The central regions of OB Associations are suitable for the study of the initial mass function since the constituent stars have not had sufficient time to migrate far from their formation site or to evolve from the main sequence. This paper reports on CCD observations of the central 7'x7' region of the OB cluster Ocl 352, locatied in the H _ region IC 1805, that is within the association Cas OB6, which is in turn part of the molecular cloud W4. Colors were determined for 160 stars in IC 1805 and this information allowed the initial mass function for the region to be determined. A weighted linear least-squares fit to this mass function in the mass range 2.5-30 M_, yields a slope of _ = -1.38 +/- 0.19. This is similar to the slope (-1.25 +/- 0.17) determined using the brighter stars identified in a larger region (50'x50') of IC 1805 by Joshi & Sagar [JRASC, 77, 40 (1983)]. It is also close to the slope of the IMF determined by other modern studies of select OB clusters. A roll off in the number of low-mass stars is observed but this is attributed to incompleteness in this study's inventory of stars of mass less than 2.5 M_ (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas).

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© 1995 American Astronomical Society

The detector development effort at RIT is supported by NSF IUCRC and New York State Science and Technology Foundation CAT grants. The analysis of the CCD data was made possible by a NASA JOVE grant and a FAR Theodore Dunham Jr. grant.

This research made use of the Simbad database operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France. ZN would also like to acknowledge the hospitality of the University of British Columbia's Geophysics and Astronomy Department, where this paper was completed.

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