‘Extreme’ star formation

We have discovered a massive star-forming complex in the unexplored southwest region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, which manifests itself as a younger, embedded twin of 30 Doradus. This work provides insight into the formation of 30 Doradus and ‘extreme’ star formation in general, which may be analogous to star formation in the early Universe. Published in Nature Astronomy.

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At Hopkins / STScI, I have been part of a core science team that will use JWST GTO time to study star formation in a wide range of environments, from ‘extreme’ to more ‘quiescent’ regions, spanning almost two orders of magnitude in metallicity. I am responsible for defining, planning, and exploiting these observations, maximizing the scientific output from various JWST instruments (MIRI/NIRCam/NIRSpec) and observational modes (imaging, IFU spectroscopy, MOS).

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