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A constraint on the formation timescale of the young open cluster NGC 2264: Lithium abundance of pre-main sequence stars

Lim, Beomdu; Sung, Hwankyung; Kim, Jinyoung S.; Bessell, Michael; Hwang, Narae; Park, Byeong-Gon


The timescale of cluster formation is an essential parameter in order to understand the formation process of star clusters. Pre-main sequence (PMS) stars in nearby young open clusters reveal a large spread in brightness. If the spread were considered to be a result of a real spread in age, the corresponding cluster formation timescale would be about 5-20 Myr. Hence it could be interpreted that star formation in an open cluster is prolonged for up to a few tens of Myr. However, difficulties in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: The Astrophysical Journal
DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/831/2/116
Access Rights: Open Access


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