Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 3:15pm
Dimitrios Gouliermis (MPIA):
"Studies of Clustered Star Formation in the Magellanic Clouds"
Abstract. The Magellanic Clouds offer an outstanding variety of active star-forming regions. Photo-ionization of the ISM by the OB stars of stellar associations in these regions gives them their characteristic gas emission (and name as HII regions). Recent parallel studies of such regions with Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes reveal the richness in low- and intermediate-mass pre-main sequence (PMS) populations of the associated stellar systems, and of massive Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) in their vicinity. I review the work being done during the last years in Heidelberg for the understanding, from the observational point-of-view, of how all these different types of stellar sources relate to each other and to the ISM in terms of their interaction, clustered formation, and IMF in HII regions of the Magellanic Clouds.