Massive young clusters in the Milky Way and the Scutum Complex

Dr. Ignacio Negueruela Díez

Abstract

The last decade has brought the discovery of a large number of massive (M > 10000 M?) young open clusters in the Milky Way, which had previously not been thought to exist. I will present a brief review of these discoveries, with strong emphasis on the use of these clusters as astrophysical laboratories. I will also present the very recent discovery of a number of massive clusters concentrated towards a small region of the Scutum Arm, providing evidence for the existence of starburst activity on a much larger scale than previously assumed.

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Massive young clusters in the Milky Way and the Scutum Complex
Dr. Ignacio Negueruela Díez
University of Alicante, Spain
Friday September 11, 2009 - 0:00  (Aula)
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