Recent studies have shown that an extended main-sequence turn-off is a common feature among intermediate-age clusters (1-3 Gyr) in the Magellanic Clouds. Multiple-generation star formation and stellar rotation or interacting binaries have been proposed to explain the feature. However, it remains controversial in the field of stellar populations. Here we present the main results of an ongoing star formation among older star clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Cross-matching the positions of star clusters and young stellar objects has yielded 15 matches, with 7 located in the cluster centre. We demonstrate that this is not by chance by estimating local number densities of young stellar objects for each star cluster. This method is not based on isochrone fitting, which leads to some uncertainties in age estimation and methods of background subtraction. We also find no direct correlation between atomic hydrogen and the clusters. This suggests that gas accretion for fueling the star formation must be happening in situ. These findings support for the multiple-generations scenario as a plausible explanation for the extended main-sequence turn-off.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- June 2017
- Magellanic Clouds;
- galaxies: star clusters: general;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- 6 pages, 4 figures, accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters. Media release: http://www.icrar.org/starclusters/