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StarFormMapper SIGNED

A Gaia and Herschel Study of the Density Distribution and Evolution of Young Massive Star Clusters

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "StarFormMapper" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: LEEDS
postcode: LS2 9JT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙779˙602 €
 EC max contribution 1˙775˙852 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
 Code Call H2020-COMPET-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2020-05-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UK (LEEDS) coordinator 577˙892.00
3    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) participant 390˙727.00
4    UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES FR (GRENOBLE) participant 320˙000.00
5    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) participant 12˙500.00


 Project objective

We propose to use a combination of data from the ESA space missions GAIA and Herschel, alongside other satellite and European-led ground-based observations, to map the density distribution of star formation regions. This will allow us to identify the mechanisms that underlie both how massive stars themselves form, but more fundamentally, how their natal clusters evolve around them. Our work will underpin studies of how all galaxies evolve. The combination of the two ESA missions will allow us to study clusters and associations of stars when they are very young (much less than 1 Myr old), when the structures we see are a better match to the initial conditions. No one has attempted such a project before as the required datasets were not available. The novel data and complexity of the combined datasets require the development of new analysis and visualization tools. In particular we will statistically compare hybrid large scale N-body SPH models with the combined 6-dimensional Gaia plus Herschel and gas kinematical data. Our goals therefore are structured to develop new techniques that we will initially test on simulations. We will follow this with tests on observational data of slightly older clusters (about 1Myr old). We will then apply the tested methodologies to the very youngest clusters. This will address our final goal of cracking the problem of how the most massive stars and clusters form.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan update KO+40 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
Mass segregation methodology Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
Visualization client verification report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Clustering statistics report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
Report on object catalogue from simulation data Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Outreach activities report and plan KO+18 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
RISEA software library Other 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Data Management Plan update KO+27 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
RISEA testing validation report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
End of year 2 review Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
Revised SQAP v 2 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:25
Dissemination activities report and plan KO+18 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Software Quality Assurance Plan Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Substructure techniques Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:22
Gaia data architecture report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:22
Virtualization study report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:22
Outreach activities reports Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Substructure software package Other 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Report on available N-body simulations Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Public project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Vizualisation server data resampling study Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:22
Additional observational data requirements Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Report on Required Simulations Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
End of year 1 review Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Data Management Plan v 1 Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:24
Outreach activities update Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:23
Revised SQAP Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:23
RISEA architecture report Documents, reports 2020-02-25 17:32:22

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of StarFormMapper deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 F. Motte, T. Nony, F. Louvet, K. A. Marsh, S. Bontemps, A. P. Whitworth, A. Men’shchikov, Q. Nguyễn Lương, T. Csengeri, A. J. Maury, A. Gusdorf, E. Chapillon, V. Könyves, P. Schilke, A. Duarte-Cabral, P. Didelon, M. Gaudel
The unexpectedly large proportion of high-mass star-forming cores in a Galactic mini-starburst
published pages: 478-482, ISSN: 2397-3366, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0452-x
Nature Astronomy 2/6 2020-02-25
2018 Phillip A B Galli, Isabelle Joncour, Estelle Moraux
Three-dimensional structure of the Upper Scorpius association with the Gaia first data release
published pages: L50-L54, ISSN: 1745-3933, DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/sly036
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 477/1 2020-02-25
2018 Frédérique Motte, Sylvain Bontemps, Fabien Louvet
High-Mass Star and Massive Cluster Formation in the Milky Way
published pages: 41-82, ISSN: 0066-4146, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-astro-091916-055235
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 56/1 2020-02-25
2018 J. Olivares, E. Moraux, L. M. Sarro, H. Bouy, A. Berihuete, D. Barrado, N. Huelamo, E. Bertin, J. Bouvier
The seven sisters DANCe
published pages: A70, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731996
Astronomy & Astrophysics 612 2020-02-25

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