PI: Patrick Hartigan, Rice University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Physics Department, 6100 S Main, Houston, TX 77005, USA
CoI: Ilse Cleeves, Rice University
Title: Young Stars in the Cygnus OB2 Association
Abstract: Cygnus OB2 is by far the dominant region of massive star formation within 2-3 kpc of the Sun, but its stellar content is almost completely unknown owing to large amounts of visual extinction. Using NEWFIRM last fall we surveyed a large area of over two square degrees centered on the main cluster of O and B stars, and found the central part of the cluster to be teeming with at least several hundred, and probably over a thousand stars with near-IR excesses typical of circumstellar disks. With this proposal we aim to begin the process of acquiring spectral types for the entire sample of IR-excess and X-ray bright stars. This census will lead to masses, ages, and accretion rates for each object. With over 100 O stars, Cyg OB2 dwarfs the young clusters in Orion, and promises to provide a truly unique large sample of young stars that can address many of the major outstanding questions of star formation, such as IMF variations, binarity, triggering, mass segregation, accretion history, and disk evolution in a statistically significant way.
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