PI: Shiya Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Astronomy Department, 1002 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801, USA
CoI: Leslie W. Looney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CoI: Randolf Klein, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Title: Understanding the Cluster Environment Around Forming Massive Stars
Abstract: Stars form deeply within dense molecular cores. It has been grown abundantly evident that most stars do not form in isolation, but typically in small clusters. We will study star formation in the cluster environment and investigate the effect of massive stars on their environments. We propose to use the KPNO 2.1m FLAMINGOS imager to deeply image small clusters around massive star forming regions. The main thrusts of these observations are to: (1) evaluate the young stellar populations, (2) determine the protostellar characteristics, and (3) study the star forming mechanisms in the clusters. By a comparison with our observations of dense gas and dust, we can begin to understand the dynamics of cluster environments and explore the evolution of cluster member protostars.
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