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Title: Star-cluster mass and age distributions of two fields in M83 based on HST/WFC3 observations

We study star clusters in two fields in the nearby spiral galaxy M83 using broadband and narrowband optical imaging taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 onboard the Hubble Space Telescope. We present results on the basis of several different catalogs of star clusters in inner and outer fields, and we conclude that different methods of selection do not strongly affect the results, particularly for clusters older than ≈10 Myr. The age distributions can be described by a power law, dN/dτ∝τ{sup γ}, with γ ≈ –0.84 ± 0.12 in the inner field, and γ ≈ –0.48 ± 0.12 in the outer field for τ ≳ 10 Myr. We bracket the difference, Δγ, between the two fields to be in the 0.18 to 0.36 range, based on estimates of the relative star-formation histories. The mass functions can also be described by a power law, dN/dM∝M {sup β}, with β ≈ –1.98 ± 0.14 and β ≈ –2.34 ± 0.26 in the inner and outer fields, respectively. We conclude that the shapes of the mass and age distributions of the clusters in the two fields are similar, as predicted by the quasi-universal model. Any differences between the two fields are at themore » ≈2σ-3σ (≈1σ-2σ) level for the age (mass) distributions. Therefore, any dependence of these distributions on the local environment is probably weak. We compare the shapes of the distributions with those predicted by two popular cluster disruption models. We find that both show evidence that the clusters are disrupted at a rate that is approximately independent of their mass. We compare the shapes of the distributions with those predicted by two popular cluster disruption models, and find that both show evidence that the clusters are disrupted at a rate that is approximately independent of their mass, and that observational results do not support the earlier disruption of lower-mass clusters relative to their higher-mass counterparts.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)
  2. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD (United States)
  3. Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States)
  4. Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22356868
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 787; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; APPROXIMATIONS; CATALOGS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; GALAXIES; MASS; MASS DISTRIBUTION; SPACE; STAR CLUSTERS; STARS; TELESCOPES