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Title: UB CCD PHOTOMETRY OF THE OLD, METAL-RICH, OPEN CLUSTERS NGC 6791, NGC 6819, AND NGC 7142

We report on a UV-oriented imaging survey in the fields of the old, metal-rich open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 7142. With their super-solar metallicity and ages ∼> 3-8 Gyr, these three clusters represent both very near and ideal stellar aggregates to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations, as in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. Following a first discussion of NGC 6791 observations in an accompanying paper, here we complete our analysis, also presenting for NGC 6819 and NGC 7142 the first-ever U CCD photometry. The color-magnitude diagram of the three clusters is analyzed in detail, with special emphasis on the hot stellar component. We report, in this regard, one new extreme horizontal-branch star candidate in NGC 6791. For NGC 6819 and 7142, the stellar luminosity function clearly points to a looser radial distribution of faint lower main sequence stars, either as a consequence of cluster dynamical interaction with the Galaxy or as an effect of an increasing fraction of binary stars toward the cluster core, as also observed in NGC 6791. Compared to a reference theoretical model for the Galaxy disk, the analysis of the stellar field along the line of sight ofmore » each cluster indicates that a more centrally concentrated thick disk, on a scale length shorter than ∼2.8 kpc, might better reconcile the lower observed fraction of bright field stars and their white-dwarf progeny.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19 (Chile)
  2. INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna (Italy)
  3. INAOE-Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Optica y Electrónica, Calle L.E. Erro 1, 72840 Tonantzintla, Puebla (Mexico)
  4. INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273293
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astronomical Journal (New York, N.Y. Online); Journal Volume: 146; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; BINARY STARS; CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICES; COLOR; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; EV RANGE; LUMINOSITY; MAIN SEQUENCE STARS; METALS; MILKY WAY; PHOTOMETRY; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; STAR CLUSTERS; WHITE DWARF STARS