Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 389, 429-440 (2008/September-1)
Seven young star clusters in the inner region of the Small Magellanic Cloud.
PIATTI A.E., GEISLER D., SARAJEDINI A., GALLART C. and WISCHNJEWSKY M.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present CCD photometry in the Washington system C and T1 passbands down to T1∼ 22 in the fields of L35, L45, L49, L50, L62, L63 and L85, seven poorly studied star clusters in the inner region of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). We measured T1 magnitudes and C - T1 colours for a total of 114826 stars distributed throughout cluster areas of 13.7x13.7arcmin2 each. Cluster radii were estimated from star counts distributed throughout the entire observed fields. The seven clusters are generally characterized by a relatively small angular size and by a high field star contamination. We performed an in-depth analysis of the field star contamination of the colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs), and statistically cleaned the cluster CMDs. Based on the best fits of isochrones computed by the Padova group to the (T1,C - T1) CMDs, we derive ages for the sample, assuming Z = 0.004, finding ages between 25Myr and 1.2Gyr. We then examined different relationships between positions in the SMC, age and metallicity of a larger sample of clusters including our previous work whose ages and metallicities are on the same scale used in this paper. We confirm previous results in the sense that the further a cluster is from the centre of the galaxy, the older and more metal poor it is, with some dispersion; although clusters associated with the Magellanic Bridge clearly do not obey the general trend. The number of clusters within ∼ 2° of the SMC centre appears to have increased substantially after ∼2.5Gyr ago, hinting at a burst.
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 RAS
techniques: photometric - galaxies: individual: SMC - Magellanic Clouds - galaxies: star clusters
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Table 2: Cl* Lindsay 35 PGS NNNNN N=-. Table 3: Cl* Lindsay 45 PGS NNNNN N=-. Table 4: Cl* Lindsay 49 PGS NNNNN N=-. Table 5: Cl* Lindsay 50 PGS NNNNN> N=-. Table 6: Cl* Lindsay 62 PGS NNNNN N=-. Table 7: Cl* Lindsay 63 PGS NNNNN N=-. Table 8: Cl* Lindsay 85 PGS NNNNN N=-.
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