The Arches Cluster - A Case for IMF Variations?
In my thesis, I analysed the two MilkyWay starburst clusters Arches and NGC3603 with respect to their present-day mass functions (MFs), and local as well as global spatial variations in the MF slope. I present the results of the comparison of the Arches MF, indicative of the dense Galactic Center (GC) environment, and of NGC3603, a more moderate star-forming environment in the Carina spiral arm.
KeywordsGalactic Center Stellar Population Initial Mass Function Sequence Isochrone Dynamical Segregation
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- Stolte, A. 2003, PhD “Mass functions and mass segregation in young starburst clusters”, Ruperto-Carola University of Heidelberg, GermanyGoogle Scholar