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Proposal Information for 2000B-0028


PI: Elizabeth Lada, University of Florida, lada@astro.ufl.edu
Address: 211 Byrant Space Science Building, Gainesville, Florida 32608, USA

CoI: Richard Elston, University of Florida
CoI: David Dahari, University of Florida
CoI: Carlos Roman, University of Florida
CoI: Joao Alves, ESO
CoI: Charles Lada, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
CoI: Gus Muench, University of Florida/SAO
CoI: Joan Najita, NOAO
CoI: Jonathan Williams, University of Florida

Title: Toward a Complete Near-Infrared Spectroscopic and Imaging Survey of Giant Molecular Clouds

Abstract: We propose to use the FLAMINGOS multi-object spectrometer and imager to obtain complete inventories of the star and planet forming activity in the most active, nearby Giant Molecular Clouds. We will image all young stellar objects within these clouds down to the hydrogen burning limit and classify their types through their near-infrared spectra. The goals of this survey are to determine the number and spatial extent of young stars in the clouds and to measure their ages and masses. The resulting catalogs will be of wide interest and of great use in determining the stellar initial mass function and addressing fundamental questions such as the variation of star formation efficiency and rate from cloud to cloud, the formation of clusters, and sequential star formation.


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