these stars, which ought to be observable in their surface magnetic fields. We present here the first results of an observational effort aimed at characterizing the evolution of stellar magnetic fields through this critical phase. We observed stars from open clusters and associations, which range from 20 to 600 Myr, and used Zeeman Doppler Imaging to characterize their complex magnetic fields. We find a clear trend towards weaker magnetic fields for older ages, as well as a tight correlation between magnetic field strength and Rossby number over this age range. Comparing to results for younger T Tauri stars, we observe a very significant change in magnetic strength and geometry, as the radiative core develops during the late pre-main sequence.

  20. Statistical fractal analysis of 25 young star clusters

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    Gregorio-Hetem, J; Santos-Silva, T; Fernandes, B

    2015-01-01

    A large sample of young stellar groups is analysed aiming to investigate their clustering properties and dynamical evolution. A comparison of the Q statistical parameter, measured for the clusters, with the fractal dimension estimated for the projected clouds shows that 52% of the sample has substructures and tends to follow the theoretically expected relation between clusters and clouds, according to calculations for artificial distribution of points. The fractal statistics was also compared to structural parameters revealing that clusters having radial density profile show a trend of parameter s increasing with mean surface stellar density. The core radius of the sample, as a function of age, follows a distribution similar to that observed in stellar groups of Milky Way and other galaxies. They also have dynamical age, indicated by their crossing time that is similar to unbound associations. The statistical analysis allowed us to separate the sample into two groups showing different clustering characteristi...

  1. Analysis of MOST light curves of five young stars in Taurus-Auriga and Lupus 3 star-forming regions

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    Siwak, Michal; Rucinski, Slavek M.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Kuschnig, Rainer; Guenther, David B.; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Sasselov, Dimitar; Weiss, Werner W.

    2011-08-01

    Continuous photometric observations of five young stars obtained by the MOST satellite in 2009 and 2010 in the Taurus and Lupus star formation regions are presented. Using light-curve modelling under the assumption of internal invariability of spots, we obtained small values of the solar-type differential-rotation parameter (k = 0.0005-0.009) for three spotted weak-line T Tauri stars, V410 Tau, V987 Tau and Lupus 3-14; for another spotted weak-line T Tauri star (WTTS), Lupus 3-48, the data are consistent with a rigidly rotating surface (k = 0). Three flares of similar rise (4 min and 30 s) and decay (1 h and 45 min) times were detected in the light curve of Lupus 3-14. The brightness of the classical T Tauri star RY Tau continuously decreased over 3 weeks of its observations with a variable modulation not showing any obvious periodic signal. Based on data from the MOST satellite, a Canadian Space Agency mission, jointly operated by Dynacon Inc., the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies and the University of British Columbia, with the assistance of the University of Vienna.

  2. Are the Winds of Young Sun-like Stars Strong or Weak?

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    Wood, Brian; Mueller, H. R.; Redfield, S.

    2014-01-01

    We study the stellar wind of the young, Sun-like star Pi1 UMa (G1.5 V, 0.3 Gyr), using spectroscopic observations from the STIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Currently the only way to detect the coronal winds of Sun-like stars is through H I Lyman-alpha absorption from astrospheres (i.e., the interaction regions between stellar winds and the ISM). Past work on this absorption has demonstrated that younger, more coronally active stars tend to have stronger winds than older stars like the Sun, with winds being up to 100 times stronger than the solar wind for stars with ages of 0.7 Gyr. However, observations of two stars that are even younger and more active than this, EV Lac (M3.5 V) and Xi Boo A (G8 V), have implied surprisingly weak winds, suggesting that stellar winds are actually somehow inhibited in the coronae of the youngest and most active stars. From new HST/STIS observations of Pi1 UMa, we report a detection of astrospheric Lyman-alpha absorption for Pi1 UMa, and we find that the amount of absorption implies a mass loss rate of only 0.5 times that of the Sun. This provides support for the notion that very young and active stars actually have surprisingly weak winds. However, we also speculate about alternative interpretations of the Lyman-alpha data involving the assumption of an unconventional surrounding ISM, which could allow the Pi1 UMa data to be consistent with a much more massive wind.

  3. K-Star rapid rotators and the detection of relatively young multiple K-Star systems

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    Joss, Matthew Albert Henry

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, I searched through the Kepler light curves of 14,440 K-star targets for evidence of periodicities that indicate rapid stellar rotation. Many Kepler M, K, and G stars show modulations in flux due to rotating ...

  4. Broad Halpha wings in Nebulae around Evolved Stars and in Young Planetary Nebulae

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    A. Arrieta; S. Torres-Peimbert

    2003-02-19

    Eleven objects that have been reported as proto-planetary nebula or as young planetary nebulae that show very extended Halpha wings are presented. The extension of these wings is larger than 800 km/s. Data for two symbiotic stars that show this same characteristic is also presented. Raman scattering is the mechanism that best explains the wings in 10 of the PNe and in the 2 symbiotic stars. In the PN IRAS 20462+3416 the wing profile can be explained by very intense stellar wind.

  5. PROGRESSIVE STAR FORMATION IN THE YOUNG GALACTIC SUPER STAR CLUSTER NGC 3603

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    Beccari, Giacomo; Spezzi, Loredana; De Marchi, Guido; Andersen, Morten; Paresce, Francesco; Young, Erick; Panagia, Nino; Bond, Howard; Balick, Bruce; Calzetti, Daniela; Carollo, C. Marcella; Disney, Michael J.; Dopita, Michael A.; Frogel, Jay A.; Hall, Donald N. B.; Holtzman, Jon A.; Kimble, Randy A.; McCarthy, Patrick J.; O'Connell, Robert W.; Saha, Abhijit

    2010-09-10

    Early Release Science observations of the cluster NGC 3603 with the WFC3 on the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope allow us to study its recent star formation history. Our analysis focuses on stars with H{alpha} excess emission, a robust indicator of their pre-main sequence (PMS) accreting status. The comparison with theoretical PMS isochrones shows that 2/3 of the objects with H{alpha} excess emission have ages from 1 to 10 Myr, with a median value of 3 Myr, while a surprising 1/3 of them are older than 10 Myr. The study of the spatial distribution of these PMS stars allows us to confirm their cluster membership and to statistically separate them from field stars. This result establishes unambiguously for the first time that star formation in and around the cluster has been ongoing for at least 10-20 Myr, at an apparently increasing rate.

  6. The IMF and Internal Kinematics of the Massive Young Star Cluster, Westerlund 1

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    Lu, Jessica

    2014-10-01

    The most massive young star cluster known in the Milky Way, Westerlund 1, represents a far more extreme environment for star formation than nearby, well-studied, and lower-mass star forming regions such as Taurus and Orion. We propose to construct a complete photometric and kinematic census of Westerlund 1 in order to identify cluster members down to 0.1 solar masses, precisely determine the initial mass function (IMF), and measure the internal kinematic structure of the cluster. With these measurements, we will test whether the IMF is universal, as may be the case for nearby lower-mass star forming regions, or favors high-mass star formation, as has been suggested theoretically and from some observational results. We will observe Wd 1 with WFC3-IR, which is the only instrument capable of delivering high spatial resolution, a well-characterized and stable PSF, and a wide field of view at infrared wavelengths. We exploit WFC3's capabilities to cover the full extent of the cluster with photometry, to correct for variable extinction and derive stellar masses, and with proper motions, to distinguish between cluster members and contaminating field stars. Our proposed observations of Westerlund 1 will help determine whether the star formation process, and the emergent stellar mass distribution, varies with initial cloud conditions.

  7. The Mass Function of Young Star Clusters in the "Antennae" Galaxies.

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    Zhang; Fall

    1999-12-20

    We determine the mass function of young star clusters in the merging galaxies known as the "Antennae" (NGC 4038/9) from deep images taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. This is accomplished by means of reddening-free parameters and a comparison with stellar population synthesis tracks to estimate the intrinsic luminosity and age, and hence the mass, of each cluster. We find that the mass function of the young star clusters (with ages less, similar160 Myr) is well represented by a power law of the form psi&parl0;M&parr0;~M-2 over the range 104 less, similarM less, similar106 M middle dot in circle. This result may have important implications for our understanding of the origin of globular clusters during the early phases of galactic evolution. PMID:10577944

  8. Mapping the circumstellar environment of a young very low mass star

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    Bozhinova, Inna; Scholz, Alexander; Wood, Kenneth; Starkey, David; Horne, Keith

    2015-10-01

    Young stellar objects exhibit variability due to surface features on the star, star-disk interaction, and inhomogenities in the inner disk. Over recent years, multi-band monitoring campaigns have proven to be an effective tool to map the complex environment of young stars and to investigate the physical processes associated with the formation of planets. Here we propose to use Spitzer, combined with ground-based telescopes, to monitor a young very low mass star simultaneous in the mid-infrared and optical. Our target has shown persistent high-level variability over more than a decade of optical monitoring. Our aim is to map the geometry of the inner disk and the accretion flow, for the first time for an object with a mass of only 0.1 Msol. There are clear indications that accretion and disk evolution are dependent on the mass of the central object. By targeting a very low mass star we can explore the physical processes in the inner disk in an extreme parameter regime. We plan to apply two different strategies to obtain spatial constraints. We will monitor over the rotational timescale of several days, to obtain azimuthal information about hot spots on the stellar surface and structures in the inner disk material. In addition, we will derive the inner radius of the disk by measuring the delay between optical and mid-infrared variations ('light echos') over timescales of one hour. In total, we ask for 10 hours of Spitzer/IRAC 4.5mu observing, spread over ten days. Guaranteed time at ground-based telescope will provide the simultaneous optical data. Our team combines the expertise for monitoring campaigns, radiative transfer modeling, and light echo modeling.

  9. Radiation-driven warping of circumbinary disks around eccentric young star binaries

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    Hayasaki, Kimitake; Sohn, Bong Won; Jung, Taehyun; Zhao, Guangyao; Okazaki, Atsuo T.; Naito, Tsuguya

    2014-12-10

    We study a warping instability of a geometrically thin, non-self-gravitating, circumbinary disk around young binary stars on an eccentric orbit. Such a disk is subject to both the tidal torques due to a time-dependent binary potential and the radiative torques due to radiation emitted from each star. The tilt angle between the circumbinary disk plane and the binary orbital plane is assumed to be very small. We find that there is a radius within/beyond which the circumbinary disk is unstable to radiation-driven warping, depending on the disk density and temperature gradient indices. This marginally stable warping radius is very sensitive to viscosity parameters, a fiducial disk radius and the temperature measured there, the stellar luminosity, and the disk surface density at a radius where the disk changes from optically thick to thin for the irradiation from the central stars. On the other hand, it is insensitive to the orbital eccentricity and binary irradiation parameter, which is a function of the binary mass ratio and luminosity of each star. Since the tidal torques can suppress the warping in the inner part of the circumbinary disk, the disk starts to be warped in the outer part. While the circumbinary disks are most likely to be subject to the radiation-driven warping on an AU to kilo-AU scale for binaries with young massive stars more luminous than 10{sup 4} L {sub ?}, the radiation-driven warping does not work for those around young binaries with the luminosity comparable to the solar luminosity.

  10. Multi-wavelength Study of Young Massive Star Clusters in the Interacting Galaxy ARP 24

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    Chen Cao; Hong Wu

    2006-12-25

    We made a multi-wavelength study of young massive star clusters (YSCs) in the interacting galaxy ARP 24, using the optical and ultraviolet images from Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and Galaxy Evolution Explorer; the mid-infrared images from Spitzer Space Telescope; and the narrow-band Ha image and optical spectra from the NAOC 2.16m telescope. Based on the HST images, we found that the brightest infrared knot in ARP 24 is associated with a complex of five young massive star clusters, within a region of ~ 0.95" radius (127pc) in size. The ages and masses of the star clusters in this complex and other regions were estimated using HST broadband photometries and the Starburst99 synthesis models. The star clusters in this complex are very young (within ages of ~ 3-5 Myr) and massive (masses of ~ 10^5 Msun). The ionization parameter and metallicity of the complex were estimated using the emission line ratios, and the star formation rates were calculated using monochromatic 24um, FUV, and Ha line luminosities. We speculate that ARP 24 may formed by a retrograde fly-by encounter indicated by its one-armed appearance and fan-like structure, and the formation of the YSCs in this galaxy is triggered by the interaction. The clusters in the YSC complex may formed in a single giant molecular cloud simultaneously. From the ultraviolet to mid-infrared spectral energy distributions, we found that the region of the YSC complex is relatively bluer in optical and has higher 24um dust emission relative to the starlight and 8um emission. This warm infrared color may due to strong UV radiation field or other mechanisms (e.g., shocks) within this region which may destroy the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and enhance the small grain emission at 24um.

  11. Radiation-driven Warping of Circumbinary Disks around Eccentric Young Star Binaries

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    Hayasaki, Kimitake; Sohn, Bong Won; Okazaki, Atsuo T.; Jung, Taehyun; Zhao, Guangyao; Naito, Tsuguya

    2014-12-01

    We study a warping instability of a geometrically thin, non-self-gravitating, circumbinary disk around young binary stars on an eccentric orbit. Such a disk is subject to both the tidal torques due to a time-dependent binary potential and the radiative torques due to radiation emitted from each star. The tilt angle between the circumbinary disk plane and the binary orbital plane is assumed to be very small. We find that there is a radius within/beyond which the circumbinary disk is unstable to radiation-driven warping, depending on the disk density and temperature gradient indices. This marginally stable warping radius is very sensitive to viscosity parameters, a fiducial disk radius and the temperature measured there, the stellar luminosity, and the disk surface density at a radius where the disk changes from optically thick to thin for the irradiation from the central stars. On the other hand, it is insensitive to the orbital eccentricity and binary irradiation parameter, which is a function of the binary mass ratio and luminosity of each star. Since the tidal torques can suppress the warping in the inner part of the circumbinary disk, the disk starts to be warped in the outer part. While the circumbinary disks are most likely to be subject to the radiation-driven warping on an AU to kilo-AU scale for binaries with young massive stars more luminous than 104 L ?, the radiation-driven warping does not work for those around young binaries with the luminosity comparable to the solar luminosity.

  12. 30 Doradus - Relating Young Stars Imaged by Spitzer and Hubble to the CO Molecular Gas Observed with ALMA

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    Nayak, Omnarayani; Meixner, Margaret; Indebetouw, Remy; Sabbi, Elena; De Marchi, Guido; Panagia, Nino

    2016-01-01

    The majority of star have masses less than 8 solar mass and form in clumps that are less than 1 pc in size. The sub-parsec scales in which star formation takes place makes it difficult to resolve the effects star formation and the surrounding dense gas have on each other. The Magellanic Clouds are more active in forming high mass stars as compared to the Milky Way. The SAGE and Heritage surveys combined with the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project provide us the opportunity to study high-mass (>15 solar masses) and low-mass (<1 solar mass) star formation. ALMA observations cover a 60 pc x 30 pc region of CO gas slightly north of the R136 cluster in 30 Doradus. We find 16 young stellar objects and about a 100 pre-main-sequence stars within the ALMA footprint. We define young stellar objects to be very early stage stars that are about 10,000 years old and whose SEDs peak in the infrared, and we use pre-main-sequence-stars to refer to slightly older stars that can be seen in the optical. I will use dendrograms to analyze both the high- and low-mass star properties with respect to the CO gas structure observed with ALMA. Preliminary results show that not all massive young stellar objects are associated with CO gas, higher mass clumps tend to form higher mass stars and are more likely to have multiple young stars, and lower mass clumps tend to not be gravitationally bound however the larger clouds are bound. Looking at the interplay between dense molecular gas and the newly forming stars in a stellar nursery will shed light on how these stars formed: monolithic collapse or competitive accretion.

  13. Search for young low-mass stars in a ROSAT selected sample south of the Taurus-Auriga molecular clouds

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    A. Magazzu; E. L. Martin; M. F. Sterzik; R. Neuhaeuser; E. Covino; J. M. Alcala

    1996-12-19

    We present results of intermediate resolution spectroscopy of 131 optical counterparts to 115 ROSAT All-Sky Survey X-ray sources south of the Taurus-Auriga dark cloud complex. These objects have been selected as candidate young stars from a total of 1084 ROSAT sources in a about 300 square degree area. We identify 30 objects as low-mass PMS stars on the basis of the Li 6708 doublet in their spectrum, a signature of their young age. All these stars have a spectral type later than F7 and show spectral characteristics typical of weak-line and post-T Tauri stars. The presence of young objects several parsecs away from the regions of ongoing star formation is discussed in the light of the current models of T Tauri dispersal.

  14. SINFONI in the Galactic Center: young stars and IR flares in the central light month

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    F. Eisenhauer; R. Genzel; T. Alexander; R. Abuter; T. Paumard; T. Ott; A. Gilbert; S. Gillessen; M. Horrobin; S. Trippe; H. Bonnet; C. Dumas; N. Hubin; A. Kaufer; M. Kissler-Patig; G. Monnet; S. Stroebele; T. Szeifert; A. Eckart; R. Schoedel; S. Zucker

    2005-02-06

    We report 75 milli-arcsec resolution, near-IR imaging spectroscopy within the central 30 light days of the Galactic Center [...]. To a limiting magnitude of K~16, 9 of 10 stars in the central 0.4 arcsec, and 13 of 17 stars out to 0.7 arcsec from the central black hole have spectral properties of B0-B9, main sequence stars. [...] all brighter early type stars have normal rotation velocities, similar to solar neighborhood stars. We [...] derive improved 3d stellar orbits for six of these S-stars in the central 0.5 arcsec. Their orientations in space appear random. Their orbital planes are not co-aligned with those of the two disks of massive young stars 1-10 arcsec from SgrA*. We can thus exclude [...] that the S-stars as a group inhabit the inner regions of these disks. They also cannot have been located/formed in these disks [...]. [...] we conclude that the S-stars were most likely brought into the central light month by strong individual scattering events. The updated estimate of distance to the Galactic center from the S2 orbit fit is Ro = 7.62 +/- 0.32 kpc, resulting in a central mass value of 3.61 +/- 0.32 x 10^6 Msun. We happened to catch two smaller flaring events from SgrA* [...]. The 1.7-2.45 mum spectral energy distributions of these flares are fit by a featureless, red power law [...]. The observed spectral slope is in good agreement with synchrotron models in which the infrared emission comes from [...] radiative inefficient accretion flow in the central R~10 Rs region.

  15. Puzzling wind properties of young massive stars in SMC-N81

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    F. Martins; D. Schaerer; D. J. Hillier; M. Heydari-Malayeri

    2004-03-17

    We present a quantitative study of the stellar and wind properties of massive stars in the compact star forming region SMC-N81. Non-LTE spherically extended atmosphere models including line-blanketing have been computed with the code CMFGEN (Hillier & Miller 1998) and the analysis of UV STIS spectra lead to the following results: 1) The SMC-N81 components are young (~ 0-4 Myrs) O stars with Teff compatible with medium to late subtypes and with luminosities lower than average Galactic O dwarfs, rendering them possible ZAMS candidates; 2) The winds are extremely weak: the mass loss rates (~1e-8/1e-9 Msol/yr) and the modified wind momenta are 1 to 2 orders of magnitude lower than observed so far for Galactic stars, and are lower than the predictions of the most recent hydrodynamical models. The reasons for such weak winds are investigated with special emphasis on the modified wind momenta: 1) There may be a break-down of the wind momentum - luminosity relation (WLR) for dwarf stars at low luminosity (log L/Lsol < 5.5). However, reasons for such a breakdown remain unknown; 2) The slope of the WLR may be steeper at low metallicity. This is predicted by the radiation driven wind theory, but the current hydrodynamical simulations do not show any change of the slope at SMC metallicity. Moreover, there are indications that some Galactic objects have wind momenta similar to those of the SMC stars; 3) Decoupling in the atmosphere may lead to multicomponent winds, but various tests indicate that this is not likely to be the case for the SMC-N81 stars. Hence, the origin of the weakness of the wind observed in these objects remains unknown. We suggest that this weakness may be linked with the youth of these stars and represents possibly the onset of stellar winds in recently formed massive stars.

  16. Hot stars in young massive clusters: Mapping the current Galactic metallicity

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    de la Fuente, Diego; Najarro, Francisco; Davies, Ben; Trombley, Christine; Figer, Donald F.; Herrero, Artemio

    2013-06-01

    Young Massive Clusters (YMCs) with ages < 6 Myr are ideal tools for mapping the current chemical abundances in the Galactic disk for several reasons. First of all, the locations of these clusters can be known through spectrophotometric distances. Secondly, their young ages guarantee that these objects present the same chemical composition than the surrounding environment where they are recently born. Finally, the YMCs host very massive stars whose extreme luminosities allow to accomplish detailed spectroscopic analyses even in the most distant regions of the Milky Way. Our group has carried out ISAAC/VLT spectroscopic observations of hot massive stars belonging to several YMCs in different locations around the Galactic disk. As a result, high signal-to-noise, near-infrared spectra of dozens of blue massive stars (including many OB supergiants, Wolf-Rayet stars and a B hypergiant) have been obtained. These data are fully reduced, and NLTE spherical atmosphere modeling is in process. Several line diagnostics will be combined in order to calculate metal abundances accurately for each cluster. The diverse locations of the clusters will allow us to draw a two-dimensional chemical map of the Galactic disk for the first time. The study of the radial and azimuthal variations of elemental abundances will be crucial for understanding the chemical evolution of the Milky Way. Particularly, the ratio between Fe-peak and alpha elements will constitute a powerful tool to investigate the past stellar populations that originated the current Galactic chemistry.

  17. Signatures of multiple stellar populations in unresolved extragalactic globular/young massive star clusters

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    Peacock, Mark B.; Zepf, Stephen E.; Finzell, Thomas

    2013-06-01

    We present an investigation of potential signatures of the formation of multiple stellar populations in recently formed extragalactic star clusters. All of the Galactic globular clusters for which good samples of individual stellar abundances are available show evidence for multiple populations. This appears to require that multiple episodes of star formation and light element enrichment are the norm in the history of a globular cluster. We show that there are detectable observational signatures of multiple formation events in the unresolved spectra of massive, young extragalactic star clusters. We present the results of a pilot program to search for one of the cleanest signatures that we identify—the combined presence of emission lines from a very recently formed population and absorption lines from a somewhat older population. A possible example of such a system is identified in the Antennae galaxies. This source's spectrum shows evidence of two stellar populations with ages of 8 Myr and 80 Myr. Further investigation shows that these populations are in fact physically separated, but only by a projected distance of 59 pc. We show that the clusters are consistent with being bound and discuss the possibility that their coalescence could result in a single globular cluster hosting multiple stellar populations. While not the prototypical system proposed by most theories of the formation of multiple populations in clusters, the detection of this system in a small sample is both encouraging and interesting. Our investigation suggests that expanded surveys of massive young star clusters should detect more clusters with such signatures.

  18. Modeling the gas reservoir of circumstellar disks around young G-type stars

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    Inga Kamp; Fatima Sammar

    2004-07-28

    Interpretation of molecular line observations in tenuous circumstellar disks around young G-type stars in terms of a disk mass is difficult without a model that describes the chemical structure of these disks. This paper now discusses the chemistry in tenuous disks around young solar-type stars based on disk models that take into account the presence of a stellar chromosphere. The example of the disk around a 70 Myr old solar-type star shows that the dissociating radiation from the chromosphere is stronger than the interstellar ultraviolet radiation field up to a distance of ~400 AU from the star. Similar to other studies in this research field, it is found that, due to photodissociation, the CO-to-H_2 ratio is far from the canonical value of 10^-4 for molecular clouds. Moreover, the dust-to-gas mass ratio, as well as the dust grain size play an important role for the H_2 abundance in these disks.

  19. Stellar contents and star formation in the young open cluster Stock 8

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    Jessy Jose; A. K. Pandey; D. K. Ojha; K. Ogura; W. P. Chen; B. C. Bhatt; S. K. Ghosh; H. Mito; G. Maheswar; Saurabh Sharma

    2007-12-13

    We present $UBVI_c$ CCD photometry of the young open cluster Stock 8 with the aim to study the basic properties and star formation scenario in this region. The radius of the cluster is found to be $\\sim 6^{\\prime}$ ($\\sim 3.6$ pc) and the reddening within the cluster region varies from $E(B-V)=0.40$ to 0.60 mag. The cluster is located at a distance of $2.05 \\pm 0.10$ kpc. Using H$\\alpha$ slitless spectroscopy and 2MASS NIR data we identified H$\\alpha$ emission and NIR excess young stellar objects (YSOs), respectively. The colour-magnitude diagrams of these YSOs reveal that majority of these objects have ages between 1 to 5 Myr indicating a non-coeval star formation in the cluster. Massive stars in the cluster region reveal an average age of $\\le$ 2 Myr. In the cluster region ($r \\le 6^\\prime$) the slope of the mass function (MF), $\\Gamma$, in the mass range $\\sim 1.0 \\le M/M_\\odot Stock 8. It appears that star formation activity in the Nebulous Stream and embedded cluster may be independent from that of Stock 8.

  20. VizieR Online Data Catalog: IC 2391 and Argus young stars (de Silva+, 2013)

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    de Silva, G. M.; D'Orazi, V.; Melo, C.; Torres, C. A. O.; Gieles, M.; Quast, G. R.; Sterzik, M.

    2014-01-01

    We explore the possible connection between the open cluster IC 2391 and the unbound Argus association identified by the search for associations containing young stars survey. In addition to common kinematics and ages between these two systems, here we explore their chemical abundance patterns to confirm if the two substructures shared a common origin. We carry out a homogeneous high-resolution elemental abundance study of eight confirmed members of IC 2391 as well as six members of the Argus association using UVES spectra. We derive spectroscopic stellar parameters and abundances for Fe, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, Cr, Ni and Ba. All stars in the open cluster and Argus association were found to share similar abundances with the scatter well within the uncertainties, where [Fe/H]=-0.04+/-0.03 for cluster stars and [Fe/H]=-0.06+/-0.05 for Argus stars. Effects of overionization/excitation were seen for stars cooler than roughly 5200K as previously noted in the literature. Also, enhanced Ba abundances of around 0.6dex were observed in both systems. The common ages, kinematics and chemical abundances strongly support the fact that the Argus association stars originated from the open cluster IC 2391. Simple modelling of this system finds this dissolution to be consistent with two-body interactions. (4 data files).

  1. Mass accretion to young stars triggered by flaring activity in circumstellar disks

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    Orlando, S; Peres, G; Mignone, A

    2011-01-01

    Young low-mass stars are characterized by ejection of collimated outflows and by circumstellar disks which they interact with through accretion of mass. The accretion builds up the star to its final mass and is also believed to power the mass outflows, which may in turn remove the excess angular momentum from the star-disk system. However, although the process of mass accretion is a critical aspect of star formation, some of its mechanisms are still to be fully understood. A point not considered to date and relevant for the accretion process is the evidence of very energetic and frequent flaring events in these stars. Flares may easily perturb the stability of the disks, thus influencing the transport of mass and angular momentum. Here we report on three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic modeling of the evolution of a flare with an idealized non--equilibrium initial condition occurring near the disk around a rotating magnetized star. The model takes into account the stellar magnetic field, the gravitational for...

  2. Young "Dipper" Stars in Upper Sco and $\\rho$ Oph Observed by K2

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    Ansdell, M; Rappaport, S A; Jacobs, T L; LaCourse, D M; Jek, K J; Mann, A W; Wyatt, M C; Kennedy, G; Williams, J P; Boyajian, T S

    2015-01-01

    We present ten young ($\\lesssim$10 Myr) late-K and M dwarf stars observed in K2 Campaign 2 that host protoplanetary disks and exhibit quasi-periodic or aperiodic dimming events. Their optical light curves show $\\sim$10-20 dips in flux over the 80-day observing campaign with durations of $\\sim$0.5-2 days and depths of up to $\\sim$40%. These stars are all members of the $\\rho$ Ophiuchus ($\\sim$1 Myr) or Upper Scorpius ($\\sim$10 Myr) star-forming regions. To investigate the nature of these "dippers" we obtained: optical and near-infrared spectra to determine stellar properties and identify accretion signatures; adaptive optics imaging to search for close companions that could cause optical variations and/or influence disk evolution; and millimeter-wavelength observations to constrain disk dust and gas masses. The spectra reveal Li I absorption and H$\\alpha$ emission consistent with stellar youth (Infrared excesses are ...

  3. Interstellar medium, young stars, and astrometric binaries in Galactic archaeology spectroscopic surveys

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    Zwitter, Tomaž; Žerjal, Maruša; Traven, Gregor

    2015-01-01

    Current ongoing stellar spectroscopic surveys (RAVE, GALAH, Gaia-ESO, LAMOST, APOGEE, Gaia) are mostly devoted to studying Galactic archaeology and structure of the Galaxy. But they allow for important auxiliary science: (i) Galactic interstellar medium can be studied in four dimensions (position in space + radial velocity) through weak but numerous diffuse insterstellar bands and atomic absorptions seen in spectra of background stars, (ii) emission spectra which are quite frequent even in field stars can serve as a good indicator of their youth, pointing e.g. to stars recently ejected from young stellar environments, (iii) astrometric solution of the photocenter of a binary to be obtained by Gaia can yield accurate masses when joined by spectroscopic information obtained serendipitously during a survey. These points are illustrated by first results from the first three surveys mentioned above. These hint at the near future: spectroscopic studies of the dynamics of the interstellar medium can identify and qua...

  4. Young and old massive star clusters: Theoretical challenges for the next decade

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    Charbonnel, Corinne

    2015-08-01

    Breakthrough results of high resolution observations both with HST and from the ground have revolutionized our view and our understanding of massive star clusters, young and old, in the Galaxy, in the Local Group, as well as in merging and interacting galaxies. This drastic paradigm shift has revealed the complexity of these systems and has raised a number of fundamental questions on the physical processes that drive the formation and evolution of massive star clusters in different environments, on the star cluster initial mass function, and on the contribution of these objects to the general galactic field stellar population. In this talk we review some of the main theoretical challenges that have to be faced in the field at the very same moment when we enter a golden age for observations and numerical multi-dimensional simulations.

  5. Sizes and Shapes of Young, Massive Star Clusters in M83

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    Ryon, Jenna E.; Bastian, Nate; Adamo, Angela; Silva-Villa, Esteban; Gallagher, John S.

    2015-01-01

    Using HST imaging, the surface brightness profiles of individual star clusters in nearby galaxies can be resolved, in that clusters are clearly more extended than the stellar PSF. Previous studies of the sizes and shapes of star clusters find little variation with cluster age, mass, or galaxy environment. We use observations from seven pointings on M83 from HST/WFC3 programs GO/DD-11360 (PI O'Connell) and GO-12513 (PI Blair) to obtain a large sample of young, massive star clusters. We measure the half-light radii and power-law indices of the EFF light profile (Elson, Fall, & Freeman 1987) of these clusters using the galfit software package (Peng et al. 2002). We present our results on the relationships between cluster size, shape, age, mass, and environment in the disk of M83.

  6. Evolution of X-ray emission from young massive star clusters

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    L. M. Oskinova

    2005-05-25

    The evolution of X-ray emission from young massive star clusters is modeled, taking into account the emission from the stars as well as from the cluster wind. It is shown that the level and character of the soft (0.2-10 keV) X-ray emission change drastically with cluster age and are tightly linked with stellar evolution. Using the modern X-ray observations of massive stars we show that the correlation between bolometric and X-ray luminosity known for single O stars also holds for O+O and O+Wolf-Rayet (WR) binaries. The diffuse emission originates from the cluster wind heated by the kinetic energy of stellar winds and supernova explosions. To model the evolution of the cluster wind, the mass and energy yields from a population synthesis are used as input to a hydrodynamic model. It is shown that in a very young clusters the emission from the cluster wind is low. When the cluster evolves, WR stars are formed. Their strong stellar winds power an increasing X-ray emission of the cluster wind. Subsequent supernova explosions pump the level of diffuse emission even higher. Clusters at this evolutionary stage may have no X-ray bright stellar point sources, but a relatively high level of diffuse emission. A supernova remnant may become a dominant X-ray source, but only for a short time interval of a few thousand years. We retrieve and analyse Chandra and XMM-Newton observations of six massive star clusters located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Our model reproduces the observed diffuse and point-source emission from these LMC clusters, as well as from the Galactic clusters Arches, Quintuplet and NGC 3603.

  7. Chandra Observations of a Young Embedded Magnetic B Star in the p Ophiuchus Cloud

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    Hamaguchi, Kenji; Imanishi, Kensuke

    2002-01-01

    This paper reports the analysis of two Chandra X-ray observations of the young magnetic B star rho Ophiuchus S1. X-ray emission from the star was detected in both observations. The average flux is almost the same in both, but during each observation the flux shows significant time variations by a factor of two on timescales of 20-40 ksec. Each spectrum can be fit by either an absorbed power law model with a photon index of approx. -3 or a thin-thermal plasma model with a temperature of approx. 2 keV and an extremely low metal abundance (approx. less than 0.1 solar). The spectrum of the first observation has an apparent line feature at about 6.8 keV, which likely corresponds to highly ionized iron K alpha. In contrast, the spectrum of the second observation shows an anomalous edge absorption component at E approx. 1 keV. The continuum emission and log (L(sub X)/L(sub bol)) approx. -6 are similar to those of young intermediate-mass stars (Herbig Ae/Be stars) although the presence of the magnetic field inferred from the detection of non-thermal radio emission has drawn an analogy between rho Ophiuchus S1 and magnetic chemically peculiar (MCP) stars. If the X-ray emission is thermal, the highest plasma temperature observed is too high to be explained by the conventional theories of magnetic stars, and favors some kind of magnetic dynamo activity, while if the emission is nonthermal, it might be related to mass infall. The 6.8 keV line and 4 keV edge features are marginal but they give important information near the stellar body if they are real. Their physical interpretation is discussed.

  8. Uncovering The Properties of Young Neutron Stars and Their Surrounding Supernova A Remnants

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    Slane, Patrick O.; Oliversen, Ronald J. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    In the third year of this program, the following studies have been undertaken in support of this effort: G292.0+1.8: In our previous work on this SNR, we discovered a young neutron star and its associated pulsar wind nebula. Radio observations by Camilo et al. (2002) have identified a young 136 ms pulsar in the direction of G292.0+1.8. We have used Chandra HRC observations of the central source to identify X-ray pulsations at the same period, thus establishing the neutron star as the radio pulsar counterpart. We have also set limits on the cooling of this young neutron star based on the unpulsed component of the X-ray emission. We find that the limit falls slightly below standard cooling models in which the modified Urca process is responsible for the bulk of the interior neutrino emission. A paper summarizing these results is currently being circulated amongst co-authors for review prior to publication. 3c 58: Our Chandra observations of this Crab-like SNR revealed the presence of a young, rapidly rotating pulsar as well as a central compact nebula which we interpret as a toroidal structure associated with the pulsar wind termination shock. Our modeling of this structure has allowed us to establish a temperature upper limit for the neutron star which falls well below predictions from standard cooling models, and implies the presence of exotic particles (such as pion condensates) or other processes that increase the neutrino production rate in the interior. A paper summarizing this work has been published in the Astrophysical Journal (Slane, Helfand, & Murray 2002, ApJ, 571, L45), and the results were the subject of a NASA Space Science Update (4/10/2002) which led to extensive media coverage. Based upon our initial observations, we submitted a successful Chandra Large Project proposal for a 350 ks observation of this young neutron star and its wind nebula. Kes 79: Our Chandra observations of this SNR reveal a compact central source which appears to be the neutron star formed in the explosion that produced the remnant. There is no evidence for a surrounding pulsar wind nebula. The source properties are similar to the central source in Cas A even though the Kes 79 remnant is considerably older. The results have been published in the Astrophysical Journal (Seward, Slane, Smith, and Sun 2003, ApJ, 584,414). Chandra Survey for Compact Objects in Supernova Remnants: We have formed a collaboration to carry out an extensive search for young neutron stars in nearby supernova remnants. Using X-ray observations from an approved Chandra Large Project, as well as from additional approved XMM observations, we are investigating a volume-limited sample of SNRs for which there is currently no evidence of associated neutron stars. We have obtained extensive optical and 1R data to complement the project, and analysis of these data is currently underway.

  9. KEPLER-63b: A GIANT PLANET IN A POLAR ORBIT AROUND A YOUNG SUN-LIKE STAR

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    Marcy, Geoffrey W.

    We present the discovery and characterization of a giant planet orbiting the young Sun-like star Kepler-63 (KOI-63, m [subscript Kp] = 11.6, T [subscript eff] = 5576 K, M [star] = 0.98 M [subscript ?]). The planet transits ...

  10. Similarities in Populations of Young Star Clusters: Evidence for Quasi-Universal Processes

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    Fall, Michael

    2015-08-01

    Star clusters are the link between interstellar clouds and star-forming galaxies - the topics of this symposium. They are important in the ecology of galaxies, as the sites of star formation and stellar feedback and as the building blocks of stellar populations. This talk presents observations of the mass functions of young star clusters (i.e., the spectrum of cluster masses) in different galaxies, including dwarf and giant, interacting and quiescent galaxies. These observations reveal some remarkable similarities in the mass functions of clusters in these different environments, analogous to the similarities in stellar initial mass functions (IMFs). Thus, we have evidence for universal or quasi-universal processes regulating the formation and early evolution of star clusters. This in turn is highly suggestive of universal or quasi-universal processes regulating the structure of the interstellar medium on the scales of protoclusters. This talk presents some theoretical explanations for these similarities. Specifically, we focus on the similarity of the mass functions of star clusters and their progenitor molecular clouds (protoclusters); both are power laws with indices near -2 (after correcting the observed distributions for life-time effects). This similarity indicates that the average efficiency of star formation in the protoclusters is independent of their masses (or nearly so), which in turn places interesting constraints on the dominant types of stellar feedback within the protoclusters. In particular, momentum-driven processes such as radiation pressure are favored. This talk also presents some theoretical explanations for the observed similarity of the mass functions of star clusters of different ages. These gas-free objects are affected primarily by stellar mass loss, tidal interactions with passing molecular clouds, and internal two-body relaxation. All these processes reduce the masses of clusters, progressively lowering the amplitude of their mass function. But, as explained here, this happens in a way largely independent of the masses of the clusters, thus preserving the power-law shape of their mass function.

  11. StarPals International Young Astronomers' Network Collaborative Projects for IYA

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    Kingan, Jessi

    2008-09-01

    StarPals is a nascent non-profit organization with the goal of providing opportunities for international collaboration between students of all ages within space science research. We believe that by encouraging an interest in the cosmos, the one thing that is truly Universal, from a young age, students will not only further their knowledge of and interest in science but will learn valuable teamwork and life skills. The goal is to foster respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity among all StarPals participants, whether students, teachers, or mentors. StarPals aims to inspire students by providing opportunities in which, more than simply visualizing themselves as research scientists, they can actually become one. The technologies of robotic telescopes, videoconferencing, and online classrooms are expanding the possibilities like never before. In honor of IYA2009, StarPals would like to encourage 400 schools to participate on a global scale in astronomy/cosmology research on various concurrent projects. We will offer in-person or online workshops and training sessions to teach the teachers. We will be seeking publication in scientific journals for some student research. For our current project, the Double Stars Challenge, students use the robotic telescopes to take a series of four images of one of 30 double stars from a list furnished by the US Naval Observatory and then use MPO Canopus software to take distance and position angle measurements. StarPals provides students with hands-on training, telescope time, and software to complete the imaging and measuring. A paper will be drafted from our research data and submitted to the Journal of Double Star Observations. The kids who participate in this project may potentially be the youngest contributors to an article in a vetted scientific journal. Kids rapidly adapt and improve their computer skills operating these telescopes and discover for themselves that science is COOL!

  12. Relations between the Luminosity, Mass, and Age Distributions of Young Star Clusters

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    Fall, S. Michael

    2006-12-01

    We derive and interpret some relations between the luminosity, mass, and age distributions of star clusters, denoted here by ?(L), ?(M), and ?(?), respectively. Of these, ?(L) is the easiest to determine observationally, whereas ?(M) and ?(?) are more informative about formation and disruption processes. For a population of young clusters, with a relatively wide range of ages, ?(L) depends on both ?(M) and ?(?) and thus cannot serve as a proxy for ?(M) in general. We demonstrate this explicitly by four illustrative examples with specific forms for either ?(M) or ?(?). In the special case in which ?(M) is a power law and is independent of ?(?), however, ?(L) is also a power law with the same exponent as ?(M). We conclude that this accounts for the observed similarity between ?(L) and ?(M) for the young clusters in the Antennae galaxies. This result reinforces our picture in which clusters form with ?(M)~M-2 and are then disrupted rapidly at a rate roughly independent of their masses. The most likely disruptive process in this first stage is the removal of interstellar matter by the energy and momentum input from young stars (by photoionization, winds, jets, and supernovae). The few clusters that avoid this ``infant mortality'' are eventually disrupted in a second stage by the evaporation of stars driven by two-body relaxation, a process with a strong dependence on mass. We suspect this picture may apply to many, if not all, populations of star clusters, but this needs to be verified observationally by determinations of ?(M) and ?(?) in more galaxies.

  13. Be phenomenon in open clusters: Results from a survey of emission-line stars in young open clusters

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    Blesson Mathew; Annapurni Subramaniam; Bhuwan Chandra Bhatt

    2008-04-09

    Emission-line stars in young open clusters are identified to study their properties, as a function of age, spectral type and their evolutionary state. 207 open star clusters were observed using slitless spectroscopy method and 157 emission stars were identified in 42 clusters. We have found 54 new emission-line stars in 24 open clusters, out of which 19 clusters are found to house emission stars for the first time. About 20% clusters harbour emission stars. The fraction of clusters housing emission stars is maximum in both the 0--10 and 20--30 Myr age bin ($\\sim$ 40% each) and in the other age bins, this fraction ranges between 10% -- 25%, upto 80 Myr. We have used optical colour magnitude diagram (CMD) along with Near-IR Colour-Colour diagram (NIR CCDm) to classify the emission stars into Classical Be (CBe) stars and Herbig Be (HBe) stars. Most of the emission stars in our survey belong to CBe class ($\\sim$ 92%) while a few are HBe stars ($\\sim$ 6%) and HAe stars ($\\sim$1%). The CBe stars are located all along the MS in the optical CMDs of clusters of all ages, which indicates that the Be phenomenon is unlikely due to core contraction near the turn-off. Most of the clusters which contain emission stars are found in Cygnus, Perseus & Monoceros region of the Galaxy, which are locations of active star formation. The distribution of CBe stars as a function of spectral type shows peaks at B1-B2 and B6-B7. Our results indicate there could be two mechanisms responsible for the CBe phenomenon. Some are born CBe stars (fast rotators), as indicated by their presence in clusters younger than 10 Myr. Some stars evolve to CBe stars, as indicates by the enhancement in the fraction of clusters with CBe stars in the 20-30 Myr age bin.

  14. The life-cycle of young star-clusters; the role of the galactic environment on cluster formation and evolution

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    Adamo, Angela

    2015-08-01

    Our understanding of star formation on galactic scales has been fairly grasped (e.g. the rate at which stars form scales proportionally to the molecular gas content) both in the local and high redshift universe. However, our knowledge on how star formation proceeds at small scales (e.g. the fraction of star formation happening in stellar clusters, the time-scales for star-forming regions to dissolve, the impact of the galactic environment on star and cluster formation) remains a challenge. Gravitationally bound young stellar clusters appear to be a commune product of star formation. There are tantalizing similarities between young star clusters and globular clusters, the latter formed by gravitationally bound ancient stellar populations. However, the young and globular cluster populations show statistical properties (mass functions, formation efficiencies, and survival times) that have been claimed incompatible, leaving the two populations being the results of distinct processes of formation. In my contribution, I will discuss the latest results produced with the analysis of the young cluster populations in several nearby galaxies. The use of new statistical methods, the link with dense gas fueling star formation, the access to homogenous datasets show, for the first time, clear evidence of the influence of the galactic environment in shaping the properties of young star cluster populations. After all, the differences between the two cluster populations may not be so pronounced, suggesting that the same physical formation process under different environmental conditions has been (and currently is) at work at high redshift (when globular clusters were formed) and in the local universe.

  15. Commissioning COSMOS: Detection of Lithium in Young Stars in Lupus 3 through Multi-Object Spectroscopy

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    Lackey, Kyle; Briceno, Cesar; Elias, Jonathan H.

    2015-01-01

    COSMOS, a multi-object spectrograph and imager, is a new instrument on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. In order to demonstrate the instrument's operations during commissioning, we used COSMOS, its red grism and three custom slit masks to conduct a spectroscopic survey of the star-forming core of the Lupus 3 dark cloud in an effort to detect the presence of Lithium in the T Tauri stars that have been previously identified in that region. We detected the Li I 6708 Angstrom resonance transition in several (but not all) stars that were observed, consistent with prior studies that have observed Lithium in other young stars at the center of the Lupus 3 dark cloud and in other star-forming regions. These results also demonstrate the ability of COSMOS to significantly reduce the time required to complete spectroscopic surveys, relative to single-object instruments.Lackey was supported by the NOAO/KPNO Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program which is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (AST-1262829).

  16. Main-sequence stars masquerading as Young Stellar Objects in the central molecular zone

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    Koepferl, Christine M; Morales, Esteban F E; Johnston, Katharine G

    2014-01-01

    In contrast to most other galaxies, star-formation rates in the Milky Way can be estimated directly from Young Stellar Objects (YSOs). In the Central Molecular Zone (CMZ) the star-formation rate calculated from the number of YSOs with 24 microns emission is up to order of magnitude higher than the value estimated from methods based on diffuse emission (such as free-free emission). Whether this effect is real or whether it indicates problems with either or both star formation rate measures is not currently known. In this paper, we investigate whether estimates based on YSOs could be heavily contaminated by more evolved objects such as main-sequence stars. We present radiative transfer models of YSOs and of main-sequence stars in a constant ambient medium which show that the main-sequence objects can indeed mimic YSOs at 24 microns. However, we show that in some cases the main-sequence models can be marginally resolved at 24 microns, whereas the YSO models are always unresolved. Based on the fraction of resolve...

  17. The cool supergiant population of the massive young star cluster RSGC1

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    Ben Davies; Don F. Figer; Casey J. Law; Rolf-Peter Kudritzki; Francisco Najarro; Artemio Herrero; John W. MacKenty

    2007-11-29

    We present new high-resolution near-IR spectroscopy and OH maser observations to investigate the population of cool luminous stars of the young massive Galactic cluster RSGC1. Using the 2.293\\micron CO-bandhead feature, we make high-precision radial velocity measurements of 16 of the 17 candidate Red Supergiants (RSGs) identified by Figer et al. We show that F16 and F17 are foreground stars, while we confirm that the rest are indeed physically-associated RSGs. We determine that Star F15, also associated with the cluster, is a Yellow Hypergiant based on its luminosity and spectroscopic similarity to $\\rho$ Cas. Using the cluster's radial velocity, we have derived the kinematic distance to the cluster and revisited the stars' temperatures and luminosities. We find a larger spread of luminosities than in the discovery paper, consistent with a cluster age 30% older than previously thought (12$\\pm$2Myr), and a total initial mass of $(3\\pm1) \\times 10^{4}$\\msun. The spatial coincidence of the OH maser with F13, combined with similar radial velocities, is compelling evidence that the two are related. Combining our results with recent SiO and H$_2$O maser observations, we find that those stars with maser emission are the most luminous in the cluster. From this we suggest that the maser-active phase is associated with the end of the RSG stage, when the luminosity-mass ratios are at their highest.

  18. Protoplanetary disc evolution affected by star-disc interactions in young stellar clusters

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    Rosotti, Giovanni P; Ovelar, Maria de Juan; Hubber, David A; Kruijssen, J M Diederik; Ercolano, Barbara; Walch, Stefanie

    2014-01-01

    Most stars form in a clustered environment. Therefore, it is important to assess how this environment influences the evolution of protoplanetary discs around young stars. In turn, this affects their ability to produce planets and ultimately life. We present here for the first time 3D SPH/N-body simulations that include both the hydrodynamical evolution of the discs around their natal stars, as well as the dynamics of the stars themselves. The discs are viscously evolving, accreting mass onto the central star and spreading. We find penetrating encounters to be very destructive for the discs as in previous studies, although the frequency of such encounters is low. We also find, however, that encounter influence the disc radii more strongly than other disc properties such as the disc mass. The disc sizes are set by the competition between viscous spreading and the disruptive effect of encounters. As discs spread, encounters become more and more important. In the regime of rapid spreading encounters simply trunca...

  19. Formation of massive black holes through runaway collisions in dense young star clusters.

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    Zwart, Simon F Portegies; Baumgardt, Holger; Hut, Piet; Makino, Junichiro; McMillan, Stephen L W

    2004-04-15

    A luminous X-ray source is associated with MGG 11--a cluster of young stars approximately 200 pc from the centre of the starburst galaxy M 82 (refs 1, 2). The properties of this source are best explained by invoking a black hole with a mass of at least 350 solar masses (350 M(o)), which is intermediate between stellar-mass and supermassive black holes. A nearby but somewhat more massive cluster (MGG 9) shows no evidence of such an intermediate-mass black hole, raising the issue of just what physical characteristics of the clusters can account for this difference. Here we report numerical simulations of the evolution and motion of stars within the clusters, where stars are allowed to merge with each other. We find that for MGG 11 dynamical friction leads to the massive stars sinking rapidly to the centre of the cluster, where they participate in a runaway collision. This produces a star of 800-3,000 M(o) which ultimately collapses to a black hole of intermediate mass. No such runaway occurs in the cluster MGG 9, because the larger cluster radius leads to a mass segregation timescale a factor of five longer than for MGG 11. PMID:15085124

  20. Photometric Variability of Solar-Type Stars in the Young Pleiades Open Cluster

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    Giampapa, Mark S.; Sherry, W. H.; Craine, E. R.

    2010-05-01

    We present some preliminary results from a program of intensive photometric monitoring of four solar-type stars in the young Pleiades cluster at an age of approximately 100 Myr utilizing a small-aperture robotic telescope. The Pleiades targets and their spectral types include hz 212 (K7), hz 253 (G1 V), hz 345 (G8 V) and hz 489 (G0 V). Photometry of the comparison stars and selected field stars included in the CCD frame is also given. The monitoring program over 43 nights of observations and 1500 frames yields information on the nature of both long-term variability and any short-term, transient activity such as flare outbursts. This investigation is part of a broad effort to delineate the joint evolution of activity and irradiance variability in solar-type stars that may be the hosts of planetary systems. Understanding the nature of the joint variability of irradiance and magnetic activity on sun-like stars spanning a range of ages will provide crucial insight on how frequently earth-like atmospheres are likely to form and survive, and how frequently exo-earths encounter benign climatic variations. We acknowledge support by a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The NSO and the NOAO are each operated by AURA under separate cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation. This research was partially supported by a grant from the American Astronomical Association.

  1. Gas expulsion in massive star clusters? Constraints from observations of young and gas-free objects

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    Krause, Martin G H; Bastian, Nate; Diehl, Roland

    2015-01-01

    Gas expulsion is a central concept in some of the models for multiple populations and the light-element anticorrelations in globular clusters. If the star formation efficiency was around 30 per cent and the gas expulsion happened on the crossing timescale, this process could expel preferentially stars born with the chemical composition of the proto-cluster gas, while stars with special composition born in the centre would remain bound. Recently, a sample of extragalactic, gas-free, young massive clusters has been identified that has the potential to test the conditions for gas expulsion. We compute a large number of thin shell models, and calculate if the Rayleigh-Taylor instability is able to disrupt the shell before it reaches the escape speed. We show that the success of gas expulsion depends on the compactness index of a star cluster C5, proportionate to stellar mass over half-mass radius. For given C5, a certain critical, local star formation efficiency is required to remove the rest of the gas. Common s...

  2. ASSESSMENT OF STELLAR STRATIFICATION IN THREE YOUNG STAR CLUSTERS IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD

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    Gouliermis, Dimitrios A.; Rochau, Boyke; Mackey, Dougal; Xin Yu E-mail: rochau@mpia-hd.mpg.d E-mail: yxin@astro.uni-bonn.d

    2010-01-20

    We present a comprehensive study of stellar stratification in young star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We apply our recently developed effective radius method for the assessment of stellar stratification on imaging data obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys of three young LMC clusters to characterize the phenomenon and develop a comparative scheme for its assessment in such clusters. The clusters of our sample, NGC 1983, NGC 2002, and NGC 2010, are selected on the basis of their youthfulness, and their variety in appearance, structure, stellar content, and surrounding stellar ambient. Our photometry is complete for magnitudes down to m{sub 814} approx = 23 mag, allowing the calculation of the structural parameters of the clusters, the estimation of their ages, and the determination of their stellar content. Our study shows that each cluster in our sample demonstrates stellar stratification in a quite different manner and at different degree from the others. Specifically, NGC 1983 shows partial segregation, with the effective radius increasing with fainter magnitudes only for the faintest stars of the cluster. Our method on NGC 2002 provides evidence of strong stellar stratification for both bright and faint stars; the cluster demonstrates the phenomenon with the highest degree in the sample. Finally, NGC 2010 is not segregated, as its bright stellar content is not centrally concentrated, the relation of effective radius to magnitude for stars of intermediate brightness is rather flat, and we find no evidence of stratification for its faintest stars. For the parameterization of the phenomenon of stellar stratification and its quantitative comparison among these clusters, we propose the slope derived from the change in the effective radius over the corresponding magnitude range as indicative parameter of the degree of stratification in the clusters. A positive value of this slope indicates mass segregation in the cluster, while a negative or zero value signifies the lack of the phenomenon.

  3. Photoevaporating Disks around Young Stars: Ultracompact HII Regions and Protoplanetary Disks.

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    Johnstone, Douglas Ian

    1995-01-01

    Newly formed stars produce sufficient Lyman continuum luminosity phi to significantly alter the structure and evolution of the accretion disk surrounding them. In the absence of a stellar wind, a nearly static, photoionized, 10^4 K, disk atmosphere, with a scale height that increases with disk radius varpi as varpi^{3/2 }, forms inside the gravitational radius varpig ~ 1014(M_*/ M_odot) cm where M _* is the mass of the central star. This ionized atmosphere is maintained by both the direct radiation from the central star and the diffuse field produced in the disk atmosphere by the significant fraction of hydrogen recombinations directly to the ground state. Beyond varpig the material evaporated from the disk is capable of escaping from the system and produces an ionized disk wind. The mass-loss due to this disk wind peaks at varpig . The inclusion of a stellar wind into the basic picture reduces the height of the inner disk atmosphere and introduces a new scale radius varpi_ {w} where the thermal pressure of the material evaporated from the disk balances the ram pressure in the wind. In this case the mass-loss due to the disk wind peaks at varpiw and is enhanced over the no-wind case. The photoevaporation of disks around newly formed stars has significance to both ultracompact HII regions and the dispersal of solar-type nebulae. High mass stars are intrinsically hot and thus yield sufficient Lyman luminosity to create, even without a stellar wind, disk mass-loss rates of order 2 times 10 ^{-5}phi_sp{49} {1/2} M_odotyr ^{-1}, where phi 49 = phi/(10 49 Lyman continuum photons s^{-1}). This wind, which will last until the disk is dispersed, ~ 10^5 yrs if the disk mass is M_ {d}~0.3M_*, yields sizes, emission measures and ages consistent with observations of ultracompact HII regions. The well-observed high mass star MWC 349 may be the best example to date of an evaporating disk around a high mass star. On the other end of the stellar scale, many newly formed low-mass stars are known to have enhanced extreme ultraviolet luminosity suggested to be due to boundary layer accretion. Assuming that most low mass stars have such an enhanced Lyman luminosity phi ~ 1041 s ^{-1}, for ~ 3 times 10^7 yrs it is possible to remove most of the gas in the outer disk. A diagnostic of this mass loss may be the low-velocity forbidden oxygen, nitrogen, and sulphur line emission observed around young stars with disks. Photoevaporating disk models yield reasonable agreement with the flux seen in these lines. The process of photoevaporation also has implications for the formation of the giant planets within the solar nebula. Within young stellar clusters a few high mass stars may overwhelm the internal Lyman continuum flux from low mass stars and externally evaporated disks may result. The Trapezium region presents the best studied example of such a cluster. Photoionization due to high energy photons from the high mass stars erode the disks around nearby low mass stars. The resulting short destruction times for these disks constrain the gestation period for creating planets.

  4. Angular Momentum Evolution of Young Very Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs: The Orion Nebula Cluster

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    Rodríguez-Ledesma, M. V.; Mundt, R.; Eislöffel, J.; Herbst, W.

    2008-12-01

    The rotational periods of young late-type stars and brown dwarfs (BDs) can be derived from photometric light curves, due to the rotational brightness modulation by surface features (i.e. magnetic cool spots). These kind of studies give important constrains on certain aspects of the so-called angular momentum problem of star formation. We report the first results of an extensive rotational period study of young stellar objects (YSOs) down into the BD mass regime in the Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC, d=450pc, age ˜ 1Myr). Our results are based on an deep photometric monitoring campaign, using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) camera on the ESO/MPG 2.2 meter telescope in La Silla, Chile. We found that 487 objects show detectable periodic light modulations, 377 of which are new detections. In addition 124 are potential BDs. This is by far the most extensive and complete rotational periods data set in the very low mass (VLM) star and BD regime. The spatial distribution of the variable objects, their rotational periods as well as the amplitude of the brightness modulation have been analyzed clearly indicating different stellar properties inside and outside the half-mass cluster radius of the ONC (R_{cluster} = 6.7'). In addition, we studied the dependence of the periodic brightness modulation on the magnitude (mass) of the objects and performed a comparison of the found period distribution with those of higher-mass objects in the ONC ( te{H2002}).

  5. Direct measurement of interstellar extinction toward young stars using atomic hydrogen Ly? absorption

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    McJunkin, Matthew; France, Kevin; Brown, Alexander; Schneider, P. C.; Herczeg, Gregory J.; Hillenbrand, Lynne; Schindhelm, Eric; Edwards, Suzan

    2014-01-10

    Interstellar reddening corrections are necessary to reconstruct the intrinsic spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of accreting protostellar systems. The stellar SED determines the heating and chemical processes that can occur in circumstellar disks. Measurement of neutral hydrogen absorption against broad Ly? emission profiles in young stars can be used to obtain the total H I column density (N(H I)) along the line of sight. We measure N(H I) with new and archival ultraviolet observations from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) of 31 classical T Tauri and Herbig Ae/Be stars. The H I column densities range from log{sub 10}(N(H I)) ?19.6-21.1, with corresponding visual extinctions of A{sub V} =0.02-0.72 mag, assuming an R{sub V} of 3.1. We find that the majority of the H I absorption along the line of sight likely comes from interstellar rather than circumstellar material. Extinctions derived from new HST blue-optical spectral analyses, previous IR and optical measurements, and new X-ray column densities on average overestimate the interstellar extinction toward young stars compared to the N(H I) values by ?0.6 mag. We discuss possible explanations for this discrepancy in the context of a protoplanetary disk geometry.

  6. A double-lined spectroscopic orbit for the young star HD 34700

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    Guillermo Torres

    2003-11-07

    We report high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the young star HD 34700, which confirm it to be a double-lined spectroscopic binary. We derive an accurate orbital solution with a period of 23.4877 +/- 0.0013 days and an eccentricity of e = 0.2501 +/- 0.0068. The stars are found to be of similar mass (M2/M1 = 0.987 +/- 0.014) and luminosity. We derive also the effective temperatures (5900 K and 5800 K) and projected rotational velocities (28 km/s and 22 km/s) of the components. These values of v sin i are much higher than expected for main-sequence stars of similar spectral type (G0), and are not due to tidal synchronization. We discuss also the indicators of youth available for the object. Although there is considerable evidence that the system is young --strong infrared excess, X-ray emission, Li I 6708 absorption (0.17 Angstroms equivalent width), H alpha emission (0.6 Angstroms), rapid rotation-- the precise age cannot yet be established because the distance is unknown.

  7. Millimeter continuum measurements of circumstellar dust around very young low-mass stars

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    Terebey, S.; Chandler, C. J.; Andre, P.

    1994-01-01

    We investigate the question of disk formation during the protostar phase. We build on the results of Keene and Masson (1990) whose analysis of L1551 showed the millimeter continuum emission comes from both an unresolved circumstellar component, i.e., a disk and an extended cloud core. We model the dust continuum emission from the cloud core and show how it is important at 1.3 mm but negligible at 2.7 mm. Combining new 2.7 mm Owens Valley Interferometer data of IRAS-Dense cores with data from the literature we conclude that massive disks are also seen toward a number of other sources. However, 1.3 mm data from the IRAM 30 m telescope for a larger sample shows that massive disks are relatively rare, occurring around perhaps 5% of young embedded stars. This implies that either massive disks occur briefly during the embedded phase or that relatively few young stars form massive disks. At 1.3 mm the median flux of IRAS-Dense cores is nearly the same as T Tauri stars in the sample of Beckwith et al. (1990). We conclude that the typical disk mass during the embedded phase is nearly the same or less than the typical disk mass during the T Tauri phase.

  8. Photoevaporation of Disks Around Young Stars: Application to Ultracompact HII Regions, Proplyds, and the Solar Nebula

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    Hollenbach, David; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Young massive stars produce sufficient Lyman continuum photon luminosity to significantly affect the structure and evolution of the accretion disks surrounding them. A nearly static, ionized, isothermal 10' K atmosphere forms above the neutral disk, creating a photoevaporative flow from the outer parts of the disk. The resulting slow (10-50 km/s) ionized outflow, which persists for greater than or approximately 10(exp 5) years for disk masses M(sub d) to approximately 0.3M(sub *), may explain the observational characteristics of many ultracompact HII regions. We compare model results to the observed radio free-free spectra and luminosities of ultracompact HII regions and to the interesting source MWC349, which is observed to produce hydrogen masers. We also apply the results to the early solar nebula to explain the the dispersal of the solar nebula and the differences in hydrogen content in the giant planets. Finally, we model the small bright objects ("proplyds") observed in the Orion Nebula as disks around young, low mass stars which axe externally illuminated by the UV photons from the nearby massive star theta(sup 1)C.

  9. X-Ray and Infrared Observations of Embedded Young Stars in NGC 2264

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    Simon, Theordore; Dahm, S. E.

    2005-01-01

    Images of the NGC 2264 star-forming region, which we have acquired with the XMM-Newton spacecraft, reveal strong X-ray emission from three deeply embedded (Av > 10 mag) young stellar objects in the vicinity of Allen's infrared source (AFGL 989 = IRS 1) and Castelaz & Grasdalen s infrared source (RNO-EW = IRS 2). Thermal plasma models for the brightest source in X-rays, located 11 southwest of Allen's star, yield a quasi-steady luminosity of Lx = 10 ergs s-1 and an extraordinarily high X-ray temperature of 100 MK. The high temperature is consistent with the presence of emission lines of Fe xxv and Fe xxvi at photon energies of 6.7 and 6.9 keV, respectively. An even higher temperature of nearly 140 MK was observed during the rise phase of a powerful impulsive X-ray flare of another young star in the IRS 2 region. Moderate-resolution near-infrared (1-4 um) spectra of the embedded objects, obtained at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, exhibit deep water ice absorption bands, as well as a variety of emission and absorption features of H I, CO, and both neutral and ionized metals.

  10. Magnetocentrifugally driven flows from young stars and disks. 1: A generalized model

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    Shu, Frank; Najita, Joan; Ostriker, Eve; Wilkin, Frank; Ruden, Steven; Lizano, Susana

    1994-01-01

    We propose a generalized model for stellar spin-down, disk accretion, and truncation, and the origin of winds, jets, and bipolar outflows from young stellar objects. We consider the steady state dynamics of accretion of matter from a viscous and imperfectly conducting disk onto a young star with a strong magnetic field. For an aligned stellar magnetosphere, shielding currents in the surface layers of the disk prevent stellar field lines from penetrating the disk everywhere except for a range of radii about pi = R(sub x), where the Keplerian angular speed of rotation Omega(sub x) equals the angular speed of the star Omega(sub *). For the low disk accretion rates and high magnetic fields associated with typical T Tauri stars, R(sub x) exceeds the radius of the star R(sub *) by a factor of a few, and the inner disk is effectively truncated at a radius R(sub t) somewhat smaller than R(sub x). Where the closed field lines between R(sub t) and R(sub x) bow sufficiently inward, the accreting gas attaches itself to the field and is funneled dynamically down the effective potential (gravitational plus centrifugal) onto the star. Contrary to common belief, the accompanying magnetic torques associated with this accreting gas may transfer angular momentum mostly to the disk rather than to the star. Thus, the star can spin slowly as long as R(sub x) remains significantly greater than R(sub *). Exterior to R(sub x) field lines threading the disk bow outward, which makes the gas off the mid-plane rotate at super-Keplerian velocities. This combination drives a magnetocentrifugal wind with a mass-loss rate M(sub w) equal to a definite fraction f of the disk accretion rate M(sub D). For high disk accretion rates, R(sub x) is forced down to the stellar surface, the star is spun to breakup, and the wind is generated in a manner identical to that proposed by Shu, Lizano, Ruden, & Najita in a previous communication to this journal. In two companion papers (II and III), we develop a detailed but idealized theory of the magnetocentrifugal acceleration process.

  11. X-ray Study of the Intermediate-Mass Young Stars Herbig Ae/Be Stars

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    Kenji Hamaguchi; Shigeo Yamauchi; Katsuji Koyama

    2004-06-22

    We present the ASCA results of intermediate-mass pre-main-sequence stars (PMSs), or Herbig Ae/Be stars (HAeBes). Among the 35 ASCA pointed-sources, we detect 11 plausible X-ray counterparts. X-ray luminosities of the detected sources in the 0.5-10 keV band are in the range of log LX ~30-32 ergs s-1, which is systematically higher than those of low-mass PMSs. This fact suggests that the contribution of a possible low-mass companion is not large. Most of the bright sources show significant time variation, particularly, two HAeBes - MWC 297 and TY CrA - exhibit flare-like events with long decay timescales (e-folding time ~ 10-60 ksec). These flare shapes are similar to those of low-mass PMSs. The X-ray spectra are successfully reproduced by an absorbed one or two-temperature thin-thermal plasma model. The temperatures are in the range of kT ~1-5 keV, which are significantly higher than those of main-sequence OB stars (kT shocks, but are more likely due to magnetic activity. On the other hand, the plasma temperature rises as absorption column density increases, or as HAeBes ascend to earlier phases. The X-ray luminosity reduces after stellar age of a few x10^6 years. X-ray activity may be related to stellar evolution. The age of the activity decay is apparently near the termination of jet or outflow activity. We thus hypothesize that magnetic activity originates from the interaction of the large scale magnetic fields coupled to the circumstellar disk. We also discuss differences in X-ray properties between HAeBes and main-sequence OB stars.

  12. Episodic formation of cometary material in the outburst of a young Sun-like star.

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    Abrahám, P; Juhász, A; Dullemond, C P; Kóspál, A; van Boekel, R; Bouwman, J; Henning, Th; Moór, A; Mosoni, L; Sicilia-Aguilar, A; Sipos, N

    2009-05-14

    The Solar System originated in a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. The dust is in the form of amorphous silicate particles and carbonaceous dust. The composition of cometary material, however, shows that a significant fraction of the amorphous silicate dust was transformed into crystalline form during the early evolution of the protosolar nebula. How and when this transformation happened has been a question of debate, with the main options being heating by the young Sun and shock heating. Here we report mid-infrared features in the outburst spectrum of the young Sun-like star EX Lupi that were not present in quiescence. We attribute them to crystalline forsterite. We conclude that the crystals were produced through thermal annealing in the surface layer of the inner disk by heat from the outburst, a process that has hitherto not been considered. The observed lack of cold crystals excludes shock heating at larger radii. PMID:19444209

  13. Periodic modulation in pulse arrival times from young pulsars: a renewed case for neutron star precession

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    Kerr, M.; Hobbs, G.; Johnston, S.; Shannon, R. M.

    2016-01-01

    In a search for periodic variation in the arrival times of pulses from 151 young, energetic pulsars, we have identified seven cases of modulation consistent with one or two harmonics of a single fundamental with time-scale 0.5-1.5 yr. We use simulations to show that these modulations are statistically significant and of high quality (sinusoidal) even when contaminated by the strong stochastic timing noise common to young pulsars. Although planetary companions could induce such modulation, the large implied masses and 2:1 mean motion resonances challenge such an explanation. Instead, the modulation is likely to be intrinsic to the pulsar, arising from quasi-periodic switching between stable magnetospheric states, and we propose that precession of the neutron star may regulate this switching.

  14. Hokupa'a-Gemini Discovery of Two Ultracool Companions to the Young Star HD 130948

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    Potter, D.; Martín, E. L.; Cushing, M. C.; Baudoz, P.; Brandner, W.; Guyon, O.; Neuhäuser, R.

    2002-03-01

    We report the discovery of two faint ultracool companions to the nearby (d~17.9 pc) young G2 V star HD 130948 (HR 5534, HIP 72567) using the Hokupa'a adaptive optics (AO) instrument mounted on the Gemini North 8 m telescope. Both objects have the same common proper motion as the primary star as seen over a 7 month baseline and have near-IR photometric colors that are consistent with an early L classification. Near-IR spectra taken with the NIRSPEC AO instrument on the Keck II telescope reveal K I lines, FeH, and H2O band heads. Based on these spectra, we determine that both objects have a spectral type of dL2 with an uncertainty of two spectral subclasses. The position of the new companions on the H-R diagram in comparison with theoretical models is consistent with the young age of the primary star (<0.8 Gyr) estimated on the basis of X-ray activity, lithium abundance, and fast rotation. HD 130948B and C likely constitute a pair of young contracting brown dwarfs with an orbital period of about 10 yr and will yield dynamical masses for L dwarfs in the near future. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (US), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (UK), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), CNPq (Brazil), and CONICET (Argentina).

  15. Spatially Extended Brackett Gamma Emission in the Environments of Young Stars

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    Beck, Tracy L.; Bary, Jeffery S.; McGregor, Peter J.

    2010-10-01

    The majority of atomic hydrogen Br? emission detected in the spectra of young stellar objects is believed to arise from the recombination regions associated with the magnetospheric accretion of circumstellar disk material onto the forming star. In this paper, we present the results of a K-band integral field unit spectroscopic study of Br? emission in eight young protostars: CW Tau, DG Tau, Haro 6-10, HL Tau, HV Tau C, RW Aur, T Tau, and XZ Tau. We spatially resolve Br? emission structures in half of these young stars and find that most of the extended emission is consistent with the location and velocities of the known Herbig-Haro flows associated with these systems. At some velocities through the Br? line profile, the spatially extended emission comprises 20% or more of the integrated flux in that spectral channel. However, the total spatially extended Br? is typically less than ~10% of the flux integrated over the full emission profile. For DG Tau and Haro 6-10 S, we estimate the mass outflow rate using simple assumptions about the hydrogen emission region and compare this to the derived mass accretion rate. We detect extended Br? in the vicinity of the more obscured targets in our sample and conclude that spatially extended Br? emission may exist toward other stars, but unattenuated photospheric flux probably limits its detectability. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), CNPq (Brazil), and CONICET (Argentina).

  16. Bolometric temperature and young stars in the Taurus and Ophiuchus complexes

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    Chen, H.; Myers, P. C.; Ladd, E. F.; Wood, D. O. S.

    1995-01-01

    We calculated bolometric temperature (T(sub bol)) and luminosity (L(sub bol)) for 128 young stellar objects (YSOs) in Taurus, 74 in the Ophiuchus 'core', and 33 in the Ophiuchus 'off-core' region. We have constructed the bolometric luminosity-temperature (BLT) diagram, the log-log plot of L(sub bol) versus T(sub bol), for the three samples. T(sub bol) is defined as the temperature of a blackbody having the same frequency as the observed continuum spectrum. It measures the redness (or coldness) of an astronomical source. The BLT diagram is analogous to the H-R diagram and allows for a direct and quantitative comparison of YSOs at a wide variety of evolutionary states, ranging from the most deeply embedded stars to T Tauri stars nearly on the main sequence. We found (1) T(sub bol) increases monotonically from embedded sources (approximately 60-500 K) to classical T Tauri stars (approximately 1000-3000 K) to weak-line T Tauri stars (approximately 2000-5000 K); (2) T(sub bol) correlates reasonably well with the age inferred from the evolutionary models of pre-main-sequence stars and protostars for embedded 'protostars' and weak-line T Tauri stars. There is no significant correlation for the classical T Tauri stars. These results can be understood in terms of dissipation of circumstellar dust envelope and disk during the early stages of stellar evolution. Sources in the three regions have different distributions in the BLT diagram. The Ophiuchus core has the highest fraction of cold sources among the three regions. These cold sources are also more luminous than the YSOs in the other regions. The Ophiuchus off-core sample is dominated by the more evolved pre-main-sequence stars. The Taurus sources have distributions intermediate in L(sub bol), T(sub bol), and age between the Ophiuchus core and off-core distributions. These may suggest differences in the star formation history, and possibly in the stellar masses and mass accretion rates in these star-forming regions.

  17. Detection of Variable Gaseous Absorption Features in the Debris Disks Around Young A-type Stars

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    Montgomery, Sharon L.; Welsh, Barry Y.

    2012-10-01

    We present medium resolution (R=60,000) absorption measurements of the interstellar Ca II K line observed towards five nearby A-type stars (49 Ceti, 5 Vul, ? Cyg, 2 And, and HD 223884) suspected of possessing circumstellar gas debris disks. The stars were observed on a nightly basis during a six night observing run on the 2.1-meter Otto Struve telescope at the McDonald Observatory, Texas. We have detected nightly changes in the absorption strength of the Ca II K line observed near the stellar radial velocity in three of the stars (49 Ceti, i Cyg and HD 223884). Such changes in absorption suggest the presence of a circumstellar (atomic) gas disk around these stars. In addition to the absorption changes in the main Ca II K line profile, we have also observed weak transient absorption features that randomly appear at redshifted velocities in the spectra of 49 Ceti, 5 Vul, and 2 And. These absorption features are most probably associated with the presence of falling evaporated bodies (exo-comets) that liberate evaporating gas on their approach to the central star. This now brings the total number of systems in which exocomet activity has been observed at Ca II or Na I wavelengths on a nightly basis to seven (? Pic, HR 10, HD 85905, ? Car, 49 Ceti, 5 Vul, and 2 And), with 2 And exhibiting weaker and less frequent changes. All of the disk systems presently known to exhibit either type of short-term variability in Ca II K line absorption are rapidly rotating A-type stars (V sin i>120 km s-1). Most exhibit mid-IR excesses, and many of them are very young (<20 Myr), thus supporting the argument that many of them are transitional objects between Herbig Ae and ""Vega-like"" A-type stars with more tenuous circumstellar disks. No mid-IR excess (due to the presence of a dust disk) has yet been detected around either 2 And or HD 223884, both of which have been classified as ? Bötis-type stars. This may indicate that the observed changes in gas absorption for these two stars may not be due to circumstellar activity, but may instead be associated with the stars'' episodic mass loss and passage though low-density interstellar clouds.

  18. NEAR-INFRARED VARIABILITY IN YOUNG STARS IN CYGNUS OB7

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    Rice, Thomas S.; Wolk, Scott J.; Aspin, Colin

    2012-08-10

    We present the first results from a 124 night J, H, K near-infrared monitoring campaign of the dark cloud L 1003 in Cygnus OB7, an active star-forming region. Using three seasons of UKIRT observations spanning 1.5 years, we obtained high-quality photometry on 9200 stars down to J = 17 mag, with photometric uncertainty better than 0.04 mag. On the basis of near-infrared excesses from disks, we identify 30 pre-main-sequence stars, including 24 which are newly discovered. We analyze those stars and find that the NIR excesses are significantly variable. All 9200 stars were monitored for photometric variability; among the field star population, {approx}160 exhibited near-infrared variability (1.7% of the sample). Of the 30 young stellar objects (YSOs), 28 of them (93%) are variable at a significant level. Of the 30 YSOs, twenty-five have near-infrared excess consistent with simple disk-plus-star classical T Tauri models. Nine of these (36%) drift in color space over the course of these observations and/or since Two Micron All Sky Survey observations such that they cross the boundary defining the NIR excess criteria; effectively, they have a transient near-infrared excess. Thus, time-series JHK observations can be used to obtain a more complete sample of disk-bearing stars than single-epoch JHK observations. About half of the YSOs have color-space variations parallel to either the classical T Tauri star locus or a hybrid track which includes the dust reddening trajectory. This indicates that the NIR variability in YSOs that possess accretion disks arises from a combination of variable extinction and changes in the inner accretion disk: either in accretion rate, central hole size, and/or the inclination of the inner disk. While some variability may be due to stellar rotation, the level of variability on the individual stars can exceed a magnitude. This is a strong empirical suggestion that protoplanetary disks are quite dynamic and exhibit more complex activity on short timescales than is attributable to rotation alone or captured in static disk models.

  19. A COMPREHENSIVE GALEX ULTRAVIOLET CATALOG OF STAR CLUSTERS IN M31 AND A STUDY OF THE YOUNG CLUSTERS

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    Kang, Yongbeom; Rey, Soo-Chang; Lee, Kyungsook; Kim, YoungKwang; Bianchi, Luciana; Sohn, Sangmo Tony E-mail: screy@cnu.ac.kr

    2012-04-01

    We present a comprehensive catalog of 700 confirmed star clusters in the field of M31 compiled from three major existing catalogs. We detect 418 and 257 star clusters in Galaxy Evolution Explorer near-ultraviolet and far-ultraviolet (FUV) imaging, respectively. Our final catalog includes photometry of star clusters in up to 16 passbands ranging from FUV to NIR as well as ancillary information such as reddening, metallicity, and radial velocities. In particular, this is the most extensive and updated catalog of UV-integrated photometry for M31 star clusters. Ages and masses of star clusters are derived by fitting the multi-band photometry with model spectral energy distribution (SED); UV photometry enables more accurate age estimation of young clusters. Our catalog includes 182 young clusters with ages less than 1 Gyr. Our estimated ages and masses of young clusters are in good agreement with previously determined values in the literature. The mean age and mass of young clusters are about 300 Myr and 10{sup 4} M{sub Sun }, respectively. We found that the compiled [Fe/H] values of young clusters included in our catalog are systematically lower (by more than 1 dex) than those from recent high-quality spectroscopic data and our SED-fitting result. We confirm that most of the young clusters' kinematics shows systematic rotation around the minor axis and association with the thin disk of M31. The young cluster distribution exhibits a distinct peak in the M31 disk around 10-12 kpc from the center and follows a spatial distributions similar to other tracers of disk structure such as OB stars, UV star-forming regions, and dust. Some young clusters also show concentration around the ring splitting regions found in the southern part of the M31 disk and most of them have systematically younger (<100 Myr) ages. Considering the kinematical properties and spatial distribution of young clusters, they might be associated with the well-known 10 kpc star formation ring structure in the M31 disk. Consequently, we suggest that various properties of young clusters in M31 might be in line with the scenarios that a satellite galaxy had passed through the disk of M31 less than few hundred million years ago.

  20. High Angular Resolution Mid-Infrared Imaging of Young Stars in Orion BN/KL

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    Greenhill, L. J.; Gezari, D. Y.; Danchi, W. C.; Najita, J.; Monnier, J. D.

    2004-01-01

    The authors present Keck LWS images of the Orion BN/KL star forming region obtained in the first multi-wavelength study to have 0.3--0.5 resolution from 4.7 (micro)m to 22 (micro)m. The young stellar objects designed infrared source n and radio source I are believed to dominate the BN/KL region. They have detected extended emission from a probable accretion disk around source n but infer a stellar luminosity on the order of only 2000 L(sub (center-dot)).

  1. The relevance of the IUE results on young stars for Earth's paleoatmosphere

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    Canuto, V. M.; Levine, J. S.; Augustsson, T. R.; Imhoff, C. L.; Giampap, M. S.

    1982-01-01

    Using the latest IUE results for seven T Tauri stars, which are believed to represent the young Sun and a detailed photochemical chemical model of the paleoatmosphere, the vertical distribution of Oxygen and Ozone in the early atmosphere was calculated. The calculations indicate that the surface Oxygen mixing ratio is as much as six orders of magnitude larger than previously estimated, but appears low enough for the formation of amino acids via the Urey-Miller type of experiments. It is believed that the quantification of the oxygen level in the Earth's paleoatmosphere presented can reconcile the demands of both biological and geological considerations.

  2. The relevance of the IUE results on young stars for Earth's paleoatmosphere

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    Canuto, V. M.; Levine, J. S.; Augustsson, T. R.; Imhoff, C. L.; Giampapa, M. S.

    Using the latest IUE results for seven T Tauri stars, which are believed to represent the young Sun and a detailed photochemical chemical model of the paleoatmosphere, the vertical distribution of Oxygen and Ozone in the early atmosphere was calculated. The calculations indicate that the surface Oxygen mixing ratio is as much as six orders of magnitude larger than previously estimated, but appears low enough for the formation of amino acids via the Urey-Miller type of experiments. It is believed that the quantification of the oxygen level in the Earth's paleoatmosphere presented can reconcile the demands of both biological and geological considerations.

  3. Economic Development Activities at the Young - Rainey Science, Technology, & Research (STAR) Center

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    Paul S. Sacco; Carl Smeigh; John Caponiti, Jr.

    2008-06-30

    Project mission was to mitigate the adverse economic effects of closing the U.S. Department of Energy's Pinellas Plant in Largo, Florida. This project was to facilitate the physical renovation of the plant and to help maintain and create jobs for the employees that worked at the plant when DOE terminated its operations. It also included finding and attracting high technology, industrial manufacturing and related firms to utilize the space and high tech equipment to remain at the plant. Stakeholders included the affected plant employees, local government and related public organizations, and businesses and universities in the Tampa Bay Florida area. The $17.6 million funded for this project helped produce 2,780 jobs at the Young - Rainey STAR Center at an average cost of $6,328. Rental income from STAR Center tenants and third party cash input amounted to approximately $66 million over the project period of 13.3 years.

  4. Multiple Star Systems in the Young Cluster IRAS 05137+3919

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    Nikoghosyan, E. H.; Harutyunian, H. A.; Azatyan, N. M.

    2015-12-01

    Statistical analysis of a young stellar cluster surrounding the source IRAS 05137+3919 at a distance of 4.4 kpc reveals four binary objects and one triplet. These include a pair of Ae/Be Herbig stars. The percent content of multiple systems in the cluster is mf = 5-6% and cp = 10-13%. The masses of the components of the multiple systems range from ~1 to 8 M ? and logP (P is the rotation period in years) ranges from 4.4 to 4.7. The median value of the mass ratio of the components is q = 0.86. The percentage and parameters of the multiple systems are similar to data on other star formation regions (ONC, Perseus, UScoA) for which the parameters mf and cp are comparable to the results obtained for the stellar population of the field.

  5. A circumstellar molecular gas structure associated with the massive young star Cepheus A-HW 2

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    Torrelles, Jose M.; Rodriguez, Luis F.; Canto, Jorge; Ho, Paul T. P.

    1993-01-01

    We report the detection via VLA-D observations of ammonia of a circumstellar high-density molecular gas structure toward the massive young star related to the object Cepheus A-HW 2, a firm candidate for the powering source of the high-velocity molecular outflow in the region. We suggest that the circumstellar molecular gas structure could be related to the circumstellar disk previously suggested from infrared, H2O, and OH maser observations. We consider as a plausible scenario that the double radio continuum source of HW 2 could represent the ionized inner part of the circumstellar disk, in the same way as proposed to explain the double radio source in L1551. The observed motions in the circumstellar molecular gas can be produced by bound motions (e.g., infall or rotation) around a central mass of about 10-20 solar masses (B0.5 V star or earlier).

  6. Multiple Star Systems in the Young Cluster IRAS 05137+3919

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    Nikoghosyan, E. H.; Harutyunian, H. A.; Azatyan, N. M.

    2015-11-01

    Statistical analysis of a young stellar cluster surrounding the source IRAS 05137+3919 at a distance of 4.4 kpc reveals four binary objects and one triplet. These include a pair of Ae/Be Herbig stars. The percent content of multiple systems in the cluster is mf = 5-6% and cp = 10-13%. The masses of the components of the multiple systems range from ~1 to 8 M ? and logP (P is the rotation period in years) ranges from 4.4 to 4.7. The median value of the mass ratio of the components is q = 0.86. The percentage and parameters of the multiple systems are similar to data on other star formation regions (ONC, Perseus, UScoA) for which the parameters mf and cp are comparable to the results obtained for the stellar population of the field.

  7. CSI 2264: characterizing accretion-burst dominated light curves for young stars in NGC 2264

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    Stauffer, John; Cody, Ann Marie; Rebull, Luisa; Carey, Sean; Baglin, Annie; Alencar, Silvia; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.; Carpenter, John; Findeisen, Krzysztof; Venuti, Laura; Bouvier, Jerome; Plavchan, Peter; Terebey, Susan; Morales-Calderón, María; Micela, Giusi; Flaccomio, Ettore; Song, Inseok; Gutermuth, Rob; Hartmann, Lee; and others

    2014-04-01

    Based on more than four weeks of continuous high-cadence photometric monitoring of several hundred members of the young cluster NGC 2264 with two space telescopes, NASA's Spitzer and the CNES CoRoT (Convection, Rotation, and planetary Transits), we provide high-quality, multi-wavelength light curves for young stellar objects whose optical variability is dominated by short-duration flux bursts, which we infer are due to enhanced mass accretion rates. These light curves show many brief—several hours to one day—brightenings at optical and near-infrared wavelengths with amplitudes generally in the range of 5%-50% of the quiescent value. Typically, a dozen or more of these bursts occur in a 30 day period. We demonstrate that stars exhibiting this type of variability have large ultraviolet (UV) excesses and dominate the portion of the u – g versus g – r color-color diagram with the largest UV excesses. These stars also have large H? equivalent widths, and either centrally peaked, lumpy H? emission profiles or profiles with blueshifted absorption dips associated with disk or stellar winds. Light curves of this type have been predicted for stars whose accretion is dominated by Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities at the boundary between their magnetosphere and inner circumstellar disk, or where magneto-rotational instabilities modulate the accretion rate from the inner disk. Among the stars with the largest UV excesses or largest H? equivalent widths, light curves with this type of variability greatly outnumber light curves with relatively smooth sinusoidal variations associated with long-lived hot spots. We provide quantitative statistics for the average duration and strength of the accretion bursts and for the fraction of the accretion luminosity associated with these bursts.

  8. A CubeSat to Search for Transiting Planets Around the Young Star Beta Pictoris

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    Blake, Ameer; Roberge, Aki

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this project is to further our growing knowledge of exoplanets in the solar neighborhood. The nearby star Beta Pictoris, which is nearly twice the mass of the Sun, is encircled by a huge disk of dust and gas reaching out 500-800 AU from the star. This so-called "debris disk" is the product of collisions between large numbers of asteroids and comets orbiting this relatively young star. The presence of these small planetary bodies hinted that there might be planets in the disk as well, which was recently confirmed when a ground-based telescope directly imaged a super-Jupiter exoplanet orbiting the star.The debris disk of Beta Pic tells us that this planetary system is edge-on from our vantage point on Earth. Therefore, it is an ideal system to use transit photometry to search for additional planets. We hope to due so by monitoring the brightness of the star over a given period, using a telescope on small satellite (a CubeSat). A CubeSat is a very small satellite tasked with a single purpose and, in this case, a single target. The advantage of a CubeSat over a larger telescope is the low cost and fast development schedule. Since we wish to study only one star's system, a CubeSat is an economical choice, although the limited lifetime of a CubeSat means that only planets with relatively short (up to few month) periods may be found. Our preliminary calculations show that, in principle, we can discover planets from Jupiter-size down to Neptune-size around Beta Pic with a telescope sized to fit in a CubeSat.

  9. The cool supergiant population of the massive young star cluster RSGC1

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    Davies, Ben; Law, Casey J; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Najarro, Francisco; Herrero, Artemio; MacKenty, John W

    2007-01-01

    We present new high-resolution near-IR spectroscopy and OH maser observations to investigate the population of cool luminous stars of the young massive Galactic cluster RSGC1. Using the 2.293\\micron CO-bandhead feature, we make high-precision radial velocity measurements of 16 of the 17 candidate Red Supergiants (RSGs) identified by Figer et al. We show that F16 and F17 are foreground stars, while we confirm that the rest are indeed physically-associated RSGs. We determine that Star F15, also associated with the cluster, is a Yellow Hypergiant based on its luminosity and spectroscopic similarity to $\\rho$ Cas. Using the cluster's radial velocity, we have derived the kinematic distance to the cluster and revisited the stars' temperatures and luminosities. We find a larger spread of luminosities than in the discovery paper, consistent with a cluster age 30% older than previously thought (12$\\pm$2Myr), and a total initial mass of $(3\\pm1) \\times 10^{4}$\\msun. The spatial coincidence of the OH maser with F13, com...

  10. Stellar Feedback in Molecular Clouds and its Influence on the Mass Function of Young Star Clusters

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    Fall, S. Michael; Krumholz, Mark R.; Matzner, Christopher D.

    2010-02-01

    We investigate how the removal of interstellar material by stellar feedback limits the efficiency of star formation in molecular clouds and how this determines the shape of the mass function of young star clusters. In particular, we derive relations between the power-law exponents of the mass functions of the clouds and clusters in the limiting regimes in which the feedback is energy driven and momentum driven, corresponding to minimum and maximum radiative losses, and likely to bracket all realistic cases. We find good agreement between the predicted and observed exponents, especially for momentum-driven feedback, provided the protoclusters have roughly constant mean surface density, as indicated by observations of the star-forming clumps within molecular clouds. We also consider a variety of specific feedback mechanisms, concluding that H II regions inflated by radiation pressure predominate in massive protoclusters, a momentum-limited process when photons can escape after only a few interactions with dust grains. We show in this case that the star formation efficiency depends on the masses and sizes of the protoclusters only through their mean surface density, thus ensuring consistency between the observed exponents of the mass functions of the clouds and clusters. Our numerical estimate of this efficiency is also consistent with observations.

  11. NEW BROWN DWARF COMPANIONS TO YOUNG STARS IN SCORPIUS-CENTAURUS

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    Janson, Markus; Jayawardhana, Ray; Bonavita, Mariangela; Girard, Julien H.; Lafreniere, David; Gizis, John; Brandeker, Alexis

    2012-10-10

    We present the discoveries of three faint companions to young stars in the Scorpius-Centaurus region, imaged with the NICI instrument on Gemini South. We have confirmed all three companions through common proper motion tests. Follow-up spectroscopy has confirmed two of them, HIP 65423 B and HIP 65517 B, to be brown dwarfs, while the third, HIP 72099 B, is more likely a very low mass star just above the hydrogen burning limit. The detection of wide companions in the mass range of {approx}40-100 M{sub jup} complements previous work in the same region, reporting detections of similarly wide companions with lower masses, in the range of {approx}10-30 M{sub jup}. Such low masses near the deuterium burning limit have raised the question of whether those objects formed like planets or stars. The existence of intermediate objects as reported here could represent a bridge between lower-mass companions and stellar companions, but in any case demonstrate that mass alone may not provide a clear-cut distinction for the formation of low-mass companions to stars.

  12. Temperaments of young stars: Rapid mass-accretion rate changes in T Tauri and Herbig Ae stars

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    Costigan, Gráinne; Scholz, Aleks; Ray, Tom; Testi, Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    Variability in emission lines is a characteristic feature in young stars and can be used as a tool to study the physics of the accretion process. Here we present a study of H{\\alpha} variability in 15 T Tauri and Herbig Ae stars (K7-B2) over a wide range of time windows, from minutes, to hours, to days, and years. We assess the variability using linewidth measurements and the time series of line profiles. All objects show gradual, slow profile changes on time-scales of days. In addition, in three cases there is evidence for rapid variations in H{\\alpha} with typical time-scales of 10 min, which occurs in 10% of the total covered observing time. The mean accretion-rate changes, inferred from the line fluxes,are 0.01-0.07 dex for time-scales of < 1 hour, 0.04-0.4 dex for time-scales of days, and 0.13-0.52 dex for time-scales of years. In Costigan et al. 2012 we derived an upper limit finding that the intermediate (days) variability dominated over longer (years) variability. Here our new results, based on muc...

  13. STAR FORMATION AND YOUNG POPULATION OF THE H II COMPLEX Sh2-294

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    Samal, M. R.; Pandey, A. K.; Chauhan, N.; Jose, J.; Ojha, D. K.; Pandey, B.

    2012-08-10

    The Sh2-294 H II region ionized by a single B0V star features several infrared excess sources, a photodissociation region, and also a group of reddened stars at its border. The star formation scenario in this region seems to be quite complex. In this paper, we present follow-up results of Sh2-294 H II region at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 {mu}m observed with the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), coupled with H{sub 2} (2.12 {mu}m) observation, to characterize the young population of the region and to understand its star formation history. We identified 36 young stellar object (YSO, Class I, Class II, and Class I/II) candidates using IRAC color-color diagrams. It is found that Class I sources are preferentially located at the outskirts of the H II region and associated with enhanced H{sub 2} emission; none of them are located near the central cluster. Combining the optical to mid-infrared (MIR) photometry of the YSO candidates and using the spectral energy distribution fitting models, we constrained stellar parameters and the evolutionary status of 33 YSO candidates. Most of them are interpreted by the model as low-mass (<4 M{sub Sun }) YSOs; however, we also detected a massive YSO ({approx}9 M{sub Sun }) of Class I nature, embedded in a cloud of visual extinction of {approx}24 mag. Present analysis suggests that the Class I sources are indeed a younger population of the region relative to Class II sources (age {approx} 4.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} yr). We suggest that the majority of the Class I sources, including the massive YSOs, are second-generation stars of the region whose formation is possibly induced by the expansion of the H II region powered by a {approx}4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} yr B0 main-sequence star.

  14. TRIGGERED STAR FORMATION AND YOUNG STELLAR POPULATION IN BRIGHT-RIMMED CLOUD SFO 38

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    Choudhury, Rumpa; Bhatt, H. C.; Mookerjea, Bhaswati E-mail: hcbhatt@iiap.res.i

    2010-07-10

    We have investigated the young stellar population in and around SFO 38, one of the massive globules located in the northern part of the Galactic H II region IC 1396, using the Spitzer IRAC and MIPS observations (3.6-24 {mu}m), and followed up with ground-based optical photometric and spectroscopic observations. Based on the IRAC and MIPS colors and H{alpha} emission, we identify {approx}45 young stellar objects (Classes 0/I/II) and 13 probable pre-main-sequence candidates. We derive the spectral types (mostly K- and M-type stars), effective temperatures, and individual extinction of the relatively bright and optically visible Class II objects. Most of the Class II objects show variable H{alpha} emission as well as optical and near-infrared photometric variability, which confirm their 'youth'. Based on optical photometry and theoretical isochrones, we estimate the spread in stellar ages to be between 1 and 8 Myr with a median age of 3 Myr and a mass distribution of 0.3-2.2 M{sub sun} with a median value around 0.5 M{sub sun}. Using the width of the H{alpha} emission line measured at 10% peak intensity, we derive the mass accretion rates of individual objects to be between 10{sup -10} and 10{sup -8} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}. From the continuum-subtracted H{alpha} line image, we find that the H{alpha} emission of the globule is not spatially symmetric with respect to the O-type ionizing star HD 206267, and the interstellar extinction toward the globule is also anomalous. We clearly detect an enhanced concentration of YSOs closer to the southern rim of SFO 38 and identify an evolutionary sequence of YSOs from the rim to the dense core of the cloud, with most of the Class II objects located at the bright rim. The YSOs appear to be aligned along two different directions toward the O6.5V type star HD 206267 and the B0V type star HD 206773. This is consistent with the Radiation Driven Implosion (RDI) model for triggered star formation. Further, the apparent speed of sequential star formation is consistent with the speed of propagation of shocks in dense globules as derived from numerical simulations of RDI.

  15. GIANO-TNG spectroscopy of red supergiants in the young star cluster RSGC3

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    Origlia, L; Sanna, N; Mucciarelli, A; Dalessandro, E; Scuderi, S; Baffa, C; Biliotti, V; Carbonaro, L; Falcini, G; Giani, E; Iuzzolino, M; Massi, F; Sozzi, M; Tozzi, A; Ghedina, A; Ghinassi, F; Lodi, M; Harutyunyan, A; Pedani, M

    2015-01-01

    The Scutum complex in the inner disk of the Galaxy has a number of young star clusters dominated by red supergiants that are heavily obscured by dust extinction and observable only at infrared wavelengths. These clusters are important tracers of the recent star formation and chemical enrichment history in the inner Galaxy. During the technical commissioning and as a first science verification of the GIANO spectrograph at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, we secured high-resolution (R=50,000) near-infrared spectra of five red supergiants in the young Scutum cluster RSGC3. Taking advantage of the full YJHK spectral coverage of GIANO in a single exposure, we were able to measure several tens of atomic and molecular lines that were suitable for determining chemical abundances. By means of spectral synthesis and line equivalent width measurements, we obtained abundances of Fe and iron-peak elements such as Ni, Cr, and Cu, alpha (O, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti), other light elements (C, N, F, Na, Al, and Sc), and some s-process...

  16. Discovery of a wide planetary-mass companion to the young M3 star GU Psc

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    Naud, Marie-Eve; Malo, Lison; Albert, Loïc; Doyon, René; Lafrenière, David; Gagné, Jonathan; Saumon, Didier; Morley, Caroline V; Allard, France; Homeier, Derek; Beichman, Charles A; Gelino, Christopher R; Boucher, Anne

    2014-01-01

    We present the discovery of a co-moving planetary-mass companion ~42" (~2000 AU) from a young M3 star, GU Psc, likely member of the young AB Doradus Moving Group (ABDMG). The companion was first identified via its distinctively red i - z color (> 3.5) through a survey made with Gemini-S/GMOS. Follow-up Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/WIRCam near-infrared (NIR) imaging, Gemini-N/GNIRS NIR spectroscopy and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer photometry indicate a spectral type of T3.5+-1 and reveal signs of low gravity which we attribute to youth. Keck/Adaptive Optics NIR observations did not resolve the companion as a binary. A comparison with atmosphere models indicates Teff = 1000-1100 K and logg = 4.5-5.0. Based on evolution models, this temperature corresponds to a mass of 9-13 MJup for the age of ABDMG (70-130 Myr). The relatively well-constrained age of this companion and its very large angular separation to its host star will allow its thorough characterization and will make it a valuable comparison for ...

  17. YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS IN THE LARGE MAGELLANIC CLOUD STAR-FORMING REGION N206

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    Romita, Krista Alexandra; Meixner, M.; Sewilo, M.; Shiao, B.; Carlson, Lynn Redding; Whitney, B.; Babler, B.; Meade, M.; Indebetouw, R.; Hora, J. L. E-mail: carlson@stsci.ed E-mail: brian@sal.wisc.ed E-mail: jhora@cfa.harvard.ed

    2010-09-20

    We present analysis of the energetic star-forming region Henize 206 (N206) located near the southern edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) based on photometric data from the Spitzer Surveying the Agents of Galaxy Evolution (SAGE-LMC; IRAC 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, 8.0 {mu}m and MIPS 24 {mu}m), Infrared Survey Facility near-infrared survey (J, H, K{sub s}), and the Magellanic Clouds Photometric Survey (MCPS UBVI) covering a wavelength range of 0.36-24 {mu}m. Young stellar object (YSO) candidates are identified based upon their location in infrared color-magnitude space and classified by the shapes of their spectral energy distributions in comparison with a pre-computed grid of YSO models. We identify 116 YSO candidates: 102 are well characterized by the YSO models, predominately Stage I, and 14 may be multiple sources or young sources with transition disks. Careful examination of the individual sources and their surrounding environment allows us to identify a factor of {approx}14.5 more YSO candidates than have already been identified. The total mass of these well-fit YSO candidates is {approx}520 M{sub sun}. We calculate a current star formation rate of 0.27 x 10{sup -1} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1} kpc{sup -2}. The distribution of YSO candidates appears to follow shells of neutral material in the interstellar medium.

  18. The Spatial Distribution of the Young Stellar Clusters in the Star-forming Galaxy NGC 628

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    Grasha, K.; Calzetti, D.; Adamo, A.; Kim, H.; Elmegreen, B. G.; Gouliermis, D. A.; Aloisi, A.; Bright, S. N.; Christian, C.; Cignoni, M.; Dale, D. A.; Dobbs, C.; Elmegreen, D. M.; Fumagalli, M.; Gallagher, J. S., III; Grebel, E. K.; Johnson, K. E.; Lee, J. C.; Messa, M.; Smith, L. J.; Ryon, J. E.; Thilker, D.; Ubeda, L.; Wofford, A.

    2015-12-01

    We present a study of the spatial distribution of the stellar cluster populations in the star-forming galaxy NGC 628. Using Hubble Space Telescope broadband WFC3/UVIS UV and optical images from the Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey), we have identified 1392 potential young (? 100 Myr) stellar clusters within the galaxy using a combination of visual inspection and automatic selection. We investigate the clustering of these young stellar clusters and quantify the strength and change of clustering strength with scale using the two-point correlation function. We also investigate how image boundary conditions and dust lanes affect the observed clustering. The distribution of the clusters is well fit by a broken power law with negative exponent ?. We recover a weighted mean index of ? ˜ -0.8 for all spatial scales below the break at 3.?3 (158 pc at a distance of 9.9 Mpc) and an index of ? ˜ -0.18 above 158 pc for the accumulation of all cluster types. The strength of the clustering increases with decreasing age and clusters older than 40 Myr lose their clustered structure very rapidly and tend to be randomly distributed in this galaxy, whereas the mass of the star cluster has little effect on the clustering strength. This is consistent with results from other studies that the morphological hierarchy in stellar clustering resembles the same hierarchy as the turbulent interstellar medium.

  19. Discovery of a Wide Planetary-mass Companion to the Young M3 Star GU Psc

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    Naud, Marie-Eve; Artigau, Étienne; Malo, Lison; Albert, Loïc; Doyon, René; Lafrenière, David; Gagné, Jonathan; Saumon, Didier; Morley, Caroline V.; Allard, France; Homeier, Derek; Beichman, Charles A.; Gelino, Christopher R.; Boucher, Anne

    2014-05-01

    We present the discovery of a comoving planetary-mass companion ~42'' (~2000 AU) from a young M3 star, GU Psc, a likely member of the young AB Doradus Moving Group (ABDMG). The companion was first identified via its distinctively red i - z color (>3.5) through a survey made with Gemini-S/GMOS. Follow-up Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/WIRCam near-infrared (NIR) imaging, Gemini-N/GNIRS NIR spectroscopy and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer photometry indicate a spectral type of T3.5 ± 1 and reveal signs of low gravity which we attribute to youth. Keck/Adaptive Optics NIR observations did not resolve the companion as a binary. A comparison with atmosphere models indicates T eff = 1000-1100 K and log g = 4.5-5.0. Based on evolution models, this temperature corresponds to a mass of 9-13 M Jup for the age of ABDMG (70-130 Myr). The relatively well-constrained age of this companion and its very large angular separation to its host star will allow its thorough characterization and will make it a valuable comparison for planetary-mass companions that will be uncovered by forthcoming planet-finder instruments such as Gemini Planet Imager and SPHERE.

  20. High Angular Resolution Mid-Infrared Imaging of Young Stars in Orion BN/KL

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    greenhill, l

    2004-06-25

    The authors present Keck LWS images of the Orion BN/KL star forming region obtained in the first multi-wavelength study to have 0.3--0.5 resolution from 4.7 {micro}m to 22 {micro}m. The young stellar objects designed infrared source n and radio source I are believed to dominate the BN/KL region. They have detected extended emission from a probable accretion disk around source n but infer a stellar luminosity on the order of only 2000 L{sub {center_dot}}. Although source I is believed to be more luminous, they do not detect an infrared counterpart even at the longest wavelengths. However, they resolve the closeby infrared source, IRc2, into an arc of knots {approx} 10{sup 3} AU long at all wavelengths. Although the physical relation of source I to IRc2 remains ambiguous, they suggest these sources mark a high density core (10{sup 7}-10{sup 8} pc{sup -3} over {approx} 10{sup 3} AU) within the larger BN/KL star forming cluster. The high density may be a consequence of the core being young and heavily embedded. The authors suggest the energetics of the BN/KL region may be dominated by this cluster core rather than one or two individual sources.

  1. Is the Young Star Cluster NGC 376 Dissolving in the Field of the Small Magellanic Cloud?

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    Sabbi, E.; Nota, A.; Tosi, M.; Smith, L. J.; Gallagher, J.; Cignoni, M.

    2011-09-01

    We use deep images acquired with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope in the filters F555W and F814W to characterize the properties of NGC 376, a young star cluster located in the wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Using isochrone fitting we derive for NGC 376 an age of 28 ± 7 Myr, in good agreement with previous studies. The high spatial resolution ACS data allow us to determine the center of gravity of the cluster and to construct extended surface brightness and radial density profiles. Neither of these profiles can be fitted with a theoretical model, suggesting that the cluster is not in virial equilibrium. Considering the young age of the cluster, we speculate that the distortion of the radial profiles may be the result of the rapid gas dispersal that follows the initial phase of star formation (SF). The cluster shows clear evidence of dynamical mass segregation. From the properties of the radial profiles and the present-day mass function we conclude that NGC 376 appears to have already lost nearly 90% of its initial stellar mass, probably as a consequence of the sudden gas dispersal that follows the early phase of SF. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555. These observations are associated with program 10248.

  2. On the association of young star clusters and their parental clouds: a statistical fractal analysis

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    Hetem, A.; Gregorio-Hetem, J.; Fernandes, B.; Santos-Silva, T.

    2014-10-01

    We present a study of 21 young star clusters aiming to characterize their association to dense clouds. The structure of the clouds was evaluated by means of the Q statistical fractal analysis, designed to compare their geometric structure with the spatial distribution of the cluster members. The sample was selected from the study by Santos-Silva and Gregorio-Hetem (2012, A&A, 547, A107) that evaluated the radial density profile of the stellar superficial distribution of the young clusters. The fractal dimension and other statistical parameters of most of the sample indicate that there is a good cloud-cluster correlation, when compared to other works based on an artificial distribution of points (Lomax et al. 2011, MNRAS, 412, 627). As presented in a previous work (Fernandes et al. 2012, A&A, 541, A95 ), the cluster NGC 6530 is the only object of our sample that presents anomalous statistical behaviour. The fractal analysis shows that this cluster has a centrally concentrated distribution of stars that differs from the substructures found in the density distribution of the cloud projected in the A_{V} map, suggesting that the original cloud geometry was changed by the cluster formation.

  3. Discovery of a wide planetary-mass companion to the young M3 star GU PSC

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    Naud, Marie-Eve; Artigau, Étienne; Malo, Lison; Albert, Loïc; Doyon, René; Lafrenière, David; Gagné, Jonathan; Boucher, Anne; Saumon, Didier; Morley, Caroline V.; Allard, France; Homeier, Derek; Beichman, Charles A.; Gelino, Christopher R.

    2014-05-20

    We present the discovery of a comoving planetary-mass companion ?42'' (?2000 AU) from a young M3 star, GU Psc, a likely member of the young AB Doradus Moving Group (ABDMG). The companion was first identified via its distinctively red i – z color (>3.5) through a survey made with Gemini-S/GMOS. Follow-up Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/WIRCam near-infrared (NIR) imaging, Gemini-N/GNIRS NIR spectroscopy and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer photometry indicate a spectral type of T3.5 ± 1 and reveal signs of low gravity which we attribute to youth. Keck/Adaptive Optics NIR observations did not resolve the companion as a binary. A comparison with atmosphere models indicates T {sub eff} = 1000-1100 K and log g = 4.5-5.0. Based on evolution models, this temperature corresponds to a mass of 9-13 M {sub Jup} for the age of ABDMG (70-130 Myr). The relatively well-constrained age of this companion and its very large angular separation to its host star will allow its thorough characterization and will make it a valuable comparison for planetary-mass companions that will be uncovered by forthcoming planet-finder instruments such as Gemini Planet Imager and SPHERE 9.

  4. Eruptive xanthomas

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    Zaczkiewicz, Andrzej; Placek, Waldemar

    2013-01-01

    Xanthomas are localized lipid deposits in the skin, tendons and subcutaneous tissue associated with lipid abnormality. The hyperlipidemia responsible for this disorder can be caused by a primary genetic defect, a secondary disorder, or both. That kind of skin exanthema may be the first signal of cardiovascular risk. We present a 24-year-old woman with a skin eruption that had appeared a few months earlier. PMID:24494004

  5. Ages and luminosities of young SMC/LMC star clusters and the recent star formation history of the Clouds

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    Glatt, K.; Grebel, E. K.; Koch, A.

    2010-07-01

    Aims: In this paper we discuss the age and spatial distribution of young (age < 1 Gyr) Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) and Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) clusters using data from the Magellanic Cloud Photometric Surveys. Luminosities are calculated for all age-dated clusters. Methods: The ages of 324 and 1193 populous star clusters in the SMC and the LMC were determined fitting Padova and Geneva isochrone models to their resolved color-magnitude diagrams. The clusters cover an age range between 10 Myr and 1 Gyr in each galaxy. For the SMC, a constant distance modulus of (m-M)_0 = 18.90 and a metallicity of Z = 0.004 were adopted. For the LMC, we used a constant distance modulus of (m-M)_0 = 18.50 and a metallicity of Z = 0.008. For both galaxies, we used a variable color excess to derive the cluster ages. Results: We find two periods of enhanced cluster formation in both galaxies at 160 Myr and 630 Myr (SMC) and at 125 Myr and 800 Myr (LMC). We present the spatially resolved recent star formation history of both Clouds based on young star clusters. The first peak may have been triggered by a close encounter between the SMC and the LMC. In both galaxies, the youngest clusters reside in the supergiant shells, giant shells, the intershell regions, and toward regions with a high H? content, suggesting that their formation is related to expansion and shell-shell interaction. Most of the clusters are older than the dynamical age of the supergiant shells. No evidence of cluster dissolution was found. Computed V band luminosities show a trend toward fainter magnitudes with increasing age, as well as a trend toward brighter magnitudes with increasing apparent cluster radii. Full Tables 1 and 2 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/517/A50

  6. Young stars in old galaxies - surprising discovery with the world's leading telescopes

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    2002-06-01

    Do elliptical galaxies only contain old stars? One of the challenges of modern astronomy is to understand how galaxies - large systems of stars, gas and dust - form and evolve. When did most of the stars in the Universe form? Did this happen at a very early stage, within a few billion years of the Big Bang? Have a significant number of the stars we now observe formed much more recently? Spectacular collisions between galaxies take place all the time, triggering the formation of thousands or even millions of stars. However, when looking at the Universe as a whole, most of its stars are found in elliptical galaxies whose overall appearance has so far led us to believe that they, and their stars and as well, are old. These elliptical galaxies do shine with the diffuse, reddish glow normally associated with stars that are many thousand million years old. However, what is the underlying mix of stars that produces this elderly appearance? Could a significant number of much younger stars be 'hiding' among the older ones? Detailed observations with the world's premier telescopes have now cast new light on this central question about the behaviour of some of the major building blocks of the Universe. Cosmic paleonthology To break the stellar 'cocktail' in elliptical galaxies down into its different constituents, a team of European and American astronomers observed massive stellar clusters in and around nearby galaxies. These "globular" clusters, so called because of their shape, exist in large numbers around all observed galaxies and form a kind of 'skeleton' within their host galaxies. These 'bones' receive an imprint for every episode of star formation they undergo. By reading the ages of the globular clusters in a galaxy, it is possible to identify the past epoch(s) of active star formation in a galaxy. Reading the imprints and deducing the distribution of ages of the globular clusters, astronomers can reveal when many of the stars in elliptical galaxies formed. This is similar to the way a palaeontologist uses the skeletons of dinosaurs to deduce information about the era in which they lived. A surprising discovery The team combined images of a number of galaxies from Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 with infrared images obtained from the multi-mode ISAAC instrument on the 8.2m VLT Antu telescope at the ESO Paranal Observatory (Chile). To their great surprise, they discovered that many of the globular clusters in one of these galaxies, NGC 4365, a member of the large Virgo cluster of galaxies, were only a few thousand million years old, much younger than most of the other stars in this galaxy (roughly 12 thousand million years old). The astronomers were able to identify three major groups of stellar clusters. There is an old population of clusters of metal-poor stars, some clusters of old but metal-rich stars and now, seen for the first time, a population of clusters with young and metal-rich stars. These results have been fully confirmed by spectroscopic observations made with another of the world's giant telescopes, the 10-metre Keck on Hawaii. "It is a great pleasure to see two projects wholly or partly funded by Europe - VLT and Hubble - work in concert to produce such an important scientific result", says Piero Benvenuti, ESA Hubble Project Scientist. "The synergy between the most advanced ground and space telescopes continues to prove its effectiveness, paving the way to impressive new discoveries that would not otherwise be possible." The discovery of young globular clusters within old galaxies is surprising since the stars in the giant elliptical galaxies were until now believed to have formed during a single period early in the history of the Universe. It is now clear that some of the galaxies may be hiding their true nature and have indeed experienced much more recent periods of major star formation. Notes for editors This press release is issued in coordination between ESA and ESO. The Hubble Space Telescope project is an international cooperation between ESA and NASA. The te

  7. Hubble space telescope observations of young star clusters in NGC-4038/4039, 'the antennae' galaxies

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    Whitmore, Bradley C.; Schweizer, Francois

    1995-01-01

    New, high-resolution images of the disks of NGC 4038/4039 obtained with the Wide Field Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) are presented. NGC 4038/4039, nicknamed The Antennae, is a prototypical example of a pair of colliding galaxies believed to be at an early stage of a merger. Down to the limiting magnitude of V approximately 23 mag, the HST images reveal a population of over 700 blue pointlike objects within the disks. The mean absolute magnitude of these objects is M(sub V) = -11 mag, with the brightest objects reaching M(sub V) approximately -15. Their mean apparent color indices ar U - V = -0.7 mag and V - 1 = 0.8 mag on the Johnson UVI passband system, while their mean indices corrected for internal reddening are (u - v)(sub 0) = -1.0 mag and (V - I(sub 0) = 0.5. Their mean effective radius, determined from slightly resolved images, is 18 pc (for H(sub 0) = 50 km/s /Mpc). Based on their luminosities and resolution, most of these objects cannot be individual stars, but are likely young compact star clusters. The brighter ones are similar to the objects found in NGC 1275 and NGC 7252, which appear to be young globular clusters formed during recent galazy mergers. Based on their U - V and V - I colors, the brightest, bluest clusters of NGC 4038/4039 appear to be less than 10 Myr old. Most of these bright clusters are relatively tightly clustered themselves, with typically a dozen individual clusters belonging to a complex identified as a giant H II region from ground-based observations. The cluster luminosity function (LF) is approximately a power law, phi(L)dL proportional to L(exp -1.78+/-0.05)dL, with no hint of a turnover at fainter magnitudes. This power-law shape agrees with the LF of Magellanic Cloud clusters and Galactic open clusters, but differs from the LF of old globular cluster systems that is typically Gaussian with a Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) of approximately 3 mag. Besides the blue clusters, we also find about a dozen extremely red objects with V - I greater than 3.0. The highest number density of these red objects is found in the SE quadrant, where star formation appears to be most recent. We propose that these objects may be very young star clusters still embedded in their placental dust cocoons.

  8. Hot H2O Emission and Evidence for Turbulence in the Disk of a Young Star

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    John S. Carr; Alan T. Tokunaga; Joan Najita

    2003-12-04

    We report on the detection and analysis of hot ro-vibrational H2O emission from SVS-13, a young stellar object previously known to have strong CO overtone bandhead emission. Modeling of the high-resolution infrared spectrum shows that the H2O emission is characterized by temperatures ~ 1500 K, significantly lower than the temperatures that characterize the CO bandhead emission. The widths for the H2O lines are also found to be smaller than those for the CO lines. We construct a disk model for the emission that reproduces the CO and H2O spectrum. In this model, the H2O lines originate at somewhat larger disk radii (H2O abundance is about a factor of 10 lower than the calculated chemical equilibrium abundance. Large, approximately transonic, local line broadening is required to fit the profile of the CO bandhead. If this velocity dispersion is identified with turbulence, it is of significant interest regarding the transport of angular momentum in disks. Large local broadening is also required in modeling CO overtone emission from other young stellar objects, suggesting that large turbulent velocities may be characteristic of the upper atmospheres of the inner disks of young stars.

  9. GIANO-TNG spectroscopy of red supergiants in the young star cluster RSGC3

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    Origlia, L.; Oliva, E.; Sanna, N.; Mucciarelli, A.; Dalessandro, E.; Scuderi, S.; Baffa, C.; Biliotti, V.; Carbonaro, L.; Falcini, G.; Giani, E.; Iuzzolino, M.; Massi, F.; Sozzi, M.; Tozzi, A.; Ghedina, A.; Ghinassi, F.; Lodi, M.; Harutyunyan, A.; Pedani, M.

    2016-01-01

    Aims: The Scutum complex in the inner disk of the Galaxy has a number of young star clusters dominated by red supergiants that are heavily obscured by dust extinction and observable only at infrared wavelengths. These clusters are important tracers of the recent star formation and chemical enrichment history in the inner Galaxy. Methods: During the technical commissioning and as a first science verification of the GIANO spectrograph at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, we secured high-resolution (R ? 50 000) near-infrared spectra of five red supergiants in the young Scutum cluster RSGC3. Results: Taking advantage of the full YJHK spectral coverage of GIANO in a single exposure, we were able to measure several tens of atomic and molecular lines that were suitable for determining chemical abundances. By means of spectral synthesis and line equivalent width measurements, we obtained abundances of Fe and iron-peak elements such as Ni, Cr, and Cu, alpha (O, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti), other light elements (C, N, F, Na, Al, and Sc), and some s-process elements (Y, Sr). We found average half-solar iron abundances and solar-scaled [X/Fe] abundance patterns for most of the elements, consistent with a thin-disk chemistry. We found depletion of [C/Fe] and enhancement of [N/Fe], consistent with standard CN burning, and low 12C /13C abundance ratios (between 9 and 11), which require extra-mixing processes in the stellar interiors during the post-main sequence evolution. We also found local standard of rest VLSR = 106 km s-1 and heliocentric Vhel = 90 km s-1 radial velocities with a dispersion of 2.3 km s-1. Conclusions: The inferred radial velocities, abundances, and abundance patterns of RSGC3 are very similar to those previously measured in the other two young clusters of the Scutum complex, RSGC1 and RSGC2, suggesting a common kinematics and chemistry within the Scutum complex.

  10. NGC 2782: A Merger Remnant with Young Stars in its Gaseous Tidal Tail

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    Torres-Flores, S.; de Oliveira, C. Mendes; de Mello, D. F.; Scarano, S. Jr.; Urrutia-Viscarra, R.

    2012-01-01

    We have searched for young star-forming regions around the merger remnant NGC 2782. By using GALEX FUV and NUV imaging and HI data we found seven UV sources, located at distances greater than 26 kpc from the center of NGG 2782, and coinciding with its western HI tidal tail. These regions were resolved in several smaller systems when Gemini/GMOS r-band images were used. We compared the observed colors to stellar population synthesis models and we found that these objects have ages of l to ll11yr and masses ranging from 10(exp 3.9) to l0(exp 4.6) Solar Mass. By using Gemini/GMOS spectroscopic data we confirm memberships and derive high metallicities for three of the young regions in the tail (12+log(O/H)=8.74+/-0.20, 8.81+/-0.20 and 8.78+/-0.20). These metallicities are similar to the value presented by the nuclear region of NGG 2782 and also similar to the value presented for an object located close to the main body of NGG 2782. The high metallicities measured for the star-forming regions in the gaseous tidal tail of NGG 2782 could be explained if they were formed out of highly enriched gas which was once expelled from the center of the merging galaxies when the system collided. An additional possibility is that the tail has been a nursery of a few generations of young stellar systems which ultimately polluted this medium with metals, further enriching the already pre-enriched gas ejected to the tail when the galaxies collided.

  11. Signatures of Young Star Formation Activity within Two Parsecs of Sgr A*

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    Yusef-Zadeh, F.; Wardle, M.; Sewilo, M.; Roberts, D. A.; Smith, I.; Arendt, R.; Cotton, W.; Lacy, J.; Martin, S.; Pound, M. W.; Rickert, M.; Royster, M.

    2015-07-01

    We present radio and infrared observations indicating ongoing star formation activity inside the ˜2-5 pc circumnuclear ring at the Galactic center. Collectively these measurements suggest a continued disk-based mode of ongoing star formation has taken place near Sgr A* over the last few million years. First, Very Large Array observations with spatial resolution 2.?17 × 0.?81 reveal 13 water masers, several of which have multiple velocity components. The presence of interstellar water masers suggests gas densities that are sufficient for self-gravity to overcome the tidal shear of the 4× {10}6 {M}? black hole. Second, spectral energy distribution modeling of stellar sources indicates massive young stellar object (YSO) candidates interior to the molecular ring, supporting in situ star formation near Sgr A* and appear to show a distribution similar to that of the counter-rotating disks of ˜100 OB stars orbiting Sgr A*. Some YSO candidates (e.g., IRS 5) have bow shock structures, suggesting that they have gaseous disks that are phototoevaporated and photoionized by the strong radiation field. Third, we detect clumps of SiO (2-1) and (5-4) line emission in the ring based on Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy and Sub-Millimeter Array observations. The FWHM and luminosity of the SiO emission is consistent with shocked protostellar outflows. Fourth, two linear ionized features with an extent of ˜0.8 pc show blue and redshifted velocities between +50 and -40 km s-1, suggesting protostellar jet driven outflows with mass-loss rates of ˜ 5× {10}-5 {M}? yr-1. Finally, we present the imprint of radio dark clouds at 44 GHz, representing a reservoir of molecular gas that feeds star formation activity close to Sgr A*.

  12. The masses of young stars: CN as a probe of dynamical masses

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    Guilloteau, S.; Simon, M.; Piétu, V.; Di Folco, E.; Dutrey, A.; Prato, L.; Chapillon, E.

    2014-07-01

    Aims: We attempt to determine the masses of single or multiple young T Tauri and HAeBe stars from the rotation of their Keplerian disks. Methods: We used the IRAM PdBI interferometer to perform arcsecond resolution images of the CN N = 2-1 transition with good spectral resolution. Integrated spectra from the 30 m radiotelescope show that CN is relatively unaffected by contamination from the molecular clouds. Our sample includes 12 sources, among which isolated stars like DM Tau and MWC 480 are used to demonstrate the method and its accuracy. We derive the dynamical mass by fitting a disk model to the emission, a process giving M/D, the mass-to-distance ratio. We also compare the CN results with higher resolution CO data, that are however affected by contamination. Results: All disks are found in nearly perfect Keplerian rotation. We determine accurate masses for 11 stars, in the mass range 0.5 to 1.9 M?. The remaining one, DG Tau B, is a deeply embedded object for which CN emission partially arises from the outflow. With previous determinations, this leads to 14 (single) stars with dynamical masses. Comparison with evolutionary tracks, in a distance independent modified HR diagram, show good overall agreement (with one exception, CW Tau), and indicate that measurement of effective temperatures are the limiting factor. The lack of low mass stars in the sample does not allow to distinguish between alternate tracks. Based on observations carried out with the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany) and IGN (Spain).Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  13. Orion in a New Light - VISTA exposes high-speed antics of young stars

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    2010-02-01

    The Orion Nebula reveals many of its hidden secrets in a dramatic image taken by ESO's new VISTA survey telescope. The telescope's huge field of view can show the full splendour of the whole nebula and VISTA's infrared vision also allows it to peer deeply into dusty regions that are normally hidden and expose the curious behaviour of the very active young stars buried there. VISTA - the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy - is the latest addition to ESO's Paranal Observatory (eso0949). It is the largest survey telescope in the world and is dedicated to mapping the sky at infrared wavelengths. The large (4.1-metre) mirror, wide field of view and very sensitive detectors make VISTA a unique instrument. This dramatic new image of the Orion Nebula illustrates VISTA's remarkable powers. The Orion Nebula [1] is a vast stellar nursery lying about 1350 light-years from Earth. Although the nebula is spectacular when seen through an ordinary telescope, what can be seen using visible light is only a small part of a cloud of gas in which stars are forming. Most of the action is deeply embedded in dust clouds and to see what is really happening astronomers need to use telescopes with detectors sensitive to the longer wavelength radiation that can penetrate the dust. VISTA has imaged the Orion Nebula at wavelengths about twice as long as can be detected by the human eye. As in the many visible light pictures of this object, the new wide field VISTA image shows the familiar bat-like form of the nebula in the centre of the picture as well as the fascinating surrounding area. At the very heart of this region lie the four bright stars forming the Trapezium, a group of very hot young stars pumping out fierce ultraviolet radiation that is clearing the surrounding region and making the gas glow. However, observing in the infrared allows VISTA to reveal many other young stars in this central region that cannot be seen in visible light. Looking to the region above the centre of the picture, curious red features appear that are completely invisible except in the infrared. Many of these are very young stars that are still growing and are seen through the dusty clouds from which they form. These youthful stars eject streams of gas with typical speeds of 700 000 km/hour and many of the red features highlight the places where these gas streams collide with the surrounding gas, causing emission from excited molecules and atoms in the gas. There are also a few faint, red features below the Orion Nebula in the image, showing that stars form there too, but with much less vigour. These strange features are of great interest to astronomers studying the birth and youth of stars. This new image shows the power of the VISTA telescope to image wide areas of sky quickly and deeply in the near-infrared part of the spectrum. The telescope is just starting to survey the sky and astronomers are anticipating a rich harvest of science from this unique ESO facility. Notes [1] The Orion Nebula lies in the sword of the famous celestial hunter and is a favourite target both for casual sky watchers and astrophysicists alike. It is faintly visible to the unaided eye and appeared to early telescopic observers as a small cluster of blue-white stars surrounded by a mysterious grey-green mist. The object was first described in the early seventeenth century although the identity of the discoverer is uncertain. The French comet-hunter Messier made an accurate sketch of its main features in the mid-eighteenth century and gave it the number 42 in his famous catalogue. He also allocated the number 43 to the smaller detached region just above the main part of the nebula. Later William Herschel speculated that the nebula might be "the chaotic material of future suns" and astronomers have since discovered that the mist is indeed gas glowing under the fierce ultraviolet light from young hot stars that have recently formed there. More information ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the

  14. How and Why Do Geysers Erupt?

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    Manga, M.

    2014-12-01

    Geysers are features that produce episodic eruptions of water, steam and sometimes non-condensable gases. Natural geysers are rare, with fewer than 1,000 worldwide. They are more than curiosities and popular tourist attractions: they offer a direct window into geothermal processes, and may serve as a natural small-scale laboratory to study larger-scale eruptive process such as those at volcanoes, and other self-organized, intermittent processes that result from phase separation and localized input of energy and mass. Despite > 200 years of scientific study, basic questions remain: Do eruptions begin from the bottom or top of the geyser? What controls eruption duration? Why do eruptions end? What are the required special subsurface geometries? Why are some geysers periodic, and others irregular? How and why do they respond to external influences such as weather, tides, and earthquakes? This presentation will review new insights from field studies at Lone Star geyser, Yellowstone National Park, geysers in the El Tatio geyser field, Chile, and laboratory models. At Lone Star we infer that dynamics are controlled by thermal and mechanical coupling between the conduit and a deeper, laterally-offset reservoir (called a "bubble trap" in previous studies). At El Tatio, we measured pressure and temperature within geysers over multiple eruption cycles: this data document the heating of liquid water by steam delivered from below. The laboratory experiments reveal how episodic release of steam from a bubble trap prepares a conduit for eruption and can generate a range of eruption intensities. In all cases, the eruption initiation, duration and termination are controlled by the interaction between the accumulation and transport of steam and liquid, and modulated by the geometry of the geyser's plumbing. Time series of thousands of eruptions confirm that internal processes control eruptions, with only pool geysers showing a sensitivity to air temperature; only very large stress changes influence eruptions.

  15. CLOSE STELLAR ENCOUNTERS IN YOUNG, SUBSTRUCTURED, DISSOLVING STAR CLUSTERS: STATISTICS AND EFFECTS ON PLANETARY SYSTEMS

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    Craig, Jonathan; Krumholz, Mark R.

    2013-06-01

    Both simulations and observations indicate that stars form in filamentary, hierarchically clustered associations, most of which disperse into their galactic field once feedback destroys their parent clouds. However, during their early evolution in these substructured environments, stars can undergo close encounters with one another that might have significant impacts on their protoplanetary disks or young planetary systems. We perform N-body simulations of the early evolution of dissolving, substructured clusters with a wide range of properties, with the aim of quantifying the expected number and orbital element distributions of encounters as a function of cluster properties. We show that the presence of substructure both boosts the encounter rate and modifies the distribution of encounter velocities compared to what would be expected for a dynamically relaxed cluster. However, the boost only lasts for a dynamical time, and as a result the overall number of encounters expected remains low enough that gravitational stripping is unlikely to be a significant effect for the vast majority of star-forming environments in the Galaxy. We briefly discuss the implications of this result for models of the origin of the solar system, and of free-floating planets. We also provide tabulated encounter rates and orbital element distributions suitable for inclusion in population synthesis models of planet formation in a clustered environment.

  16. THE GALACTIC CENTER CLOUD G2-A YOUNG LOW-MASS STAR WITH A STELLAR WIND

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    Scoville, N.; Burkert, A.

    2013-05-10

    We explore the possibility that the G2 gas cloud falling in toward SgrA* is the mass-loss envelope of a young T Tauri star. As the star plunges to smaller radius at 1000-6000 km s{sup -1}, a strong bow shock forms where the stellar wind is impacted by the hot X-ray emitting gas in the vicinity of SgrA*. For a stellar mass-loss rate of 4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1} and wind velocity 100 km s{sup -1}, the bow shock will have an emission measure (EM = n {sup 2} vol) at a distance {approx}10{sup 16} cm, similar to that inferred from the IR emission lines. The ionization of the dense bow shock gas is potentially provided by collisional ionization at the shock front and cooling radiation (X-ray and UV) from the post shock gas. The former would predict a constant line flux as a function of distance from SgrA*, while the latter will have increasing emission at lesser distances. In this model, the star and its mass-loss wind should survive pericenter passage since the wind is likely launched at 0.2 AU and this is much less than the Roche radius at pericenter ({approx}3 AU for a stellar mass of 2 M{sub Sun }). In this model, the emission cloud will probably survive pericenter passage, discriminating this scenario from others.

  17. Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays from Young Neutron Star Winds

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    Blasi, P; Olinto, A V

    2000-01-01

    The long-held notion that the highest-energy cosmic rays are of distant extragalactic origin is challenged by observations that events above $\\sim 10^{20}$ eV do not exhibit the expected high-energy cutoff from photopion production off the cosmic microwave background. We suggest that these unexpected ultra-high-energy events are due to iron nuclei accelerated from young strongly magnetized neutron stars through relativistic MHD winds. We find that neutron stars whose initial spin periods are shorter than $\\sim 4 (B_S/10^{13}{\\rm G})^{1/2}$ ms, where $B_S$ is the surface magnetic field, can accelerate iron cosmic rays to greater than $\\sim 10^{20}$ eV. These ions can pass through the remnant of the supernova explosion that produced the neutron star without suffering significant spallation reactions. For plausible models of the Galactic magnetic field, the trajectories of the iron ions curve sufficiently to be consistent with the observed arrival directions of the highest energy events.

  18. Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays from Young Neutron Star Winds.

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    Blasi; Epstein; Olinto

    2000-04-20

    The long-held notion that the highest energy cosmic rays are of distant extragalactic origin is challenged by observations that events above approximately 1020 eV do not exhibit the expected high-energy cutoff from photopion production off the cosmic microwave background. We suggest that these unexpected ultra-high-energy events are due to iron nuclei accelerated from young strongly magnetized neutron stars through relativistic MHD winds. We find that neutron stars whose initial spin periods are shorter than approximately 10 ms and whose surface magnetic fields are in the 1012-1014 G range can accelerate iron cosmic rays to greater than approximately 1020 eV. These ions can pass through the remnant of the supernova explosion that produced the neutron star without suffering significant spallation reactions or energy loss. For plausible models of the Galactic magnetic field, the trajectories of the iron ions curve sufficiently to be consistent with the observed, largely isotropic arrival directions of the highest energy events. PMID:10770705

  19. Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays from Young Neutron Star Winds

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    P. Blasi; R. I. Epstein; A. V. Olinto

    2000-03-02

    The long-held notion that the highest-energy cosmic rays are of distant extragalactic origin is challenged by observations that events above $\\sim 10^{20}$ eV do not exhibit the expected high-energy cutoff from photopion production off the cosmic microwave background. We suggest that these unexpected ultra-high-energy events are due to iron nuclei accelerated from young strongly magnetized neutron stars through relativistic MHD winds. We find that neutron stars whose initial spin periods are shorter than $\\sim 4 (B_S/10^{13}{\\rm G})^{1/2}$ ms, where $B_S$ is the surface magnetic field, can accelerate iron cosmic rays to greater than $\\sim 10^{20}$ eV. These ions can pass through the remnant of the supernova explosion that produced the neutron star without suffering significant spallation reactions. For plausible models of the Galactic magnetic field, the trajectories of the iron ions curve sufficiently to be consistent with the observed arrival directions of the highest energy events.

  20. The Galactic Center Cloud G2 -- a Young Low-Mass Star with a Stellar Wind

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    Scoville, Nick

    2013-01-01

    We explore the possibility that the G2 gas cloud falling in towards \\sgra is the mass loss envelope of a young TTauri star. As the star plunges to smaller radius at 1000 to 6000 \\kms, a strong bow shock forms where the stellar wind is impacted by the hot X-ray emitting gas in the vicinity of \\sgra. For a stellar mass loss rate of $4\\times10^{-8}$ \\msun per yr and wind velocity 100 \\kms, the bow shock will have an emission measure ($EM = n^2 vol$) at a distance $\\sim10^{16}$ cm, similar to that inferred from the IR emission lines. The ionization of the dense bow shock gas is potentially provided by collisional ionization at the shock front and cooling radiation (X-ray and UV) from the post shock gas. The former would predict a constant line flux as a function of distance from \\sgra, while the latter will have increasing emission at lesser distances. In this model, the star and its mass loss wind should survive pericenter passage since the wind is likely launched at 0.2 AU and this is much less than the Roche r...

  1. The Galactic Center Cloud G2—a Young Low-mass Star with a Stellar Wind

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    Scoville, N.; Burkert, A.

    2013-05-01

    We explore the possibility that the G2 gas cloud falling in toward SgrA* is the mass-loss envelope of a young T Tauri star. As the star plunges to smaller radius at 1000-6000 km s-1, a strong bow shock forms where the stellar wind is impacted by the hot X-ray emitting gas in the vicinity of SgrA*. For a stellar mass-loss rate of 4 × 10-8 M ? yr-1 and wind velocity 100 km s-1, the bow shock will have an emission measure (EM = n 2 vol) at a distance ~1016 cm, similar to that inferred from the IR emission lines. The ionization of the dense bow shock gas is potentially provided by collisional ionization at the shock front and cooling radiation (X-ray and UV) from the post shock gas. The former would predict a constant line flux as a function of distance from SgrA*, while the latter will have increasing emission at lesser distances. In this model, the star and its mass-loss wind should survive pericenter passage since the wind is likely launched at 0.2 AU and this is much less than the Roche radius at pericenter (~3 AU for a stellar mass of 2 M ?). In this model, the emission cloud will probably survive pericenter passage, discriminating this scenario from others.

  2. A new method for measuring metallicities of young super star clusters

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    Gazak, J. Zachary; Kudritzki, Rolf; Bresolin, Fabio; Davies, Ben; Bastian, Nate; Bergemann, Maria; Plez, Bertrand; Evans, Chris; Patrick, Lee; Schinnerer, Eva

    2014-06-01

    We demonstrate how the metallicities of young super star clusters (SSC) can be measured using novel spectroscopic techniques in the J-band. The near-infrared flux of SSCs older than ?6 Myr is dominated by tens to hundreds of red supergiant stars. Our technique is designed to harness the integrated light of that population and produces accurate metallicities for new observations in galaxies above (M83) and below (NGC 6946) solar metallicity. In M83 we find [Z] = +0.28 ± 0.14 dex using a moderate resolution (R ? 3500) J-band spectrum and in NGC 6496 we report [Z] = -0.32 ± 0.20 dex from a low resolution spectrum of R ? 1800. Recently commissioned low resolution multiplexed spectrographs on the Very Large Telescope (KMOS) and Keck (MOSFIRE) will allow accurate measurements of SSC metallicities across the disks of star-forming galaxies up to distances of 70 Mpc with single night observation campaigns using the method presented in this paper.

  3. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Stellar physical parameters for young stars (Monguio+, 2014)

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    Monguio, M.; Figueras, F.; Grosbol, P.

    2014-08-01

    A uvbyH? Stromgren photometric survey covering 16 square degrees in the anticenter direction was carried out using the Wide Field Camera at the Isaac Newton Telescope. Physical parameters like stellar distances and extinctions for the young stars of our survey are presented here. We developed a new method for deriving physical parameters from Stromgren photometry and also implemented and tested it. This is a model-based method that uses the most recent available stellar atmospheric models and evolutionary tracks to interpolate in a 3D grid of the unreddened indexes [m1], [c1] and H?. Distances derived from both this method and the classical pre-Hipparcos calibrations were tested against Hipparcos parallaxes and found to be accurate. Furthermore, a shift in the atmospheric grids in the range Teff=[7000,9000]K was detected and a correction is proposed. The two methods were used to compute distances and reddening for around 12000 OBA-type stars in our Stromgren anticenter survey. Data from the IPHAS and 2MASS catalogs were used to complement the detection of emission line stars and to break the degeneracy between early and late photometric regions. We note that photometric distances can differ by more than 20%, those derived from the empirical calibrations being smaller than those derived with the new method, which agree better with the Hipparcos data. (1 data file).

  4. Young Stars in Old Galaxies - a Cosmic Hide and Seek Game

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    2002-05-01

    Surprise Discovery with World's Leading Telescopes [1] Summary Combining data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) , a group of European and American astronomers [2] have made an unexpected, major discovery. They have identified a huge number of "young" stellar clusters , only a few billion years old [3], inside an "old" elliptical galaxy (NGC 4365), probably aged some 12 billion years. For the first time, it has been possible to identify several distinct periods of star-formation in a galaxy as old as this one . Elliptical galaxies like NGC 4365 have until now been considered to have undergone one early star-forming period and thereafter to be devoid of any star formation. However, the combination of the best and largest telescopes in space and on the ground has now clearly shown that there is more than meets the eye. This important new information will help to understand the early history of galaxies and the general theory of star formation in the Universe . PR Photo 15a/02 : Combined HST+VLT image of elliptical galaxy NGC 4365 PR Photo 15b/02 : Same image, with "old" and "young" stellar clusters indicated PR Photo 15c/02 : Animated GIF image, showing the three cluster populations observed in NGC 4365 Do elliptical galaxies only contain old stars? One of the challenges of modern astronomy is to understand how galaxies, those large systems of stars, gas and dust, form and evolve. In this connection, a central question has always been to learn when most of the stars in the Universe formed. Did this happen at a very early stage, within a few billion years after the Big Bang? Or were a significant number of the stars we now observe formed much more recently? Spectacular collisions between galaxies take place all the time, triggering the formation of thousands or even millions of stars, cf. ESO PR Photo 29b/99 of the dramatic encounter between NGC 6872 and IC 4970. However, when looking at the Universe as a whole, most of its stars are found in large elliptical galaxies (this refers to their form) whose overall appearance has so far led us to believe that they, and their stars as well, are very old, indeed among the oldest objects in the Universe. These elliptical galaxies do shine with the diffuse, reddish glow normally associated with stars that are many billions of years old. However, what is really the underlying mix of stars that produces this elderly appearance? Could perhaps a significant number of much younger stars be "hiding" among the older ones? Whatever the case, this question must obviously be looked into, before it is possible to claim understanding of the evolution of these old galaxies. It is a very challenging investigation and it is only now that new and more detailed observations with the world's premier telescopes have been obtained that cast more light on this central question and thus on the true behaviour of some of the major building blocks of the Universe. Cosmic archaeology In order to identify the constitutents of the stellar "cocktail" in elliptical galaxies, a team of European and American astronomers [2] observed massive stellar clusters in and around several nearby galaxies. These clusters, referred to as "globular" because of their shape, are present in large numbers around most galaxies and together they form a kind of "skeleton" within their host galaxies. These "bones" receive an imprint for every episode of star formation they undergo. Thus, by reading the ages of the globular clusters in a galaxy, it is possible to identify the past epoch(s) of active star formation in that galaxy. This is like digging into the ruins of an ancient archaeological city site and to find those layers and establish those times when the city underwent bursts of building activity. In this way, by the study of the distribution and ages of the globular clusters in an elliptical galaxy, astronomers can reveal when many of its stars were formed. A surprise discovery ESO PR Phot

  5. Fundamental Parameters of a Large, Unbiased Sample of Massive, Young, Embedded Star Clusters in the Milky Way

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    Dallilar, Yigit; Barnes, Peter; Lada, Elizabeth; Ryder, Stuart

    2015-08-01

    Massive star cluster formation in our Galaxy is still a mystery. Unlike studies on nearby star formation regions (Pleiades, Orion Nebula), there is no unbiased sample of massive young star clusters except the CHaMP survey, which is focused on the Carina Arm (Barnes et al. 2011, ApJS, 196, 12). In this project, we examine properties of young clusters identified in the CHaMP survey through infrared photometry. Near infrared (J,H,K) imaging was obtained with the Australian Astronomical Telescope and deep mid infrared (IRAC bands 1,2) imaging was obtained with the Spitzer Space Telescope during the warm mission. Photometric analysis was performed with a combination of Sextrac- tor and Psfex software. Photometric calibration for NIR data was handled exploiting 2Mass coverage for our fields. For MIR data, photometric calibration was obtained using GLIMPSE coverage for a small number of our images, then bootstrapping this to calibrate other images, since all images are obtained with the same pipeline. To identify cluster members, we provide constraints on the source classification using field AGB stars and faint background galaxies, which have similar characteristics as reddened young stellar objects. Predicted locations of these objects on color-magnitude and color-color diagrams are used as a guide, as are the stellar classification parameter from Sextractor and faint galaxy catalogs covering our fields. We also examine extinction properties towards these young clusters, exploiting well known properties of AGB star population in our fields. Combining the IR data with existing mm-wave specroscopy, we compute values for the gas to dust ratio of these young clusters using extinction properties plus differential H-K color maps and NH column density measurements, all obtained as a part of the CHaMP survey. These results help us to identify evolutionary stages of these young clusters. Eventually, we will constrain cluster properties like age, distance and metallicity with isochrone fitting routines.

  6. The Starchive: An open access, open source archive of nearby and young stars and their planets

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    Tanner, Angelle; Gelino, Chris; Elfeki, Mario

    2015-12-01

    Historically, astronomers have utilized a piecemeal set of archives such as SIMBAD, the Washington Double Star Catalog, various exoplanet encyclopedias and electronic tables from the literature to cobble together stellar and exo-planetary parameters in the absence of corresponding images and spectra. As the search for planets around young stars through direct imaging, transits and infrared/optical radial velocity surveys blossoms, there is a void in the available set of to create comprehensive lists of the stellar parameters of nearby stars especially for important parameters such as metallicity and stellar activity indicators. For direct imaging surveys, we need better resources for downloading existing high contrast images to help confirm new discoveries and find ideal target stars. Once we have discovered new planets, we need a uniform database of stellar and planetary parameters from which to look for correlations to better understand the formation and evolution of these systems. As a solution to these issues, we are developing the Starchive - an open access stellar archive in the spirit of the open exoplanet catalog, the Kepler Community Follow-up Program and many others. The archive will allow users to download various datasets, upload new images, spectra and metadata and will contain multiple plotting tools to use in presentations and data interpretations. While we will highly regulate and constantly validate the data being placed into our archive the open nature of its design is intended to allow the database to be expanded efficiently and have a level of versatility which is necessary in today's fast moving, big data community. Finally, the front-end scripts will be placed on github and users will be encouraged to contribute new plotting tools. Here, I will introduce the community to the content and expected capabilities of the archive and query the audience for community feedback.

  7. Gemini Spectroscopic Survey of Young Star Clusters in Merging/Interacting Galaxies. III. The Antennae

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    Bastian, Nate; Trancho, Gelys; Konstantopoulos, Iraklis S.; Miller, Bryan W.

    2009-08-01

    We present optical spectroscopy of 16 star clusters in the merging galaxies NGC 4038/39 ("the Antennae") and supplement this data set with Hubble Space Telescope imaging. The age and metallicity of each cluster is derived through a comparison between the observed Balmer and metal line strengths with simple stellar population models. We then estimate extinctions and masses using the photometry. We find that all but three clusters have ages between ~3 and 200 Myr, consistent with the expected increase in the star formation rate (SFR) due to the merger. Most of the clusters have velocities in agreement with nearby molecular and H I gas that has been previously shown to be rotating within the progenitor galaxies, hence star/cluster formation is still taking place within the galactic disks. However, three clusters have radial velocities that are inconsistent with being part of the rotating gas disks, which is surprising given their young (200-500 Myr) ages. Interestingly, we find a stellar association with the same colors (V - I) near one of these three clusters, suggesting that the cluster and association were formed concurrently and have remained spatially correlated. We find evidence for spatially distributed cluster formation throughout the duration of the merger. The impact of various assumptions about the SFR/cluster formation rate on the interpretation of the cluster age distribution is explored, and we do not find evidence for long-term "infant mortality" as has been previously suggested. Models of galaxy mergers that include a prescription for star formation can provide an overall good fit to the observed cluster age distribution.

  8. CSI 2264: Characterizing Accretion-burst Dominated Light Curves for Young Stars in NGC 2264

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    Stauffer, John; Cody, Ann Marie; Baglin, Annie; Alencar, Silvia; Rebull, Luisa; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.; Venuti, Laura; Turner, Neal J.; Carpenter, John; Plavchan, Peter; Findeisen, Krzysztof; Carey, Sean; Terebey, Susan; Morales-Calderón, María; Bouvier, Jerome; Micela, Giusi; Flaccomio, Ettore; Song, Inseok; Gutermuth, Rob; Hartmann, Lee; Calvet, Nuria; Whitney, Barbara; Barrado, David; Vrba, Frederick J.; Covey, Kevin; Herbst, William; Furesz, Gabor; Aigrain, Suzanne; Favata, Fabio

    2014-04-01

    Based on more than four weeks of continuous high-cadence photometric monitoring of several hundred members of the young cluster NGC 2264 with two space telescopes, NASA's Spitzer and the CNES CoRoT (Convection, Rotation, and planetary Transits), we provide high-quality, multi-wavelength light curves for young stellar objects whose optical variability is dominated by short-duration flux bursts, which we infer are due to enhanced mass accretion rates. These light curves show many brief—several hours to one day—brightenings at optical and near-infrared wavelengths with amplitudes generally in the range of 5%-50% of the quiescent value. Typically, a dozen or more of these bursts occur in a 30 day period. We demonstrate that stars exhibiting this type of variability have large ultraviolet (UV) excesses and dominate the portion of the u - g versus g - r color-color diagram with the largest UV excesses. These stars also have large H? equivalent widths, and either centrally peaked, lumpy H? emission profiles or profiles with blueshifted absorption dips associated with disk or stellar winds. Light curves of this type have been predicted for stars whose accretion is dominated by Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities at the boundary between their magnetosphere and inner circumstellar disk, or where magneto-rotational instabilities modulate the accretion rate from the inner disk. Among the stars with the largest UV excesses or largest H? equivalent widths, light curves with this type of variability greatly outnumber light curves with relatively smooth sinusoidal variations associated with long-lived hot spots. We provide quantitative statistics for the average duration and strength of the accretion bursts and for the fraction of the accretion luminosity associated with these bursts. Based on data from the Spitzer and CoRoT missions, as well as the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) MegaCam CCD, and the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope, Paranal Chile, under program 088.C-0239. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. MegaCam is a joint project of CFHT and CEA/DAPNIA, which is operated by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Institute National des Sciences de l'Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii.

  9. Investigating the borderline between a young star cluster and a small stellar association: a test case with Bochum1

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    Eduardo Bica; Charles Bonatto; Carlos M. Dutra

    2008-07-25

    Usually, a loose stellar distribution can be classified as an OB stellar group, an association, or a young open cluster. We make use of comparisons with the typical OB association Vul OB1. In the present paper we discuss the nature of Bochum 1, a typical example of an object affected by the above classification problem.The field-decontaminated CMD of Bochum 1 presents main sequence (MS) and pre-main sequence (PMS) stars. We report two new small angular-size, compact young clusters and one embedded cluster in the area of Bochum 1. Vul OB1 harbours the young open cluster NGC 6823 and the very compact embedded cluster Cr 404. The Vul OB1 association includes the H II region Sh2-86, and its stellar content is younger ($\\approx3$ Myr) than that of Bochum 1 ($\\approx9$ Myr), which shows no gas emission. Bochum 1 harbours one of the newly found compact clusters as its core. The RDP of Bochum 1 is irregular and cannot be fitted by a King-like profile, which suggests important erosion or dispersion of stars from a primordial cluster. Similarly to Bochum 1, the decontaminated CMD of NGC 6823 presents conspicuous MS and PMS sequences. Taken separately, RDPs of MS and PMS stars follow a King-like profile. The core shows an important excess density of MS stars that mimics the profile of a post-core collapse cluster. At such young age, it can be explained by an excess of stars formed in the prominent core. The present study suggests that Bochum 1 is a star cluster fossil remain that might be dynamically evolving into an OB association. Bochum 1 can be a missing link connecting early star cluster dissolution with the formation of low-mass OB associations.

  10. New Debris Disks Around Young, Low-Mass Stars Discovered with the Spitzer Space Telescope

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    Plavchan, Peter; Werner, M. W.; Chen, C. H.; Stapelfeldt, K. R.; Su, K. Y. L.; Stauffer, J. R.; Song, I.

    2009-06-01

    We present 24 ?m and 70 ?m Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) observations of 70 A through M-type dwarfs with estimated ages from 8 Myr to 1.1 Gyr, as part of a Spitzer guaranteed time program, including a re-analysis of some previously published source photometry. Our sample is selected from stars with common youth indicators such as lithium abundance, X-ray activity, chromospheric activity, and rapid rotation. We compare our MIPS observations to empirically derived Ks -[24] colors as a function of the stellar effective temperature to identify 24 ?m and 70 ?m excesses. We place constraints or upper limits on dust temperatures and fractional infrared luminosities with a simple blackbody dust model. We confirm the previously published 70 ?m excesses for HD 92945, HD 112429, and AU Mic, and provide updated flux density measurements for these sources. We present the discovery of 70 ?m excesses for five stars: HD 7590, HD 10008, HD 59967, HD 73350, and HD 135599. HD 135599 is also a known Spitzer IRS (InfraRed Spectrograph) excess source, and we confirm the excess at 24 ?m. We also present the detection of 24 ?m excesses for 10 stars: HD 10008, GJ 3400A, HD 73350, HD 112429, HD 123998, HD 175742, AT Mic, BO Mic, HD 358623 and Gl 907.1. We find that large 70 ?m excesses are less common around stars with effective temperatures of less than 5000 K (3.7+7.6 -1.1%) than around stars with effective temperatures between 5000 K and 6000 K (21.4+9.5 -5.7%), despite the cooler stars having a younger median age in our sample (12 Myr vs. 340 Myr). We find that the previously reported excess for TWA 13A at 70 ?m is due to a nearby background galaxy, and the previously reported excess for HD 177724 is due to saturation of the near-infrared photometry used to predict the mid-infrared stellar flux contribution. In the Appendix, we present an updated analysis of dust grain removal timescales due to grain-grain collisions and radiation pressure, Poynting-Robertson (P-R) drag, stellar wind drag, and planet-dust dynamical interaction. We find that drag forces can be important for disk dynamics relative to grain-grain collisions for L IR/L * < 10-4, and that stellar wind drag is more important than P-R drag for K and M dwarfs, and possibly for young (<1 Gyr) G dwarfs as well.

  11. Disk Braking in young Stars: Probing Rotation in Chamaeleon i and Taurus-Auriga

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    Nguyen, Duy Cuong; Jayawardhana, Ray; van Kerkwijk, Marten H.; Brandeker, Alexis; Scholz, Alexander; Damjanov, Ivana

    2009-04-01

    We present a comprehensive study of rotation, disk, and accretion signatures for 144 T Tauri stars in the young (~2 Myr old) Chamaeleon I and Taurus-Auriga star-forming regions based on multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectra from the Magellan Clay 6.5 m telescope supplemented by mid-infrared photometry from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In contrast to previous studies in the Orion Nebula Cluster and NGC 2264, we do not see a clear signature of disk braking in Tau-Aur and Cha I. We find that both accretors and non-accretors have similar distributions of vsin i. This result could be due to different initial conditions, insufficient time for disk braking, or a significant age spread within the regions. The rotational velocities in both regions show a clear mass dependence, with F-K stars rotating on average about twice as fast as M stars, consistent with results reported for other clusters of similar age. Similarly, we find the upper envelope of the observed values of specific angular momentum j varies as M 0.5 for our sample which spans a mass range of ~0.16-3 M sun. This power law complements previous studies in Orion which estimated j vprop M 0.25 for lsim2 Myr stars in the same mass regime, and a sharp decline in j with decreasing mass for older stars (~10 Myr) with M < 2 M sun. Furthermore, the overall specific angular momentum of this ~10 Myr population is five times lower than that of non-accretors in our sample, and implies a stellar braking mechanism other than disk braking could be at work. For a subsample of 67 objects with mid-infrared photometry, we examine the connection between accretion signatures and dusty disks: in the vast majority of cases (63/67), the two properties correlate well, which suggests that the timescale of gas accretion is similar to the lifetime of inner disks.

  12. COMPARISON OF CONVECTIVE OVERSHOOTING MODELS AND THEIR IMPACT ON ABUNDANCES FROM INTEGRATED LIGHT SPECTROSCOPY OF YOUNG (<3 Gyr) STAR CLUSTERS

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    Colucci, Janet E.; Bernstein, Rebecca A. E-mail: rab@ucolick.org

    2012-04-20

    As part of an ongoing program to measure detailed chemical abundances in nearby galaxies, we use a sample of young- to intermediate-age clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud with ages of 10 Myr-2 Gyr to evaluate the effect of isochrone parameters, specifically core convective overshooting, on Fe abundance results from high-resolution, integrated light spectroscopy. In this work we also obtain fiducial Fe abundances from high-resolution spectroscopy of the cluster individual member stars. We compare the Fe abundance results for the individual stars to the results from isochrones and integrated light spectroscopy to determine whether isochrones with convective overshooting should be used in our integrated light analysis of young- to intermediate-age (10 Myr-3 Gyr) star clusters. We find that when using the isochrones from the Teramo group, we obtain more accurate results for young- and intermediate-age clusters over the entire age range when using isochrones without convective overshooting. While convective overshooting is not the only uncertain aspect of stellar evolution, it is one of the most readily parameterized ingredients in stellar evolution models, and thus important to evaluate for the specific models used in our integrated light analysis. This work demonstrates that our method for integrated light spectroscopy of star clusters can provide unique tests for future constraints on stellar evolution models of young- and intermediate-age clusters.

  13. Ring shaped 6.7 GHz methanol maser emission around a young high-mass star

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    A. Bartkiewicz; M. Szymczak; H. J. van Langevelde

    2005-09-21

    We report on EVN imaging of the 6.7 GHz methanol maser emission from the candidate high-mass protostar G23.657-0.127. The masers originate in a nearly circular ring of 127 mas radius and 12 mas width. The ring structure points at a central exciting object which characteristics are typical for a young massive star; its bolometric luminosity is estimated to be <3.2*10^4 L_sun and <1.2*10^5 L_sun for near (5.1 kpc) and far (10.5 kpc) kinematic distances, respectively. However, the spatial geometry of the underlying maser region remains ambiguous. We consider scenarios in which the methanol masers originate in a spherical bubble or in a rotating disc seen nearly face-on.

  14. Deep Near-Infrared Surveys and Young Brown Dwarf Populations in Star-Forming Regions

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    Tamura, M.; Naoi, T.; Oasa, Y.; Nakajima, Y.; Nagashima, C.; Nagayama, T.; Baba, D.; Nagata, T.; Sato, S.; Kato, D.; Kurita, M.; Sugitani, K.; Itoh, Y.; Nakaya, H.; Pickles, A.

    2003-06-01

    We are currently conducting three kinds of IR surveys of star forming regions (SFRs) in order to seek for very low-mass young stellar populations. First is a deep JHKs-bands (simultaneous) survey with the SIRIUS camera on the IRSF 1.4m or the UH 2.2m telescopes. Second is a very deep JHKs survey with the CISCO IR camera on the Subaru 8.2m telescope. Third is a high resolution companion search around nearby YSOs with the CIAO adaptive optics coronagraph IR camera on the Subaru. In this contribution, we describe our SIRIUS camera and present preliminary results of the ongoing surveys with this new instrument.

  15. Mid-infrared imaging of the massive young star AFGL 2591: Probing the circumstellar environment of an outflow source

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    Massimo Marengo; Ray Jayawardhana; Giovanni G. Fazio; William F. Hoffmann; Joseph L. Hora; Aditya Dayal; Lynne K. Deutsch

    2000-08-02

    Most, if not all, stars are now believed to produce energetic outflows during their formation. Yet, almost 20 years after the discovery of bipolar outflows from young stars, the origins of this violent phenomenon are not well understood. One of the difficulties of probing the outflow process, particularly in the case of massive embedded stars, is a deficit of high spatial resolution observations. Here, we present sub-arcsecond-resolution mid-infrared images of one massive young stellar object, AFGL 2591, and its immediate surroundings. Our images, at 11.7, 12.5 and 18.0 microns, reveal a knot of emission ~6'' SW of the star, which may be evidence for a recent ejection event or an embedded companion star. This knot is roughly coincident with a previously seen near-infrared reflection nebula and a radio source, and lies within the known large-scale CO outflow. We also find a new faint NW source which may be another embedded lower-luminosity star. The IRAS mid-infrared spectrum of AFGL 2591 shows a large silicate absorption feature at 10 microns, implying that the primary source is surrounded by an optically thick dusty envelope. We discuss the interrelationship of these phenomena and suggest that mid-infrared imaging and spectroscopy provide powerful tools for probing massive star birth.

  16. Cold gas and young stars in tidally disturbed ellipticals at z = 0

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    Serra, P.; Oosterloo, T. A.

    2010-01-01

    We present an analysis of the neutral hydrogen and stellar populations of elliptical galaxies in the Tal et al. sample. Our aim is to test their conclusion that the continuing assembly of these galaxies at z ~ 0 is essentially gas free and not accompanied by significant star formation. In order to do so, we make use of HI data and line-strength indices available in the literature. We look for direct and indirect evidence of the presence of cold gas during the recent assembly of these objects and analyse its relation to galaxy morphological fine structure. We find that >=25 per cent of ellipticals contain HI at the level of M(HI) >108Msolar, and that M(HI) is of the order of a few per cent of the total stellar mass. Available data are insufficient to establish whether galaxies with a disturbed stellar morphology are more likely to contain HI. However, HI interferometry reveals very disturbed gas morphology/kinematics in all but one of the detected systems, confirming the continuing assembly of many ellipticals but also showing that this is not necessarily gas free. We also find that all very disturbed ellipticals have a single-stellar-population-equivalent age <4Gyr. We interpret this as evidence that ~0.5-5 per cent of their stellar mass is contained in a young population formed during the past ~1Gyr. Overall, a large fraction of ellipticals seem to have continued their assembly over the past few Gyr in the presence of a mass of cold gas of the order of 10 per cent of the galaxy stellar mass. This material is now observable as neutral hydrogen and young stars.

  17. Ages of young star clusters, massive blue stragglers, and the upper mass limit of stars: Analyzing age-dependent stellar mass functions

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    Schneider, F. R. N.; Izzard, R. G.; Langer, N.; Stolte, A.; Hußmann, B.; De Mink, S. E.; De Koter, A.; Sana, H.; Gvaramadze, V. V.; Liermann, A.

    2014-01-10

    Massive stars rapidly change their masses through strong stellar winds and mass transfer in binary systems. The latter aspect is important for populations of massive stars as more than 70% of all O stars are expected to interact with a binary companion during their lifetime. We show that such mass changes leave characteristic signatures in stellar mass functions of young star clusters that can be used to infer their ages and to identify products of binary evolution. We model the observed present-day mass functions of the young Galactic Arches and Quintuplet star clusters using our rapid binary evolution code. We find that the shaping of the mass function by stellar wind mass loss allows us to determine the cluster ages as 3.5 ± 0.7 Myr and 4.8 ± 1.1 Myr, respectively. Exploiting the effects of binary mass exchange on the cluster mass function, we find that the most massive stars in both clusters are rejuvenated products of binary mass transfer, i.e., the massive counterpart of classical blue straggler stars. This resolves the problem of an apparent age spread among the most luminous stars exceeding the expected duration of star formation in these clusters. We perform Monte Carlo simulations to probe stochastic sampling, which support the idea of the most massive stars being rejuvenated binary products. We find that the most massive star is expected to be a binary product after 1.0 ± 0.7 Myr in Arches and after 1.7 ± 1.0 Myr in Quintuplet. Today, the most massive 9 ± 3 stars in Arches and 8 ± 3 in Quintuplet are expected to be such objects. Our findings have strong implications for the stellar upper mass limit and solve the discrepancy between the claimed 150 M {sub ?} limit and observations of four stars with initial masses of 165-320 M {sub ?} in R136 and of supernova 2007bi, which is thought to be a pair-instability supernova from an initial 250 M {sub ?} star. Using the stellar population of R136, we revise the upper mass limit to values in the range 200-500 M {sub ?}.

  18. The Spatial Distribution of the Young Stellar Clusters in the Star Forming Galaxy NGC 628

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    Grasha, K; Adamo, A; Kim, H; Elmegreen, B G; Gouliermis, D A; Aloisi, A; Bright, S N; Christian, C; Cignoni, M; Dale, D A; Dobbs, C; Elmegreen, D M; Fumagalli, M; Gallagher, J S; Grebel, E K; Johnson, K E; Lee, J C; Messa, M; Smith, L J; Ryon, J E; Thilker, D; Ubeda, L; Wofford, A

    2015-01-01

    We present a study of the spatial distribution of the stellar cluster populations in the star forming galaxy NGC 628. Using Hubble Space Telescope broad band WFC3/UVIS UV and optical images from the Treasury Program LEGUS (Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey), we have identified 1392 potential young (clusters within the galaxy, identified from a combination of visual inspection and automatic selection. We investigate the clustering of these young stellar clusters and quantify the strength and change of clustering strength with scale using the two-point correlation function. We also investigate how image boundary conditions and dust lanes affect the observed clustering. The distribution of the clusters is well fit by a broken power law with negative exponent $\\alpha$. We recover a weighted mean index of $\\alpha$ ~ -0.8 for all spatial scales below the break at 3".3 (158 pc at a distance of 9.9 Mpc) and an index of $\\alpha$ ~ -0.18 above 158 pc for the accumulation of all cluster types. The stre...

  19. Sizes and shapes of young star cluster light profiles in M83

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    Ryon, J. E.; Bastian, N.; Adamo, A.; Konstantopoulos, I. S.; Gallagher, J. S.; Larsen, S.; Hollyhead, K.; Silva-Villa, E.; Smith, L. J.

    2015-09-01

    We measure the radii and two-dimensional light profiles of a large sample of young, massive star clusters in M83 using archival HST/Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) imaging of seven adjacent fields. We use GALFIT to fit the two-dimensional light profiles of the clusters, from which we find effective (half-light) radii, core radii, and slopes of the power-law (EFF) profile (?). We find lognormal distributions of effective radius and core radius, with medians of ?2.5 and ?1.3 pc, respectively. Our results provide strong evidence for a characteristic size of young, massive clusters. The average effective radius and core radius increase somewhat with cluster age. Little to no change in effective radius is observed with increasing galactocentric distance, except perhaps for clusters younger than 100 Myr. We find a shallow correlation between effective radius and mass for the full cluster sample, but a stronger correlation is present for clusters 200-300 Myr in age. Finally, the majority of the clusters are best fit by an EFF model with index ? ? 3.0. There is no strong evidence for change in ? with cluster age, mass, or galactocentric distance. Our results suggest that clusters emerge from early evolution with similar radii and are not strongly affected by the tidal field of M83. Mass-loss due to stellar evolution and/or giant molecular cloud interactions appear to dominate cluster expansion in the age range we study.

  20. A Pulsation Search among Young Brown Dwarfs and Very-low-mass Stars

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    Cody, Ann Marie; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.

    2014-12-01

    In 2005, Palla & Baraffe proposed that brown dwarfs (BDs) and very-low-mass stars (VLMSs; < 0.1 solar masses) may be unstable to radial oscillations during the pre-main-sequence deuterium burning phase. With associated periods of one to four hours, this potentially new class of pulsation offers unprecedented opportunities to probe the interiors and evolution of low-mass objects in the 1-15 million year age range. Following up on reports of short-period variability in young clusters, we designed a high-cadence photometric monitoring campaign to search for deuterium-burning pulsation among a sample of 348 BDs and VLMSs in the four young clusters ? Orionis, Chamaeleon I, IC 348, and Upper Scorpius. In the resulting light curves we achieved sensitivity to periodic signals of amplitude several millimagnitudes, on timescales from 15 minutes to two weeks. Despite the exquisite data quality, we failed to detect any periodicities below seven hours. We conclude that D-burning pulsations are not able to grow to observable amplitudes in the early pre-main sequence. In spite of the nondetection, we did uncover a rich set of variability behavior—both periodic and aperiodic—on day to week timescales. We present new compilations of variable sources from our sample, as well as three new candidate cluster members in Chamaeleon I.

  1. Triggered star formation and Young Stellar Population in Bright-Rimmed Cloud SFO 38

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    Choudhury, Rumpa; Bhatt, H C

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated the young stellar population in and around SFO 38, one of the massive globules located in the northern part of the Galactic HII region IC 1396, using the Spitzer IRAC and MIPS observations (3.6 to 24 micron) and followed up with ground based optical photometric and spectroscopic observations. Based on the IRAC and MIPS colors and H-alpha emission we identify ~45 Young Stellar Objects (Classes 0/I/II) and 13 probable Pre Main Sequence candidates. We derive the spectral types (mostly K- and M-type stars), effective temperatures and individual extinction of the relatively bright and optically visible Class II objects. Based on optical photometry and theoretical isochrones, we estimate the spread in stellar ages to be between 1--8 Myr with a median age of 3 Myr and a mass distribution of 0.3--2.2 Msun with a median value around 0.5 Msun. Using the width of the H-alpha emission line measured at 10% peak intensity, we derive the mass accretion rates of individual objects to be between 10^{-10} ...

  2. A pulsation search among young brown dwarfs and very-low-mass stars

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    Cody, Ann Marie; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.

    2014-12-01

    In 2005, Palla and Baraffe proposed that brown dwarfs (BDs) and very-low-mass stars (VLMSs; < 0.1 solar masses) may be unstable to radial oscillations during the pre-main-sequence deuterium burning phase. With associated periods of one to four hours, this potentially new class of pulsation offers unprecedented opportunities to probe the interiors and evolution of low-mass objects in the 1-15 million year age range. Following up on reports of short-period variability in young clusters, we designed a high-cadence photometric monitoring campaign to search for deuterium-burning pulsation among a sample of 348 BDs and VLMSs in the four young clusters ? Orionis, Chamaeleon I, IC 348, and Upper Scorpius. In the resulting light curves we achieved sensitivity to periodic signals of amplitude several millimagnitudes, on timescales from 15 minutes to two weeks. Despite the exquisite data quality, we failed to detect any periodicities below seven hours. We conclude that D-burning pulsations are not able to grow to observable amplitudes in the early pre-main sequence. In spite of the nondetection, we did uncover a rich set of variability behavior—both periodic and aperiodic—on day to week timescales. We present new compilations of variable sources from our sample, as well as three new candidate cluster members in Chamaeleon I.

  3. Hot Organic Molecules Toward a Young Low-Mass Star: A Look at Inner Disk Chemistry

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    F. Lahuis; E. F. van Dishoeck; A. C. A. Boogert; K. M. Pontoppidan; G. A. Blake; C. P. Dullemond; N. J. Evans II; M. R. Hogerheijde; J. K. Joergensen; J. E. Kessler-Silacci; C. Knez

    2005-11-29

    Spitzer Space Telescope spectra of the low mass young stellar object (YSO) IRS 46 (L_bol ~ 0.6 L_sun) in Ophiuchus reveal strong vibration-rotation absorption bands of gaseous C2H2, HCN, and CO2. This is the only source out of a sample of ~100 YSO's that shows these features and the first time they are seen in the spectrum of a solar-mass YSO. Analysis of the Spitzer data combined with Keck L- and M-band spectra gives excitation temperatures of > 350 K and abundances of 10(-6)-10(-5) with respect to H2, orders of magnitude higher than those found in cold clouds. In spite of this high abundance, the HCN J=4-3 line is barely detected with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, indicating a source diameter less than 13 AU. The (sub)millimeter continuum emission and the absence of scattered light in near-infrared images limits the mass and temperature of any remnant collapse envelope to less than 0.01 M_sun and 100 K, respectively. This excludes a hot-core type region as found in high-mass YSO's. The most plausible origin of this hot gas rich in organic molecules is in the inner (organic chemistry, gas temperatures and kinematics in the planet-forming zones close to a young star.

  4. Search for young low-mass stars in a ROSAT selected sample south of the Taurus-Auriga molecular clouds

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    Magazzu, A.; Martin, E. L.; Sterzik, M. F.; Neuhauser, R.; Covino, E.; Alcala, J. M.

    1997-09-01

    We present results of intermediate resolution spectroscopy of 131 optical counterparts to 115 ROSAT All-Sky Survey X-ray sources south of the Taurus-Auriga dark cloud complex. These objects have been selected as candidate young stars from a total of 1084 ROSAT sources in a ~300 square degree area. We identify 30 objects as low-mass PMS stars on the basis of the Li i, lambda 6708 Angstroms doublet in their spectrum, a signature of their young age. All these stars have a spectral type later than F7 and show spectral characteristics typical of weak-line and post-T Tauri stars. The presence of young objects several parsecs away from the regions of ongoing star formation is discussed in the light of the current models of T Tauri dispersal. Based on observations made with the Isaac Newton Telescope operated on the island of La Palma by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and with the ESO 1.52m telescope on La Silla, Chile, operated by the European Southern Observatory. Tables 1,2,3,4 are also available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html

  5. GEMINI SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY OF YOUNG STAR CLUSTERS IN MERGING/INTERACTING GALAXIES. IV. STEPHAN's QUINTET

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    Trancho, Gelys; Konstantopoulos, Iraklis S.; Mullan, Brendan; Charlton, Jane C.; Bastian, Nate; Fedotov, Konstantin; Gallagher, Sarah

    2012-04-01

    We present a spectroscopic survey of 21 young massive clusters and complexes and one tidal dwarf galaxy (TDG) candidate in Stephan's Quintet, an interacting compact group of galaxies. All of the selected targets lie outside the main galaxies of the system and are associated with tidal debris. We find clusters with ages between a few and 125 Myr and confirm the ages estimated through Hubble Space Telescope photometry by Fedotov et al., as well as their modeled interaction history of the Quintet. Many of the clusters are found to be relatively long-lived, given their spectrosopically derived ages, while their high masses suggest that they will likely evolve to eventually become intergalactic clusters. One cluster, T118, is particularly interesting, given its age ({approx}125 Myr), high mass ({approx}2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} M{sub Sun }), and position in the extreme outer end of the young tidal tail. This cluster appears to be quite extended (R{sub eff} {approx} 12-15 pc) compared to clusters observed in galaxy disks (R{sub eff} {approx} 3-4 pc), which confirms an effect we previously found in the tidal tails of NGC 3256, where clusters are similarly extended. We find that star and cluster formation can proceed at a continuous pace for at least {approx}150 Myr within the tidal debris of interacting galaxies. The spectrum of the TDG candidate is dominated by a young population ({approx}7 Myr), and, assuming a single age for the entire region, has a mass of at least 10{sup 6} M{sub Sun }.

  6. THE GEMINI NICI PLANET-FINDING CAMPAIGN: THE FREQUENCY OF GIANT PLANETS AROUND YOUNG B AND A STARS

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    Nielsen, Eric L.; Liu, Michael C.; Chun, Mark; Ftaclas, Christ; Wahhaj, Zahed; Biller, Beth A.; Hayward, Thomas L.; Hartung, Markus; Alencar, Silvia H. P.; Artymowicz, Pawel; Boss, Alan; Clarke, Fraser; De Gouveia Dal Pino, Elisabete; Gregorio-Hetem, Jane; Kuchner, Marc; Lin, Douglas N. C.; and others

    2013-10-10

    We have carried out high contrast imaging of 70 young, nearby B and A stars to search for brown dwarf and planetary companions as part of the Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign. Our survey represents the largest, deepest survey for planets around high-mass stars (?1.5-2.5 M{sub ?}) conducted to date and includes the planet hosts ? Pic and Fomalhaut. We obtained follow-up astrometry of all candidate companions within 400 AU projected separation for stars in uncrowded fields and identified new low-mass companions to HD 1160 and HIP 79797. We have found that the previously known young brown dwarf companion to HIP 79797 is itself a tight (3 AU) binary, composed of brown dwarfs with masses 58{sup +21}{sub -20} M{sub Jup} and 55{sup +20}{sub -19} M{sub Jup}, making this system one of the rare substellar binaries in orbit around a star. Considering the contrast limits of our NICI data and the fact that we did not detect any planets, we use high-fidelity Monte Carlo simulations to show that fewer than 20% of 2 M{sub ?} stars can have giant planets greater than 4 M{sub Jup} between 59 and 460 AU at 95% confidence, and fewer than 10% of these stars can have a planet more massive than 10 M{sub Jup} between 38 and 650 AU. Overall, we find that large-separation giant planets are not common around B and A stars: fewer than 10% of B and A stars can have an analog to the HR 8799 b (7 M{sub Jup}, 68 AU) planet at 95% confidence. We also describe a new Bayesian technique for determining the ages of field B and A stars from photometry and theoretical isochrones. Our method produces more plausible ages for high-mass stars than previous age-dating techniques, which tend to underestimate stellar ages and their uncertainties.

  7. Unveiling a Compact Cluster of Massive and Young Stars in IRAS 17233-3606

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    Zapata, Luis A.; Leurini, Silvia; Menten, Karl M.; Schilke, Peter; Rolffs, Rainer; Hieret, Carolin

    2008-10-01

    We have analyzed sensitive high spatial resolution archival radio continuum data at 1.3, 2.0, 3.6, and 6.0 cm as well as the H2O maser molecular line data obtained using the Very Large Array (VLA) in its hybrid AB configuration toward the high-mass star-forming region IRAS 17233-3606 (G351.78-0.54). We find nine compact radio sources associated with this region, six of them are new radio detections. We discuss the characteristics of these sources based mostly on their spectral indices and find that most of them appear to be optically thin or thick ultra- and hyper-compact H II regions ionized by B zero-age main-sequence stars. Furthermore, in a few cases the radio emission may arise from optically thick dusty disks and/or cores; however more observations at different wavelengths are necessary to firmly confirm their true nature. In addition, we compared our centimeter maps with the mid-infrared images from the Spitzer Space Observatory GLIMPSE survey revealing a cluster of young protostars in the region together with multiple collimated outflows, some of which might be related to the compact centimeter objects. Finally, we find that one of these centimeter objects, VLA2d, is well centered in an apparent strong and compact north-south bipolar outflow traced by OH masers and we therefore suggest that this object is energizing the latter.

  8. Successful Field-Scale In Situ Thermal NAPL Remediation at the Young-Rainey Star Center

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    Gavaskar, A.R.; Chen, A.S.C.; none,

    2004-05-04

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) successfully completed a fieldscale remediation to remove non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) from the subsurface at a site on the Young-Rainey Science, Technology, and Research (STAR) Center, Largo, Florida. The STAR Center is a former DOE facility. The remediation project covered an area of 930 m2 (10,000 ft2) and depths extending to 10.5 m (35 ft) below ground surface. In July 2001, DOE’s contractor awarded a subcontract to SteamTech Environmental Services for removal of NAPLs from a portion of the Northeast Site. The technologies used for remediation were steam-enhanced extraction and Electro-Thermal Dynamic Stripping Process, an electrical resistive heating technology. McMillan-McGee Corporation implemented the process. Construction of the remediation system was completed in September 2002. Operations began immediately after construction, and active heating ended in February 2003. After operations were completed, confirmatory sampling was conducted over a 6-month period to verify the level of cleanup achieved. Results of the sampling showed that NAPL concentrations were reduced significantly below the required cleanup goals and, in most cases, below the regulatory maximum contaminant levels. Lessons learned relative to the design, construction, operation, confirmatory sampling approach, and subcontracting could benefit managers of similar remediation projects

  9. YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS IN LYNDS 1641: DISKS, ACCRETION, AND STAR FORMATION HISTORY

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    Fang Min; Kim, Jinyoung Serena; Flaherty, Kevin; Van Boekel, Roy; Henning, Thomas; Sicilia-Aguilar, Aurora

    2013-07-01

    We investigate the young stellar objects (YSOs) in the Lynds 1641 (L1641) cloud using multi-wavelength data including Spitzer, WISE, the Two Micron All Sky Survey, and XMM covering {approx}1390 YSOs across a range of evolutionary stages. In addition, we targeted a sub-sample of YSOs for optical spectroscopy with the MMT/Hectospec and the MMT/Hectochelle. We use these data, along with archival photometric data, to derive spectral types, extinction values, masses, ages, and accretion rates. We obtain a disk fraction of {approx}50% in L1641. The disk frequency is almost constant as a function of stellar mass with a slight peak at log (M{sub *}/M{sub Sun }) Almost-Equal-To -0.25. The analysis of multi-epoch spectroscopic data indicates that the accretion variability of YSOs cannot explain the two orders of magnitude of scatter for YSOs with similar masses. Forty-six new transition disk (TD) objects are confirmed in this work, and we find that the fraction of accreting TDs is lower than for optically thick disks (40%-45% versus 77%-79%, respectively). We confirm our previous result that the accreting TDs have a median accretion rate similar to normal optically thick disks. We confirm that two star formation modes (isolated versus clustered) exist in L1641. We find that the diskless YSOs are statistically older than the YSOs with optically thick disks and the TD objects have a median age that is intermediate between those of the other two populations. We tentatively study the star formation history in L1641 based on the age distribution and find that star formation started to be active 2-3 Myr ago.

  10. X-shooter spectroscopy of young stellar objects. V. Slow winds in T Tauri stars

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    Natta, A.; Testi, L.; Alcalá, J. M.; Rigliaco, E.; Covino, E.; Stelzer, B.; D'Elia, V.

    2014-09-01

    Disks around T Tauri stars are known to lose mass, as best shown by the profiles of the forbidden emission lines of low-ionization species. At least two separate kinematic components have been identified, one characterized by velocity shifts of tens to hundreds of km s-1 (HVC) and one with a much lower velocity of a few km s-1 (LVC). The HVC are convincingly associated to the emission of jets, but the origin of the LVC is still unknown. In this paper we analyze the forbidden line spectrum of a sample of 44 mostly low-mass young stars in Lupus and ? Ori observed with the X-shooter ESO spectrometer. We detect forbidden line emission of O i, O ii, S ii, N i, and N ii, and characterize the line profiles as LVC, blueshifted HVC, and redshifted HVC. We focus our study on the LVC. We show that there is a good correlation between line luminosity and both Lstar and the accretion luminosity (or the mass accretion rate) over a large interval of values (Lstar~ 10-2-1 L?; Lacc~ 10-5-10-1 L?; ?acc~ 10-11 - 10-7 M?/yr). The lines show the presence of a slow wind (Vpeak< 20 km s-1) that is dense (nH> 108 cm-3), warm (T ~ 5000-10 000 K), mostly neutral. We estimate the mass of the emitting gas and provide a value for the maximum volume it occupies. Both quantities increase steeply with the stellar mass, from ~ 10-12 M? and ~0.01 AU3 for Mstar~ 0.1 M?, to ~ 3 × 10-10 M? and ~1 AU3 for Mstar~ 1 M?, respectively. These results provide quite stringent constraints to wind models in low-mass young stars, that need to be explored further. Based on observations collected at the European Souther Observatory at Paranal, under programs 084.C-0269(A), 085.C-0238(A), 086.C-0173(A), 087.C-0244(A) and 089.C-0143(A).Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  11. Dynamical star-disk interaction in the young stellar system V354 Monocerotis

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    Fonseca, N. N. J.; Alencar, S. H. P.; Bouvier, J.; Favata, F.; Flaccomio, E.

    2014-07-01

    Aims: The main goal of this work is to characterize the mass accretion and ejection processes of the classical T Tauri star V354 Mon, a member of the young stellar cluster NGC 2264. Methods: In March 2008, photometric and spectroscopic observations of V354 Mon were obtained simultaneously with the CoRoT satellite, the 60 cm telescope at the Observatório Pico dos Dias (LNA, Brazil) equipped with a CCD camera and Johnson/Cousins BV(RI)c filters, and the SOPHIE échelle spectrograph at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (CNRS, France). Results: The light curve of V354 Mon shows periodical minima (P = 5.26 ± 0.50 days) that vary in depth and width at each rotational cycle. The BV(RI)c observations indicate that the system becomes slightly bluer as the flux increases. The spectra of this T Tauri star exhibit variable emission lines, with blueshifted and redshifted absorption components associated with a disk wind and with the accretion process, respectively, confirming the magnetospheric accretion scenario. From the analysis of the photometric and spectroscopic data, it is possible to identify correlations between the emission line variability and the light-curve modulation of the young system, such as the occurrence of pronounced redshifted absorption in the H? line at the epoch of minimum flux. This is evidence that during photometric minima we see the accretion funnel projected onto the stellar photosphere in our line of sight, implying that the hot spot coincides with the light-curve minima. We applied models of cold and hot spots and a model of occultation by circumstellar material to investigate the source of the observed photometric variations. Conclusions: We conclude that nonuniformly distributed material in the inner part of the circumstellar disk is the main cause of the photometric modulation, which does not exclude the presence of hot and cold spots at the stellar surface. It is believed that the distortion in the inner part of the disk is created by the dynamical interaction between the stellar magnetosphere, inclined with respect to the rotation axis, and the circumstellar disk, as also observed in the classical T Tauri star AA Tau and predicted by magnetohydrodynamical numerical simulations. Based on the observations obtained with the CoRoT satellite, at the Observatório Pico dos Dias, Brazil, and at the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain.

  12. Exploring the origins of the young stars in the central parsec of the Galaxy with stellar dynamics

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    Lu, Jessica Ryan

    One of the most perplexing problems associated with the supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy is the origin of the young stars in its close vicinity. In this thesis, the question of the young stars' origins is addressed using high-resolution infrared images obtained at the W. M. Keck telescopes to study both the distribution and kinematics of the young stellar population. First, using proper motion measurements and stellar number density counts based on 9 years of diffraction-limited K(2.2 microm)-band speckle imaging at the W. M. Keck 10-meter telescopes, we have identified a new comoving group of stars, which we call the IRS 16SW comoving group, located 1'' .9 (0.08 pc, in projection) from the central black hole. Four of the five members of this comoving group have been spectroscopically identified as massive young stars, specifically He I emission-line stars and OBN stars. This is the second young comoving group within the central parsec of the Milky Way to be recognized and is the closest, by a factor of 2, in projection to the central black hole. Second, we present new proper motions from the 10 m Keck telescopes for a puzzling population of massive, young stars located within a parsec of the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center. Our proper motion measurements have uncertainties of only 0.07 mas/yr (3 km/s), which is ? 7 times better than previous proper motion measurements for these stars, and enables us to measure accelerations as low as 0.2 mas/yr 2 (7 km/s/yr). These measurements, along with stellar line-of-sight velocities from the literature, constrain the true orbit of each individual star and allow us to directly test the hypothesis that the massive stars reside in two stellar disks as has been previously proposed. Analysis of the stellar orbits reveals only one disk of young stars. No second disk was detected using a method that is capable of detecting disks with half-opening angles of 19° and containing at least 7 stars. The detected disk contains 50% of the young stars and is inclined by ˜115° from the plane of the sky and oriented at a position angle of ˜100° East of North. Additionally, the on-disk and off-disk populations have similar K-band luminosity functions and radial distributions that decrease at larger radii as r-2 . The disk has a finite thickness as expressed by an out-of-the-disk velocity dispersion of 28 +/- 6 km/s, and several candidate disk members have eccentricities greater than 0.2. The comoving group, IRS 16SW, makes up the South-Eastern component of the disk as stars on the other side of the disk are less apparent due to higher extinction. Our findings suggest that the young stars may have formed in situ but in a more complex geometry than a simple thin circular disk. Finally, future astrometric studies of the young stars in the Galactic Center will take advantage of the factor of 5 improvement in astrometric precision that is possible with new laser guide star adaptive optics imaging techniques. We show that careful data calibration and analysis, including correcting for differential atmospheric refraction, results in a relative astrometric accuracy of ˜0.2 mas over multi-year time scales. To achieve this level of accuracy, we find that many individual images of the Galactic Center should be combined to produce a long integration time (˜25--50 minutes) in order to average down the short time scale, high-order astrometric fluctations that are apparent in individual 30 second exposures. These improvements in astrometric precision and accuracy not only offers the opportunity to measure the accelerations for more young stars at larger radii than has previously been possible, but is also applicable to a much broader range of scientific experiments beyond the Galactic Center.

  13. TENTATIVE EVIDENCE FOR RELATIVISTIC ELECTRONS GENERATED BY THE JET OF THE YOUNG SUN-LIKE STAR DG Tau

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    Ainsworth, Rachael E.; Ray, Tom P.; Taylor, Andrew M.; Scaife, Anna M. M.; Green, David A.; Buckle, Jane V.

    2014-09-01

    Synchrotron emission has recently been detected in the jet of a massive protostar, providing further evidence that certain jet formation characteristics for young stars are similar to those found for highly relativistic jets from active galactic nuclei. We present data at 325 and 610 MHz taken with the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope of the young, low-mass star DG Tau, an analog of the Sun soon after its birth. This is the first investigation of a low-mass young stellar object at such low frequencies. We detect emission with a synchrotron spectral index in the proximity of the DG Tau jet and interpret this emission as a prominent bow shock associated with this outflow. This result provides tentative evidence for the acceleration of particles to relativistic energies due to the shock impact of this otherwise very low-power jet against the ambient medium. We calculate the equipartition magnetic field strength B {sub min} ? 0.11 mG and particle energy E {sub min} ? 4 × 10{sup 40} erg, which are the minimum requirements to account for the synchrotron emission of the DG Tau bow shock. These results suggest the possibility of low energy cosmic rays being generated by young Sun-like stars.

  14. OBSERVED LUMINOSITY SPREAD IN YOUNG CLUSTERS AND FU Ori STARS: A UNIFIED PICTURE

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    Baraffe, I.; Chabrier, G.; Vorobyov, E. E-mail: eduard.vorobiev@univie.ac.at

    2012-09-10

    The idea that non-steady accretion during the embedded phase of protostar evolution can produce the observed luminosity spread in the Herzsprung-Russell diagram (HRD) of young clusters has recently been called into question. Observations of FU Ori, for instance, suggest an expansion of the star during strong accretion events, whereas the luminosity spread implies a contraction of the accreting objects, decreasing their radiating surface. In this paper, we present a global scenario based on calculations coupling episodic accretion histories derived from numerical simulations of collapsing cloud prestellar cores of various masses and subsequent protostar evolution. Our calculations show that, assuming an initial protostar mass M{sub i} {approx} 1 M{sub Jup}, typical of the second Larson's core, both the luminosity spread in the HRD and the inferred properties of FU Ori events (mass, radius, accretion rate) can be explained by this scenario, providing two conditions. First, there must be some variation within the fraction of accretion energy absorbed by the protostar during the accretion process. Second, the range of this variation should increase with increasing accretion burst intensity and thus with the initial core mass and final star mass. The numerical hydrodynamics simulations of collapsing cloud prestellar cores indeed show that the intensity of the accretion bursts correlates with the mass and initial angular momentum of the prestellar core. Massive prestellar cores with high initial angular momentum are found to produce intense bursts characteristic of FU Ori-like events. Our results thus suggest a link between the burst intensities and the fraction of accretion energy absorbed by the protostar, with some threshold in the accretion rate, of the order of 10{sup -5} M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1}, delimitating the transition from 'cold' to 'hot' accretion. Such a transition might reflect a change in the accretion geometry with increasing accretion rate, i.e., a transition from magnetospheric or thin-disk to thick-disk accretion, or in the magnetospheric interaction between the star and the disk. Conversely, the luminosity spread can also be explained by a variation of the initial protostar mass within the {approx}1-5 M{sub Jup} range, although it is unclear for now whether such a spread among the second Larson's core can be produced during the prestellar core second collapse. This unified picture confirms the idea that early accretion during protostar and proto-brown dwarf formation/evolution can explain the observed luminosity spread in young clusters without invoking any significant age spread, and that the concept of a well-defined birthline does not apply for low-mass objects. Finally, we examine the impact of accretion on the determination of the initial mass function in young clusters.

  15. Stellar and Gas Phase Metallicity of Low Surface Brighness Galaxies: Implication on Star Formation Process within Young Disk Galaxies

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    Kim, Ji Hoon

    2015-08-01

    Low surface brightness (LSB) galaxies, whose central surface brightness, ?B, is fainter than 23 mag/arcsec2 in the B-band, have been one of the most intriguing galaxy populations. Their unique characteristics, such as blue colors in optical and near-infrared light, low metallicity, low stellar and gas surface densities, low dust content, and high gas mass fraction (up to 90%), resemble physical conditions of young galaxies of the early Universe whose interstellar medium (ISM) has not been enriched before major star formation activities initiated and should provide a testbed for star formation process at the exremly low surface density regime. Given that their star formation histories are still poorly constrained, LSB galaxies are known to have large specific star formation rates (sSFRs) with large gas fractions. There is also a correlation between their sSFRs and gas fractions. One of plausible scenarios is that the star formation efficiency may be an increasing funtion of time, perhaps due in part to the slow build up of metals and dust. Moreover, it is suspected that, being located in low number density area in terms of galaxy environment, LSB galaxies may receive additional gas to fuel their star formation activity via sporadic cold gas accretion, especially toward their outskirt regions analogous to extended ultraviolet disks. Due to their relatively isolated nature without having endured much interactions, LSB galaxies can mimic star formation processes of disk galaxies of the early Universe within their interstellar media (ISM). We present preliminary results based on stellar and gas phase metallicity of LSB galaxies along with their environment parameters to show how star-forming ISM of young disk galaxies before metal enrichment.

  16. Effects of Turbulence on Cosmic Ray Propagation in Protostars and Young Star/Disk Systems

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    Fatuzzo, Marco; Adams, Fred C.

    2014-05-01

    The magnetic fields associated with young stellar objects are expected to have an hour-glass geometry, i.e., the magnetic field lines are pinched as they thread the equatorial plane surrounding the forming star but merge smoothly onto a background field at large distances. With this field configuration, incoming cosmic rays experience both a funneling effect that acts to enhance the flux impinging on the circumstellar disk and a magnetic mirroring effect that acts to reduce that flux. To leading order, these effects nearly cancel out for simple underlying magnetic field structures. However, the environments surrounding young stellar objects are expected to be highly turbulent. This paper shows how the presence of magnetic field fluctuations affects the process of magnetic mirroring, and thereby changes the flux of cosmic rays striking circumstellar disks. Turbulence has two principle effects: (1) the (single) location of the magnetic mirror point found in the absence of turbulence is replaced with a wide distribution of values. (2) The median of the mirror point distribution moves outward for sufficiently large fluctuation amplitudes (roughly when ?B/B 0 > 0.2 at the location of the turbulence-free mirror point); the distribution becomes significantly non-Gaussian in this regime as well. These results may have significant consequences for the ionization fraction of the disk, which in turn dictates the efficiency with which disk material can accrete onto the central object. A similar reduction in cosmic ray flux can occur during the earlier protostellar stages; the decrease in ionization can help alleviate the magnetic braking problem that inhibits disk formation.

  17. Effects of turbulence on cosmic ray propagation in protostars and young star/disk systems

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    Fatuzzo, Marco; Adams, Fred C. E-mail: fca@umich.edu

    2014-05-20

    The magnetic fields associated with young stellar objects are expected to have an hour-glass geometry, i.e., the magnetic field lines are pinched as they thread the equatorial plane surrounding the forming star but merge smoothly onto a background field at large distances. With this field configuration, incoming cosmic rays experience both a funneling effect that acts to enhance the flux impinging on the circumstellar disk and a magnetic mirroring effect that acts to reduce that flux. To leading order, these effects nearly cancel out for simple underlying magnetic field structures. However, the environments surrounding young stellar objects are expected to be highly turbulent. This paper shows how the presence of magnetic field fluctuations affects the process of magnetic mirroring, and thereby changes the flux of cosmic rays striking circumstellar disks. Turbulence has two principle effects: (1) the (single) location of the magnetic mirror point found in the absence of turbulence is replaced with a wide distribution of values. (2) The median of the mirror point distribution moves outward for sufficiently large fluctuation amplitudes (roughly when ?B/B {sub 0} > 0.2 at the location of the turbulence-free mirror point); the distribution becomes significantly non-Gaussian in this regime as well. These results may have significant consequences for the ionization fraction of the disk, which in turn dictates the efficiency with which disk material can accrete onto the central object. A similar reduction in cosmic ray flux can occur during the earlier protostellar stages; the decrease in ionization can help alleviate the magnetic braking problem that inhibits disk formation.

  18. Intertriginous eruption.

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    Wolf, Ronni; Oumeish, Oumeish Youssef; Parish, Lawrence Charles

    2011-01-01

    Intertrigo is a superficial inflammatory skin disorder involving any area of the body where two opposing skin surfaces can touch and rub or chaff. The word "intertrigo" comes from the Latin inter (between) and terere (to rub) and reflects the rubbing together of skin against skin to create maceration and irritation, hence, friction dermatitis or chaffing. It is a common disorder that can affect any individual from infancy to old age. It is primarily caused by skin-on-skin friction and is facilitated by moisture trapped in deep skin folds where air circulation is limited. The condition is particularly common in obese patients who have diabetes and who are exposed to heat and humidity. The moist, damaged skin associated with intertrigo is a fertile breeding ground for various microorganisms, and secondary cutaneous infections are commonly observed in these areas. The present chapter does not deal with "ordinary" intertrigo, but rather with other skin diseases that have affinity to the intertriginous areas. Diseases mentioned are: acrodermatitis enteropathica, the baboon syndrome or intertriginous drug eruption, Darier disease, Hailey-Hailey, granular parakeratosis, Kawasaki syndrome, necrolytic migratory erythema, streptococcal intertrigo and others. PMID:21396557

  19. Jupiter Eruptions

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    2008-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Click on the image for high resolution image of Nature Cover

    Detailed analysis of two continent-sized storms that erupted in Jupiter's atmosphere in March 2007 shows that Jupiter's internal heat plays a significant role in generating atmospheric disturbances. Understanding these outbreaks could be the key to unlock the mysteries buried in the deep Jovian atmosphere, say astronomers.

    This visible-light image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope taken on May 11, 2007. It shows the turbulent pattern generated by the two plumes on the upper left part of Jupiter.

    Understanding these phenomena is important for Earth's meteorology where storms are present everywhere and jet streams dominate the atmospheric circulation. Jupiter is a natural laboratory where atmospheric scientists study the nature and interplay of the intense jets and severe atmospheric phenomena.

    According to the analysis, the bright plumes were storm systems triggered in Jupiter's deep water clouds that moved upward in the atmosphere vi gorously and injected a fresh mixture of ammonia ice and water about 20 miles (30 kilometers) above the visible clouds. The storms moved in the peak of a jet stream in Jupiter's atmosphere at 375 miles per hour (600 kilometers per hour). Models of the disturbance indicate that the jet stream extends deep in the buried atmosphere of Jupiter, more than 60 miles (approximately100 kilometers) below the cloud tops where most sunlight is absorbed.

  20. THE FIRST X-SHOOTER OBSERVATIONS OF JETS FROM YOUNG STARS

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    Bacciotti, F.; Randich, S.; Whelan, E. T.; Alcala, J. M.; Nisini, B.; Podio, L.; Stelzer, B.; Cupani, G.

    2011-08-20

    We present the first pilot study of jets from young stars conducted with X-shooter, on the ESO/Very Large Telescope. As it offers simultaneous, high-quality spectra in the range 300-2500 nm, X-shooter is uniquely important for spectral diagnostics in jet studies. We chose to probe the accretion/ejection mechanisms at low stellar masses examining two targets with well-resolved continuous jets lying on the plane of the sky: ESO-HA 574 in Chameleon I and Par-Lup3-4 in Lupus III. The mass of the latter is close to the sub-stellar boundary (M{sub *} = 0.13 M{sub sun}). A large number of emission lines probing regions of different excitation are identified, position-velocity diagrams are presented, and mass outflow/accretion rates are estimated. Comparison between the two objects is striking. ESO-HA 574 is a weakly accreting star for which we estimate a mass accretion rate of log ( M-dot{sub acc}) = -10.8{+-}0.5 (in M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}), yet it drives a powerful jet with M-dot{sub out} {approx} 1.5-2.7 x 10{sup -9} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}. These values can be reconciled with a magneto-centrifugal jet acceleration mechanism assuming that the presence of the edge-on disk severely depresses the luminosity of the accretion tracers. In comparison, Par-Lup3-4, with stronger mass accretion ( log ( M-dot{sub acc}) = -9.1{+-}0.4 M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}), drives a low-excitation jet with about M-dot{sub out} {approx} 3.2 x 10{sup -10} M{sub sun} yr{sup -1} in both lobes. Despite the low stellar mass, M-dot{sub out}/ M-dot{sub acc} for Par-Lup3-4 is at the upper limit of the range usually measured for young objects, but still compatible with a steady magneto-centrifugal wind scenario if all uncertainties are considered.

  1. Core-halo age gradients and star formation in the Orion Nebula and NGS 2024 young stellar clusters

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    Getman, Konstantin V.; Feigelson, Eric D.; Kuhn, Michael A.

    2014-06-01

    We analyze age distributions of two nearby rich stellar clusters, the NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula) and Orion Nebula cluster (ONC) in the Orion molecular cloud complex. Our analysis is based on samples from the MYStIX survey and a new estimator of pre-main sequence (PMS) stellar ages, Age{sub JX} , derived from X-ray and near-infrared photometric data. To overcome the problem of uncertain individual ages and large spreads of age distributions for entire clusters, we compute median ages and their confidence intervals of stellar samples within annular subregions of the clusters. We find core-halo age gradients in both the NGC 2024 cluster and ONC: PMS stars in cluster cores appear younger and thus were formed later than PMS stars in cluster peripheries. These findings are further supported by the spatial gradients in the disk fraction and K-band excess frequency. Our age analysis is based on Age{sub JX} estimates for PMS stars and is independent of any consideration of OB stars. The result has important implications for the formation of young stellar clusters. One basic implication is that clusters form slowly and the apparent age spreads in young stellar clusters, which are often controversial, are (at least in part) real. The result further implies that simple models where clusters form inside-out are incorrect and more complex models are needed. We provide several star formation scenarios that alone or in combination may lead to the observed core-halo age gradients.

  2. Mass and period limits on the ringed companion transiting the young star J1407

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    Kenworthy, M. A.; Lacour, S.; Kraus, A.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Mamajek, E. E.; Scott, E. L.; Ségransan, D.; Ireland, M.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Reichart, D. E.; Haislip, J. B.; LaCluyze, A. P.; Moore, J. P.; Frank, N. R.

    2015-01-01

    The young (˜16 Myr) pre-main-sequence star in Sco-Cen 1SWASP J140747.93-394542.6, hereafter referred to as J1407, underwent a deep eclipse in 2007 April, bracketed by several shallower eclipses in the surrounding 54 d. This has been interpreted as the first detection of an eclipsing ring system circling a substellar object (dubbed J1407b). We report on a search for this companion with Sparse Aperture Mask imaging and direct imaging with both the UT4 VLT and Keck telescopes. Radial velocity measurements of J1407 provide additional constraints on J1407b and on short period companions to the central star. Follow-up photometric monitoring using the Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes (PROMPT)-4 and ROAD observatories during 2012-2014 has not yielded any additional eclipses. Large regions of mass-period space are ruled out for the companion. For circular orbits the companion period is constrained to the range 3.5-13.8 yr (a ? 2.2-5.6 au), and stellar masses (>80MJup) are ruled out at 3? significance over these periods. The complex ring system appears to occupy more than 0.15 of its Hill radius, much larger than its Roche radius and suggesting a ring structure in transition. Further, we demonstrate that the radial velocity of J1407 is consistent with membership in the Upper Cen-Lup subgroup of the Sco-Cen association, and constraints on the rotation period and projected rotational velocity of J1407 are consistent with a stellar inclination of i? ? 68° ± 10°.

  3. A direct imaging search for close stellar and sub-stellar companions to young nearby stars

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    Vogt, N.; Mugrauer, M.; Neuhäuser, R.; Schmidt, T. O. B.; Contreras-Quijada, A.; Schmidt, J. G.

    2015-01-01

    A total of 28 young nearby stars (ages {? 60} Myr) have been observed in the K_s-band with the adaptive optics imager Naos-Conica of the Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Among the targets are ten visual binaries and one triple system at distances between 10 and 130 pc, all previously known. During a first observing epoch a total of 20 faint stellar or sub-stellar companion-candidates were detected around seven of the targets. These fields, as well as most of the stellar binaries, were re-observed with the same instrument during a second epoch, about one year later. We present the astrometric observations of all binaries. Their analysis revealed that all stellar binaries are co-moving. In two cases (HD 119022 AB and FG Aqr B/C) indications for significant orbital motions were found. However, all sub-stellar companion candidates turned out to be non-moving background objects except PZ Tel which is part of this project but whose results were published elsewhere. Detection limits were determined for all targets, and limiting masses were derived adopting three different age values; they turn out to be less than 10 Jupiter masses in most cases, well below the brown dwarf mass range. The fraction of stellar multiplicity and of the sub-stellar companion occurrence in the star forming regions in Chamaeleon are compared to the statistics of our search, and possible reasons for the observed differences are discussed. Based on observations made with ESO telescopes at Paranal Observatory under programme IDs 083.C-0150(B), 084.C-0364(A), 084.C-0364(B), 084.C-0364(C), 086.C-0600(A) and 086.C-0600(B).

  4. Young Stars in Orion May Solve Mystery of Our Solar System

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    2001-09-01

    Scientists may have to give the Sun a little more credit. Exotic isotopes present in the early Solar System--which scientists have long-assumed were sprinkled there by a powerful, nearby star explosion--may have instead been forged locally by our Sun during the colossal solar-flare tantrums of its baby years. The isotopes--special forms of atomic nuclei, such as aluminum-26, calcium-41, and beryllium-10--can form in the X-ray solar flares of young stars in the Orion Nebula, which behave just like our Sun would have at such an early age. The finding, based on observations by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, has broad implications for the formation of our own Solar System. Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, led a team of scientists on this Chandra observation and presents these results in Washington, D.C., today at a conference entitled "Two Years of Science with Chandra". "The Chandra study of Orion gives us the first chance to study the flaring properties of stars resembling the Sun when our solar system was forming," said Feigelson. "We found a much higher rate of flares than expected, sufficient to explain the production of many unusual isotopes locked away in ancient meteorites. If the young stars in Orion can do it, then our Sun should have been able to do it too." Scientists who study how our Solar System formed from a collapsed cloud of dust and gas have been hard pressed to explain the presence of these extremely unusual chemical isotopes. The isotopes are short-lived and had to have been formed no earlier than the creation of the Solar System, some five billion years ago. Yet these elements cannot be produced by a star as massive as our Sun under normal circumstances. (Other elements, such as silver and gold, were created long before the creation of the solar system.) The perplexing presence of these isotopic anomalies, found in ancient meteoroids orbiting the Earth, led to the theory that a supernova explosion occurred very close to the Solar System's progenitor gas cloud, simultaneously triggering its collapse and seeding it with short-lived isotopes. Solar flares could produce such isotopes, but the flares would have to be hundreds of thousands of times more powerful and hundreds of times more frequent than those our Sun generates. Enter the stars in the Orion Nebula. This star-forming region has several dozen new stars nearly identical to our Sun, only much younger. Feigelson's team used Chandra to study the flaring in these analogs of the early Sun and found that nearly all exhibit extremely high levels of X-ray flaring--powerful and frequent enough to forge many of the kinds of isotopes found in the ancient meteorites from the early solar system. "This is a very exciting result for space X-ray astronomy," said Donald Clayton, Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University. "The Chandra Penn State team has shown that stellar-flare acceleration produces radioactive nuclei whether we want them or not. Now the science debate can concentrate on whether such irradiation made some or even all of the extinct radioactivities that were present when our solar system was formed, or whether some contamination of our birth molecular cloud by external material is also needed." "This is an excellent example of how apparently distant scientific fields, like X-ray astronomy and the origins of solar systems, can in fact be closely linked," said Feigelson. The Orion observation was made with Chandra's Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer, which was conceived and developed for NASA by Penn State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the leadership of Gordon Garmire, the Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State. The Penn State observation team includes Pat Broos, James Gaffney, Gordon Garmire, Leisa Townsley and Yohko Tsuboi. Collaborators also include Lynne Hillenbrand of CalTech and Steven Pravdo of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Background: Isotopes are atoms whose nuclei have d

  5. Rotational Velocities For B0-B3 Stars in 7 Young Clusters: Further Study of the Relationship between Rotation Speed and Density in Star-Forming Regions

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    S. C. Wolff; S. E. Strom; D. Dror

    2007-02-05

    We present the results of a study aimed at assessing the differences in the dis- tribution of rotation speeds, N (v sin i) among young (1-15 Myr) B stars spanning a range of masses 6 > 1 M /pc^3) ensembles that will survive as rich, bound stellar clusters for ages well in excess of 10^8 years. Our results demonstrate (1) that independent of environment, the rotation rates for stars in this mass range do not change by more than 0.1 dex over ages t ~ 1 to t ~ 15 Myr; and (2) that stars formed in high density regions lack the cohort of slow rotators that dominate the low density regions and young field stars. We suggest that the differences in N(v sin i) between low and high density regions may reflect a combination of initial conditions and environmental effects: (1) the higher turbulent speeds that characterize molecular gas in high density, cluster- forming regions; and (2) the stronger UV radiation fields and high stellar densities that characterize such regions.

  6. Discovery of a low-mass brown dwarf companion of the young nearby star G 196-3

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    Rebolo; Osorio; Madruga; Bejar; Arribas; Licandro

    1998-11-13

    A substellar-mass object in orbit at about 300 astronomical units from the young low-mass star G 196-3 was detected by direct imaging. Optical and infrared photometry and low- and intermediate-resolution spectroscopy of the faint companion, hereafter referred to as G 196-3B, confirm its cool atmosphere and allow its mass to be estimated at 25-10+15 Jupiter masses. The separation between the objects and their mass ratio suggest the fragmentation of a collapsing cloud as the most likely origin for G 196-3B, but alternatively it could have originated from a protoplanetary disc that has been dissipated. Whatever the formation process was, the young age of the primary star (about 100 million years) demonstrates that substellar companions can form on short time scales. PMID:9812893

  7. HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING OF MOLECULAR OUTFLOWS IN MASSIVE YOUNG STARS Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA; and Department of Astronomy,

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    Beuther, Henrik

    HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING OF MOLECULAR OUTFLOWS IN MASSIVE YOUNG STARS Keping Qiu Harvard-Smithsonian; kqiu@cfa.harvard.edu Qizhou Zhang Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA Henrik

  8. Young massive star clusters in the era of the Hubble Space Telescope

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    Richard de Grijs

    2007-06-13

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been instrumental in the discovery of large numbers of extragalactic young massive star clusters (YMCs), often assumed to be proto-globular clusters (GCs). As a consequence, the field of YMC formation and evolution is thriving, generating major breakthroughs as well as controversies on annual (or shorter) time-scales. Here, I review the long-term survival chances of YMCs, hallmarks of intense starburst episodes often associated with violent galaxy interactions. In the absence of significant external perturbations, the key factor determining a cluster's long-term survival chances is the shape of its stellar initial mass function (IMF). It is, however, not straightforward to assess the IMF shape in unresolved extragalactic YMCs. I also discuss the latest progress in worldwide efforts to better understand the evolution of entire cluster populations, predominantly based on HST observations, and conclude that there is an increasing body of evidence that GC formation appears to be continuing until today; their long-term evolution crucially depends on their environmental conditions, however.

  9. Young massive star clusters in nearby galaxies. II. Software tools, data reductions and cluster sizes

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    Larsen, S. S.

    1999-10-01

    A detailed description is given of the data analysis leading to the discovery of young massive star clusters (YMCs) in a sample of 21 nearby galaxies. A new useful tool, ishape, for the derivation of intrinsic shape parameters of compact objects is presented, and some test results are shown. Completeness tests for the cluster samples are discussed, and ishape is used to estimate cluster sizes. Half-light radii of 0-20 pc are derived for clusters in 2 of the most cluster-rich galaxies, NGC 1313 and NGC 5236, which is within the range spanned by globular clusters in the Milky Way and by YMCs in the LMC and some starburst galaxies. Photometric data for all clusters, along with positions and estimated half-light radii, are tabulated. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, and with the Danish 1.5-m telescope at ESO, La Silla, Chile. Table \\ref{tab:clusters} is also available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html

  10. Star formation in the outer Galaxy: membership and fundamental parameters of the young open cluster NGC 1893

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    Prisinzano, L.; Sanz-Forcada, J.; Micela, G.; Caramazza, M.; Guarcello, M. G.; Sciortino, S.; Testi, L.

    2011-03-01

    Context. Different environmental conditions can play a crucial role in determining final products of the star formation process, and in this context, less favorable activities of star formation are expected in the external regions of our Galaxy. Aims: We studied the properties of the young open cluster NGC 1893 located about 12 Kpc from the galactic center, to investigate how different physical conditions can affect the process of star formation. Methods: By adopting a multiwavelength approach, we compiled a catalog extending from X-rays to NIR data to derive the cluster membership. In addition, optical and NIR photometric properties are used to evaluate the cluster parameters. Results: We find 415 diskless candidate members and 1061 young stellar objects with a circumstellar disk or class II candidate members, 125 of which are also H? emitters. Considering the diskless candidate members, we find that the cluster distance is 3.6 ± 0.2 kpc and the mean interstellar reddening is E(B - V) = 0.6 ± 0.1 with evidence of differential reddening in the whole surveyed region. Conclusions: NGC 1893 contains a conspicuous population of pre-main sequence stars, together with the well-studied main sequence cluster population. We found a disk fraction of about 70% similar to the one found in clusters of similar age in the solar neighbor and then, despite expected unfavorable conditions for star formation, we conclude that very rich young clusters can also form in the outer regions of our Galaxy. Full Tables 5-8 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/527/A77

  11. KEPLER-63b: A GIANT PLANET IN A POLAR ORBIT AROUND A YOUNG SUN-LIKE STAR

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    Sanchis-Ojeda, Roberto; Winn, Joshua N.; Albrecht, Simon; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Isaacson, Howard; Howard, Andrew W.; Johnson, John Asher; Torres, Guillermo; Carter, Joshua A.; Dawson, Rebekah I.; Geary, John C.; Campante, Tiago L.; Chaplin, William J.; Davies, Guy R.; Lund, Mikkel N.; Buchhave, Lars A.; Everett, Mark E.; Fischer, Debra A.; Gilliland, Ronald L.; Horch, Elliott P.; and others

    2013-09-20

    We present the discovery and characterization of a giant planet orbiting the young Sun-like star Kepler-63 (KOI-63, m{sub Kp} = 11.6, T{sub eff} = 5576 K, M{sub *} = 0.98 M{sub ?}). The planet transits every 9.43 days, with apparent depth variations and brightening anomalies caused by large starspots. The planet's radius is 6.1 ± 0.2 R{sub ?}, based on the transit light curve and the estimated stellar parameters. The planet's mass could not be measured with the existing radial-velocity data, due to the high level of stellar activity, but if we assume a circular orbit, then we can place a rough upper bound of 120 M{sub ?} (3?). The host star has a high obliquity (? = 104°), based on the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect and an analysis of starspot-crossing events. This result is valuable because almost all previous obliquity measurements are for stars with more massive planets and shorter-period orbits. In addition, the polar orbit of the planet combined with an analysis of spot-crossing events reveals a large and persistent polar starspot. Such spots have previously been inferred using Doppler tomography, and predicted in simulations of magnetic activity of young Sun-like stars.

  12. CLOSE COMPANIONS TO YOUNG STARS. I. A LARGE SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY IN CHAMAELEON I AND TAURUS-AURIGA

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    Nguyen, Duy Cuong; Brandeker, Alexis; Van Kerkwijk, Marten H.; Jayawardhana, Ray E-mail: mhvk@astro.utoronto.ca E-mail: dcnguyen@pas.rochester.edu E-mail: alexis@astro.su.se

    2012-02-01

    We present the results of a multiplicity survey of 212 T Tauri stars in the Chamaeleon I and Taurus-Auriga star-forming regions, based on high-resolution spectra from the Magellan Clay 6.5 m telescope. From these data, we achieved a typical radial velocity (RV) precision of {approx}80 m s{sup -1} with slower rotators yielding better precision, in general. For 174 of these stars, we obtained multi-epoch data with sufficient time baselines to identify binaries based on RV variations. We identified eight close binaries and four close triples, of which three and two, respectively, are new discoveries. The spectroscopic multiplicity fractions we find for Chamaeleon I (7%) and Taurus-Auriga (6%) are similar to each other, and to the results of field star surveys in the same mass and period regime. However, unlike the results from imaging surveys, the frequency of systems with close companions in our sample is not seen to depend on primary mass. Additionally, we do not find a strong correlation between accretion and close multiplicity. This implies that close companions are not likely the main source of the accretion shut down observed in weak-lined T Tauri stars. Our results also suggest that sufficient RV precision can be achieved for at least a subset of slowly rotating young stars to search for hot Jupiter planets.

  13. The embedded young stars in the Taurus-Auriga molecular cloud. I - Models for spectral energy distributions

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    Kenyon, Scott J.; Calvet, Nuria; Hartmann, Lee

    1993-01-01

    We describe radiative transfer calculations of infalling, dusty envelopes surrounding pre-main-sequence stars and use these models to derive physical properties for a sample of 21 heavily reddened young stars in the Taurus-Auriga molecular cloud. The density distributions needed to match the FIR peaks in the spectral energy distributions of these embedded sources suggest mass infall rates similar to those predicted for simple thermally supported clouds with temperatures about 10 K. Unless the dust opacities are badly in error, our models require substantial departures from spherical symmetry in the envelopes of all sources. These flattened envelopes may be produced by a combination of rotation and cavities excavated by bipolar flows. The rotating infall models of Terebey et al. (1984) models indicate a centrifugal radius of about 70 AU for many objects if rotation is the only important physical effect, and this radius is reasonably consistent with typical estimates for the sizes of circumstellar disks around T Tauri stars.

  14. A "diamond-ring" star: the unusual morphologic structure of a young (multiple?) object

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    Joao L. Yun; Jose M. Torrelles; Nuno C. Santos

    2007-04-24

    We have observed IRAS06468-0325 obtaining optical and infrared images through IJHKs and L' filters, K-band low-resolution spectroscopy, together with millimetre line observations of CO and CS. IRAS06468-0325 has a very unusual and enigmatic morphology with two components: a bright, close to point-like source (the diamond) and a sharp-edge ring-like structure (the ring). The source is not detected in the optical, at wavelengths shorter than the I-band. The diamond is seen in all the imaging bands observed. The ring-like structure in IRAS06468-0325 is clearly seen in the I, J, H, and Ks. It is not detected in the L'-band image. Infrared colours of the diamond are compatible with excess circumstellar emission and a young stellar nature. A strongly non-gaussian and moderately bright CO(1-0) and {13}CO(2-1) lines are seen towards IRAS06468-0325, at v_{LSR} of 30.5 km s{-1} (corresponding to a kinematic distance of 3 kpc). Very weak C{18}O(2-1) and CS(2-1) lines were detected. K-band spectra of the diamond and of the ring are similar both in the slope of the continuum and in the presence of lines supporting the idea that the ring is reflected light from the diamond. With the current data, a few different scenarios are possible to explain the morphology of this object. However, the available data seem to favour that the morphology of IRAS06468-0325 correspond to a young stellar multiple system in a transient stage where a binary co-exists with a circumbinary disc, similar to the case of GG Tau. In this case, the sharpness of the well-defined ring may be due to tidal truncation from dynamic interactions between components in a binary or multiple stellar system. IRAS06468-0325 may be an important rare case that illustrates a short-lived stage of the process of binary or multiple star formation.

  15. Identifying the Young Low-mass Stars within 25 pc. I. Spectroscopic Observations

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    Shkolnik, Evgenya; Liu, Michael C.; Reid, I. Neill

    2009-07-01

    We have completed a high-resolution (R ? 60,000) optical spectroscopic survey of 185 nearby M dwarfs identified using ROSAT data to select active, young objects with fractional X-ray luminosities comparable to or greater than Pleiades members. Our targets are drawn from the NStars 20 pc census and the Moving-M sample with distances determined from parallaxes or spectrophotometric relations. We limited our sample to 25 pc from the Sun, prior to correcting for pre-main-sequence overluminosity or binarity. Nearly half of the resulting M dwarfs are not present in the Gliese catalog and have no previously published spectral types. We identified 30 spectroscopic binaries (SBs) from the sample, which have strong X-ray emission due to tidal spin-up rather than youth. This is equivalent to a 16% SB fraction, with at most a handful of undiscovered SBs. We estimate upper limits on the age of the remaining M dwarfs using spectroscopic youth indicators such as surface gravity-sensitive indices (CaH and K I). We find that for a sample of field stars with no metallicity measurements, a single CaH gravity index may not be sufficient, as higher metallicities mimic lower gravity. This is demonstrated in a subsample of metal-rich radial velocity (RV) standards, which appear to have low surface gravity as measured by the CaH index, yet show no other evidence of youth. We also use additional youth diagnostics such as lithium absorption and strong H? emission to set more stringent age limits. Eleven M dwarfs with no H? emission or absorption are likely old (>400 Myr) and were caught during an X-ray flare. We estimate that our final sample of the 144 youngest and nearest low-mass objects in the field is less than 300 Myr old, with 30% of them being younger than 150 Myr and four very young (lap10 Myr), representing a generally untapped and well-characterized resource of M dwarfs for intensive planet and disk searches. Based on observations collected at the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The Keck Observatory is operated as a scientific partnership between the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and NASA, and was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation. The CFHT is operated by the National Research Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii.

  16. Filament Eruption Onset

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    Sterling, Alphonse C.; Moore, Ronald L.

    2011-01-01

    We have been investigating filament eruptions in recent years. Use filament eruptions as markers of the coronal field evolution. Data from SoHO, Yohkoh, TRACE, Hinode, and other sources. We and others have observed: (1)Filaments often show slow rise, followed by fast rise, (2) Brightenings, preflares, microflares during slow rise (3) Magnetic evolution in hours prior to eruption onset. We investigated What do Hinode and SDO show for filament eruptions?

  17. DYNAMICAL EVOLUTION OF THE YOUNG STARS IN THE GALACTIC CENTER: N-BODY SIMULATIONS OF THE S-STARS

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    Perets, Hagai B.; Kupi, Gabor; Alexander, Tal; Gualandris, Alessia; Merritt, David

    2009-09-10

    We use Newtonian N-body simulations to study the evolution of the orbital eccentricities of stars deposited near ({approx}<0.05 pc) the Milky Way massive black hole (MBH), starting from initial conditions motivated by two competing models for their origin: formation in a disk followed by inward migration and exchange interactions involving a binary star. The first model predicts modest eccentricities, lower than those observed in the S-star cluster, while the second model predicts higher eccentricities than observed. The Newtonian N-body simulations include a dense cluster of 10 M{sub sun} stellar-mass black holes (SBHs), expected to accumulate near the MBH by mass segregation. Perturbations from the SBHs tend to randomize the stellar orbits, partially erasing the dynamical signatures of their origin. The eccentricities of the initially highly eccentric stars evolve, in 20 Myr (the S-star lifespan), to a distribution that is consistent with the observed eccentricity distribution. In contrast, the eccentricities of the initially more circular orbits fail to evolve to the observed values in 20 Myr, arguing against the disk migration scenario. We find that 20%-30% of the S-stars are tidally disrupted by the MBH over their lifetimes, and that the S-stars are not likely to be ejected as hypervelocity stars outside the central 0.05 pc by close encounters with SBHs.

  18. MAGNETIC CYCLES IN A CONVECTIVE DYNAMO SIMULATION OF A YOUNG SOLAR-TYPE STAR

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    Brown, Benjamin P.; Miesch, Mark S.; Browning, Matthew K.; Brun, Allan Sacha

    2011-04-10

    Young solar-type stars rotate rapidly and many are magnetically active. Some appear to undergo magnetic cycles similar to the 22 yr solar activity cycle. We conduct simulations of dynamo action in rapidly rotating suns with the three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic anelastic spherical harmonic (ASH) code to explore dynamo action achieved in the convective envelope of a solar-type star rotating at five times the current solar rotation rate. We find that dynamo action builds substantial organized global-scale magnetic fields in the midst of the convection zone. Striking magnetic wreaths span the convection zone and coexist with the turbulent convection. A surprising feature of this wreath-building dynamo is its rich time dependence. The dynamo exhibits cyclic activity and undergoes quasi-periodic polarity reversals where both the global-scale poloidal and toroidal fields change in sense on a roughly 1500 day timescale. These magnetic activity patterns emerge spontaneously from the turbulent flow and are more organized temporally and spatially than those realized in our previous simulations of the solar dynamo. We assess in detail the competing processes of magnetic field creation and destruction within our simulations that contribute to the global-scale reversals. We find that the mean toroidal fields are built primarily through an {Omega}-effect, while the mean poloidal fields are built by turbulent correlations which are not well represented by a simple {alpha}-effect. During a reversal the magnetic wreaths propagate toward the polar regions, and this appears to arise from a poleward propagating dynamo wave. As the magnetic fields wax and wane in strength and flip in polarity, the primary response in the convective flows involves the axisymmetric differential rotation which varies on similar timescales. Bands of relatively fast and slow fluid propagate toward the poles on timescales of roughly 500 days and are associated with the magnetic structures that propagate in the same fashion. In the Sun, similar patterns are observed in the poleward branch of the torsional oscillations, and these may represent poleward propagating magnetic fields deep below the solar surface.

  19. NEAR-INFRARED VARIABILITY AMONG YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS IN THE STAR FORMATION REGION CYGNUS OB7

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    Wolk, Scott J.; Rice, Thomas S.; Aspin, Colin

    2013-08-20

    We present an analysis of near-infrared time-series photometry in J, H, and K bands for about 100 epochs of a 1 Degree-Sign Multiplication-Sign 1 Degree-Sign region of the Lynds 1003/1004 dark cloud in the Cygnus OB7 region. Augmented by data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, we identify 96 candidate disk bearing young stellar objects (YSOs) in the region. Of these, 30 are clearly Class I or earlier. Using the Wide-Field Imaging Camera on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, we were able to obtain photometry over three observing seasons, with photometric uncertainty better than 0.05 mag down to J Almost-Equal-To 17. We study detailed light curves and color trajectories of {approx}50 of the YSOs in the monitored field. We investigate the variability and periodicity of the YSOs and find the data are consistent with all YSOs being variable in these wavelengths on timescales of a few years. We divide the variability into four observational classes: (1) stars with periodic variability stable over long timescales, (2) variables which exhibit short-lived cyclic behavior, (3) long-duration variables, and (4) stochastic variables. Some YSO variability defies simple classification. We can explain much of the observed variability as being due to dynamic and rotational changes in the disk, including an asymmetric or changing blocking fraction, changes to the inner disk hole size, as well as changes to the accretion rate. Overall, we find that the Class I:Class II ratio of the cluster is consistent with an age of <1 Myr, with at least one individual, wildly varying source {approx}100, 000 yr old. We have also discovered a Class II eclipsing binary system with a period of 17.87 days.

  20. Keck Diffraction-Limited Imaging of the Young Quadruple Star System HD 98800

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    L. Prato; A. M. Ghez; R. K. Pina; C. M. Telesco; R. S. Fisher; P. Wizinowich; O. Lai; D. S. Acton; P. Stomski

    2000-11-10

    This paper presents diffraction-limited 1-18 micron images of the young quadruple star system HD 98800 obtained with the W. M. Keck 10-m telescopes using speckle and adaptive optics imaging at near-IR wavelengths and direct imaging at mid-IR wavelengths. The two components of the visual binary, A and B, both themselves spectroscopic binaries, were separable at all wavelengths, allowing us to determine their stellar and circumstellar properties. Combining these observations with spectroscopic data from the literature, we derive an age of 10 Myr, masses of 0.93 and 0.64 M_sun and an inclination angle of 58 deg for the spectroscopic components of HD 98800 B, and an age of 10 Myr and a mass of 1.1 M_sun for HD 98800 Aa. Our data confirm that the large mid-IR excess is entirely associated with HD 98800 B. This excess exhibits a black body temperature of 150 K and a strong 10 micron silicate emission feature. The theoretical equilibrium radius of large, perfectly absorbing, 150 K grains around HD 98800 B is 2.4 AU, suggesting a circum-spectroscopic binary distribution. Our observations set important upper limits on the size of the inner dust radius of ~2 AU (mid-IR data) and on the quantity of scattered light of 2 microns. The total mass of the dust, located in a circumbinary disk around the HD 98800 B, is >0.002 M_earth. The orbital dynamics of the A-B pair are likely responsible for the disk geometry.

  1. Subaru/COMICS Study on Silicate Dust Processing around Young Low-Mass Stars

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    Honda, Mitsuhiko; Kataza, Hirokazu; Okamoto, Yoshiko K.; Yamashita, Takuya; Min, Michiel; Miyata, Takashi; Sako, Shigeyuki; Fujiyoshi, Takuya; Sakon, Itsuki; Onaka, Takashi

    2006-08-01

    We have obtained 8-13 ?m spectra of 30 young (1-10 Myr) low-mass pre-main-sequence stars using COMICS on the 8.2 m Subaru Telescope to examine dust evolution in protoplanetary disks. Most spectra show silicate emission features of various strengths and shapes, indicative of dust processing during the different stages of protoplanetary disk evolution. We have analyzed the observed silicate emission features using a simple model previously applied to the more massive and luminous Herbig Ae/Be systems. We determined the feature strength and shape and derived the composition and typical size of the silicate dust grains. We confirm the previously reported dependency of the silicate feature strength and shape on the grain size of the amorphous silicate dust. We examine the relation between the derived dust properties and stellar and circumstellar disk parameters, such as systemic age, luminosity of H? (LH?), disk mass, and opacity power-law index ? at radio wavelengths. A possible relation is found between silicate feature strength (grain size indicator) and the LH?, which may be an indicator of accretion activity. It implies that the turbulence induced by accretion activity may be important for grain size evolution in the disk. No clear correlation between the crystallinity and the stellar/disk parameters is found. We find that on average 5%-20% in mass of the silicate dust grains is in crystalline form, irrespective of systemic age. This latter finding supports the idea that crystalline silicate is formed at an early evolutionary phase, probably at the protostellar phase, and is remaining during the later stages. Based on data collected at the Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

  2. Optical Spectroscopy of X-Ray-selected Young Stars in the Carina Nebula

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    Vaidya, Kaushar; Chen, Wen-Ping; Lee, Hsu-Tai

    2015-12-01

    We present low-resolution optical spectra for 29 X-ray sources identified as either massive star candidates or low-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) star candidates in the clusters Trumpler 16 and Trumpler 14 of the Carina Nebula. Spectra of two more objects (one with an X-ray counterpart, and one with no X-ray counterpart), not originally our targets, but found close (?3?) to two of our targets, are presented as well. Twenty early-type stars, including an O8 star, seven B1–B2 stars, two B3 stars, a B5 star, and nine emission-line stars, are identified. Eleven T Tauri stars, including eight classical T Tauri stars (CTTSs) and three weak-lined T Tauri stars, are identified. The early-type stars in our sample are more reddened compared to the previously known OB stars of the region. The Chandra hardness ratios of our T Tauri stars are found to be consistent with the Chandra hardness ratios of T Tauri stars of the Orion Nebula Cluster. Most early-type stars are found to be nonvariable in X-ray emission, except the B2 star J104518.81–594217.9, the B3 star J104507.84–594134.0, and the Ae star J104424.76–594555.0, which are possible X-ray variables. J104452.20–594155.1, a CTTS, is among the brightest and the hardest X-ray sources in our sample, appears to be a variable, and shows a strong X-ray flare. The mean optical and near-infrared photometric variability in the V and Ks bands, of all sources, is found to be ?0.04 and 0.05 mag, respectively. The T Tauri stars show significantly larger mean variation, ?0.1 mag, in the Ks band. The addition of one O star and seven B1–B2 stars reported here contributes to an 11% increase of the known OB population in the observed field. The 11 T Tauri stars are the first ever confirmed low-mass PMS stars in the Carina Nebula region.

  3. GAS SURFACE DENSITY, STAR FORMATION RATE SURFACE DENSITY, AND THE MAXIMUM MASS OF YOUNG STAR CLUSTERS IN A DISK GALAXY. I. THE FLOCCULENT GALAXY M 33

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    Gonzalez-Lopezlira, Rosa A.; Pflamm-Altenburg, Jan; Kroupa, Pavel

    2012-12-20

    We analyze the relationship between maximum cluster mass M{sub max} and surface densities of total gas ({Sigma}{sub gas}), molecular gas ({Sigma}{sub H{sub 2}}), and star formation rate ({Sigma}{sub SFR}) in the flocculent galaxy M 33, using published gas data and a catalog of more than 600 young star clusters in its disk. By comparing the radial distributions of gas and most massive cluster masses, we find that M{sub max}{proportional_to}{Sigma}{sup 4.7{+-}0.4}{sub gas}, M{sub max}{proportional_to}{Sigma}{sup 1.3{+-}0.1}{sub H{sub 2}}, and M{sub max}{proportional_to}{Sigma}{sup 1.0{+-}0.1}{sub SFR}. We rule out that these correlations result from the size of the sample; hence, the change of the maximum cluster mass must be due to physical causes.

  4. Iceland's Hekla erupts

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    One of the most active volcanos in Iceland erupted in January after 10 years of repose. Hekla, located in southern Iceland (63.98°N, 19.70°W), erupted on January 17, according to reports from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Network. The following account is from the GVN Bulletin, December 1990. (Local time = UT)On January 17 an eruption ejected tephra columns and fed numerous fluid lava flows from fissure vents. Local farmers noticed strong sulfurous smells around 1200-1300, 4-5 hours before the eruption began. Instruments, however, gave less than 40 minutes warning of the eruption.

  5. High Mass Star Formation in the Vicinity of a Young Massive Protocluster IRAS 04073+5102 (SH 209)

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    Chibueze, James

    2015-08-01

    IRAS 04073+5102 (SH 209) is a massive high mass star forming regions hosting massive protoclusters. Star formation in the vicinity of expanding HII region could toll different path from those of pristine environment. IRAS 04073+5102 (SH 209) provides an ideal region to study the influence of expanding region on the star formation activities in a region. We performed a 15-pointing mosaic observation of the region at 230 GHz with submillimeter array (SMA) and detected dust continuum emissions, 12CO, 13CO, C18O and SO. We used SMA dust continuum and CO data to identify and characterize the major filaments and cores in the complex. The brightest mm clump of 4000 M? observed at low resolution fragments into just three cores and the prominent core is an excellent candidate for a massive protocluster. Comparing of SMA images with Spitzer images, we could isolate very young filaments containing pre-protoclusters that would likely form clusters. The expanding HII region may have contributed to the formation of the observed filamentary structures and in triggering star formation in the region. We performed core-core velocity dispersion analysis of the region. Scaling the distance of our target to the distance of Orion molecular cloud (OMC), we compared star formation in both regions.

  6. Explosive Super-eruptions: Problems and Prejudices

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    Self, S.

    2010-12-01

    A super-eruption is defined as one with a magma yield > 10^15 kg (magnitude (M) 8). The term has mainly been applied to large-scale, caldera and ignimbrite-forming explosive eruptions, but it can be applied to all eruptions that released > 10^15 kg of magma. For effusive volcanism, evidence suggests that individual eruptions of this size ( > ~ 370 km^3 of typical basalt or > 450 km^3 of rhyolite flood lava) arise only during periods of LIP formation. The super-eruption concept raises interesting questions about genesis and storage of magmas that feed these vast events. Deposits of major explosive eruptions are Plinian fallout, ignimbrite sheets, and co-ignimbrite ash fall. Based on earlier suggestions and evidence, widespread outflow ignimbrite (O), co-ignimbrite ash (A), and inter-caldera ignimbrite (I) are all major components of the total super-eruption deposit and may tend towards being subequal. In super-eruption deposits, the reported volume of vent-derived Plinian eruption column fallout is often a minor component of the total volume, yet in several cases (Oruanui, Taupo, 26 ka ago, M 8.1; Bishop Tuff, 760 ka, M 8.2; Bandelier (Otowi) Tuff, 1.6 Ma, M8) it is now recognized that vent-derived columns persisted for most of the eruption. Thus, distally, the ash-fall derived from co-ignimbrite ash clouds may be mixed with contemporaneous fallout from a vertical column. Some major ignimbrites have no reported associated Plinian deposit; the huge Young Toba Tuff (YTT, 74 ka, M 8.8) is a significant example. However, the very widespread Toba ash-fall deposit constitutes ~ 40 % of the total mass of magma erupted and is presumed to be co-ignimbrite. Timing of the onset of column collapse probably controls whether a recognizable Plinian deposit is laid down. All super-eruptions probably produce extensive fallout deposits, and this is generally of vent-derived and pyroclastic-flow-derived origin. Establishing the relationships between large-scale ignimbrites and their associated ash falls is vital to ash-fall deposit generation mechanisms and the estimating total volume of magma expelled during super-eruptions. The potential impact of super-eruptions on the environment and climate is a topic of considerable interest, centered around the YTT case. Recent work suggests that the release of sulfur (S) gas, while still large by modern standards due to the huge magma volumes involved, is limited by low S solubility in silicic super-eruption magmas. The vast ash-fall deposits may, however, have considerable direct and indirect environmental effects; there is much current debate about the impact of the YTT ash fall on the Indian subcontinent. Deposits of explosive super-eruptions are widespread and considerable deposition occurs over the sea; also products are rapidly eroded on land. Moreover, it is sometimes difficult to correlate remnant patches of deposit. Accordingly, we have only a rough idea of the true erupted magma volumes of these significant events. While several super-eruption deposits have been recognized back through the Cenozoic, Paleozoic and older examples are rare and recognized usually by extensive ash-fall deposits (bentonites) or meta-volcanic deposits. Future work will provide further evidence of ancient super-eruptions; a new case from North America will be briefly discussed.

  7. Extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs around A-F type stars. VIII. A giant planet orbiting the young star HD 113337

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    Borgniet, S.; Boisse, I.; Lagrange, A.-M.; Bouchy, F.; Arnold, L.; Díaz, R. F.; Galland, F.; Delorme, P.; Hébrard, G.; Santerne, A.; Ehrenreich, D.; Ségransan, D.; Bonfils, X.; Delfosse, X.; Santos, N. C.; Forveille, T.; Moutou, C.; Udry, S.; Eggenberger, A.; Pepe, F.; Astudillo, N.; Montagnier, G.

    2014-01-01

    Aims: In the context of the search for extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs around early-type main-sequence stars we present the detection of a giant planet around the young F-type star HD 113337. We estimated the age of the system to be 150-50+100 Myr. Interestingly, an infrared excess attributed to a cold debris disk was previously detected around this star. Methods: We used the SOPHIE spectrograph on the 1.93 m telescope at Observatoire de Haute-Provence to obtain ~300 spectra over six years. We used our tool dedicated to the spectra analysis of A and F stars to derive the radial velocity variations. Results: The data reveal a period of 324.0+1.7-3.3 days that we attribute to a giant planet with a minimum mass of 2.83 ± 0.24 MJup in an eccentric orbit with e = 0.46 ± 0.04. A long-term quadratic drift, which we assign to be probably of stellar origin, is superimposed on the Keplerian solution. Based on observations made with the SOPHIE spectrograph at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (CNRS, France).Table 2 is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/561/A65

  8. Star formation in the outer Galaxy: membership and fundamental parameters of the young open cluster NGC 1893

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    Prisinzano, L; Micela, G; Caramazza, M; Guarcello, M G; Sciortino, S; Testi, L

    2010-01-01

    Different environmental conditions can play a crucial role in determining final products of the star formation process and in this context, less favorable activities of star formation are expected in the external regions of our Galaxy. We studied the properties of the young open cluster NGC 1893 located about 12 Kpc from the galactic center, to investigate how different physical conditions can affect the process of star formation. By adopting a multiwavelength approach, we compiled a catalog extending from X-rays to NIR data to derive the cluster membership. In addition, optical and NIR photometric properties are used to evaluate the cluster parameters. We find 415 diskless candidate members plus 1061 young stellar objects with a circumstellar disk or class II candidate members, 125 of which are also Halpha emitters. Considering the diskless candidate members, we find that the cluster distance is 3.6$\\pm$0.2 kpc and the mean interstellar reddening is E(B-V)=0.6$\\pm$0.1 with evidence of differential reddening ...

  9. The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign: Discovery of a Multiple System Orbiting the Young A Star HD 1160

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    Nielsen, Eric L.; Liu, Michael C.; Wahhaj, Zahed; Biller, Beth A.; Hayward, Thomas L.; Boss, Alan; Bowler, Brendan; Kraus, Adam; Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Tecza, Matthias; Chun, Mark; Clarke, Fraser; Close, Laird M.; Ftaclas, Christ; Hartung, Markus; Males, Jared R.; Reid, I. Neill; Skemer, Andrew J.; Alencar, Silvia H. P.; Burrows, Adam; de Gouveia Dal Pino, Elisabethe; Gregorio-Hetem, Jane; Kuchner, Marc; Thatte, Niranjan; Toomey, Douglas W.

    2012-05-01

    We report the discovery of two low-mass companions to the young A0V star HD 1160 at projected separations of 81 ± 5 AU (HD 1160 B) and 533 ± 25 AU (HD 1160 C) by the Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign. Very Large Telescope images of the system taken over a decade for the purpose of using HD 1160 A as a photometric calibrator confirm that both companions are physically associated. By comparing the system to members of young moving groups and open clusters with well-established ages, we estimate an age of 50+50 - 40 Myr for HD 1160 ABC. While the UVW motion of the system does not match any known moving group, the small magnitude of the space velocity is consistent with youth. Near-IR spectroscopy shows HD 1160 C to be an M3.5 ± 0.5 star with an estimated mass of 0.22+0.03 - 0.04 M ?, while NIR photometry of HD 1160 B suggests a brown dwarf with a mass of 33+12 - 9 M Jup. The very small mass ratio (0.014) between the A and B components of the system is rare for A star binaries, and would represent a planetary-mass companion were HD 1160 A to be slightly less massive than the Sun.

  10. The contribution of disks and envelopes to the millimeter continuum emission from very young low-mass stars

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    Terebey, S.; Chandler, C. J.; Andre, P.

    1993-01-01

    We investigate the question of disk formation during the protostar phase. We model the dust continuum emission from the dense cloud core using the cloud-collapse models of Terebey et al. (1984) and show that dust emission from the dense core is important when measured with large single-dish telescopes at 1.3 mm, but nearly negligible with interferometers at 2.7 mm. From published and new data, we conclude that massive disks are also seen toward a number of other sources including L1448 IRS 3, whose disk mass is estimated to be 0.5 solar mass. However, 1.3 mm data show that massive disks are relatively rare, occurring around perhaps 5 percent of young embedded stars. This implies that either massive disks occur briefly during the embedded phase or that relatively few young stars form massive disks. The median 1.3 mm flux density of IRAS-Dense cores in our sample is nearly the same as T Tauri stars in the sample of Beckwith et al. (1990). We conclude that the typical disk mass is not significantly higher during the embedded phase than during the later T Tauri phase.

  11. ON THE DYNAMICAL FORMATION OF VERY YOUNG, X-RAY EMITTING BLACK HOLE BINARIES IN DENSE STAR CLUSTERS

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    Garofali, Kristen; Converse, Joseph M.; Chandar, Rupali; Rangelov, Blagoy

    2012-08-10

    We recently discovered a population of very young ({tau} {approx}< 6-8 Myr), X-ray emitting black hole binaries (BHBs) in the nearby starburst galaxy NGC 4449. These BHBs are located within or near to very young star clusters, indicating that they form within the clusters, but that some fraction are dynamically ejected. Here we present results from a suite of N-body simulations of N = 16,384 ({approx}6000 M{sub Sun }) star clusters, similar to the masses of BHB hosts in NGC 4449, through the first 10 Myr of their lives. Our goal is to determine whether dynamical interactions are responsible for the observed population of BHBs in NGC 4449. Our simulations span a wide range of initial size and density profiles, both with and without primordial mass segregation, testing both realistic initial conditions and extreme ones. We find that clusters without primordial mass segregation only dynamically produce BHBs within 10 Myr when they are extremely compact and centrally concentrated. Preliminary results that include primordial binaries support this conclusion. The introduction of strong primordial mass segregation, however, greatly increases the rapidity with which the binaries form, although these are still not tight enough that they will emit X-rays. We conclude that X-ray emitting BHBs are unlikely to form dynamically in clusters of this mass under realistic conditions. Instead, they probably originate from binaries that contain two massive stars with small orbital separations, which are present from the cluster's birth.

  12. THE GEMINI NICI PLANET-FINDING CAMPAIGN: DISCOVERY OF A MULTIPLE SYSTEM ORBITING THE YOUNG A STAR HD 1160

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    Nielsen, Eric L.; Liu, Michael C.; Wahhaj, Zahed; Bowler, Brendan; Kraus, Adam; Chun, Mark; Ftaclas, Christ; Biller, Beth A.; Hayward, Thomas L.; Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Tecza, Matthias; Clarke, Fraser; Close, Laird M.; Hartung, Markus; Males, Jared R.; Skemer, Andrew J.; Reid, I. Neill; Alencar, Silvia H. P.; Burrows, Adam; and others

    2012-05-01

    We report the discovery of two low-mass companions to the young A0V star HD 1160 at projected separations of 81 {+-} 5 AU (HD 1160 B) and 533 {+-} 25 AU (HD 1160 C) by the Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign. Very Large Telescope images of the system taken over a decade for the purpose of using HD 1160 A as a photometric calibrator confirm that both companions are physically associated. By comparing the system to members of young moving groups and open clusters with well-established ages, we estimate an age of 50{sup +50}{sub -40} Myr for HD 1160 ABC. While the UVW motion of the system does not match any known moving group, the small magnitude of the space velocity is consistent with youth. Near-IR spectroscopy shows HD 1160 C to be an M3.5 {+-} 0.5 star with an estimated mass of 0.22{sup +0.03}{sub -0.04} M{sub Sun }, while NIR photometry of HD 1160 B suggests a brown dwarf with a mass of 33{sup +12}{sub -9} M{sub Jup}. The very small mass ratio (0.014) between the A and B components of the system is rare for A star binaries, and would represent a planetary-mass companion were HD 1160 A to be slightly less massive than the Sun.

  13. An Extraordinary Cluster of Massive Young Stars in the Milky Way's Nucleus

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    Serabyn, E.; Shupe, D.; Figer, D. F.

    1998-01-01

    The mass distribution of newborn stars is key to the evolution of galaxies, as it determines whether a galaxy's interstellar medium is funneled predominantly into dim, long-lived, low-mass stars, as is the case in normal galactic disks, or into bright, short-lived, massive stars, as is perhaps the case in starburst nuclei.

  14. The Chemistry and Magnetism of Young and Old Intermediate-mass Stars Observed with CRIRES

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    Hubrig, S.; Cowley, C. R.; Castelli, F.; González, J. F.; Wolff, B.; Elkin, V. G.; Mathys, G.; Schöller, M.

    2012-06-01

    In contrast to the case for the late-type stars, our knowledge of atomic transitions in intermediate-mass chemically peculiar stars and in Herbig Ae/Be stars is still quite poor. This is especially true in the infrared region of the spectrum. The recent availability of ESO's high-resolution spectrograph CRIRES now offers the opportunity to study numerous spectral features in the near-infrared spectra of these types of stars. Example observations are presented and the chemistry and magnetic field properties are discussed. During these studies a CO ring was detected around the Herbig Ae star HD 101412.

  15. Age-Related Observations of Low Mass Pre-Main and Young Main Sequence Stars (Invited Review)

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    Lynne A. Hillenbrand

    2008-12-06

    This overview summarizes the age dating methods available for young sub-solar mass stars. Pre-main sequence age diagnostics include the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram, spectroscopic surface gravity indicators, and lithium depletion; asteroseismology is also showing recent promise. Near and beyond the zero-age main sequence, rotation period or vsini and activity (coronal and chromospheric) diagnostics along with lithium depletion serve as age proxies. Other authors in this volume present more detail in each of the aforementioned areas. Herein, I focus on pre-main sequence HR diagrams and address the questions: Do empirical young cluster isochrones match theoretical isochrones? Do isochrones predict stellar ages consistent with those derived via other independent techniques? Do the observed apparent luminosity spreads at constant effective temperature correspond to true age spreads? While definitive answers to these questions are not provided, some methods of progression are outlined.

  16. Population Synthesis of Young Isolated Neutron Stars: The Effect of Fallback Disk Accretion and Magnetic Field Evolution

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    Fu, Lei; Li, Xiang-Dong

    2013-10-01

    The spin evolution of isolated neutron stars (NSs) is dominated by their magnetic fields. The measured braking indices of young NSs show that the spin-down mechanism due to magnetic dipole radiation with constant magnetic fields is inadequate. Assuming that the NS magnetic field is buried by supernova fallback matter and re-emerges after accretion stops, we carry out a Monte Carlo simulation of the evolution of young NSs, and show that most of the pulsars have braking indices ranging from -1 to 3. The results are compatible with the observational data of NSs associated with supernova remnants. They also suggest that the initial spin periods of NSs might occupy a relatively wide range.

  17. Non-LTE modeling of the structure and spectra of hot accretion spots on the surface of young stars

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    Dodin, A. V.

    2015-05-01

    The results of modeling the structure and spectra of hot accretion spots on the surface of young stars with allowance made for the departures from LTE for hydrogen and helium are presented. The existence of ram pressure of the infalling gas at the outer boundary of the hot spot has been found to lead to Stark broadening of the hydrogen line profiles to ˜1000 km s-1 at the accretion parameters considered. It is shown that allowance for the departures from LTE for carbon and oxygen atoms and ions does not lead to noticeable changes in the structure of the hot spot.

  18. An Icy Kuiper-Belt Around the Young Solar-Type Star HD 181327

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    Lebreton, J.; Augereau, J.-C.; Thi, W.-F.; Roberge, A.; Donaldson, J.; Schneider, G.; Maddison, S. T.; Menard, F.; Riviere-Marichalar, P.; Mathews, G. S.; Kamp, I.; Pinte, C.; Dent, W. R. F.; Barrado, D.; Duchene, G.; Gonzalez, J.-F.; Grady, C. A.; Meeus, G.; Pantin, E.; Williams, J. P.; Woitke, P.

    2011-01-01

    HD 181327 is a young Main Sequence F5/F6 V star belonging to the Beta Pictoris moving group (age approx 12 Myr). It harbors an optically thin belt of circumstellar material at approx90 AU, presumed to result from collisions in a populat.ion of unseen planetesimals. Aims. We aim to study the dust properties in the belt in great details, and to constrain the gas-to-dust ratio. Methods. We obtained far-IR photometric observations of HD 181327 with the PACS instrument onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, complemented by new 3.2 nun observations carried with the ATCA array. The geometry of the belt is constrained with newly reduced HST /NICMOS scattered light images that break the degeneracy between the disk geometry and the dust properties. We then use the radiative transfer code GRaTer to compute a large grid of dust models, and we apply a Bayesian inference method to identify the grain models that best reproduce the SED. We attempt to detect the oxygen and ionized carbon fine-structure lines with Herschel/PACS spectroscopy, providing observables to our photochemical code ProDiMo. Results. The HST observations confirm that the dust is confined in a narrow belt. The continuum is detected with Herschel/PACS completing nicely the SED in the far-infrared. The disk is marginally resolved with both PACS and ATCA. A medium integration of the gas spectral lines only provides upper limits on the [OI] and [CII] line fluxes. We show that the HD 181327 dust disk consists of micron-sized grains of porous amorphous silicates and carbonaceous material surrounded by an import.ant layer of ice for a total dust mass of approx 0.05 stellar Mass. We discuss evidences that the grains consists of fluffy aggregates. The upper limits on the gas atomic lines do not provide unambiguous constraints: only if the PAH abundance is high, the gas mass must be lower than approx 17 Stellar Mass Conclusions. Despite the weak constraints on the gas disk, the age of HD 181327 and the properties of the dust disk suggest that it has passed the stage of gaseous planets formation. The dust reveals a population of icy planetesimals, similar to the primitive Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, that may be a source for the future delivery of water and volatiles onto forming terrestrial planets.

  19. An Icy Kuiper Belt Around the Young Solar-type Star HD 181327

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    Lebreton, J.; Augereau, J.-C.; Thi, W.-F.; Roberge, A.; Donaldson, J; Schneider, G.; Maddison, S. T.; Menard, F.; Riviere-Marichalar, P.; Matthews, G. S.; Kamp, I.; Pinte, C.; Dent, W. R. F.; Barrado, D.; Duchene, G.; Gonzalez, J.-F.; Grady C. A.; Meeus,G.; Pantin, E.; Williams, J. P.; Woitke, P.

    2012-01-01

    Context. HD 181327 is a young main sequence F5/F6 V star belonging to the Beta Pictoris moving group (age approx.. 12 Myr). It harbors an optically thin belt of circumstellar material at radius approx.. 90 AU, presumed to result from collisions in a population of unseen planetesimals. Aims. We aim to study the dust properties in the belt in details, and to constrain the gas-to-dust ratio. Methods. We obtained far-infrared photometric observations of HD 181327 with the PACS instrument onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, complemented by new 3.2 mm observations carried with the ATCA array. The geometry of the belt is constrained with newly reduced HST/NICMOS scattered light images that allow the degeneracy between the disk geometry and the dust properties to be broken. We then use the radiative transfer code GRaTeR to compute a large grid of models, and we identify the grain models that best reproduce the spectral energy distribution (SED) through a Bayesian analysis. We attempt to detect the oxygen and ionized carbon fine-structure lines with Herschel/PACS spectroscopy, providing observables to our photochemical code ProDiMo. Results. The HST observations confirm that the dust is confined in a narrow belt. The continuum is detected with Herschel/PACS completing nicely the SED in the far-infrared. The disk is marginally resolved with both PACS and ATCA. A medium integration of the gas spectral lines only provides upper limits on the [OI] and [CII] line fluxes.We show that the HD 181327 dust disk consists of micron-sized grains of porous amorphous silicates and carbonaceous material surrounded by an important layer of ice, for a total dust mass of approx.. 0.05 Solar Mass (in grains up to 1 mm). We discuss evidences that the grains consists of fluffy aggregates. The upper limits on the gas atomic lines do not provide unambiguous constraints: only if the PAH abundance is high, the gas mass must be lower than approx. 17 Solar Mass. Conclusions. Despite the weak constraints on the gas disk, the age of HD 181327 and the properties of the dust disk suggest that it has passed the stage of gaseous planets formation. The dust reveals a population of icy planetesimals, similar to the primitive Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, that may be a source for the future delivery of water and volatiles onto forming terrestrial planets.

  20. Causes of supervolcano eruptions

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    Stix, J.; Girard, G.; Kennedy, B. M.; Hanson, J. B.; Campbell, M. E.; Wilcock, J.

    2009-12-01

    Large explosive eruptions commonly form caldera depressions and emit hundreds to thousands of cubic kilometres of silicic magma. They have profound local, regional, and global impacts. Despite the significance of these eruptions, little is known about the conditions under which large caldera-forming eruptions occur, in particular the underlying causes, the driving mechanisms, and the trigger or triggers. To address these issues, we have undertaken a series of analogue experiments and numerical calculations designed to elucidate linkages among subsurface magma behaviour, caldera collapse dynamics, and large volcanic eruptions. Here we show that five complementary prerequisites are required to generate and sustain a supervolcano eruption. (1) Recharge by mafic and/or silicic magma into a shallow reservoir destabilizes the system, generates overpressure, and partially melts resident crystallized magma. (2) A quantity of low-viscosity liquid magma must be present in the reservoir prior to the eruption, either as resident material or from recharge magma and partial melting. (3) Once the eruption is initiated, this mobile magma flows at high rates to the surface, inducing catastrophic caldera collapse. (4) A shallow magma reservoir facilitates caldera collapse during early stages of the eruption. (5) Subsidence of the caldera stirs and mixes magma in the conduits and reservoir, causing focused flow of magma which can potentially intensify the eruption. These five conditions ensure that a caldera-forming eruption will be large and sustained.

  1. Optically Visible Post-AGB Stars, Post-RGB Stars and Young Stellar Objects in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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    Kamath, Devika; Van Winckel, Hans

    2015-01-01

    We have carried out a search for optically visible post-Asymptotic Giant Branch (post-AGB) stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). First, we selected candidates with a mid-IR excess and then obtained their optical spectra. We disentangled contaminants with unique spectra such as M-stars, C-stars, planetary nebulae, quasi-stellar objects and background galaxies. Subsequently, we performed a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the remaining candidates to estimate their stellar parameters such as effective temperature, surface gravity (log g), metallicity ([Fe/H]), reddening and their luminosities. This resulted in a sample of 35 likely post-AGB candidates with late-G to late-A spectral types, low log g, and [Fe/H] Teff, log g, [Fe/H]) similar to those of post-A...

  2. Young stars in the Camelopardalis dust and molecular clouds. V. More YSOs confirmed spectroscopically

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    Corbally, C J

    2009-01-01

    Far red spectra for 22 stars in the Camelopardalis and the northern Perseus dark clouds, suspected to be pre-main-sequence objects (YSOs), are obtained. This evolutionary status is confirmed for ten stars located in the dust and molecular cloud close to the high-mass protostar GL 490, four stars near the H II region Sh2-205 and one star in the dark cloud TGU 1041. All of these objects exhibit emission in the H alpha line and some of them emission in the O I and Ca II lines. The spectral energy distributions, equivalent widths of the emission lines and approximate spectral classes are determined. Evolutionary stages of the stars are estimated from 2MASS, IRAS and MSX infrared photometry. Now we have spectral confirmation of the YSO status for 14 stars in the GL 490 area and 8 stars at Sh2-205. Their spectral types are from A to K, but most of them are either Herbig Ae stars or intermediate objects between T Tauri type and Herbig stars. Both these star forming regions are located near the outer edge of the Loca...

  3. Limits of detection in debris disks around young stars with NaCo/Sparse Aperture Masking observations

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    Gauchet, L.; Lacour, S.

    2014-09-01

    To understand the formation and evolution of solar systems and planets formations in the stars neighbourhood, we need to obtain information of their state at different time of their evolution. Here, we focus on debris disks around young stars aged of ten to few tens of Myr, we analyze NaCo/Sparse Aperture Masking (SAM) observations in the L' band (3.8 ?m) of eight objects (beta Pictoris, AU Mic, 49 Ceti, eta Tel, Fomalhaut, G Lupi, HD182327 and HR8799). The aim is to get limits of detection about the mass of the debris orbiting around their stars. The SAM technique consists in transforming a single telescope into a Fizeau interferometer using a non redundant mask inserted in a pupil plane of the instrument. The analysis of the observations was completed with the sparse aperture mode pipeline. Interference fringes are fitted to obtain complex visibilities of the object, then the closure phases are calibrated and evaluated. Finally, a map of the detection limits is obtained as it is related to the closure phases previously estimated. In order to obtain an estimation of the mass corresponding to the luminosity measured with the reduction pipeline we are using theoretical isochrones interpolated into synthetic color tables. The results are maps of detection limits in unit of Jupiter Mass in a range of up to 450 mas around the stars.

  4. The evolution of surface magnetic fields in young solar-type stars I: the first 250 Myr

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    Folsom, C P; Bouvier, J; Lèbre, A; Amard, L; Palacios, A; Morin, J; Donati, J -F; Jeffers, S V; Marsden, S C; Vidotto, A A

    2016-01-01

    The surface rotation rates of young solar-type stars vary rapidly with age from the end of the pre-main sequence through the early main sequence. Important changes in the dynamos operating in these stars may result from this evolution, which should be observable in their surface magnetic fields. Here we present a study aimed at observing the evolution of these magnetic fields through this critical time period. We observed stars in open clusters and stellar associations of known ages, and used Zeeman Doppler Imaging to characterize their complex magnetic large-scale fields. Presented here are results for 15 stars, from 5 associations, with ages from 20 to 250 Myr, masses from 0.7 to 1.2 solar masses, and rotation periods from 0.4 to 6 days. We find complex large-scale magnetic field geometries, with global average strengths from 14 to 140 G. There is a clear trend towards decreasing average large-scale magnetic field strength with age, and a tight correlation between magnetic field strength and Rossby number. ...

  5. The dynamical importance of binary systems in young massive star clusters

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    de Grijs, Richard; Geller, Aaron M

    2015-01-01

    Characterization of the binary fractions in star clusters is of fundamental importance for many fields in astrophysics. Observations indicate that the majority of stars are found in binary systems, while most stars with masses greater than $0.5 M_\\odot$ are formed in star clusters. In addition, since binaries are on average more massive than single stars, in resolved star clusters these systems are thought to be good tracers of (dynamical) mass segregation. Over time, dynamical evolution through two-body relaxation will cause the most massive objects to migrate to the cluster center, while the relatively lower-mass objects remain in or migrate to orbits at greater radii. This process will globally dominate a cluster's stellar distribution. However, close encounters involving binary systems may disrupt `soft' binaries. This process will occur more frequently in a cluster's central, dense region than in its periphery, which may mask the effects of mass segregation. Using high resolution Hubble Space Telescope o...

  6. YOUNG STARS NEAR EARTH: THE OCTANS-NEAR ASSOCIATION AND CASTOR MOVING GROUP

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    Zuckerman, B.; Vican, Laura; Song, Inseok; Schneider, Adam E-mail: lvican@ucla.edu E-mail: Adam.Schneider@Utoledo.edu

    2013-11-20

    All cataloged stellar moving groups and associations with ages ?100 Myr and within 100 pc of Earth have Galactic space motions (UVW) situated in a 'good box' with dimensions ?20 km s{sup –1} on a side. Torres et al. defined the Octans Association as a group of 15 stars with age '20 Myr?' and located ?140 pc from Earth, but with average V space velocity –3.6 km s{sup –1} that is well outside of the good box. We present a list of 14 Hipparcos star systems within 100 pc of Earth that we call {sup O}ctans-Near{sup ;} these systems have UVW similar to those of the much more distant Octans Association. The Octans-Near stars have apparent ages between about 30 and 100 Myr and their relationship to the Octans Association stars is unclear. Six additional star systems have UVW similar to those of Octans-Near stars and likely ages ?200 Myr. These six systems include the late-type binary star EQ Peg—6.2 pc from Earth with likely age ?100 Myr and thus likely to be the nearest known pre-main sequence star system. The UVW of stars in a previously proposed ?200 Myr old Castor moving group are not too dissimilar from the UVW of Octans-Near stars. However, stars in the Castor group—if it exists at all—are mostly substantially older than 200 Myr and thus generally can readily be distinguished from the much younger Octans-Near stars.

  7. A TREASURY STUDY OF STAR-FORMING REGIONS IN THE LOCAL GROUP. I. HST PHOTOMETRY OF YOUNG POPULATIONS IN SIX DWARF GALAXIES

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    Bianchi, Luciana; Efremova, Boryana; Hodge, Paul; Massey, Philip; Olsen, K. A. G.

    2012-03-15

    We present a comprehensive study of young stellar populations in six dwarf galaxies in or near the Local Group: Phoenix, Pegasus, Sextans A, Sextans B, WLM, and NGC 6822. Their star-forming regions, selected from GALEX wide-field far-UV imaging, were imaged (at sub-pc resolution) with the WFPC2 camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in six bandpasses from far-UV to I to detect and characterize their hot massive star content. This study is part of HST treasury survey program HST-GO-11079; the general data characteristics and reduction procedures are detailed in this paper and results are presented for the first six galaxies. From a total of 180 HST images, we provide catalogs of the multi-band stellar photometry and derive the physical parameters of massive stars by analyzing it with model-atmosphere colors. We use the results to infer ages, number of massive stars, extinction, and spatial characteristics of the young stellar populations. The hot massive star content varies largely across our galaxy sample, from an inconspicuous presence in Phoenix and Pegasus to the highest relative abundance of young massive stars in Sextans A and WLM. Albeit to a largely varying extent, most galaxies show a very young population (a few Myrs, except for Phoenix), and older ones (a few 10{sup 7} years in Sextans A, Sextans B, NGC 6822, and WLM, {approx}10{sup 8}yr in Phoenix and Pegasus), suggesting discrete bursts of recent star formation in the mapped regions. The hot massive star content (indicative of the young populations) broadly correlates with the total galaxy stellar mass represented by the integrated optical magnitude, although it varies by a factor of {approx}3 between Sextans A, WLM, and Sextans B, which have similar M{sub V}. Extinction properties are also derived.

  8. THE BEHAVIOR OF NOVAE LIGHT CURVES BEFORE ERUPTION

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    Collazzi, Andrew C.; Schaefer, Bradley E.; Xiao Limin; Pagnotta, Ashley; Kroll, Peter; Loechel, Klaus; Henden, Arne A.

    2009-12-15

    In 1975, E. R. Robinson conducted the hallmark study of the behavior of classical nova light curves before eruption, and this work has now become part of the standard knowledge of novae. He made three points: 5 out of 11 novae showed pre-eruption rises in the years before eruption, one nova (V446 Her) showed drastic changes in the variability across eruptions, and all but one of the novae (excepting BT Mon) have the same quiescent magnitudes before and after the outburst. This work has not been tested since it came out. We have now tested these results by going back to the original archival photographic plates and measuring large numbers of pre-eruption magnitudes for many novae using comparison stars on a modern magnitude scale. We find in particular that four out of five claimed pre-eruption rises are due to simple mistakes in the old literature, that V446 Her has the same amplitude of variations across its 1960 eruption, and that BT Mon has essentially unchanged brightness across its 1939 eruption. Out of 22 nova eruptions, we find two confirmed cases of significant pre-eruption rises (for V533 Her and V1500 Cyg), while T CrB has a deep pre-eruption dip. These events are a challenge to theorists. We find no significant cases of changes in variability across 27 nova eruptions beyond what is expected due to the usual fluctuations seen in novae away from eruptions. For 30 classical novae plus 19 eruptions from 6 recurrent novae, we find that the average change in magnitude from before the eruption to long after the eruption is 0.0 mag. However, we do find five novae (V723 Cas, V1500 Cyg, V1974 Cyg, V4633 Sgr, and RW UMi) that have significantly large changes, in that the post-eruption quiescent brightness level is over ten times brighter than the pre-eruption level. These large post-eruption brightenings are another challenge to theorists.

  9. Bright hot impacts by erupted fragments falling back on the Sun: a template for stellar accretion.

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    Reale, Fabio; Orlando, Salvatore; Testa, Paola; Peres, Giovanni; Landi, Enrico; Schrijver, Carolus J

    2013-07-19

    Impacts of falling fragments observed after the eruption of a filament in a solar flare on 7 June 2011 are similar to those inferred for accretion flows on young stellar objects. As imaged in the ultraviolet (UV)-extreme UV range by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory, many impacts of dark, dense matter display uncommonly intense, compact brightenings. High-resolution hydrodynamic simulations show that such bright spots, with plasma temperatures increasing from ~10(4) to ~10(6) kelvin, occur when high-density plasma (>10(10) particles per cubic centimeter) hits the solar surface at several hundred kilometers per second, producing high-energy emission as in stellar accretion. The high-energy emission comes from the original fragment material and is heavily absorbed by optically thick plasma, possibly explaining the lower mass accretion rates inferred from x-rays relative to UV-optical-near infrared observations of young stars. PMID:23788734

  10. An Assessment of HR Diagram Constraints on Ages and Age Spreads in Star-Forming Regions and Young Clusters

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    Lynne A. Hillenbrand; Amber Bauermeister; Russel J. White

    2007-03-26

    Pre-main sequence evolutionary theory is not well-calibrated to observations. With care, the observed quantities can be converted into effective temperature and luminosity (i.e. the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram) which the theoretical calculations also predict as a function of stellar mass and age. For a sample of nearby young stellar clusters and associations ranging in age from 100 Myr, we have tested the loci of luminosity as a function of effective temperature against various sets of predicted pre-main sequence isochrones. As we found in Hillenbrand & White (2004) which tested stellar masses, here for the stellar ages there are two conclusions: some evolutionary calculations fare better than others in reproducing the empirical sequences, and systematic differences between all pre-main sequence evolutionary calculations and the data are apparent. We also simulate hypothetical clusters of varying star formation history and compare the resulting HR diagram predictions to observed clusters. Our efforts are directed towards quantitative assessment of **apparent** luminosity spreads in star forming regions and young clusters, which are often erroneously interpreted as **true** luminosity spreads indicative of **true** age spreads.

  11. On the absence of young white dwarf companions to five technetium stars

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    Smith, Verne V.; Lambert, David L.

    1987-01-01

    A search for hot companions to five stars of type MS and S has been carried out using the IUE satellite. No hot companions were detected for the MS stars HR 85, 4647, 6702, and 8062, and the S star HR 8714. Limits on the luminosities of possible white dwarf companions provide lower limits of 2-5x10 to the 8th yr to the ages of any degenerate companions. All five stars exhibit strong Tc I lines, and the presence of technetium, with a half-life of 2.1x10 to the 5th yr, signifies recent nucleosynthesis. The limits on the ages of possible white dwarf companions that are equal to or greater than 1000 half-lives of Tc exclude the possibility that the s-process elemental enhancement seen in these MS and S stars resulted from mass transfer from a more highly evolved companion (as is probably the mechanism by which barium stars are created). These MS and S stars represent a sample of true thermally pulsing asymptotic giant-branch stars.

  12. The Distribution of Main Sequence and Premain Sequence Stars in the Young Anticenter Cluster NGC 2401

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    Davidge, T. J.

    2015-10-01

    Images obtained with the Gemini Multiobject Spectrograph on Gemini South are used to examine the photometric properties and spatial distributions of main sequence (MS) and premain sequence (PMS) objects in the star cluster NGC 2401. The data sample several magnitudes fainter than previous studies and a large population of candidate PMS (cPMS) stars are identified. The cPMS stars are traced out to 2.4' from the cluster center and have a flatter spatial distribution than the brightest MS stars near the cluster center. The luminosity function of all MS and candidate PMS stars can be matched by a model that assumes a solar neighborhood mass function, suggesting that NGC 2401 has not yet shed significant numbers of members with masses ?0.5 M?. The frequency of wide binaries among the MS stars is ˜3× higher than among the cPMS stars. It is argued that the difference in the spatial distributions of MS and PMS objects is not the consequence of secular dynamical evolution or structural evolution driven by near-catastrophic mass loss. Rather, it is suggested that the different spatial distributions of these objects is the fossil imprint of primordial subclustering that arises naturally if massive stars form preferentially in the highest density central regions of a protocluster.

  13. Virus Calculated as Culprit Killing Sea Stars By Ben Young Landis

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    their bodies as if a heat gun were melting them from the inside. The "Sea Star Wasting Disease" behind Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Park Service- brantly colored, active predators, like this giant sea star (Pisaster giganteus) capturing a cowrie snail

  14. The star fish twins: Two young planetary nebulae with extreme multipolar morphology

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    Sahai, R.

    2000-01-01

    We present alpha images of two objects, He 2-47 and M1-37, obtained during a Hubble Space Telescope imaging survey of young planetary nebulae (PNs) selected on the basis of their low-excitation characteristics.

  15. Search for x ray emitting young stars outside of massive molecular clouds

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    Feigelson, Eric D.

    1991-01-01

    This project is intended to determine whether X-ray surveys of the sky can uncover previously unrecognized populations of pre-main sequence stars outside of large well-known star forming regions. X-ray observations of large regions such as the Taurus-Auriga complex, Orion molecular cloud, Ophiuchi and Chamaeleon clouds had revealed that low mass pre-main sequence emit X-rays 10(exp 2)-10(exp 4) above main sequence levels, and that X-ray surveys select a large population of 'weak' T Tauri stars that are not easily found in traditional optical and infrared surveys. The present project sought to find 'weak' T Tauri stars around smaller and more distant molecular clouds. X-ray surveys potentially could elucidate the star forming capabilities of small clouds, which are not well understood.

  16. WeBo 1: A Young Barium Star Surrounded by a Ring-Like Planetary Nebula

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    Howard E. Bond; Don L. Pollacco; Ronald F. Webbink

    2002-09-19

    WeBo 1 (PN G135.6+01.0), a previously unrecognized planetary nebula with a remarkable thin-ring morphology, was discovered serendipitously on Digitized Sky Survey images. The central star is found to be a late-type giant with overabundances of carbon and s-process elements. The giant is chromospherically active and photometrically variable, with a probable period of 4.7 days; this suggests that the star is spotted, and that 4.7 days is its rotation period. We propose a scenario in which one component of a binary system became an AGB star with a dense stellar wind enriched in C and s-process elements; a portion of the wind was accreted by the companion, contaminating its atmosphere and spinning up its rotation. The AGB star has now become a hot subdwarf, leaving the optical companion as a freshly contaminated barium star inside an ionized planetary nebula.

  17. The young low-mass star ISO-Oph-50: extreme variability induced by a clumpy, evolving circumstellar disc

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    Scholz, Alexander; Muži?, Koraljka; Geers, Vincent

    2015-07-01

    ISO-Oph-50 is a young low-mass object in the ˜1 Myr old Ophiuchus star-forming region undergoing dramatic changes in its optical/near/mid-infrared brightness by 2-4 mag. We present new multi-band photometry and near-infrared spectra, combined with a synopsis of the existing literature data. Based on the spectroscopy, the source is confirmed as a mid-M dwarf, with evidence for ongoing accretion. The near-infrared light curves show large-scale variations, with 2-4 mag amplitude in the bands IJHK, with the object generally being bluer when faint. Near its brightest state, the object shows colour changes consistent with variable extinction of ?AV ˜ 7 mag. High-cadence monitoring at 3.6 ?m reveals quasi-periodic variations with a typical time-scale of 1-2 weeks. The best explanation for these characteristics is a low-mass star seen through circumstellar matter, whose complex variability is caused by changing inhomogeneities in the inner parts of the disc. When faint, the direct stellar emission is blocked; the near-infrared radiation is dominated by scattered light. When bright, the emission is consistent with a photosphere strongly reddened by circumstellar dust. Based on the available constraints, the inhomogeneities have to be located at or beyond ˜0.1 au distance from the star. If this scenario turns out to be correct, a major portion of the inner disc has to be clumpy, structured, and/or in turmoil. In its observational characteristics, this object resembles other types of young stellar objects with variability caused in the inner disc. Compared to other objects, however, ISO-Oph-50 is clearly an extreme case, given the large amplitude of the brightness and colour changes combined with the erratic behaviour. ISO-Oph-50 has been near its brightest state since 2013; further monitoring is highly encouraged.

  18. CSI 2264: Characterizing Young Stars in NGC 2264 with Short-Duration, Periodic Flux Dips in their Light Curves

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    Stauffer, John; McGinnis, Pauline; Rebull, Luisa; Hillenbrand, Lynne A; Turner, Neal J; Carpenter, John; Plavchan, Peter; Carey, Sean; Terebey, Susan; Morales-Calderón, María; Alencar, Silvia H P; Bouvier, Jerome; Venuti, Laura; Hartmann, Lee; Calvet, Nuria; Micela, Giusi; Flaccomio, Ettore; Song, Inseok; Gutermuth, Rob; Barrado, David; Vrba, Frederick J; Covey, Kevin; Padgett, Debbie; Herbst, William; Gillen, Edward; Lyra, Wladimir; Guimaraes, Marcelo Medeiros; Bouy, Herve; Favata, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    We identify nine young stellar objects (YSOs) in the NGC 2264 star-forming region with optical {\\em CoRoT} light curves exhibiting short-duration, shallow, periodic flux dips. All of these stars have infrared (IR) excesses that are consistent with their having inner disk walls near the Keplerian co-rotation radius. The repeating photometric dips have FWHM generally less than one day, depths almost always less than 15%, and periods (3stars, we also measure the photospheric rotation period and find that the rotation and dip periods are the same, as predicted by standard "disk-locking" models. We attribute these flux dips to clumps of material in or near the inner disk wall, passing through our line of sight to the stellar photosphere. In so...

  19. From Stars to Super-Planets: The Low-Mass IMF in the Young Cluster IC348

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    Najita, Joan R.; Tiede, Glenn P.; Carr, John S.

    2000-01-01

    We investigate the low-mass population of the young cluster IC348 down to the deuterium-burning limit, a fiducial boundary between brown dwarf and planetary mass objects, using a new and innovative method for the spectral classification of late-type objects. Using photometric indices, constructed from HST/NICMOS narrow-band imaging, that measure the strength of the 1.9 micron water band, we determine the spectral type and reddening for every M-type star in the field, thereby separating cluster members from the interloper population. Due to the efficiency of our spectral classification technique, our study is complete from approximately 0.7 solar mass to 0.015 solar mass. The mass function derived for the cluster in this interval, dN/d log M alpha M(sup 0.5), is similar to that obtained for the Pleiades, but appears significantly more abundant in brown dwarfs than the mass function for companions to nearby sun-like stars. This provides compelling observational evidence for different formation and evolutionary histories for substellar objects formed in isolation vs. as companions. Because our determination of the IMF is complete to very low masses, we can place interesting constraints on the role of physical processes such as fragmentation in the star and planet formation process and the fraction of dark matter in the Galactic halo that resides in substellar objects.

  20. M-DWARF RAPID ROTATORS AND THE DETECTION OF RELATIVELY YOUNG MULTIPLE M-STAR SYSTEMS

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    Swift, J.

    We have searched the Kepler light curves of ~3900 M-star targets for evidence of periodicities that indicate, by means of the effects of starspots, rapid stellar rotation. Several analysis techniques, including Fourier ...

  1. Star warriors: The young scientists who are inventing the weaponry of space

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    Broad, W.J.

    1985-01-01

    Broad's account of a week spent at Livermore nuclear lab in California offers a picture of the breakthrough weaponry-their theoretical origins and technology-that gave rise to the President's ''Star Wars'' proposal.

  2. Initiation of Solar Eruptions

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    Sterling, Alphonse C.; Moore, Ronald L.

    2007-01-01

    We consider processes occurring just prior to and at the start of the onset of flare- and CME-producing solar eruptions. Our recent work uses observations of filament motions around the time of eruption onset as a proxy for the evolution of the fields involved in the eruption. Frequently the filaments show a slow rise prior to fast eruption, indicative of a slow expansion of the field that is about co explode. Work by us and others suggests that reconnection involving emerging or canceling flux results in a lengthening of fields restraining the filament-carrying field, and the consequent upward expansion of the field in and around the filament produces the filament's slow rise: that is, the reconnection weakens the magnetic "tethers" ("tether-weakening" reconnection), and results in the slow rise of the filament. It is still inconclusive, however, what mechanism is responsible for the switch from the slow rise to the fast eruption.

  3. The SEEDS High-Contrast Imaging Survey: Exoplanet and Brown Dwarf Survey for Nearby Young Stars Dated with Gyrochronology and Activity Age Indicators

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    Kuzuhara, Masayuki; Tamura, Motohide; Helminiak, Kris; Mede, Kyle; Brandt, Timothy; Janson, Markus; Kandori, Ryo; Kudo, Tomoyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko; Hashimoto, Jun

    2015-12-01

    The SEEDS campaign has successfully discovered and characterized exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and circumstellar disks since it began in 2009, via the direct imaging technique. The survey has targeted nearby young stars, as well as stars associated to star-forming regions, the Pleiades open cluster, moving groups, and debris disks. We selected the nearby young stars that have been dated with age indicators based on stellar rotation periods (i.e., gyrochronology) and chromoshperic/coronal activities. Of these, nearly 40 were observed, with ages mainly between 100 and 1000 Myr and distances less than 40 pc. Our observations typically attain the contrast of ~6 x 10–6 at 1'' and better than ~1 x 10–6 beyond 2'', enabling us to detect a planetary-mass companion even around such old stars. Indeed, the SEEDS team reported the discovery that the nearby Sun-like star GJ 504 hosts a Jovian companion GJ 504b, which has a mass of 3-8.5 Jupiter masses that is inferred according to the hot-start cooling models and our estimated system age of 100-510 Myr. The remaining observations out of the selected ~40 stars have resulted in no detection of additional planets or brown dwarf companions. Meanwhile, we have newly imaged a low-mass stellar companion orbiting the G-type star HIP 10321, for which the presence of companion was previously announced via radial velocity technique. The astrometry and radial velocity measurements are simultaneously analyzed to determine the orbit, providing constraints on the dynamical mass of both objects and stellar evolution models. Here we summarize our direct imaging observations for the nearby young stars dated with gyrochrolorogy and activity age indicators. Furthermore, we report the analysis for the HIP 10321 system with the imaged low-mass companion.

  4. Infrared Spectra of Young Stars Embedded in the R Coronae Australis Cloud MICHAEL R. MEYER

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    Wilking, Bruce A.

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri­St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121; bwilking Australis molecular core. These spectra, which are used to identify young stellar objects in the cloud, include the wavelengths of emission lines from [Fe II] and H2, four of the Brackett series lines, the CO

  5. Photometric and Spectroscopic Study of Stars in the Field of the Young Open Cluster Roslund 4

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    Delgado, Antonio J.; Miranda, Luis F.; Fernández, Matilde; Alfaro, Emilio J.

    2004-07-01

    We present photometric and spectroscopic observations performed in the field of the Galactic open cluster Roslund 4, which contains the two cataloged nebulae IC 4954 and IC 4955. UBVRI photometry was carried out in a field of 11'×6' around the cluster center. Medium-resolution optical spectroscopy has been obtained for 41 stars, including previously selected main-sequence and pre-main-sequence candidate cluster members. Narrowband H?, [S II], and continuum images have been secured. The observations allow us the measurement of different physical parameters for the cluster. Assuming an absorption coefficient AV/E(B-V)=3.1 and a reddening slope E(U-B)/E(B-V)=0.72, we obtain a color excess E(B-V)=1.1+/-0.2 and a distance modulus DM0=11.7+/-0.5. Fitting of isochrones to the color-magnitude diagrams gives logage(yr)=7.2+/-0.2, and the spectroscopic measurements provide the value VR=-15.7+/-5.2 km s-1 for the heliocentric radial velocity. Among the 41 stars with spectroscopic data, 11 stars are probable cluster members on the basis of their radial velocity, and another 10 are considered as possible members. Two probable member stars of spectral types A5 and G1 show hints of absorption in the Li I 6708 Å line, with respective equivalent widths of 0.10 and 0.28 Å, and 22 stars of spectral types from B2 to G0 show different degrees of emission in H?, [N II], and [S II] lines. With the exception of three stars of spectral type earlier than A0, the emission of which is mainly photospheric, all other emissions seen in H? and forbidden lines have a nebular origin. They arise in an ionized cloud that surrounds the cluster and is causing diffuse emission and, possibly, local variations in the extinction law from star to star. In addition to the stars, spectra of several nebular condensations with relatively higher excitation have been analyzed. Two of them have been suggested to be Herbig-Haro (HH) objects. Our spectra indicate that only one of these condensations could be considered as an HH object.

  6. The Young, Massive, Star Cluster Sandage-96 After the Explosion of Supernova 2004dj in NGC 2403

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    Vinkó, J.; Sárneczky, K.; Balog, Z.; Immler, S.; Sugerman, B. E. K.; Brown, P. J.; Misselt, K.; Szabó, Gy. M.; Csizmadia, Sz.; Kun, M.; Klagyivik, P.; Foley, R. J.; Filippenko, A. V.; Csák, B.; Kiss, L. L.

    2009-04-01

    The bright Type II-plateau supernova (SN) 2004dj occurred within the young, massive stellar cluster Sandage-96 in a spiral arm of NGC 2403. New multiwavelength observations obtained with several ground-based and space-based telescopes were combined to study the radiation from Sandage-96 after SN 2004dj faded away. Sandage-96 started to dominate the flux in the optical bands starting from 2006 September (~800 days after explosion). The optical fluxes are equal to the pre-explosion ones within the observational uncertainties. An optical Keck spectrum obtained ~900 days after explosion shows the dominant blue continuum from the cluster stars shortward of 6000 Å as well as strong SN nebular emission lines redward. The integrated spectral energy distribution (SED) of the cluster has been extended into the ultraviolet region by archival XMM-Newton and new Swift observations, and compared with theoretical models. The outer parts of the cluster have been resolved by the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing the construction of a color-magnitude diagram (CMD). The fitting of the cluster SED with theoretical isochrones results in cluster ages distributed between 10 and 40 Myr, depending on the assumed metallicity and the theoretical model family. The isochrone fitting of the CMDs indicates that the resolved part of the cluster consists of stars having a bimodal age distribution: a younger population at ~10-16 Myr and an older one at ~32-100 Myr. The older population has an age distribution similar to that of the other nearby field stars. This may be explained with the hypothesis that the outskirts of Sandage-96 are contaminated by stars captured from the field during cluster formation. The young age of Sandage-96 and the comparison of its pre and postexplosion SEDs suggest 12 lsim M prog lsim 20 M sun as the most probable mass range for the progenitor of SN 2004dj. This is consistent with, but perhaps slightly higher than, most of the other Type II-plateau SN progenitor masses determined so far.

  7. Ultraviolet spectroscopy of hot young stars with infrared excesses - NGC 2264-W46, W90, and W100

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    Meade, M. R.; Sitko, M. L.; Simon, T.

    1984-01-01

    New ultraviolet data are combined with optical data to investigate the wavelength-dependent extinction of the stars W46, W90, and W100 in the young galactic cluster NGC 2264. The observations of W90 confirm the existence of anomalous (circumstellar) dust extinction with a ratio of total to selective extinction, R greater than 7. This extinction is most easily explained by a graphite-silicate mixture with larger mean sizes than are present in the diffuse interstellar medium. For W46 and W100, the grains are likely to be gray, but the possibility of nongray extinction cannot be excluded because of uncertainties arising from the very small ultraviolet optical depths of the circumstellar dust.

  8. A giant planet imaged in the disk of the young star beta Pictoris.

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    Lagrange, A-M; Bonnefoy, M; Chauvin, G; Apai, D; Ehrenreich, D; Boccaletti, A; Gratadour, D; Rouan, D; Mouillet, D; Lacour, S; Kasper, M

    2010-07-01

    Here, we show that the approximately 10-million-year-old beta Pictoris system hosts a massive giant planet, beta Pictoris b, located 8 to 15 astronomical units from the star. This result confirms that gas giant planets form rapidly within disks and validates the use of disk structures as fingerprints of embedded planets. Among the few planets already imaged, beta Pictoris b is the closest to its parent star. Its short period could allow for recording of the full orbit within 17 years. PMID:20538914

  9. Direct Imaging of Bridged Twin Protoplanetary Disks in a Young Multiple Star

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    Mayama, Satoshi; Hanawa, Tomoyuki; Matsumoto, Tomoaki; Ishii, Miki; Pyo, Tae-Soo; Suto, Hiroshi; Naoi, Takahiro; Kudo, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Jun; Nishiyama, Shogo; Kuzuhara, Masayuki; Hayashi, Masahiko; 10.1126/science.1179679

    2010-01-01

    Studies of the structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks are important for understanding star and planet formation. Here, we present the direct image of an interacting binary protoplanetary system. Both circumprimary and circumsecondary disks are resolved in the near-infrared. There is a bridge of infrared emission connecting the two disks and a long spiral arm extending from the circumprimary disk. Numerical simulations show that the bridge corresponds to gas flow and a shock wave caused by the collision of gas rotating around the primary and secondary stars. Fresh material streams along the spiral arm, consistent with the theoretical scenarios where gas is replenished from a circummultiple reservoir.

  10. IUE observations of the chromospheric activity-age relation in young solar-type stars

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    Simon, T.; Boesgaard, A. M.

    1982-01-01

    Ultraviolet data obtained with the IUE spacecraft are presented for a dozen solar-type stars in the field. The stars are of spectral type F6 V - G1 V; on the basis of their high Li content, they range in age from 0.1 to 2.8 Gyr. The evolution of transition regions and chromospheric emission with stellar age is studied along with the surface distribution of magnetically active regions as revealed by rotational modulation of UV emission line fluxes.

  11. FIRST KECK NULLING OBSERVATIONS OF A YOUNG STELLAR OBJECT: PROBING THE CIRCUMSTELLAR ENVIRONMENT OF THE HERBIG Ae STAR MWC 325

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    Ragland, S.; Hrynevich, M.; Ohnaka, K.; Hillenbrand, L.; Ridgway, S. T.; Colavita, M. M.; Traub, W. A.; Akeson, R. L.; Millan-Gabet, R.; Cotton, W.; Danchi, W. C.

    2012-02-20

    We present the first N-band nulling plus K- and L-band V{sup 2} observations of a young stellar object, MWC 325, taken with the 85 m baseline Keck Interferometer. The Keck nuller was designed for the study of faint dust signatures associated with debris disks, but it also has a unique capability for studying the temperature and density distribution of denser disks found around young stellar objects. Interferometric observations of MWC 325 at K, L, and N encompass a factor of five in spectral range and thus, especially when spectrally dispersed within each band, enable characterization of the structure of the inner disk regions where planets form. Fitting our observations with geometric models such as a uniform disk or a Gaussian disk show that the apparent size increases monotonically with wavelength in the 2-12 {mu}m wavelength region, confirming the widely held assumption based on radiative transfer models, now with spatially resolved measurements over a broad wavelength range, that disks are extended with a temperature gradient. The effective size is a factor of about 1.4 and 2.2 larger in the L band and N band, respectively, compared to that in the K band. The existing interferometric measurements and the spectral energy distribution can be reproduced by a flat disk or a weakly shadowed nearly flat disk model, with only slight flaring in the outer regions of the disk, consisting of representative 'sub-micron' (0.1 {mu}m) and 'micron' (2 {mu}m) grains of a 50:50 ratio of silicate and graphite. This is in marked contrast to the disks previously found in other Herbig Ae/Be stars, suggesting a wide variety in the disk properties among Herbig Ae/Be stars.

  12. First Keck Nulling Observations of a Young Stellar Object: Probing the Circumstellar Environment of the Herbig Ae Star MWC325

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    Ragland, S.; Ohnaka, K.; Hillenbrand, L.; Ridgway, S. T.; Colavita, M. M.; Akeson, R. L.; Cotton, W.; Danchi, W. C.; Hrynevich, M.; Millan-Gabet, R.; Traub, W. A.

    2012-01-01

    We present the first N-band nulling plus K- and L-band V(sup 2) observations of a young stellar object, MWC 325, taken with the 85 m baseline Keck Interferometer. The Keck nuller was designed for the study of faint dust signatures associated with debris disks, but it also has a unique capability for studying the temperature and density distribution of denser disks found around young stellar objects. Interferometric observations of MWC 325 at K, L, and N encompass a factor of five in spectral range and thus, especially when spectrally dispersed within each band, enable characterization of the structure of the inner disk regions where planets form. Fitting our observations with . geometric models such as a uniform disk or a Gaussian disk show that the apparent size increases 'monotonically with wavelength in the 2-12/Lm wavelength region, confirming the widely held assumption based on radiative transfer models, now with spatially resolved measurements over a broad wavelength range, that disks are extended with a temperature gradient. The effective size is a factor of about 1.4 and 2.2 larger in the L band and N band, respectively, compared to that in the K band. The existing interferometric measurements and the spectral energy distribution can be reproduced by a flat disk or a weakly shadowed nearly flat disk model, with only slight flaring in the outer regions of the disk, consisting of representative "sub-micron" (0.1 micron) and "micron" (2 micron) grains of a 50:50 ratio of silicate and graphite. This is in marked contrast io the disks previously found in other Herbig Ae/Be stars, suggesting a wide variety in the disk properties among Herbig Ae/Be stars.

  13. First Keck Nulling Observations of a Young Stellar Object: Probing the Circumstellar Environment of the Herbig Ae star MWC 325

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    Ragland, S.; Ohnaka, K.; Hillenbrand, L.; Ridgway, S. T.; Colavita, M. M.; Akeson, R. L.; Cotton, W.; Danichi, W. C.; Hrynevych, M.; Milan-Gabet, R.; Traub, W. A.

    2012-01-01

    We present the first N-band nulling plus K- and L-band V(sup 2) observations of a young stellar object, MWC325, taken with the 85 m baseline Keck Interferometer. The Keck nuller was designed for the study of faint dust signatures associated with debris disks, but it also has a unique capability for studying the temperature and density distribution of denser disks found around young stellar objects. Interferometric observations of MWC 325 at K, L and N encompass a factor of five in spectral range and thus, especially when spectrally dispersed within each band, enable characterization of the structure of the inner disk regions where planets form. Fitting our observations with geometric models such as a uniform disk or a Gaussian disk show that the apparent size increases monotonically with wavelength in the 2-12 micrometer wavelength region, confirming the widely held assumption based on radiative transfer models, now with spatially resolved measurements over broad wavelength range, that disks are extended with a temperature gradient. The effective size is a factor of about 1.3 and 2 larger in the Lband and N-band, respectively, compared to that in the K-band. The existing interferometric measurements and the spectral energy distribution can be reproduced by a flat disk or a weakly shadowed nearly flat-disk model, with only slight flaring in the outer regions of the disk, consisting of representative "sub-micron" (0.1 micron) and "micron" (2 micron) grains of a 50:50 ratio of silicate and graphite. This is marked contrast with the disks previously found in other Herbig Ae/Be stars suggesting a wide variety in the disk properties among Herbig Ae/Be stars.

  14. Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano erupts

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    Showstack, Randy

    2011-05-01

    About 13 months after Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting on 14 April 2010, which led to extensive air traffic closures over Europe, Grímsvötn volcano in southeastern took its turn. Iceland's most active volcano, which last erupted in 2004 and lies largely beneath the Vatnajökull ice cap, began its eruption activity on 21 May, with the ash plume initially reaching about 20 kilometers in altitude, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Volcanic ash from Grímsvötn has cancelled hundreds of airplane flights and prompted U.S. president Barack Obama to cut short his visit to Ireland. As Eos went to press, activity at the volcano was beginning to subside.

  15. PLANETS AROUND LOW-MASS STARS. III. A YOUNG DUSTY L DWARF COMPANION AT THE DEUTERIUM-BURNING LIMIT ,

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    Bowler, Brendan P.; Liu, Michael C.; Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Dupuy, Trent J.

    2013-09-01

    We report the discovery of an L-type companion to the young M3.5V star 2MASS J01225093-2439505 at a projected separation of 1.''45 ( Almost-Equal-To 52 AU) as part of our adaptive optics imaging search for extrasolar giant planets around young low-mass stars. 2MASS 0122-2439 B has very red near-infrared colors similar to the HR 8799 planets and the reddest known young/dusty L dwarfs in the field. Moderate-resolution (R Almost-Equal-To 3800) 1.5-2.4 {mu}m spectroscopy reveals a near-infrared spectral type of L4-L6 and an angular H-band shape, confirming its cool temperature and young age. The kinematics of 2MASS 0122-2439 AB are marginally consistent with members of the {approx}120 Myr AB Dor young moving group based on the photometric distance to the primary (36 {+-} 4 pc) and our radial velocity measurement of 2MASS 0122-2439 A from Keck/HIRES. We adopt the AB Dor group age for the system, but the high energy emission, lack of Li I {lambda}6707 absorption, and spectral shape of 2MASS 0122-2439 B suggest a range of {approx}10-120 Myr is possible. The age and luminosity of 2MASS 0122-2439 B fall in a strip where ''hot-start'' evolutionary model mass tracks overlap as a result of deuterium burning. Several known substellar companions also fall in this region (2MASS J0103-5515 ABb, AB Pic b, {kappa} And b, G196-3 B, SDSS 2249+0044 B, LP 261-75 B, HD 203030 B, and HN Peg B), but their dual-valued mass predictions have largely been unrecognized. The implied mass of 2MASS 0122-2439 B is Almost-Equal-To 12-13 M{sub Jup} or Almost-Equal-To 22-27 M{sub Jup} if it is an AB Dor member, or possibly as low as 11 M{sub Jup} if the wider age range is adopted. Evolutionary models predict an effective temperature for 2MASS 0122-2439 B that corresponds to spectral types near the L/T transition ( Almost-Equal-To 1300-1500 K) for field objects. However, we find a mid-L near-infrared spectral type, indicating that 2MASS 0122-2439 B represents another case of photospheric dust being retained to cooler temperatures at low surface gravities, as seen in the spectra of young (8-30 Myr) planetary companions. Altogether, the low mass, low temperature, and red colors of 2MASS 0122-2439 B make it a bridge between warm planets like {beta} Pic b and cool, very dusty ones like HR 8799 bcde.

  16. Magnetic activity and differential rotation in the young Sun-like stars

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    Complutense de Madrid, Universidad

    ). The assumption of spot longevity is essential! For each parameter its posterior probability distribution function stars came out to be Sun-like (G1.5 V) and have an age of about 100­200 Myr, based on their lithium of the model, not of nature! Fig. 5. 'Periodogram' dis- playing all the nine PDFs of KIC 7765135's rotation

  17. Signatures of Young Star Formation Activity Within Two Parsecs of Sgr A*

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    Yusef-Zadeh, F; Sewilo, M; Roberts, D A; Smith, I; Arendt, R; Cotton, W; Lacy, J; Martin, S; Pound, M W; Rickett, M; Royster, M

    2015-01-01

    We present radio and infrared observations indicating on-going star formation activity inside the $\\sim2-5$ pc circumnuclear ring at the Galactic center. Collectively these measurements suggest a continued disk-based mode of on-going star formation has taken place near Sgr A* over the last few million years. First, VLA observations with spatial resolution 2.17$"\\times0.81"$ reveal 13 water masers, several of which have multiple velocity components. The presence of interstellar water masers suggests gas densities that are sufficient for self-gravity to overcome the tidal shear of the 4$\\times10^6$ \\msol\\, black hole. Second, SED modeling of stellar sources indicate massive YSO candidates interior to the molecular ring, supporting in-situ star formation near Sgr A* and appear to show a distribution similar to that of the counter-rotating disks of $\\sim$100 OB stars orbiting Sgr A*. Some YSO candidates (e.g., IRS~5) have bow shock structures suggesting that they have have gaseous disks that are phototoevaporated...

  18. Young Stars & Planets Near the Sun Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 314, 2015

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    Robrade, Jan

    number Ro = Prot/c, the dynamo efficiency is uniformly described for all solar an late-type stars.g. Pizzolato et al. (2003), Wright et al. (2011). Key features are a saturated regime with a constant activity X-ray emission by several magnitudes over the stellar lifetime allows for an identification

  19. Chemical signatures of rocky accretion in a young solar-type star

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    Spina, Lorenzo

    2015-12-01

    It is well known that newly formed planetary systems undergo processes of orbital reconfiguration and planetary migration. As a result, planets or proto-planetary objects may accrete onto the central star, being fused and mixed into its external layers. If the accreted mass is sufficiently large and the star has a sufficiently thin convective envelope, such events may result in a modification of the chemical composition of the stellar photosphere in an observable way, enhancing it with elements that were abundant in the accreted mass. Recently, the Gaia-ESO Survey observations of the 10-20 Myr old Gamma Velorum cluster have enabled the identification of a star significantly enriched in iron with respect to other cluster members. In this seminar I will present a further investigation of the abundance pattern of this star, showing that its chemical anomaly is not limited to iron, but is also present in all the refractory elements whose abundances are correlated with the condensation temperature. This finding strongly supports the hypothesis of a recent accretion of rocky material.

  20. New constraints on the multiplicity of massive young stars in Upper Scorpius

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    Grellmann, R.; Ratzka, Th.; Köhler, R.; Preibisch, Th.; Mucciarelli, P.

    2015-06-01

    Context. Observations and simulations have clearly established that most stars form in multiple systems. Characterizing their properties is thus important for our understanding of the star formation process. Aims: To provide statistics about the number of companions per star over the full range of angular distances, infrared long-baseline interferometric studies can be employed to fill the gap between spectroscopic and adaptive optics searches. The Upper Scorpius OB association is a good target for such observations, because its stellar content is very well known from both spectroscopic and adaptive optics searches. Methods: We used the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer to perform long-baseline interferometric observations of a sample of seven B stars. Furthermore, we used ROSAT X-ray data to search for indications of low-mass companions. Results: With the interferometric observations, we find previously known companions around ? Sco and HR 6027. For the other targets we determine the parameter space in which the presence of companions can be excluded from our data. For two of the B stars in our sample, ? Sco and HR 6026, the detection of X-ray emission provides indirect evidence of previously unknown low-mass companions. Conclusions: In total we find two previously unknown companions. We can exclude the presence of other unknown companions within the separation range of ~2 to ~100 mas and for a brightness ratio ?0.1. Based on observations collected at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile, observing program 085.C-0260.Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  1. The embedded young stars in the Taurus-Auriga molecular cloud. II - Models for scattered light images

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    Kenyon, Scott J.; Whitney, Barbara A.; Gomez, Mercedes; Hartmann, Lee

    1993-01-01

    We describe NIR imaging observations of embedded young stars in the Taurus-Auriga molecular cloud. We find a large range in J-K and H-K colors for these class I sources. The bluest objects have colors similar to the reddest T Tauri stars in the cloud; redder objects lie slightly above the reddening line for standard ISM dust and have apparent K extinctions of up to 5 mag. Most of these sources also show extended NIR emission on scales of 10-20 arcsec which corresponds to linear sizes of 1500-3000 AU. The NIR colors and nebular morphologies for this sample and the magnitude of linear polarization in several sources suggest scattered light produces most of the NIR emission in these objects. We present modeling results that suggest mass infall rates that agree with predictions for cold clouds and are generally consistent with rates estimated from radiative equilibrium models. For reasonable dust grain parameters, the range of colors and extinctions require flattened density distributions with polar cavities evacuated by bipolar outflows. These results support the idea that infall and outflow occur simultaneously in deeply embedded bipolar outflow sources. The data also indicate fairly large centrifugal radii and large inclinations to the rotational axis for a typical source.

  2. Ly-alpha emission from disk absorption systems at high redshift - Star formation in young galaxy disks

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    Smith, Harding E.; Cohen, Ross D.; Burns, Joseph E.; Moore, David J.; Uchida, Barbara A.

    1989-01-01

    Narrow-band imaging observations are reported which were made in an attempt to detect Ly-alpha emission from high-redshift candidate galaxy disk systems discovered as high column density absorbers of background QSOs. For four systems with z = 2.3-2.8, no emission is detected to a limit of about 10 to the -16th ergs/sq cm/s, corresponding to luminosity limits of about 10 exp 42-43 ergs/s for the material producing the absorption. The inferred Ly-alpha luminosities lie one to two orders of magnitude below estimates of the Ly-alpha luminosities for active star-forming epochs of many prescriptions for galaxy formation and also considerably below measured Ly-alpha luminosities for other candidate young galaxies detected in radio surveys. A limiting star-formation rate in these systems of about 2-7 solar masses/yr is set; the limit may be about 10 times larger with small but observationally allowable amounts of dust.

  3. Detached dust shell around Wolf-Rayet star WR60-6 in the young stellar cluster VVV CL036

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    Borissova, J.; Amigo, P.; Kurtev, R.; Kumar, M. S. N.; Chené, A.-N.; Minniti, D.

    2014-01-01

    The discovery of a detached dust shell around the Wolf-Rayet (WR) star WR60-6 in the young stellar cluster VVV CL036 is reported. This shell is uncovered through the Spitzer-MIPS 24 ?m image, where it appears brightest, and it is invisible at shorter wavelengths. Using new APEX observations and other data available from the literature, we have estimated some of the shell parameters: the inner and outer radii of 0.15 and 0.90 pc, respectively; the overall systemic velocity of the molecular {sup 12}CO(3 ? 2) emission of –45.7 ± 2.3 km s{sup –1}; an expansion velocity of the gas of 16.3 ± 1 km s{sup –1}; the dust temperature and opacity of 122 ± 12 K and 1.04, respectively; and an age of 2.8 × 10{sup 4} yr. The WR star displays some cyclic variability. The mass computed for the WR60-6 nebula indicates that the material was probably ejected during its previous stages of evolution. In addition, we have identified a bright spot very close to the shell, which can be associated with the Midcourse Space Experiment source G312.13+00.20.

  4. Old Faithful Erupting

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    Photograph of the Old Faithful Geyser erupting in Yellowstone Nationl Park. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Yellowstone expedition and was the first geyser in the Park to be named....

  5. BRIGHT HOT IMPACTS BY ERUPTED FRAGMENTS FALLING BACK ON THE SUN: UV REDSHIFTS IN STELLAR ACCRETION

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    Reale, F.; Orlando, S.; Testa, P.; Landi, E.; Schrijver, C. J.

    2014-12-10

    A solar eruption after a flare on 2011 June 7 produced EUV-bright impacts of fallbacks far from the eruption site, observed with the Solar Dynamics Observatory. These impacts can be taken as a template for the impact of stellar accretion flows. Broad redshifted UV lines have been commonly observed in young accreting stars. Here we study the emission from the impacts in the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly's UV channels and compare the inferred velocity distribution to stellar observations. We model the impacts with two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations. We find that the localized UV 1600 Å emission and its timing with respect to the EUV emission can be explained by the impact of a cloud of fragments. The first impacts produce strong initial upflows. The following fragments are hit and shocked by these upflows. The UV emission comes mostly from the shocked front shell of the fragments while they are still falling, and is therefore redshifted when observed from above. The EUV emission instead continues from the hot surface layer that is fed by the impacts. Fragmented accretion can therefore explain broad redshifted UV lines (e.g., C IV 1550 Å) to speeds around 400 km s{sup –1} observed in accreting young stellar objects.

  6. Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph Observations of Young Star Clusters in the Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/4039)

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    Whitmore, Bradley C.; Gilmore, Diane; Leitherer, C.; Fall, S. Michael; Chandar, Rupali; Blair, William P.; Schweizer, François; Zhang, Qing; Miller, Bryan W.

    2005-11-01

    Long-slit spectra of several dozen young star clusters have been obtained at three positions in the Antennae galaxies with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and its 52''×0.2" slit. Based on H? emission-line measurements, the average cluster-to-cluster velocity dispersion in seven different cluster aggregates (``knots'') is <10 km s-1. The fact that this upper limit is similar to the velocity dispersion of gas in the disks of typical spiral galaxies suggests that the triggering mechanism for the formation of young massive compact clusters (``super star clusters'') is unlikely to be high-velocity cloud-cloud collisions. On the other hand, models in which preexisting giant molecular clouds in the disks of spiral galaxies are triggered into cluster formation are compatible with the observed low-velocity dispersions. These conclusions are consistent with those reached by Zhang and coworkers based on comparisons between the positions of the clusters and the velocity and density structure of the nearby interstellar medium. We find evidence for systematically lower values of the line ratios [N II]/H? and [S II]/H? in the bright central regions of some of the knots relative to their outer regions. This suggests that the harder ionizing photons are used up in the regions nearest the clusters, and the diffuse ionized gas farther out is photoionized by ``leakage'' of the leftover low-energy photons. The low values of the [S II]/H? line ratio, typically [S II]/H?<0.4, indicate that the emission regions are photoionized rather than shock heated. The absence of evidence for shock-heated gas is an additional indication that high-velocity cloud-cloud collisions are not playing a major role in the formation of young clusters. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555.

  7. Exploring links between physical and probabilistic models of volcanic eruptions: The Soufrie`re Hills Volcano, Montserrat

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    Connor, Charles

    , and S. R. Young, Exploring links between physical and probabilistic models of volcanic eruptionsExploring links between physical and probabilistic models of volcanic eruptions: The Soufrie of Bristol, Bristol, UK S. R. Young Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

  8. Roche-lobe overflow systems powered by black holes in young star clusters: the importance of dynamical exchanges

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    Mapelli, Michela; Zampieri, Luca

    2014-10-10

    We have run 600 N-body simulations of intermediate-mass (?3500 M {sub ?}) young star clusters (SCs; with three different metallicities (Z = 0.01, 0.1, and 1 Z {sub ?}). The simulations include the dependence of stellar properties and stellar winds on metallicity. Massive stellar black holes (MSBHs) with mass >25 M {sub ?} are allowed to form through direct collapse of very massive metal-poor stars (Z < 0.3 Z {sub ?}). We focus on the demographics of black hole (BH) binaries that undergo mass transfer via Roche lobe overflow (RLO). We find that 44% of all binaries that undergo an RLO phase (RLO binaries) formed through dynamical exchange. RLO binaries that formed via exchange (RLO-EBs) are powered by more massive BHs than RLO primordial binaries (RLO-PBs). Furthermore, the RLO-EBs tend to start the RLO phase later than the RLO-PBs. In metal-poor SCs (0.01-0.1 Z {sub ?}), >20% of all RLO binaries are powered by MSBHs. The vast majority of RLO binaries powered by MSBHs are RLO-EBs. We have produced optical color-magnitude diagrams of the simulated RLO binaries, accounting for the emission of both the donor star and the irradiated accretion disk. We find that RLO-PBs are generally associated with bluer counterparts than RLO-EBs. We compare the simulated counterparts with the observed counterparts of nine ultraluminous X-ray sources. We discuss the possibility that IC 342 X-1, Ho IX X-1, NGC 1313 X-2, and NGC 5204 X-1 are powered by an MSBH.

  9. A GALEX-BASED SEARCH FOR THE SPARSE YOUNG STELLAR POPULATION IN THE TAURUS-AURIGAE STAR FORMING REGION

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    Gómez de Castro, Ana I.; Lopez-Santiago, Javier; López-Martínez, Fatima; Sánchez, Néstor; Sestito, Paola; Gestoso, Javier Yañez; De Castro, Elisa; Cornide, Manuel

    2015-02-01

    In this work, we identify 63 bona fide new candidates to T Tauri stars (TTSs) in the Taurus-Auriga region, using its ultraviolet excess as our baseline. The initial data set was defined from the GALEX all sky survey (AIS). The GALEX satellite obtained images in the near-ultraviolet (NUV) and far-ultraviolet (FUV) bands where TTSs show a prominent excess compared with main-sequence or giants stars. GALEX AIS surveyed the Taurus-Auriga molecular complex, as well as a fraction of the California Nebula and the Perseus complex; bright sources and dark clouds were avoided. The properties of TTSs in the ultraviolet (GALEX), optical (UCAC4), and infrared (2MASS) have been defined using the TTSs observed with the International Ultraviolet Explorer reference sample. The candidates were identified by means of a mixed ultraviolet-optical-infrared excess set of colors; we found that the FUV-NUV versus J–K color-color diagram is ideally suited for this purpose. From an initial sample of 163,313 bona fide NUV sources, a final list of 63 new candidates to TTSs in the region was produced. The search procedure has been validated by its ability to detect all known TTSs in the area surveyed: 31 TTSs. Also, we show that the weak-lined TTSs are located in a well-defined stripe in the FUV-NUV versus J–K diagram. Moreover, in this work, we provide a list of TTSs photometric standards for future GALEX-based studies of the young stellar population in star forming regions.

  10. Activity and rotation of low mass stars in young open clusters

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    Seifahrt, Andreas; Reiners, Ansgar; Scholz, Aleks; Basri, Gibor

    2009-02-16

    We present first results from a multi-object spectroscopy campaign in IC2602, the Hyades, the Pleiades, and the Coma cluster using VLT/FLAMES. We analysed the data for radial velocity, rotational velocity (v sin i), and H{alpha}-activity. Here, we highlight three aspects of this study in the context of rotational braking and the rotation-activity relationship among low mass stars. Finally we discuss the cluster membership of sources in IC2602.

  11. Distributions of short-lived radioactive nuclei produced by young embedded star clusters

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    Adams, Fred C.; Fatuzzo, Marco; Holden, Lisa

    2014-07-01

    Most star formation in the Galaxy takes place in clusters, where the most massive members can affect the properties of other constituent solar systems. This paper considers how clusters influence star formation and forming planetary systems through nuclear enrichment from supernova explosions, where massive stars deliver short-lived radioactive nuclei (SLRs) to their local environment. The decay of these nuclei leads to both heating and ionization, and thereby affects disk evolution, disk chemistry, and the accompanying process of planet formation. Nuclear enrichment can take place on two spatial scales: (1) within the cluster itself (? ? 1 pc), the SLRs are delivered to the circumstellar disks associated with other cluster members. (2) On the next larger scale (? ? 2-10 pc), SLRs are injected into the background molecular cloud; these nuclei provide heating and ionization to nearby star-forming regions and to the next generation of disks. For the first scenario, we construct the expected distributions of radioactive enrichment levels provided by embedded clusters. Clusters can account for the SLR mass fractions inferred for the early Solar Nebula, but typical SLR abundances are lower by a factor of ?10. For the second scenario, we find that distributed enrichment of SLRs in molecular clouds leads to comparable abundances. For both the direct and distributed enrichment processes, the masses of {sup 26}Al and {sup 60}Fe delivered to individual circumstellar disks typically fall in the range 10-100 pM {sub ?} (where 1 pM {sub ?} = 10{sup –12} M {sub ?}). The corresponding ionization rate due to SLRs typically falls in the range ?{sub SLR} ? 1-5 × 10{sup –19} s{sup –1}. This ionization rate is smaller than that due to cosmic rays, ?{sub CR} ? 10{sup –17} s{sup –1}, but will be important in regions where cosmic rays are attenuated (e.g., disk mid-planes).

  12. ABUNDANCES AND FLARES IN THE ASCA OBSERVATION OF THE YOUNG K0 STAR AB DORADUS

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    White, Stephen

    .15; Mg, 0.58\\Sigma0.10; Si, 0.35\\Sigma0.08; S, 0.37\\Sigma0.14; Fe, 0.23\\Sigma0.02; 1 #12; 2 0 1 2 3 4 quiescent emission for the first 6 hours, followed by 10 hours during which a series of flares occurred. We for a number of reasons. It is one of the most rapidly--rotating single stars known, with a period of only 12

  13. An adaptive optics multiplicity census of young stars in Upper Scorpius

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    Lafrenière, David; Jayawardhana, Ray; Van Kerkwijk, Marten H.; Brandeker, Alexis; Janson, Markus

    2014-04-10

    We present the results of a multipli