ASIAA Summer Students Program
ASIAA Summer Student Program 2022
July 1 - August 31

2022 Project Description

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Star cluster formation in the molecular clouds
This project can be carried out remotely.

dense core
Radio Astronomy
star cluster formation


Somnath Dutta, Chin-Fei Lee
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Task Description and Goals

Most stars in our Galaxy form in groups within clustered environments. Several environmental conditions can influence the formation of young clusters, such as fragmentation of the swept-up matter in the shells of the expanding HII regions, matter at the collision point of molecular clouds, matter at the junction of converging filaments or the hub of filamentary systems. The initial cloud configuration also decides the future location of cluster formation. Therefore, the exact role of the environment on the star and star cluster formation of a cloud can only be thoroughly understood by tracing various components of the interstellar medium through multiwavelength observations. In this project, we will investigate the kinematics of a filamentary structure associated with a young cluster using 1.3mm continuum and CO line observations. From the kinematics of the filaments and the distribution of molecular gas and dense cores (or protostars), we will try to explore the likely mechanism of cluster formation in that filament.

Required Background

Unix/Linux experience, Python Scripting, Fundamental knowledge of physics

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