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A Gaia and Herschel Study of the Density Distribution and Evolution of Young Massive Star Clusters

Objective

We propose to use a combination of data from the ESA space missions GAIA and Herschel, alongside other satellite and European-led ground-based observations, to map the density distribution of star formation regions. This will allow us to identify the mechanisms that underlie both how massive stars themselves form, but more fundamentally, how their natal clusters evolve around them. Our work will underpin studies of how all galaxies evolve. The combination of the two ESA missions will allow us to study clusters and associations of stars when they are very young (much less than 1 Myr old), when the structures we see are a better match to the initial conditions. No one has attempted such a project before as the required datasets were not available. The novel data and complexity of the combined datasets require the development of new analysis and visualization tools. In particular we will statistically compare hybrid large scale N-body + SPH models with the combined 6-dimensional Gaia plus Herschel and gas kinematical data. Our goals therefore are structured to develop new techniques that we will initially test on simulations. We will follow this with tests on observational data of slightly older clusters (about 1Myr old). We will then apply the tested methodologies to the very youngest clusters. This will address our final goal of cracking the problem of how the most massive stars and clusters form.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Net EU contribution
€ 577 892,50
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber West Yorkshire Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 875,00

Participants (4)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 390 727,50
Address
Newport Road 30 36
CF24 0DE Cardiff

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Region
Wales East Wales Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
QUASAR SCIENCE RESOURCES SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 474 732,50
Address
Calle Faraday N 7 - Planta 1 - Despacho D 1.6d
28049 Cantoblanco

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 875,00
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 320 000,00
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00