30 Doradus: The Starburst Next Door

A Mini-workshop at STScI

September 16th-19th 2012

Venue: STScI, Baltimore, USA

The 30 Doradus or Tarantula Nebula region of the Large Magellanic Cloud is synonymous with many superlatives in astronomy, hosting as it does the most massive young resolved cluster (R136), the most massive stars yet discovered, the fastest rotating O-type stars, the most massive runaway star.

Its unique accessibility to detailed study covering the electromagnetic spectrum from X-ray, UV, optical, IR through radio is reflected in the many detailed surveys of this region with facilities such as HST, Chandra, Spitzer, VLT-Flames and VISTA. While it is certainly a challenge to understand this wealth of information for what is a very complex region it is one well worth addressing since 30 Doradus may have much to teach us about more distant unresolved starbursts and super star clusters.

The aim of this mini-workshop is to review recent results and outstanding theoretical issues and to examine the extent to which our knowledge of 30 Doradus can be used to improve our understanding of distant starbursts and star clusters. It will focus on five closely related themes; formation, environment, content, evolution, and relevance to Super Star Clusters and Starbursts.

SOC at STScI: Selma de Mink, Linda Smith, Karl Gordon, Nolan Walborn, Danny Lennon (chair), Brad Whitmore, Elena Sabbi, Aida Wofford, Sherita Hanna (coordinator)

Registration deadline: August 17th 2012

Weblink: http://www.stsci.edu/institute/conference/doradus

Email: lennon@stsci.edu