MYStIX, SFiNCs, MOXC & Missing Link projects
Understanding young stars and their environments
MYStIX (Massive Young Star-Forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-ray) is a project to synthesize multi-wavelength photometric data on 20 star forming regions within d<4 kpc to obtain new censuses of cluster stars and images of nebular emission. SFiNCs (Star Formation in Nearby Clouds) extends the sample to 22 smaller star forming regions within d<1kpc, MOXC (Massive Star-forming Regions Omnibus X-ray Catalog) extends the X-ray survey to d<6 kpc, and Missing Link extends the survey to stellar ages 5-20 Myr. Sophisticated data analysis techniques are developed to find identify young stars via X-ray and astrometric properties, discriminate clusters of stars of different sizes and shapes, estimate stellar ages from X-ray and infrared photometry, map faint diffuse X-ray emission from hot plasma, and identify powerful flare events. The central datasets are from Chandra ACIS, UKIRT UKIDSS, 2MASS, Spitzer IRAC, and Gaia surveys. By combining infrared, X-ray and astrometric selected cluster members, both disk-bearing (Class I and II) and disk-free (Class III) young stars are identified. Altogether, over 60,000 young stars are identified.
The science goals are to improve our understanding of clustered star formation, early cluster dynamics, OB star feedback processes, triggered star formation, star formation histories of molecular clouds, pre-main sequence magnetic activity, survivability of protoplanetary disks, and the origin of the Galactic hot interstellar medium. A new goal is to quantify the effects of stellar flares on young planetary atmospheres.
This Web site provides to the public papers, electronic sources tables, and selected presentations from the MYStIX, SFiNCs, MOXC and Missing Link projects.
Members of the MYStIX, SFiNCs & MOXC teams:
MYStIX contact: Eric Feigelson firstname.lastname@example.org
SFiNCs & Missing Link contact: Kostantin Getman email@example.com
MOXC contact: Leisa Townsley firstname.lastname@example.org
NGC 6231 contact: Michael Kuhn email@example.com
Other members include: Michael Kuhn (Caltech), Matthew Povich (Cal State Pomona), Mathew Bate and Tim Naylor (Exeter), and Alison Sills (McMaster)