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Program Information for 2010A-0036


PI: Ron G Probst, NOAO, probst@noao.edu
Address: System Technology Center, P. O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 USA

CoI: Rodolfo Barba, Universidad de La Serena
CoI: Alberto Bolatto, U. of Maryland
CoI: You-Hua Chu, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
CoI: Sean Points, CTIO
CoI: Monica Rubio, Universidad de Chile
CoI: R Chris Smith, CTIO

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 $\sim K, $\sim0 K, and $\sim$^$ K regimes are well explored. Our Survey will fill the gap in temperature and physics by imaging the principal molecular component, H$_$, in the $\sim00 K transition zone of molecular clouds. The resulting images will have immediate morphological applications, including resolution of a fundamental question of molecular cloud structure and target selection for followup near infrared spectroscopy. Our previous exploratory work has shown the value of integrating H$_$ 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.

Program Type: Survey

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2010B):  CT-4m/NEWFIRM -- 14n on Sep 17 - Sep 21 2010, Nov 12 - Nov 17 2010, Dec 03 - Dec 05 2010


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