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On the possible generation of the young massive open clusters Stephenson 2 and BDSB122 by ω Centauri

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On the possible generation of the young massive open clusters Stephenson 2 and BDSB122 by ω Centauri

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Título On the possible generation of the young massive open clusters Stephenson 2 and BDSB122 by ω Centauri
Autor Salerno, Gustavo Malta
Bica, Eduardo Luiz Damiani
Bonatto, Charles Jose
Rodrigues, Irapuan
Abstract Context. Passing through the disk of a galaxy, a massive object such as a globular cluster can trigger star formation. Aims. We test the hypothesis that the most massive globular cluster in the Galaxy, ωCentauri, which crossed the disk approximately 24 ± 2Myr ago, may have triggered the formation of the open clusters Stephenson 2 and BDSB122. Methods. The orbits of ωCentauri, Stephenson 2, and BDSB122 are computed for the three-component model of Johnston, Hernquist & Bolte, which considers the disk, spheroidal, and halo gravitational potentials. Results. With the reconstructed orbit of ωCentauri, we show that the latest impact site is consistent, within significant uncertainties, with the birth-site of the young massive open clusters BDSB122 and Stephenson 2.Within the uncertainties, this scenario is consistent with the timescale of their backward motion in the disk, shock propagation and delayed star formation. Conclusions. Together with open cluster formation associated with density waves in spiral arms, the present results are consistent with massive globular clusters being additional progenitors of open clusters, the most massive ones in particular.
Contido em Astronomy and astrophysics. Les Ulis. Vol. 498, no. 2 (May 2009), p. 419-423
Assunto Aglomerados estelares globulares
Formacao de estrelas
Galaxia
Gravitacao
[en] Galaxy: globular clusters: individual: ωCentauri
[en] Galaxy: open clusters and associations: individual: BDSB
[en] Galaxy: open clusters and associations: individual: Stephenson 2
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/99255
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