A systematic survey for infrared star clusters with |b| < 20° using 2MASS

  title={A systematic survey for infrared star clusters with |b| < 20° using 2MASS},
  author={Dirk Froebrich and Alexander Scholz and Claire L. Raftery and Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and 2 Dublin and Ireland University of Toronto and Toronto and Canada. Uni. College Dublin and Ireland Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Space Science and University of Kent and Canterbury and UK.},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • D. Froebrich, A. Scholz, UK.
  • Published 5 October 2006
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We used star density maps obtained from the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) to obtain a sample of star clusters in the entire Galactic Plane with |b| < 20°. A total of 1788 star cluster candidates are identified in this survey. Among those are 681 previously known open clusters and 86 globular clusters. A statistical analysis indicates that our sample of 1021 new cluster candidates has a contamination of about 50 per cent. Star cluster parameters are obtained by fitting a King profile to the… 

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