Journal Article

Stellar populations in the fields surrounding the LMC clusters NGC 2154 and NGC 1898

E. Chiosi, G. Baume, G. Carraro, E. Costa and A. Vallenari

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 426, issue 3, pages 1884-1892
Published in print November 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Stellar populations in the fields surrounding the LMC clusters NGC 2154 and NGC 1898

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In this paper we present a study and comparison of the star formation rates (SFRs) in the fields around NGC 1898 and NGC 2154, two intermediate-age star clusters located in very different regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We also derive ages for NGC 1898, and seven minor clusters which happen to fall in the field of NGC 1898, for which basic parameters were previously unknown. We do not focus on NGC 2154, because this cluster was already investigated by Baume et al. The ages of the clusters were derived by means of the isochrone fitting method on their clean colour–magnitude diagrams. Two distinct populations of clusters were found: one cluster (NGC 2154) has a mean age of 1.7 Gyr, with indication of extended star formation over roughly a 1 Gyr period, while all the others have ages between 100 and 200 Myr. The SFRs of the adjacent fields were inferred using the downhill-simplex algorithm. Both SFRs show enhancements at 200, 400, 800 Myr, and at 1, 6 and 8 Gyr. These bursts in the SFR are probably the result of dynamical interactions between the Magellanic Clouds (MCs), and between the MCs and the Milky Way.

Keywords: Magellanic Clouds; galaxies: star clusters: individual: NGC 2154, NGC 1898; galaxies: stellar content

Journal Article.  4233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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