The Stellar Mass Distribution in the Giant Star Forming Region Ngc 346 1


Deep F555W and F814WHubble Space Telescope ACS images are the basis for a study of the present day mass function (PDMF) of NGC 346, the largest active star forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). We find a PDMF slope of Γ = −1.43± 0.18 in the mass range 0.8− 60M⊙, in excellent agreement with the Salpeter Initial Mass Function (IMF) in the solar… (More)

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