A dynamical evolution study of 40 2MASS open clusters


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güneş O. , Karatas Y., Bonatto C.

ASTRONOMISCHE NACHRICHTEN, cilt.338, ss.464-488, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 338 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/asna.201712978
  • Dergi Adı: ASTRONOMISCHE NACHRICHTEN
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.464-488

Özet

We investigate the dynamical evolution of 40 open clusters (OCs) by means of their astrophysical parameters derived from field-decontaminated 2MASS photometry. We find a bifurcation in the planes' core radius versus age and cluster radius versus age, in which part of the clusters appear to expand with time probably due to the presence of stellar black holes while others seem to shrink due to dynamical relaxation. Mass functions (MFs) are built for three-fourth of the sample (31 OCs), which are used to search for indications of mass segregation and external dynamical processes by means of relations between astrophysical, structural, and evolutionary parameters. We detect a flattening of MF slopes occurring at the evolutionary parameters (core) <= 32 and (overall) <= 30, respectively.