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Ages and metallicities of five intermediate-age star clusters projected towards the Small Magellanic Cloud

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Ages and metallicities of five intermediate-age star clusters projected towards the Small Magellanic Cloud

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Título Ages and metallicities of five intermediate-age star clusters projected towards the Small Magellanic Cloud
Autor Piatti, Andres E.
Santos Junior, Joao Francisco Coelho dos
Claria Olmedo, Juan Jose
Bica, Eduardo Luiz Damiani
Sarajedini, Ata
Geisler, Doug
Abstract Colour–magnitude diagrams are presented for the first time for L32, L38, K28 (L43), K44 (L68) and L116, which are clusters projected on to the outer parts of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC). The photometry was carried out in the Washington system C and T1 filters, allowing the determination of ages by means of the magnitude difference between the red giant clump and the main-sequence turn-off, and metallicities from the red giant branch locus. The clusters have ages in the range 2–6 Gyr, and metallicities in the range -1.65 < ‰[Fe/HŠ] < -1.10, increasing the sample of intermediate-age clusters in the SMC. L116, the outermost cluster projected on to the SMC, is a foreground cluster, and somewhat closer to us than the Large Magellanic Cloud. Our results, combined with those for other clusters in the literature, show epochs of sudden chemical enrichment in the age–metallicity plane, which favour a bursting star formation history as opposed to a continuous one for the SMC.
Contido em Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Oxford. Vol. 325, no. 2 (Aug. 2001), p. 792-802
Assunto Aglomerados estelares
Aglomerados estelares globulares
Fotometria astronômica
Pequena Nuvem de Magalhães
[en] Galaxies: star clusters
[en] Magellanic clouds
[en] Techniques: photometric
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/89970
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