AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 53. ISM: Ionized Gas
Display, Thursday, January 13, 2000, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[53.01] Chandra/ACIS Observations of 30 Doradus

L. Townsley, E. Feigelson, D. Burrows (PSU), Y.-H. Chu (UIUC), G. Garmire, P. Broos, Y. Tsuboi (PSU), R. Griffiths (CMU)

We present the first high-spatial-resolution X-ray images of the 30 Doradus star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, obtained with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer aboard the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The central cluster of young high-mass stars, R136, is resolved at the arcsecond level. Spatially-resolved spectra and enhanced images are presented for N157B, the plerion SNR recently shown by X-ray observations to contain a 16-msec pulsar (Marshall et al., ApJ 499, L179). The spectrally soft superbubble structures seen by ROSAT are visible in the Chandra image, as is SN 1987A (but imaged 20 arcmin off-axis).

Our efforts to remove the spectral effects of CCD charge transfer inefficiency due to radiation damage will be described.

Support for this effort was provided by NASA contract NAS8-38252 to Gordon Garmire, the ACIS Principal Investigator.

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

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