We present the mass function (MF) of the Arches cluster obtained from ground-based adaptive optics data in comparison with results derived from HST/NICMOS data. A MF slope of Gamma= -0.8 +- 0.2 is obtained. Both datasets reveal a strong radial variation in the MF, with a flat slope in the cluster center, which increases with increasing radius. (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas).

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Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 287 (2003) 433-438 "Galactic Star Formation Across the Stellar Mass Spectrum", proceedings of the 2002 International Astronomical Observatories [IAOC]. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Held at the Chile IAOC Workshop, La Serena, Chile: 11-15 March 2002.||Also archived in: arXiv:astro-ph/0206360 v1 20 Jun 2002 Based on observations obtained with the Gemini North telescope and HST. ISBN: 158-38-1130-3Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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