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Title: Studies of Clustered Star Formation in the Magellanic Clouds

Presented by: Dimitrios Gouliermis (Universität Heidelberg)
Category: Science Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: April 11, 2013
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Stars are born in groups at various scales and with various degrees of gravitational self-binding. These stellar clusterings host the vast majority of stars in a galaxy and feed its general field through their dissolution. They are, justifiably, the fundamental building blocks of galaxies. Understanding the formation and evolution of such young stellar systems is of paramount value to our understanding of the origins and duration of the star formation process and its connection to the ambient interstellar environment. I will present a review of my research work on young stellar systems in the Magellanic Clouds with the useof data obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. These systems being embedded in their natal star-forming regions offer an exceptional set of laboratories for the understanding of clustered star formation in the low-metallicity environments of our neighboring galaxies. I will discuss our findings in terms of the clustering behavior of young stars in these regions, their Initial Mass Function and the time-scale for their formation, and I will connect these results to the exceptional advancement that will be introduced to clustered star formation studies by JWST.