16 September 2004 The Large Magellanic Cloud as a testbed for the astronomical virtual observatory
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We are carrying out a comprehensive study of massive star forming complexes in the Large Magellanic Cloud, through the study of ionized regions. Preliminary results for the nebula LHA~120-N~44C are presented here. We are blending i) the spectral and morphological information contained in images taken through selected filters that probe lines sensitive to factors such as excitation mechanisms or hardness of the ionizing radiation, ii) with the already existing photometry from the 2MASS near-infrared survey and iii) multi-wavelength archived images retrieved from various locations. The merging of all these sources of informations will allow us to establish a close link between massive stars and the surrounding interstellar medium and should help constraining the local star formation history and dynamical evolution of these ionized regions in the Large Magellanic Cloud. In this respect, the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) prototype tool has proven to be a powerful tool to speed up the discovery process.
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Nausicaa Delmotte, Nausicaa Delmotte, } "The Large Magellanic Cloud as a testbed for the astronomical virtual observatory", Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550504; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550504


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