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The star-formation history in the vicinity of NGC 1866 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Stappers, Benjamin W. and Mould, Jeremy R. and Sebo, Kim M. and Holtzman, Jon A. and Gallagher, John S., III and Watson, Alan M. and Ballester, Gilda E. and Burrows, Christopher J. and Casertano, Stefano and Clarke, John T. and Crisp, David and Griffiths, Richard E. and Hester, J. Jeff and Hoessel, John G. and Scowen, Paul A. and Stapelfeldt, Karl R. and Trauger, John T. and Westphal, James A. (1997) The star-formation history in the vicinity of NGC 1866 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 109 (733). pp. 292-296. ISSN 0004-6280.

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To expand on the recent single WFPC2 field obtained in the vicinity of this cluster, we have measured the luminosity function in a one-third by one-half degree held in the LMC with the 40-in. telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. Combining our results with recent 4-m and WFPC2 observations, we examine the constraints on the star-formation history of the held from 10^8 to 10^(10) years ago. The simple model derived from the WFPC2 data with an increase in the star-formation rate ~3 Gyr ago fits the combined data. However, this rate increase seems to have been unique. This event notwithstanding, the smooth luminosity function from V=16 to V=22 suggests steady star formation rather than a star-formation history dominated by intense bursts.

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Additional Information:© 1997 Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Provided by the NASA Astrophysics Data System. Received 1996 September 30; accepted 1996 December 2. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, operated by AURA, Inc. under NASA Contract No. NAS5-26555. We are grateful to the Siding Spring Observatory staff for their support. This research was carried out by the WFFC2 Investigation Definition Team for JFL and was sponsored by NASA through Contract NAS7-1260. We thank Sidney van den Bergh for improving the presentation of this paper as referee.
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Official Citation:The Star-Formation History in the Vicinity of NGC 1866 in the Large Magellanic Cloud Stappers, B. W., Mould, J. R., Sebo, K. M., Holtzman, J. A., Gallagher, J. S., III, Watson, A. M., , Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, v.109, p.292-296
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