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The initial mass function: Now and then



We examine whether existing data in clusters, both old and young, and in the field of the Galactic disk and halo is consistent with a universal slope for the initial mass function (IMF). The most reasonable statement that can be made at the current time is that there is no strong evidence to support a claim of any real variations in this slope. If the IMF slope is universal then this in itself is remarkable implying that variations in metallicity, gas density or other environmental factors in the star formation process play no part in determining the slope of the mass function. © ; 1997 American Institute of Physics.



AIP Conference ProceedingsAmerican Institute of Physics

Published: Feb 10, 1997

Keywords: star clusters; star formation; stellar mass; globular star clusters; Galaxy; stellar evolution

DOI: 10.1063/1.52802

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