The long-term survival chances of young massive star clusters

Richard de Grijs*

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I review the long-term survival chances of young massive star clusters (YMCs), hallmarks of intense starburst episodes often associated with violent galaxy interactions. In particular, I address the key question as to whether at least some of these YMCs can be considered proto-globular clusters (GCs). In the absence of significant external perturbations, the key factor determining a cluster's long-term survival chances is the shape of its stellar initial mass function. I conclude that there is an increasing body of evidence that GC formation appears to be continuing until today; their long-term evolution crucially depends on their environmental conditions, however.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • galaxies: interactions
  • galaxies: star clusters
  • galaxies: starburst
  • magellanic clouds
  • open clusters and associations: general


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