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Resolution and evolution of the core of the giant HII region NGC 3603

  • K.-H. Hofmann (a1), G. Weigelt (a1) and W. Seggewiss (a2)

Abstract

We present diffraction-limited speckle-masking observations of the central object HD 97950 in the giant HII region and star cluster NGC 3603. Twenty-eight stellar components have been detected in the 6.″3 x 6.″3 field from our reconstructed images. Four different filter combinations were used for the selection of distinct spectral regions comprising Hα emission, the main Wolf-Rayet and Of-type emission lines, and two continuum bands. Stellar components having WN-type characteristics have been found. A color-magnitude diagram has been constructed. Isochrone fits yield a cluster age of about 3.2 Myr, which is in accordance with the time-scale of Wolf-Rayet star evolution.

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