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The Red MSX Source Survey: The Massive Young Stellar Population of Our Galaxy

Lumsden, SL, Hoare, MG, Urquhart, JS, Oudmaijer, RD, Davies, B, Mottram, JC, Cooper, HDB and Moore, TJT (2013) The Red MSX Source Survey: The Massive Young Stellar Population of Our Galaxy. Astrophysical Journal: Supplement Series, 208 (1). ISSN 0067-0049

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We present the Red MSX Source survey, the largest statistically selected catalog of young massive protostars and H II regions to date. We outline the construction of the catalog using mid- and near-infrared color selection. We also discuss the detailed follow up work at other wavelengths, including higher spatial resolution data in the infrared. We show that within the adopted selection bounds we are more than 90% complete for the massive protostellar population, with a positional accuracy of the exciting source of better than 2 arcsec. We briefly summarize some of the results that can be obtained from studying the properties of the objects in the catalog as a whole; we find evidence that the most massive stars form: (1) preferentially nearer the Galactic center than the anti-center; (2) in the most heavily reddened environments, suggestive of high accretion rates; and (3) from the most massive cloud cores.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences, 0305 Organic Chemistry, 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:20
DOI or ID number: 10.1088/0067-0049/208/1/11
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4718
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