Probing Cluster Formation under Extreme Conditions: Super Star Clusters in Blue Compact Galaxies
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The numerous and massive young star clusters in blue compact galaxies (BCG) are used to investigate the properties of their hosts. We test whether BCGs follow claimed relations between the cluster population and their hosts, such as the cluster specific luminosity in the U band, TL(U), and the star formation rate density ΣSFR; the V bandluminosity of the brightest youngest cluster, Mbrightest, and the mean star formation Vrate (SFR); the cluster formation efficiency versus the ΣSFR. We find that BCGs fairly well reproduce the relations, supporting a scenario where cluster formation and environmental properties of the host are correlated. They occupy, in all the diagrams, the regions of higher SFRs, suggesting the extreme nature of the starburst operating in these systems. We suggest that the BCG environment has most likely favoured the compression and collapse of the giant molecular clouds, enhancing the local star formation efficiency, so that massive clusters have been formed. The cluster formation efficiency (i.e., the fraction of star formation happening in star clusters) in BCGs is higher than the 8-10 % reported from quiescent spirals and dwarf starburst galaxies. BCGs have a cluster formation efficiency comparable to luminous IR galaxies and spiral starburst nuclei (the averaged value is ∼ 30 %).
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-52677DiVA: diva2:388552