A Survey of CN and CH Variations in Galactic Globular Clusters from SDSS Spectroscopy

Дата и время публикации : 2011-05-26T19:18:13Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Jason P. Smolinski
Sarah L. Martell
Timothy C. Beers
Young Sun Lee

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Коментарии к cтатье: AJ submitted; 80 pages, 22 figures
Первичная категория: astro-ph.GA

Все категории : astro-ph.GA

Краткий обзор статьи: We present a homogeneous survey of the CN and CH bandstrengths in eight Galactic globular clusters observed during the course of the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE) sub-survey of the SDSS. We confirm the existence of a bimodal CN distribution among RGB stars in all of the clusters with metallicity greater than [Fe/H] = -1.7; the lowest metallicity cluster with an observed CN bimodality is M53, with [Fe/H] ~ -2.1. There is also some evidence for individual CN groups on the subgiant branches of M92, M2, and M13, and on the red giant branches of M92 and NGC 5053. Finally, we quantify the correlation between overall cluster metallicity and the slope of the CN bandstrength-luminosity plot as a means of further demonstrating the level of CN-enrichment in cluster giants. Our results agree well with previous studies reported in the literature.

Category: Physics