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Title: THE INTRIGUING STELLAR POPULATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTERS NGC 6388 AND NGC 6441

Abstract

NGC 6388 and NGC 6441 are two massive Galactic bulge globular clusters that share many properties, including the presence of an extended horizontal branch (HB), quite unexpected because of their high metal content. In this paper we use Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, ACS, and WFC3 images and present a broad multicolor study of their stellar content, covering all main evolutionary branches. The color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) give compelling evidence that both clusters host at least two stellar populations, which manifest themselves in different ways. NGC 6388 has a broadened main sequence (MS), a split sub-giant branch (SGB), and a split red giant branch (RGB) that becomes evident above the HB in our data set; its red HB is also split into two branches. NGC 6441 has a split MS, but only an indication of two SGB populations, while the RGB clearly splits in two from the SGB level upward, and no red HB structure. The multicolor analysis of the CMDs confirms that the He difference between the two main stellar populations in the two clusters must be similar. This is observationally supported by the HB morphology, but also confirmed by the color distribution of the stars in the MS optical bandmore » CMDs. However, a MS split becomes evident in NGC 6441 using UV colors, but not in NGC 6388, indicating that the chemical patterns of the different populations are different in the two clusters, with C, N, and O abundance differences likely playing a major role. We also analyze the radial distribution of the two populations.« less

Authors:
;  [1]; ;  [2];  [3];  [4]; ;  [5]; ;  [6]
  1. Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)
  2. Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia 'Galileo Galilei', Universita di Padova, v.co dell'Osservatorio 3, I-35122 Padova (Italy)
  3. Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)
  4. Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Box 351580, Seattle, WA 98195 (United States)
  5. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, v.co dell'Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova (Italy)
  6. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Mentore Maggini, I-64100 Teramo (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22167649
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Astrophysical Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 765; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0004-637X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; CARBON; COLOR; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; GIANT STARS; HERTZSPRUNG-RUSSELL DIAGRAM; METALS; MORPHOLOGY; NITROGEN; OXYGEN; PHOTOMETRY; PROPER MOTION; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; STAR CLUSTERS; STAR EVOLUTION

Citation Formats

Bellini, A., Anderson, J., Piotto, G., Nardiello, D., Milone, A. P., King, I. R., Renzini, A., Bedin, L. R., Cassisi, S., Pietrinferni, A., and Sarajedini, A., E-mail: bellini@stsci.edu. THE INTRIGUING STELLAR POPULATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTERS NGC 6388 AND NGC 6441. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/765/1/32.
Bellini, A., Anderson, J., Piotto, G., Nardiello, D., Milone, A. P., King, I. R., Renzini, A., Bedin, L. R., Cassisi, S., Pietrinferni, A., & Sarajedini, A., E-mail: bellini@stsci.edu. THE INTRIGUING STELLAR POPULATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTERS NGC 6388 AND NGC 6441. United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/765/1/32.
Bellini, A., Anderson, J., Piotto, G., Nardiello, D., Milone, A. P., King, I. R., Renzini, A., Bedin, L. R., Cassisi, S., Pietrinferni, A., and Sarajedini, A., E-mail: bellini@stsci.edu. Fri . "THE INTRIGUING STELLAR POPULATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTERS NGC 6388 AND NGC 6441". United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/765/1/32.
@article{osti_22167649,
title = {THE INTRIGUING STELLAR POPULATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTERS NGC 6388 AND NGC 6441},
author = {Bellini, A. and Anderson, J. and Piotto, G. and Nardiello, D. and Milone, A. P. and King, I. R. and Renzini, A. and Bedin, L. R. and Cassisi, S. and Pietrinferni, A. and Sarajedini, A., E-mail: bellini@stsci.edu},
abstractNote = {NGC 6388 and NGC 6441 are two massive Galactic bulge globular clusters that share many properties, including the presence of an extended horizontal branch (HB), quite unexpected because of their high metal content. In this paper we use Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, ACS, and WFC3 images and present a broad multicolor study of their stellar content, covering all main evolutionary branches. The color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) give compelling evidence that both clusters host at least two stellar populations, which manifest themselves in different ways. NGC 6388 has a broadened main sequence (MS), a split sub-giant branch (SGB), and a split red giant branch (RGB) that becomes evident above the HB in our data set; its red HB is also split into two branches. NGC 6441 has a split MS, but only an indication of two SGB populations, while the RGB clearly splits in two from the SGB level upward, and no red HB structure. The multicolor analysis of the CMDs confirms that the He difference between the two main stellar populations in the two clusters must be similar. This is observationally supported by the HB morphology, but also confirmed by the color distribution of the stars in the MS optical band CMDs. However, a MS split becomes evident in NGC 6441 using UV colors, but not in NGC 6388, indicating that the chemical patterns of the different populations are different in the two clusters, with C, N, and O abundance differences likely playing a major role. We also analyze the radial distribution of the two populations.},
doi = {10.1088/0004-637X/765/1/32},
journal = {Astrophysical Journal},
issn = {0004-637X},
number = 1,
volume = 765,
place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {3}
}