- The Star Formation History of RCW 36
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Recent studies of massive-star forming regions indicate that they can contain multiple generations of young stars. These observations suggest that star formation in these regions is sequential and/or triggered by a previous generation of (massive) stars. Here we present new observations of the star forming region RCW 36 in the Vela Molecular Ridge, hosting a young cluster of massive stars embedded in a molecular cloud complex. In the periphery of the cluster several young stellar objects (YSOs) are detected which produce bipolar jets (HH 1042 and HH 1043) demonstrating that these objects are still actively accreting. The VLT/X-shooter spectrum of the jet structure of HH 1042 provides detailed information on the physical conditions and kinematical properties of the jet plasma. From this information the YSO's accretion history can be derived. Combining the photometric and spectroscopic observations of RCW 36 gives insight into the formation process of individual stars and the star formation history of this young massive-star forming region.
- Proceedings title: Circumstellar dynamics at High Resolution: proceedings of a joint ESO/Brazilian workshop held at Foz do
Iguaçu, Brazil, 27 February-2 March 2012
Publisher: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Place of publication: San Francisco
Editors: A.C. Carciofi, Th. Rivinius
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