Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013
ALMA\'s First View of Star Formation In the Super Star Cluster 30 Doradus
Brogan, Crystal (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
Indebetouw, Remy (University of Virginia, National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
Hunter, Todd (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
Leroy, Adam (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
As the nearest super-star cluster, 30 Doradus in the Large Magellanic Cloud presents a truly unique opportunity to study star formation in an extreme environment. We present ~2” (about 0.5pc) resolution ALMA observations of the molecular cloud North of R136 in the 3mm lines of HCO+, HCN, and CS and 1.3mm lines of CO (2-1) and its isotopologues. The sensitivity of ALMA allows us to spatially resolve the dense gas that actually participates in star formation for the first time in a reduced metallicity extragalactic starburst. These observations reveal filamentary cloud structures as well as dense clumps about 1pc in size coincident with embedded near-IR sources. The results from this study will be invaluable for extrapolation to unresolved observations in the distant Universe.
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