The young star cluster system of the Antennae galaxies

Peter Anders*, Uta Fritze, Richard de Grijs

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The study of young star cluster (YSC) systems, preferentially in starburst and merging galaxies, has seen great interest in the recent past, as it provides important input to models of star formation. However, even some basic properties (such as the luminosity function; LF) of YSC systems are still being debated. Here, we study the photometric properties of the YSC system in the nearest major merger system, the Antennae galaxies. We find evidence for the existence of a statistically significant turnover in the LF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • galaxies: NGC 4038/39
  • methods: data analysis
  • star clusters: general


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