Magellanic globulars as cosmological tools

Alvio Renzini
1991 Symposium - International astronomical union  
The globular clusters (GC) of the Magellanic Clouds play a very important role for many astrophysical and cosmological topics. For example, they represent the ideal testground for stellar evolution theory, they allow us to study the the early dynamical evolution of star clusters, to obtain accurate initial mass functions in a fairly extended mass range, to calibrate the Cepheid period-luminosity relation, and so on. In this brief paper I will touch upon two items which are of considerable
more » ... considerable cosmological interest, and about which Magellanic Cloud globulars provide unique information. These topics concern i) GC formation in galaxies, and ii) the epoch of galaxy formation.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900200260 fatcat:3ebazq2jg5ai3lve7xmcqii6ci