Diffuse X-ray structures in massive star-forming regions

Leisa K. Townsley

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The Chandra X-ray Observatory is providing remarkable new views of massive starforming regions. Very young complexes are suffused by parsec-scale diffuse X-ray structures outllned by heated dust seen in mid-infrared images; these are the long-sought signatures of midtimillon- degree plasmas created by fast O-star winds. In older regions we see much brighter diffuse emission regions; these are likely the X-ray remains of massive stars that stayed close to their birthplaces, exploding as cavity supernovae within the superbubbles that these clusters created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Local Bubble and Beyond II - Proceedings of the International Conference, LBB-II
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009
EventInternational Conference on The Local Bubble and Beyond II, LBB-II - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 21 2008Apr 24 2008


OtherInternational Conference on The Local Bubble and Beyond II, LBB-II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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