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Title: The Young Open Star Clusters: Stability and Structure
Authors: Pandey, A. K
Mahra, H. S
Sagar, R
Keywords: Cluster: Open
Issue Date: Feb-1990
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 99, No. 2, pp. 617 - 621
Abstract: It is found to the differential extinction ΔE (B-V) in open clusters which may be due to the presence of gas and dust, decreases systematically with age of the cluster. Consequently we can infer that the average gas removal time must be about 10 / sup 8/ yr. the present work supports the findings of Elmegreen (1983) that bound clusters are formed in low mass clouds(µ<10 /sup 4/ µ?) while the unbound OB associations are formed in clouds having higher masses. (µ > 10 /sup 5/ µ? ). It is also concluded that if formation of bound clusters takes place in low mass clouds (µ>10/ sup 4 / µ?) only, then the observed low cluster formation rate and higher space density of low mass clouds suggest that star formation in open clusters must be a continuous process about 10/sup 8/ yr. the present work also supports the existence of a corona around open clusters and it is concluded that coronal regions in bound open clusters are dynamically stable in the tidal forces of the galaxy
ISSN: 0004-6256
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