Lagoon Nebula M8 T tauri accretion rates

We estimate the accretion rates of 235 Classical T Tauri star (CTTS) candidates in the Lagoon Nebula using ugri H{alpha} photometry from the VST Photometric H{alpha} survey+. Our sample consists of stars displaying H{alpha} excess, the intensity of which is used to derive accretion rates. For a subset of 87 stars, the intensity of the u-band excess is also used to estimate accretion rates. We find the mean variation in accretion rates measured using H{alpha} and u-band intensities to be ~0.17dex, agreeing with previous estimates (0.04-0.4dex) but for a much larger sample. The spatial distribution of CTTS align with the location of protostars and molecular gas suggesting that they retain an imprint of the natal gas fragmentation process. Strong accretors are concentrated spatially, while weak accretors are more distributed. Our results do not support the sequential star-forming processes suggested in the literature.

Cone search capability for table J/MNRAS/453/1026/table24 (VPHAS+ photometry (table2) and derived properties (table4) of candidate CTTS in the Lagoon Nebula)

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Creator Kalari V.M.; Vink J.S.; Drew J.E.; Barentsen G.; Drake J.J.; Eisloffel J.; Martin E.L.; Parker Q.A.; Unruh Y.C.; Walton N.A.; Wright N.J.
Publisher CDS
Publication Year 2016
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Resource Type Dataset; AstroObjects
Discipline Astrophysical Processes; Astrophysics and Astronomy; Natural Sciences; Observational Astronomy; Physics; Stellar Astronomy