Title: The recent structural evolution of the SMC.
Maragoudaki, M. Kontizas, E. Kontizas, D.H. Morgan, A. Dapergolas (Oral)
The bright central part of the so-called SMC bar shows prominently the
most recent star formation regions, as they are revealed in the U plate.
As we go to fainter magnitude slices slices the fluctuations become more
filamentary, and the tidal bridge and tail appear. The slices from
U~17.50 and fainter show an elliptical dwarf morphology without any
evidence for a bar. From a similar study of the LMC the bar remains as a
predominant feature even at faint slices but with an even distribution
without the most recent starburst filamentary fluctuations. If this is
the case, then do we witness the time when the SMC bar formed? Otherwise
is the SMC bar a real bar feature?