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1/30/14 Anil Seth SO/NOAO Joint Colloquium Series


Anil Seth, Univ. of Utah
Finding and Forming Star Clusters in Andromeda

The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) survey has taken deep gigapixel images at six wavelengths that cover 1/3rd of the galaxy.  These images resolve about 100 million individual stars and also reveal the most extensive star cluster system catalogued in any galaxy.  I will discuss the "Andromeda Project", our crowd sourcing project to identify star clusters in the PHAT data.  We are using these clusters to study the formation of stars, including the stellar and cluster initial mass functions, and the efficiency of star cluster formation.  

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