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The complete survey of star-forming regions: Phase I data

Ridge, Naomi A. and di Francesco, James and Kirk, Helen and Li, Di and Goodman, Alyssa A. and Alves, João F. and Arce, Héctor G. and Borkin, Michelle A. and Caselli, Paola and Foster, Jonathan B. and Heyer, Mark H. and Johnstone, Doug and Kosslyn, David A. and Lombardi, Marco and Pineda, Jaime E. and Schnee, Scott L. and Tafalla, Mario (2006) The complete survey of star-forming regions: Phase I data. Astronomical Journal, 131 (6). pp. 2921-2933. ISSN 0004-6256.

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We present an overview of data available for the Ophiuchus and Perseus molecular clouds from Phase I of the COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions. This survey provides a range of data complementary to the Spitzer Legacy Program "From Molecular Cores to Planet Forming Disks." Phase I includes the following: extinction maps derived from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) near-infrared data using the NICER algorithm; extinction and temperature maps derived from IRAS 60 and 100 µm emission; H I maps of atomic gas; 12CO and 13CO maps of molecular gas; and submillimeter continuum images of emission from dust in dense cores. Not unexpectedly, the morphology of the regions appears quite different depending on the column density tracer that is used, with IRAS tracing mainly warmer dust and CO being biased by chemical, excitation, and optical depth effects. Histograms of column density distribution are presented, showing that extinction as derived from 2MASS NICER gives the closest match to a lognormal distribution, as is predicted by numerical simulations. All the data presented in this paper, and links to more detailed publications on their implications, are publicly available at the COMPLETE Web site.

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Arce, Héctor G.0000-0001-5653-7817
Caselli, Paola0000-0003-1481-7911
Johnstone, Doug0000-0002-6773-459X
Pineda, Jaime E.0000-0002-3972-1978
Additional Information:© 2006 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2005 November 8; accepted 2006 February 22. N.A.R. is supported by the National Science Foundation through award AST 04-07172. J.B.F. is supported by the NASA ADP program. H.K. is supported by a National Research Council of Canada GSSSP award. D.J.'s research is supported by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. J.E.P. is supported by the National Science Foundation through grant AF002 from the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NSF cooperative agreement AST 96-13615 and by Fundación Andes under project C-13442. S.L.S. is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
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NSFAST 04-07172
National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
NSFAST 96-13615
Fundacion AndesC-13442
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:ISM: clouds—stars: formation—surveys
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Deposited By: Lindsay Cleary
Deposited On:09 Aug 2006
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