What determines the mass of the most massive star cluster in a galaxy : statistics , physics or disruption ?

Abstract

In many different galactic environments the cluster initial mass function (CIMF) is well described by a power-law with index −2. This implies a linear relation between the mass of the most massive cluster (M max) and the number of clusters. Assuming a constant cluster formation rate and no disruption of the most massive clusters it also means that M max… (More)

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