M82, Starbursts, Star Clusters, and the Formation of Globular Clusters

@article{Keto2005M82SS,
  title={M82, Starbursts, Star Clusters, and the Formation of Globular Clusters},
  author={Eric R. Keto and Luis C. Ho and Kwok Yung Lo},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={635},
  pages={1062-1076}
}
We observed the nearby starburst galaxy M82 in CO in the higher frequency (2-1) transition to achieve an angular resolution below 1'' or 17 pc at the target. We resolved the molecular gas into a large number of compact clouds, with masses ranging from ~2 × 103 to 2 × 106 M☉. The mass spectrum scales as N(M) ∝ M-1.5±0.1, similar to the mass spectra of young massive star clusters, suggesting that individual molecular clouds are transformed in the starburst into individual star clusters. The… 
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