AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds. III. The rate of star formation across the Small Magellanic Cloud

  title={AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds. III. The rate of star formation across the Small Magellanic Cloud},
  author={Maria-Rosa L. Cioni and L{\'e}o Girardi and Paola Marigo and Harm Jan Habing},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
Aims. This article compares the K s  magnitude distribution of Small Magellanic Cloud asymptotic giant branch stars obtained from the DENIS and 2MASS data with theoretical distributions. Methods. Theoretical K s  magnitude distributions have been constructed using up-to-date stellar evolution calculations for low- and intermediate-mass stars, and in particular for thermally pulsing asymptotic giant branch stars. Separate fits of the magnitude distributions of carbon- and oxygen-rich stars… Expand

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