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Proposal Information for 2010A-0036


PI: Ronald G. Probst, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, probst@noao.edu
Address: System Technology Center, P. O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726-6732, USA

CoI: Rodolfo Barb\acutea, Universidad de La Serena, Chile
CoI: Alberto Bolatto, University of Maryland
CoI: You-Hua Chu, University of Illinois
CoI: Sean Points, NOAO/SOAR
CoI: Monica Rubio, Universidad de Chile
CoI: R. Chris Smith, NOAO

Title: A Deep H_2 Imaging Survey of Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds

Abstract: The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are a laboratory for the study of star formation in low metallicity, gas rich environments. Both Clouds exhibit a variety of star formation physics with multiple phase components. The ~10 K, ~100 K, and ~$10^4 K regimes are well explored. Our Survey will fill the gap in temperature and physics by imaging the principal molecular component, H_2, in the ~1000 K transition zone of molecular clouds. The resulting images will have immediate morphological applications, including resolution of a fundamental question of molecular cloud structure and target selection for followup near infrared spectroscopy. Our previous exploratory work has shown the value of integrating H_2 data into multiwavelength investigations of star formation physics. We are proposing this program as a Survey to secure a large and homogeneous data set during NEWFIRM's limited southern deployment; it is a unique facility for the purpose. We will provide a public archive of fully calibrated images with no proprietary period. These images will support future observations with groundbased 4-8 m telescopes, Herschel, SOFIA, and JWST.


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