Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 511, A25-25 (2010/2-2)
A photometric and spectroscopic investigation of star formation in the very young open cluster NGC 6383.
RAUW G., MANFROID J. and DE BECKER M.
Abstract (from CDS):
The very young open cluster NGC6383 centered on the O-star binary HD159176 is an interesting place for studying the impact of early-type stars with strong radiation fields and powerful winds on the formation processes of low-mass stars. To investigate this process, it is necessary to determine the characteristics (age, presence, or absence of circumstellar material) of the population of low-mass pre-main-sequence (PMS) stars in the cluster. We obtained deep UBV(RI)cHα photometric data of the entire cluster as well as medium-resolution optical spectroscopy of a subsample of X-ray selected objects. Our spectroscopic data reveal only very weak Hα emission lines in a few X-ray selected PMS candidates. We photometrically identify a number of Hα emission candidates but their cluster membership is uncertain. We find that the fainter objects in the field of view have a wide range of extinction (up to AV=20), one X-ray selected OB star having AV≃8. Our investigation uncovers a population of PMS stars in NGC6383 that are probably coeval with HD159176. In addition, we detect a population of reddened objects that are probably located at different depths within the natal molecular cloud of the cluster. Finally, we identify a rather complex spatial distribution of Hα emitters, which is probably indicative of a severe contamination by foreground and background stars.
stars: pre-main sequence - X-rays: stars - open clusters and associations: individual: NGC6383
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