Query : 2000A&A...358..886B

2000A&A...358..886B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 358, 886-896 (2000/6-3)

The extremely young open cluster NGC 6611. Luminosity function and star formation history.


Abstract (from CDS):

The stellar content of the young open cluster NGC 6611 was studied on the basis of the data of the Compiled Catalogue published in Belikov et al. (1999AN....320...27B). Using photometric and proper motion criteria as well as taking into account the cluster structure, we selected 376 probable members down to MV≃3mag (a limit never reached before) from 2185 catalogue stars. The observed luminosity function was constructed and compared with the theoretical luminosity function computed with the log-normal and power-law IMFs and under the assumption of a non-coeval star formation. From this comparison, the following main conclusions can be drawn, also supported by the analysis of the cluster color-magnitude diagram: (1) the expected H-feature due to the Pre-Main-Sequence - Main-Sequence transition is marginally present in the observed luminosity function at MV≃1mag (i.e., at the supposed turn-on point of the cluster's CMD); (2) in the mass range [2.1, 85] m the mass function of cluster stars could be better represented by a power-law IMF with a logarithmic slope Γ=-1.2 than by a log-normal IMF; (3) a cluster age of 6 Myr derived both from the LF and CMD analysis coincides well with present-day findings. A considerable (of the order of the cluster age) spread of individual ages of cluster stars was confirmed, but no evidence of a sequential star formation was found from the data.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: open clusters and associations: individual: NGC 6611 - stars: luminosity function, mass function - stars: pre-main sequence

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 BD-13 4920 Y*O 18 18 26.1965979744 -13 50 05.484778872 11.068 10.55 10.06   9.236 B1V 41 0
2 M 16 OpC 18 18 45 -13 47.5   6.58 6.0     ~ 983 2

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