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M. S. Nanda Kumar

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My research interests are in the area of star formation, with focus on embedded clusters, massive stars, outflows, disks and large scale properties of star formation. I am an observational astronomer using the infrared and millimeter data to carry out my research and I also use various modeling methods. In particular, the radiative transfer modeling of SEDs are conducted for massive YSOs, the statistical properties of embedded clusters are modeled by nearest neighbour method and minimum spanning tree methods by Stefan Schmeja with whom I work closely on these topics. I am also involved in wide field infrared imaging studies of star forming regions, particularly exploiting the WFCAM on UKIRT, the upcoming VISTA and the Spitzer Space Telescope data. The wide field imaging studies are used to understand the statistical aspects of star formation on the scales of Giant molecular clouds.
Lastest CAUP publications
Á. Sánchez-Monge, M. T. Beltrán, R. Cesaroni, S. Etoka, D. Galli, M. S. N. Kumar, L. Moscadelli, T. Stanke, F. F. S. van der Tak, S. Vig, C. M. Walmsley, K.-S. Wang, H. Zinnecker, D. Elia, S. Molinari, E. Schisano, 2014,
A necklace of dense cores in the high-mass star forming region G35.20−0.74 N: ALMA observations,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 569, A11_1-A11_24
M. T. Beltrán, Á. Sánchez-Monge, R. Cesaroni, M. S. N. Kumar, D. Galli, C. M. Walmsley, S. Etoka, R. S. Furuya, L. Moscadelli, T. Stanke, F. F. S. van der Tak, S. Vig, K.-S. Wang, H. Zinnecker, D. Elia, E. Schisano, 2014,
Filamentary structure and Keplerian rotation in the high-mass star-forming region G35.03+0.35 imaged with ALMA,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 571, A52_1-A52_24
C. Contreras Peña, P. W. Lucas, D. Froebrich, M. S. N. Kumar, J. Goldstein, J. E. Drew, A. Adamson, C. J. Davis, G. Barentsen, N. J. Wright, 2014,
Extreme Infrared Variables from UKIDSS - I. A Concentration in Star Forming Regions,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 439, 1829-1854
K. K. Mallick, M. S. N. Kumar, D. K. Ojha, R. Bachiller, M. R. Samal, L. Pirogov, 2013,
W40 region in the Gould belt: an embedded cluster and HII region at the junction of filaments,
The Astrophysical Journal, 779, 113_1-113_17
J. Borissova, M. S. N. Kumar, P. Amigo, A.-N. Chené, R. Kurtev, D. Minniti, 2014,
Detached Dust Shell around Wolf-Rayet Star WR60-6 in the Young Stellar Cluster VVV CL036,
The Astronomical Journal, 147, 18_1-18_8
J. M. C. Grave, M. S. N. Kumar, D. K. Ojha, G. D. C. Teixeira, G. Pace, 2014,
The ionizing sources of luminous compact HII regions in the RCW106 and RCW122 clouds,
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 563, A123_1-A123_5
Á. Sánchez-Monge, R. Cesaroni, M. T. Beltrán, M. S. N. Kumar, T. Stanke, H. Zinnecker, S. Etoka, D. Galli, C. A. Hummel, L. Moscadelli, T. Preibisch, T. Ratzka, F. F. S. van der Tak, S. Vig, C. M. Walmsley, K.-S. Wang, 2013,
A candidate circumbinary Keplerian disk in G35.20-0.74 N:
A study with ALMA
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 552, L10_1-L10_5
A.-N. Chené, J. Borissova, C. Bonatto, D. J. Majaess, G. L. Baume, J. R. A. Clarke, R. Kurtev, O. Schnurr, J.-C. Bouret, M. Catelan, J. P. Emerson, C. Feinstein, D. Geisler, R. de Grijs, A. Hervé, V. D. Ivanov, M. S. N. Kumar, P. W. Lucas, L. Mahy, F. Martins, F. Mauro, D. Minniti, C. Moni-Bidin, 2013,
Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey
II. Discovery of six clusters with Wolf-Rayet stars
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 549, A98_1-A98_17
A.-N. Chené, J. Borissova, J. R. A. Clarke, C. Bonatto, D. J. Majaess, C. Moni-Bidin, S. E. Sale, F. Mauro, R. Kurtev, G. L. Baume, C. Feinstein, V. D. Ivanov, D. Geisler, M. Catelan, D. Minniti, P. W. Lucas, R. de Grijs, M. S. N. Kumar, 2012,
Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey
I. Presentation of the data and description of the approach
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 545, A54_1-A54_18