By modeling the spectral energy distribution (SED) of the W3 IRS5 high-mass star formation region and matching this model to observed data, we can constrain the physical parameters of the basic system geometry and cloud mass distribution. From these parameters, we hope to add to the understanding of high-mass star formation processes. In particular, we hope to determine if the geometries associated with lowmass star formation carry over into the high-mass regime.
Johnson IV, Lent C., "Challenges in Radiative Transfer Modeling - W3 IRS5" (2008). Undergraduate Research Symposium (UGRS). 22.