Mass Estimates for the Young Stars in NGC 6334

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Date/Time:Friday, 19 Apr 2013 from 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Room 3
Contact:Massimo Marengo
Phone:515-294-2958
Channel:Astronomy
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Research talk by Sarah Willis, ISU Astronomy Graduate Student and Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The rate and efficiency of star formation are interesting quantities that allow comparison between different star forming regions. Both of these quantities depend on the total mass contained in young stars. I will describe a method to estimate the stellar mass content in a star forming region where the observed YSO population is incomplete. Using this method, we have determined that the rate of ongoing star formation in the NGC 6334 region is quite high, possibly placing NGC 6334 into the 'mini-starburst' regime.