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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 577 892,50

Participants (4)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 390 727,50
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QUASAR SCIENCE RESOURCES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 474 732,50
Address
Calle Faraday N 7 - Planta 1 - Despacho D 1.6D
28049 Cantoblanco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments