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Paper: OB Stars in Stochastic Regimes
Volume: 440, UP2010: Have Observations Revealed a Variable Upper End of the Initial Mass Function?
Page: 73
Authors: Oey, M. S.; Lamb, J. B.; Werk, J. K.; Clarke, C. J.
Abstract: The highest-mass stars have the lowest frequency in the stellar initial mass function (IMF), and they are also the most easily observed stars. Thus, the counting statistics for OB stars provide important tests for the fundamental nature and quantitative parameters of the IMF. We first examine some local statistics for the stellar upper-mass limit itself. Then, we examine the parameter space and statistics for extremely sparse clusters that contain OB stars, in the SMC. We find that thus far, these locally observed counting statistics are consistent with a constant stellar upper-mass limit. The sparse OB star clusters easily fall within the parameter space of Monte Carlo simulations of cluster populations. If the observed objects are representative of their cluster birth masses, their existence implies that the maximum stellar mass is largely independent of the parent cluster mass.
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