Identifying young stars in massive star-forming regions for the MYStIX project
Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
American Astronomical Society
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The Massive Young star-forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-rays (MYStIX) project requires samples of young stars that are likely members of 20 nearby Galactic massive star-forming regions. Membership is inferred from statistical classification of X-ray sources, from detection of a robust infrared excess that is best explained by circumstellar dust in a disk or infalling envelope and from published spectral types that are unlikely to be found among field stars. We present the MYStIX membership lists here, and describe in detail the statistical classification of X-ray sources via a "Naive Bayes Classifier." These membership lists provide the empirical foundation for later MYStIX science studies. © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
We appreciate the significant time our anonymous referee devoted to this long paper and the useful suggestions offered. The MYStIX project is supported at Penn State by NASA grant NNX09AC74G, NSF grant AST-0908038, and the Chandra ACIS Team contract SV4-74018 (G. Garmire & L. Townsley, Principal Investigators), issued by the Chandra X-ray Center, which is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for and on behalf of NASA under contract NAS8-03060. M. S. Povich was supported by an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship under award AST-0901646. We thank Steve Majewski and Remy Indebetouw for access to results from the Spitzer Vela-Carina survey. This research made use of data products from the Chandra Data Archive and the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California Institute of Technology) under a contract with NASA. This research used data products from the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), which is operated by the Joint Astronomy Centre on behalf of the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the U.K.; some UKIRT data were obtained as part of the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (Lawrence et al. 2007) and some were obtained via UKIRT director's discretionary time. This research used data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. The HAWK-I near-infrared observations were collected with the High Acuity Wide-field K-band Imager instrument on the ESO 8 m Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory, Chile, under ESO programme 60.A-9284(K). This research has also made use of NASA's Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services, the SIMBAD database operated at the Centre de Données Astronomique de Strasbourg, and SAOImage DS9 software developed by Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 2013, Vol. 209, Number 2