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We present new M and L-dwarfs confirmed through follow-up of 2MASS color-selected objects with the CorMASS near-infrared spectrograph (R ˜ 300) on the Palomar 60-inch telescope as part of a continuing follow-up survey. Most of the objects are bright (Ks < 13).
The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) has observed a portion of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) at J (1.25 μm), H (1.65 μm), and Ks (2.17 μm), as part of its routine nightly operations with an automated 1.3-m telescope at CTIO, Chile. The camera observes the sky in the three channels simultaneously, using 256 × 256 HgCdTe detector arrays. The survey samples the sky in 6° x 8.′3 scans. The 2MASS Production Processing System provides final atlas images and source extractions with precise photometric calibration and astrometric positions. The survey's 10σ sensitivity is 15.8 mag at J, 15.1 at H, and 14.3 at Ks. 2MASS will ultimately detect ~107 point sources in the LMC and will support analyses of the ages, luminosity and mass functions, and metallicities of the red stellar populations and a census of AGB and carbon stars, as well as extinction maps, across the LMC. This work presents an initial analysis of ~20 square degrees.
The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) has observed a number of Wolf-Rayet stars and galaxies at J (1.25 μm), H (1.65 μm), and Ks (2.17 μm), as part of its systematic coverage of the entire sky with automated 1.3-m telescopes at Mt. Hopkins, AZ, and CTIO, Chile. The cameras observe the sky in the three channels simultaneously, using 256 x 256 HgCdTe-detector arrays. The survey samples the sky in 6° x 8.'3 tiles. The 2MASS Production Processing System transforms the raw binary survey data to final atlas images and source extractions with precise photometric calibration and astrometric positions. The survey's 10σ sensitivity is 15.8 mag at J, 15.1 at H, and 14.3 at Ks. In this poster we will present results from our analysis of several objects. We have observed WR stars both with and without associated ring nebulae. 2MASS imaging of the WR galaxies is far less affected by extinction, which can obscure much of the star formation activity. We will place these starburst dwarf galaxies in context with other galaxies, based on their near-IR colors and properties.
Bok globules, optically opaque small dark clouds, are classical examples of isolated star formation. However, the collapse mechanism for these cold, dense clouds of gas and dust is not well understood. Observations of Bok globules include some which appear to be starless while others harbor single stars, binaries and even small groups of forming stars. One example of a Bok globule forming a group of stars is CB 34, observed with both the IRAC and MIPS instruments as part of the Spitzer Young Cluster Survey. Based on initial analysis of 1-8 μm photometry from IRAC and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), we identified 9 Class 0/I and 14 Class II young stellar objects within the small, 4.5′ × 4.5′ region encompassing CB 34. This unusually high number of protostars compared with Class II sources is intriguing because it implies a high rate of star formation. Therefore we have begun a larger study of this region in order to determine why and how CB 34 started forming stars at such a high rate. Is CB 34 embedded within a larger HII region which may have triggered its collapse or does it appear to have collapsed in isolation from outside influences?
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