Clustering around Herbig AeBe stars

Ian Alexander Bonnell, Cathie J Clarke

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We show that the observed correlation between the luminosity of young stars and the richness of associated clusters does not necessarily imply that there is a physical mechanism that favours the formation of massive stars in clusters. Instead, the data are compatible with a scenario in which stars are assembled at random into clusters with a spectrum of membership number, N. We also show that the required spectrum is of the form g(N) proportional to N-alpha, where alpha is in the range 1.5 to 2, and note that this is also the mass spectrum of clumps in molecular gas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)pp.461-464.
Number of pages4
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 1999


  • stars : formation
  • open clusters and associations : general


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