Clustered Star Formation in the Magellanic Clouds
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
AbstractThe Large and Small Magellanic Cloud (LMC, SMC) offer an outstanding variety of young stellar associations, in which large samples of low-mass stars (with M ≤ 1 M) currently in the act of formation can be resolved and explored sufficiently with the Hubble Space Telescope. Previous observations with the Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) provided the first evidence of the existence of low-mass pre-main sequence (PMS) stars in the vicinity of star forming associations in the Magellanic
... s in the Magellanic Clouds (MCs) (Gouliermis et al. 2006a), and recent results from deeper observations with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) enhanced dramatically the picture of these systems with the discovery of large numbers of PMS stars. The associations LH 95 (Gouliermis et al. 2002, 2007a) in the LMC, and NGC 346 (Gouliermis et al. 2006b) and NGC 602 (Gouliermis et al. 2007b) in the SMC, are currently under investigation with the use of observations from both Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope. I present the impact of our recent results in terms of the star formation history and Initial Mass Function (IMF) of these interesting systems, using as example the case of NGC 602.