publication . Article . 2012

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Observations of the Evolution of Massive Star-forming Regions

Koenig, X. P.; Leisawitz, D. T.; Benford, D. J.; Rebull, L. M.; Padgett, D. L.; Assef, R. J.;
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  • Published: 10 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: American Astronomical Society
  • Country: United States
Abstract
We present the results of a mid-infrared survey of 11 outer Galaxy massive star-forming regions and 3 open clusters with data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Using a newly developed photometric scheme to identify young stellar objects and exclude extragalactic contamination, we have studied the distribution of young stars within each region. These data tend to support the hypothesis that latter generations may be triggered by the interaction of winds and radiation from the first burst of massive star formation with the molecular cloud material leftover from that earlier generation of stars. We dub this process the "fireworks hypothesis" sinc...
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arXiv: Astrophysics::Galaxy AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Solar and Stellar AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
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