SCYON Abstract

Received on November 22 2001

Mass segregation in
young compact star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud: II. Mass Functions

AuthorsR. de Grijs(1), G.F. Gilmore(1), R.A. Johnson(1,2), A.D. Mackey(1)
Affiliation(1) Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA,
(2)European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Santiago 19, Chile
Submitted toMNRAS


We review the complications involved in the conversion of stellar luminosities into masses and apply a range of mass-to-luminosity relations to our Hubble Space Telescope observations of the young LMC star clusters NGC 1805 and NGC 1818.
Both the radial dependence of the mass function (MF) and the dependence of the cluster core radii on mass indicate clear mass segregation in both clusters at radii r < 20-30", for masses in excess of ~1.6-2.5 MO. This result does not depend on the mass range used to fit the slopes or the metallicity assumed. It is clear that the cluster MFs, at any radius, are not simple power laws.
The global and the annular MFs near the core radii appear to be characterised by similar slopes in the mass range (-0.15 < log m/MO < 0.85), the MFs beyond r > 30" have significantly steeper slopes.
We estimate that while the NGC 1818 cluster core is between ~5 and ~30 crossing times old, the core of NGC 1805 is likely < 3-4 crossing times old. However, since strong mass segregation is observed out to ~6 Rcore and ~3 Rcore in NGC 1805 and NGC 1818, respectively, it is most likely that significant primordial mass segregation was present in both clusters, particularly in NGC 1805.