Young Massive Star Clusters

  title={Young Massive Star Clusters},
  author={Simon Portegies Zwart and Stephen L. W. McMillan and Mark Gieles},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
Young massive clusters (YMCs) are dense aggregates of young stars that form the fundamental building blocks of galaxies. Several examples exist in the Milky Way Galaxy and the Local Group, but they are particularly abundant in starburst and interacting galaxies. The few YMCs that are close enough to resolve are of prime interest for studying the stellar mass function and the ecological interplay between stellar evolution and stellar dynamics. The distant unresolved clusters may be effectively… Expand
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