Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 437, 2005-2016 (2014/January-2)
Mass distribution and structural parameters of Small Magellanic Cloud star clusters.
MAIA F.F.S., PIATTI A.E. and SANTOS J.F.C.Jr
Abstract (from CDS):
In this work, we estimate, for the first time, the total masses and mass function (MF) slopes of a sample of 29 young and intermediate-age Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) clusters from CCD Washington photometry. We also derive age, interstellar reddening and structural parameters for most of the studied clusters by employing a statistical method to remove the unavoidable field star contamination. Only these 29 clusters out of 68 originally analysed cluster candidates present stellar overdensities and coherent distribution in their colour-magnitude diagrams compatible with the existence of a genuine star cluster. We employed simple stellar population models to derive general equations for estimating the cluster mass based only on its age and integrated light in the B, V, I, C and T1 filter. These equations were tested against mass values computed from luminosity functions, showing an excellent agreement. The sample contains clusters with ages between 60Myr and 3Gyr and masses between 300 and 3000M☉ distributed between ∼ 0 _.^○5 and ∼ 2° from the SMC optical centre. We determined MF slopes for 24 clusters, of which 19 have slopes compatible with that of Kroupa's initial mass function (α = 2.3±0.7), considering the uncertainties. The remaining clusters - H86-188, H86-190, K47, K63 and NGC 242 - showed flatter MFs. Additionally, only clusters with masses lower than ∼ 1000M☉ and flatter MF were found within ∼ 0 _.^○6 from the SMC rotational centre.
© 2013 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013)
techniques: photometric - galaxies: individual: SMC - galaxies: star clusters: general
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