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Paper: Constraints on the Field Star IMF from Resolved Stellar Populations Based Star Formation Histories
Volume: 440, UP2010: Have Observations Revealed a Variable Upper End of the Initial Mass Function?
Page: 169
Authors: Weisz, D. R.
Abstract: Using HST/ACS observations of resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies, I explore the constraints one can place on the field star initial mass function (IMF) from star formation histories (SFHs) derived from synthetic color-magnitude diagram (CMD) fitting. In particular, I show how reasonable variations in the slope of the IMF, relative to a Salpeter slope, lead to only minor changes in the SFHs. This shows that CMD-SFH fitting parameter space has a broad minimum with respect to IMF variations and implies that CMD based SFHs can only provide weak explicit constraints on the stellar IMF. However, observations of resolved stellar populations in dwarf galaxies can be used to tandem with other methods to search for variations in the upper IMF.
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