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Observational studies of massive star formation (1)


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

About the Project

Leeds is one of the leading institutes in the in the observational study of massive star formation. We have specific interests in the near infrared, radio and mm properties, since these can probe the disc around the young star, as well as the jets and winds it generates. These markers help us to understand how massive stars form.

This project utilises a combination of near infrared spectroscopy and radio continuum imaging.  Data in hand include studies of the molecular absorption lines, which give the structure of the cool gas very near to the star, and hydrogen and helium emission lines, which gives the velocity structure of any jet or wind present.  These will be compared with the expected results from existing models for young protostars of this mass.  Radio continuum data allows us to study the jets.  Radio is valuable since it is not effected by the dust that obscures these regions, so allows a much fuller sample to be studied.  Continuum data allows us to quantify the mass loss rate from the star.  The high spatial resolution offered by facilities such as the VLA permit the evolution of the jets to be studied which further constrains the emission mechanism present.

Funding Notes

Please note that UK Fees and maintenance will be awarded as part of the STFC DTP Competition.

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