Starburst-like Dust Extinction in the Small Magellanic Cloud

  title={Starburst-like Dust Extinction in the Small Magellanic Cloud},
  author={Karl D. Gordon and Geoffrey C. Clayton},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
The recent discovery that the ultraviolet (UV) dust extinction in starburst galaxies is similar to that found in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) motivated us to reinvestigate the UV extinction found in the SMC. We have been able to improve significantly on previous studies by carefully choosing pairs of well-matched reddened and unreddened stars. In addition, we benefited from the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the NEWSIPS International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) data and the larger sample… 
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