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Systematic variation of the stellar initial mass function in early-type galaxies.

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Much of our knowledge of galaxies comes from analysing the radiation emitted by their stars, which depends on the present number of each type of star in the galaxy. The present number depends on the stellar initial mass function (IMF), which describes the distribution of stellar masses when the population formed, and knowledge of it is critical to almost every aspect of galaxy evolution. More than 50 years after the first IMF determination, no consensus has emerged on whether it is universal ...

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10.1038/nature10972

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Astrophysics
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Journal:
Nature
Volume:
484
Issue:
7395
Pages:
485-488
Publication date:
2012-04-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:2e045933-6204-4d2d-8621-fc687073e166
Source identifiers:
328984
Local pid:
pubs:328984
Language:
English

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