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|Title:||The Mass Function of Young Star Clusters in our Galaxy and Nearby Galaxies: Is It Universal?|
|Keywords:||Star Clusters;Galaxies-universal;Galaxy;Photometric;Magellanic Clouds;Milky Way: Galaxy|
|Publisher:||International Astronomical union|
|Citation:||IAU Symposia, Vol. 207, pp. 515 - 524|
|Abstract:||Mass functions (MFs) derived from photometric observations of young star clusters of our Galaxy, the Magellanic Clouds (MCs), M31 and M33 have been used to investigate the question of universality of the initial mass function and presence of mass segregation in these systems. Observational determination of the MF slope of young star clusters have an inherent uncertainty of at least ˜ 1.0 dex in the Milky Way and of ˜ 0.4 dex in the MCs. There is no obvious dependence of the MF slope on either galactocentric distance or age of the young star clusters or on the spatial concentration of the stars formed or on the galactic characteristics including metallicity. Effects of mass segregation have been observed in a good number of young stellar groups of our Galaxy and MCs. As their ages are much smaller than their dynamical evolution times, star formation processes seem to be responsible for the observed mass segregation in them.|
|Appears in Collections:||IIAP Publications|
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