Physics and Astronomy Publications

Title

The emergence of the galactic stellar mass function from a non-universal IMF in clusters

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2018

Journal

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Volume

614

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1051/0004-6361/201732490

Abstract

We investigate the dependence of a single-generation galactic mass function (SGMF) on variations in the initial stellar mass functions (IMF) of stellar clusters. We show that cluster-to-cluster variations of the IMF lead to a multi-component SGMF where each component in a given mass range can be described by a distinct power-law function. We also show that a dispersion of ? 0.3 M? in the characteristic mass of the IMF, as observed for young Galactic clusters, leads to a low-mass slope of the SGMF that matches the observed Galactic stellar mass function even when the IMFs in the low-mass end of individual clusters are much steeper.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS