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Triggered cluster formation in the RMC

Li, J.Z., Smith, M.D. (2006) Triggered cluster formation in the RMC. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 2 (S237). p. 439. ISSN 1743-9213. (doi:10.1017/S174392130700227X) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A comprehensive study of clustered star formation in the Rosette Molecular Complex was carried out based on archived data from the 2 Micron All Sky Survey. We presented strong evidence that triggered formation of embedded clusters and stellar aggregates took place in the working shells of the Rosette Nebula, a spectacular HII region excavated by the dozens of OB stars of the emerging massive cluster NGC 2244. Surprisingly, we have identified, within the confines of NGC 2244, a distinct congregation of young stellar objects showing prominent NIR excess that forms an arc like structure in appearance. Its location right to the south-east of the center of the main cluster and its strange morphology indicate most likely an origin from a former working shell of the HII region. This relic arc and the large, fragmented working surface layer of Rosette with the ambient cloud roughly show a concentric origin in morphology. This implies also a common origin of the clusters or stellar aggregates in association. The formation of massive star clusters was evidenced further into the heart of the molecular complex, and structured clustering star formation seemed to have taken place toward the south-east edge of the complex.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S174392130700227X
Uncontrolled keywords: ISM: clouds, ISM: structure, Stars: formation
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Giles Tarver
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 11:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50168 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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