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The formation of high mass stars


This project aims to establish a new field of research at the newly formed group of astronomy at the Instituto de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento (IP&D) from the Universidade do Vale Paraíba (UNIVAP). This 3-year project includes: the supervising of graduate students from the graduate program of UNIVAP, short travels to work with external collaborators, short visits of external collaborators, as well as the purchase of computers and an upgrade on the near infrared camera Spartan at the SOAR observatory The project will employ spectroscopy and photometry in the near (NIR) and mid infrared (MIR), observing at 4 and 8m class telescopes, like SOAR and 3p6 (La Silla-ESO) and Gemini north and south. Besides ground based telescopes proposals will be submitted to the Chandra x-ray space telescope and the Spitzer infrared space telescope. Moreover, the public data base from the above observatories will be explored during the 3 years of the project. The data gathered in this wide spectral range will be useful to unveil the mechanisms of massive star formation via the study of massive young stellar objects still embedded in their natal cocoons, using the most recent models of star formation. (AU)