The evolution of star clusters: The resolved-star approach

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Pellerin, Anne
Meyer, Martin J.
Harris, Jason
Calzetti, Daniela
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We present the first results of a new technique to detect, locate, and characterize young dissolving star clusters. Using HST/ACS archival images of the nearby galaxy IC2574, we performed stellar PSF photometry and selected the most massive stars as our first test sample. We used a group-finding algorithm on the selected massive stars to find cluster candidates. We then plot the color-magnitude diagrams for each group, and use stellar evolutionary models to estimate their age. So far, we found 79 groups with ages of up to about 100 Myr, displaying various sizes and densities.
Comment: 7 pages including 11 figures. Talk given at the meeting on "Young massive star clusters - Initial conditions and environments", E. Perez, R. de Grijs, R. M. Gonzalez Delgado, eds., Granada (Spain), September 2007, Springer: Dordrecht
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