Response to Comment on «An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst»

F.R.N. Schneider, H. Sana, C.J. Evans, J.M. Bestenlehner, N. Castro, L. Fossati, G. Gräfener, N. Langer, O.H. Ramírez-Agudelo, C. Sabín-Sanjulián, S. Simón-Díaz, F. Tramper, P.A. Crowther, A. de Koter, S.E. de Mink, P.L. Dufton, M. Garcia, M. Gieles, V. Hénault-Brunet, A. Herrero, R.G. Izzard, V. Kalari, D.J. Lennon, J. Maíz Apellániz, N. Markova, F. Najarro, Ph. Podsiadlowski, J. Puls, W.D. Taylor, J.Th. van Loon, J.S. Vink, C. Norman. 2018. Response to Comment on «An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst». Science 361, 6400, DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7032

Farr and Mandel reanalyze our data, finding initial mass function slopes for high-mass stars in 30 Doradus that agree with our results. However, their reanalysis appears to underpredict the observed number of massive stars. Their technique results in more precise slopes than in our work, strengthening our conclusion that there is an excess of massive stars (> 30 solar masses) in 30 Doradus.

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