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2013ApJ...764..114H - Astrophys. J., 764, 114 (2013/February-3)

Evidence for environmental dependence of the upper stellar initial mass function in Orion A.

HSU W.-H., HARTMANN L., ALLEN L., HERNANDEZ J., MEGEATH S.T., TOBIN J.J. and INGLEBY L.

Abstract (from CDS):

We extend our previous study of the stellar population of L1641, the lower-density star-forming region of the Orion A cloud south of the dense Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC), with the goal of testing whether there is a statistically significant deficiency of high-mass stars in low-density regions. Previously, we compared the observed ratio of low-mass stars to high-mass stars with theoretical models of the stellar initial mass function (IMF) to infer a deficiency of the highest-mass stars in L1641. We expand our population study to identify the intermediate-mass (late B to G) L1641 members in an attempt to make a more direct comparison with the mass function of the nearby ONC. The spectral-type distribution and the K-band luminosity function of L1641 are similar to those of the ONC, but problems of incompleteness and contamination prevent us from making a detailed test for differences. We limit our analysis to statistical tests of the ratio of high-mass to low-mass stars, which indicate a probability of only 3% that the ONC and the southern region of L1641 were drawn from the same population, supporting the hypothesis that the upper-mass end of the IMF is dependent on environmental density.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - stars: luminosity function, mass function - stars: pre-main sequence - surveys

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/764/114): table1.dat table2.dat>

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