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Is IC2391 evaporating?

Claudio H. F. Melo
European Southern Observatory

Observational data show that a large fraction of the open clusters will not survive over 100Myr. This phenomenon is known as "infant mortality". During the SACY survey, we found that the young nearby association Argus presents similarities with the young open cluster IC2391, forming a halo of stars around a more compact concentration of the bona-fide cluster members. Are we witnessing an on-going disruption of an open cluster in our backdoor? In my talk I will discuss this possibility and the evidences in favor of it.

27 September 2012, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica
Rua das Estrelas
4150-762 Porto

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) is a new but long anticipated research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold but feasible vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). IA resulted from the merging the two most prominent research units in the field in Portugal: the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL). It currently hosts more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal, and is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in the area of Space Sciences. This is the scientific area with the highest relative impact factor (1.65 times above the international average) and the field with the highest average number of citations per article for Portugal.

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