IAU Symposium Abstract S186-072T
The IMF in Starbursts
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Starburst galaxies are presently forming massive stars at prodigious rates.
The newly formed stars can be observed either directly, or indirectly via
their energy release into the interstellar medium. What do we know about the
properties of starburst populations? I will review relevant observational
data to constrain starburst populations in HII galaxies, nuclear starbursts,
and infrared luminous starburst galaxies. Properties I will address are
the star-formation histories and the shape of the IMF, with particular
emphasis on the high- and on the low-mass end of the mass function.