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Paper: Tidal Tails in Interacting Galaxies: Formation of Compact Stellar Structures
Volume: 423, Galaxy Wars: Star Formation and Stellar Populations in Interacting Galaxies
Page: 129
Authors: Mullan, B.; Charlton, J. C.; Konstantopoulos, I. S.; Bastian, N.; Chandar, R.; Durrell, P. R.; Elmegreen, D.; English, J.; Gallagher, S. C.; Gronwall, C.; Hibbard, J. E.; Hunsberger, S.; Johnson, K. E.; Kepley, A.; Knierman, K.; Koribalski, B.; Lee, K. H.; Maybhate, A.; Palma, C.; Vacca, W. D.
Abstract: We have used F606W ( V606 )- and F814W ( I814 )- band images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to identify compact stellar clusters within the tidal tails of twelve different interacting galaxies. The seventeen tails within our sample span a physical parameter space of HI/stellar masses, tail pressure and density through their diversity of tail lengths, optical brightnesses, mass ratios, HI column densities, stage on the Toomre sequence, and tail kinematics. Our preliminary findings in this study indicate that star cluster demographics of the tidal tail environment are compatible with the current understanding of star cluster formation in quiescent systems, possibly only needing changes in certain parameters or normalization of the Schechter cluster initial mass function (CIMF) to replicate what we observe in color-magnitude diagrams and a Brightest MV – log N plot.
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