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ID: 559407.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Near-infrared spectroscopy in NGC 7538
Authors:Puga, E.; Marín-Franch, A.; Najarro, F.; Lenorzer, A.; Herrero, A.; Acosta Pulido, J. A.; Chavarrí­a, L. A.; Bik, A.; Figer, D.; Ramí­rez Alegría, S.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume:517
Start Page:id.A2
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:<BR /> Aims: The characterisation of the stellar population in young high-mass star-forming regions allows fundamental cluster properties like distance and age to be constrained. These are essential when using high-mass clusters as probes for conducting Galactic studies. <BR /> Methods: NGC 7538 is a star-forming region with an embedded stellar population unearthed only in the near-infrared (NIR). We present the first near-infrared spectro-photometric study of the candidate high-mass stellar content in NGC 7538. We obtained H and K spectra of 21 sources with both the multi-object and long-slit modes of LIRIS at the WHT, and complement these data with subarcsecond JHKs photometry of the region using the imaging mode of the same instrument. <BR /> Results: We find a wide variety of objects within the studied stellar population of NGC 7538. Our results discriminate between a stellar population associated to the H ii region, but not contained within its extent, and several pockets of more recent star formation. We report the detection of CO bandhead emission toward several sources, as well as other features indicative of a young stellar nature. We infer a spectro-photometric distance of 2.7 ± 0.5 kpc, an age spread in the range 0.5-2.2 Myr and a total mass 1.7 × 103 Msun for the older population. Based on observations made with the WHT operated on the island of La Palma by the Isaac Newton Group in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de AstrofÃsica de Canarias.
Free Keywords:stars: early-type; stars: formation; stars: pre-main sequence; infrared: stars
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010A%26A...517A...2... [ID No:1]
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