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The Be star content of young open clusters

By C. Sterken and Juan Fabregat

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Abstract. We present a photometric survey aimed to characterize the Be star population of young open clusters. It is found that in these clusters early-type Be stars are more frequent than in the galactic field, and late-type Be stars are scarce or inexistent. We interpret this result as evidence for an evolutionary enhancement of the Be phenomenon towards the end of the main sequence lifetime. 1

Year: 2002
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