The deepest hubble space telescope far-ultraviolet observations in the large magellanic cloud

Elhanan Almoznino, Noah Brosch, Michael Shara, David Zurek

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We present a new analysis of the deepest pure-ultraviolet (UV) observations with the highest angular resolution ever performed. A set of 12 exposures with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) WFPC2 and F160BW filter obtained in parallel observing mode, which cover ∼12 arcmin2 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), north of the bar and in the 'general field' region of the LMC, contain stars with far-UV monochromatic magnitudes as faint as 22 mag. The 198 detected UV sources represent an accumulated exposure of ≥ 2 × 104 s and reveal stars as faint as muv ≃ 20 mag. We combine these observations with deep UBVI charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging of the same region reaching as faint as V ≃ 26 mag, and reselect probable optical counterparts for the UV sources. After a two-stage search-and-analysis process, we detect robust counterparts for 129 stars. These are mostly upper main-sequence stars, from early B to early A spectral classes, with several F stars. We point out the lack of blue supergiants, which could have been easily detected in our survey. We measure a foreground extinction E(B - V) ≃ 0.08 mag by Galactic dust and a surface density of star formation rate twice the average Galactic value. These observations indicate that relatively recent star formation took place even off the bar of the LMC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-655
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2005


  • Galaxies: individual: Large Magellanic Cloud
  • Galaxies: irregular
  • Galaxies: stellar content
  • Stars: formation


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