School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Seminar Series

Tracing feedback in massive star-forming regions with integral field spectroscopy


Dr Anna McLeod


Research Associate with the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at UC

Time & Place

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 NZST in Rutherford Room 531

All are welcome


Massive stars strongly influence their immediate surroundings during their lifetimes (via e.g. protostellar jets, strong stellar winds, ionising radiation, supernovae). On larger scales, feedback from massive stars regulates the formation and evolution of entire stellar clusters and dominates the mass and energy cycle in star-forming galaxies like the Milky Way. Qualitatively, the effect of massive stars on their environment is well understood, but a solid quantitative, observational analysis is still missing. The results of recent feedback observations of a variety of structures and environments within massive star-forming regions will be shown, carried out with the integral field spectrographs MUSE and KMOS at the Very Large Telescope (Chile). I will discuss the advantages (and caveats) of integral field spectroscopy in tracing and quantifying feedback from massive stars, and describe the bigger picture that connects feedback on small (cloud) scales to that on large (galactic) scales.