Luminosity and Mass Function of the Galactic open cluster NGC 2422

L. Prisinzano, G. Micela, S. Sciortino, F. Favata
2003 Astronomy and Astrophysics  
We present UBVRI photometry of the open cluster NGC 2422 (age $\sim 10^8$ yr) down to a limiting magnitude $V\simeq19$. These data are used to derive the Luminosity and Mass Functions and to study the cluster spatial distribution. By considering the color-magnitude diagram data and adopting a representative cluster main sequence, we obtained a list of candidate cluster members based on a photometric criterion. Using a reference field region and an iterative procedure, a correction for
more » ... ction for contaminating field stars has been derived in order to obtain the Luminosity and the Mass Functions in the $M=0.4-3.5 M_\odot$ range. By fitting the spatial distribution, we infer that a non-negligible number of cluster stars lies outside our investigated region. We have estimated a correction to the Mass Function of the cluster in order to take into account the "missing" cluster stars. The Present Day Mass Function of \ngc2422 can be represented by a power-law of index $\alpha = 3.07 \pm0.08 $ (rms) -- the Salpeter Mass Function in this notation has index $\alpha = 2.35$ -- in the mass range $ 0.9 \leq M/M_\odot\leq 2.5 $. The index $\alpha$ and the total mass of the cluster are very similar to those of the Pleiades.
doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20030524 fatcat:pcmosbqj4rbqbneylw2z6zfcp4