We present SLUG, a new code to "Stochastically Light Up Galaxies". SLUG populates star clusters by randomly drawing stars from an initial mass function (IMF) and then following their time evolution with stellar models and an observationally-motivated prescription for cluster disruption. For a choice of star formation history, metallicity, and IMF, SLUG outputs synthetic photometry for clusters and field stars with a proper treatment of stochastic star formation. SLUG generates realistic distributions of star clusters, demonstrating the range of properties that result from finite sampling of an IMF and a random distribution of ages. The simulated data sets provide a quantitative means to address open problems in studies of star formation in galaxies and clusters, such as a test for IMF variations that are suggested by the systematic deficiency in the Hα/UV ratio in outer disks or in dwarf galaxies. SLUG will be made publicly available through the website: http://sites.google.com/site/runslug/.

Fumagalli, M., da Silva, R., Krumholz, M., & Bigiel, F. (2011). SLUG: A New Way to Stochastically Light Up Galaxies [Working paper].

SLUG: A New Way to Stochastically Light Up Galaxies

Michele Fumagalli;
2011

Abstract

We present SLUG, a new code to "Stochastically Light Up Galaxies". SLUG populates star clusters by randomly drawing stars from an initial mass function (IMF) and then following their time evolution with stellar models and an observationally-motivated prescription for cluster disruption. For a choice of star formation history, metallicity, and IMF, SLUG outputs synthetic photometry for clusters and field stars with a proper treatment of stochastic star formation. SLUG generates realistic distributions of star clusters, demonstrating the range of properties that result from finite sampling of an IMF and a random distribution of ages. The simulated data sets provide a quantitative means to address open problems in studies of star formation in galaxies and clusters, such as a test for IMF variations that are suggested by the systematic deficiency in the Hα/UV ratio in outer disks or in dwarf galaxies. SLUG will be made publicly available through the website: http://sites.google.com/site/runslug/.
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Fumagalli, M., da Silva, R., Krumholz, M., & Bigiel, F. (2011). SLUG: A New Way to Stochastically Light Up Galaxies [Working paper].
Fumagalli, M; da Silva, R; Krumholz, M; Bigiel, F
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