AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 33. The Big Picture: Latest Science Results from 2MASS
Topical Session Oral, Tuesday, June 5, 2001, 9:00am-12:30pm, 2:00-5:30pm, C101-104

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[33.03] Probing Stellar Populations and Star Forming Regions with 2MASS:\\Techniques, Recent Results, and Future Directions

J. M. Carpenter (Caltech)

The 2MASS Second Incremental Release has been successfully utilized to study many facets of stellar populations in our Galaxy, from the defining discoveries of the L- and T-dwarfs, to mapping the spatial distribution of young stellar objects over entire molecular clouds, to the serendipitous identification of obscured clusters in the Galactic plane. These studies have only begun to tap the vast 2MASS database, and many exciting discoveries certainly await. In this talk, I discuss the techniques that have been used to identify rare objects and to study the stellar populations in star forming regions, which serve to highlight the photometric and astrometric quality of the 2MASS data products. I will also explore a few avenues of future research in anticipation of the upcoming 2MASS data release for the entire sky.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jmc@astro.caltech.edu

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