Abstract

Four regions of massive star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) were observed for water and methanol maser emission and radio continuum emission. A total of 42 radio detections were made including 27 new radio sources, four water masers, and eight compact HII regions. The lobes of a radio galaxy were resolved for the first time, and the host galaxy identified. Seven sources were associated with known massive young stellar objects (YSOs). A multi-wavelength analysis using both the infrared and radio spectrum was used to characterize the sources. Mid-infrared color-magnitude selection criteria for ultracompact HII (UCHII) regions in the LMC are presented, yielding 136 UCHII region candidates throughout that galaxy. New maser detections identified two previously unknown massive YSOs. No methanol masers were detected, consistent with previous studies and supporting the hypothesis that the LMC may be deficient in these molecules. These discoveries contribute to the history of star formation in the LMC, which will lead to a better understanding of star formation in the Milky Way and throughout the universe.

Degree

PhD

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

Rights

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Date Submitted

2015-03-01

Document Type

Dissertation

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd7624

Keywords

HII regions, Magellanic Clouds, masers, star formation

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