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1998AJ....116..180P - Astron. J., 116, 180-208 (1998/July-0)

Ultraviolet imaging telescope observations of the Magellanic clouds.

PARKER J.W., HILL J.K., CORNETT R.H., HOLLIS J., ZAMKOFF E., BOHLIN R.C., O'CONNELL R.W., NEFF S.G., ROBERTS M.S., SMITH A.M. and STECHER T.P.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present wide-field far-ultraviolet (FUV; 1300-1800 Å) images of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC, SMC). These data were obtained by the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT) during the Astro-1 (1990 December 1-10) and Astro-2 (1995 March 2-18) missions; the images provide an extensive FUV mosaic of the SMC and contain numerous regions in the LMC, covering a wide range of stellar densities and current star formation activity. A total of 47 LMC/Lucke-Hodge and 37 SMC/Hodge OB associations are completely or partially included in the observed fields. FUV data can identify the hottest OB stars more easily than can optical photometry, and these stars dominate the ionizing flux, which is correlated to the observed Hα flux of the associated H II regions. Of the H II regions in the catalog of Davies, Elliott, & Meaburn (DEM), the UIT fields completely or partially include 102 DEM regions in the LMC and 74 DEM regions in the SMC.

We present a catalog of FUV magnitudes derived from point-spread function photometry for 37,333 stars in the LMC (the UIT FUV magnitudes for 11,306 stars in the SMC were presented recently by Cornett et al.), with a completeness limit of mUV ~ 15 mag and a detection limit of mUV ~ 17.5. The average uncertainty in the photometry is ∼0.1 mag. The full catalog with astrometric positions, photometry, and other information is also available from publicly accessible astronomical data archives.

We divide the catalog into field stars and stars that are in DEM regions. We analyze each of these two sets of stars independently, comparing the composite UV luminosity function of our data with UV magnitudes derived from stellar evolution and atmosphere models in order to derive the underlying stellar formation parameters. We find a most probable initial mass function (IMF) slope for the LMC field stars of Γ = -1.80±0.09. The statistical significance of this single slope for the LMC field stars is extremely high, though we also find some evidence for a field star IMF slope of Γ ∼ -1.4, roughly equal to the Salpeter slope. However, in the case of the stars in the DEM regions (the stars in all the regions were analyzed together as a single group), we find three IMF slopes of roughly equal likelihood: Γ = -1.0, -1.6, and -2.0.

No typical age for the field stars is found in our data for time periods up to a continuous star formation age of 500 Myr, which is the maximum age consistent with the completeness limit magnitude of the catalog's luminosity function. The best age for the collection of cluster stars was found to be t0 = 3.4 ±1.9 Myr; this is consistent with the age expected for a collection of OB stars from many different clusters.


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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Magellanic Clouds - Galaxy: Open Clusters and Associations: General - Stars: Early-Type - Stars: Luminosity Function, Mass Function - Ultraviolet Emission

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/AJ/116/180): table2.dat field.dat>

Nomenclature: Table 2: [PHC98] NNNNN N=37333.

Status in Simbad:  could be processed

Simbad objects: 238

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