Star cluster formation and star formation: the role of environment and star-formation efficiencies

U. Fritze

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    Abstract

    By analyzing global starburst properties in various kinds of starburst and post-starburst galaxies and relating them to the properties of the star cluster populations they form, I explore the conditions for the formation of massive, compact, long-lived star clusters. The aim is to determine whether the relative amount of star formation that goes into star cluster formation as opposed to field star formation, and into the formation of massive long-lived clusters in particular, is universal or scales with star-formation rate, burst strength, star-formation efficiency, galaxy or gas mass, and whether or not there are special conditions or some threshold for the formation of star clusters that merit to be called globular clusters a few billion years later.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-135
    JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
    Volume324
    Issue number2-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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