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Luminosity functions of bright red giant stars in globular clusters

Elizabeth Melton Green

Luminosity functions of bright red giant stars in globular clusters

by Elizabeth Melton Green

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Published by University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Tex .
Written in English


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Statementby Elizabeth Melton Green.
SeriesUniversity of Texas publications in astronomy -- no. 18
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Open LibraryOL14823451M

We have analyzed photometry from space- and ground-based cameras to identify all bright red giant branch (RGB), horizontal branch (HB), and asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars within 10' of the center of the globular cluster M We identify a modest (7%) population of HB stars redder than the. A globular cluster is a group of stars all very old, and with little of the heavy elements A very low mass object ( to solar mass) of low luminosity is.

Star A appears to have the same brightness through a red and blue filter. Star B appears brighter in the red than in the blue. Star C appears brighter in the blue than in the red. Rank these stars in order of increasing surface temperature. The luminosity function of M30's evolved stars does not match the luminosity function shape derived from standard stellar evolutionary models: the ratio of the number of bright giants to the number of turnoff stars in the cluster is 30% higher than predicted by the model ( effect), roughly independent of red giant brightness over the range M.

For a one solar mass star this is ~3 kilometers. SELF-GRAVITATION - Process by which individual constituents of a large body are held together by the combined gravity of the object as a whole. Without it, stars, stellar clusters, galaxies, and groups and clusters of galaxies would all expand and dissipate. We present O, Na, and Fe abundances, as well as radial velocities, for red giant branch (RGB) and asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars in the globular cluster M The abundances and velocities are based on spectra obtained with the WIYN-Hydra spectrograph, and the observations range in luminosity from the horizontal branch (HB) to RGB tip.


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Luminosity functions of bright red giant stars in globular clusters by Elizabeth Melton Green Download PDF EPUB FB2

The observed luminosity functions, binned in magnitude intervals, were compared to theoretical luminosity functions by fitting the portion of the giant branch between M(,bol) = and The most striking result is that the relative number of stars at the red giant tip varies significantly from one cluster Author: Elizabeth Melton Green.

Oxygen and sodium abundances or upper limits have been determined for 17 red giant members of the metal-poor Galactic globular clusters M68 (two stars), M30 (two stars), M15 (two stars), M55 (two. Bright red giant stars (B stars (95% significance).

We confirm that there is a radial gradient in the color of the overall cluster light, going from B-V ~ at r ~ 1' to B-V ~ in the central 10".Cited by: 1. R’, the ratio of HB to bright red giant branch (RGB) and asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, is ±in good agreement with other globular clusters.

The RGB bump in NGC is detected at K =and the relative brightness of this feature with respect to the HB is consistent with the cluster. Globular clusters are extremely luminous objects. Their mean luminosity is the equivalent of approximat most luminous are 50 times brighter.

The brightest stars are the red giants, bright red stars with an absolute magnitude of −2, about times the Sun’s brightness, or luminosity. In relatively few globular clusters have stars as intrinsically faint as the Sun been.

Stellar evolution is the process by which a star changes over the course of time. Depending on the mass of the star, its lifetime can range from a few million years for the most massive to trillions of years for the least massive, which is considerably longer than the age of the table shows the lifetimes of stars as a function of their masses.

The red-giant branch (RGB), sometimes called the first giant branch, is the portion of the giant branch before helium ignition occurs in the course of stellar is a stage that follows the main sequence for low- to intermediate-mass stars. Red-giant-branch stars have an inert helium core surrounded by a shell of hydrogen fusing via the CNO cycle.

The least luminous stars classified as red supergiants are some of the brightest AGB and post-AGB stars, highly expanded and unstable low mass stars such as the RV Tauri variables. The majority of AGB stars are given giant or bright giant luminosity classes, but particularly unstable stars such as W Virginis variables may be given a supergiant.

These stars of spectral type A2 to F5, similar to δ Scuti variables, are found mainly in globular clusters. They exhibit fluctuations in their brightness in the order of magnitude (about % change in luminosity) or so every 1 to 2 hours.

globular cluster. contains a million to a billion stars in a region only pc in diameter. supergiant or bright giant stars of spectral type F or G. They are the fastest to complete a cycle: bright to faint to bright again. RR Lyrae variable star. a related type of star, a giant star. Yerkes luminosity class IV.

The term subgiant was first used in for class G and early K stars with absolute magnitudes between + and +4. These were noted as being part of a continuum of stars between obvious main-sequence stars such as the Sun and obvious giant stars such as Aldebaran, although less numerous than either the main sequence or the giant stars.

Because this happens at a much higher temperature, the star’s outer atmosphere expands, and it turns into a red giant. As the name suggests, a red giant is reddish in color, so a bright, blue. This paper presents the chemical abundance analysis of a sample of 27 red giant stars located in 4 popolous intermediate-age globular clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud, namely NGC We identified the red giant branch (RGB) bump of M3 at V = ± mag and that of M13 at V = ± mag through luminosity functions and slope changes of the integrated luminosity.

() also examined data for M3 and M13, finding the luminosity of the red giant bump and RR Lyrae stars relativ e to the cluster turnoff are consistent with an enhancemen t. Learning Objectives By the end of this section, you will be able to: Explain how star clusters help us understand the stages of stellar evolution L.

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We have derived sodium, magnesium, and aluminum abundances for more than red giant branch (RGB) stars in each of the Galactic globular clusters M3 and M13 ( total stars), using moderate.

The red line on the H-R diagram here shows the "red giant branch," and describes how the star changes (following the white arrow) as it moves away from the main sequence during this phase.

Based on your observations of this diagram, choose all the statements that correctly describe what is happening to the star during this time. Globular clusters are the best samples to use for determining the luminosity function of old stars having a low abundance of heavy elements (Population II stars).

Globular-cluster luminosity functions show a conspicuous peak at absolute magnitude M V =and this is clearly due to the enrichment of stars at that magnitude from the horizontal.

Once corrected for lifetime effects, we find that NGC is currently converting about % of the first-ascent red giant stars in its core into extreme blue HB stars—the largest fraction for any known globular cluster.

A comparison of upper red giant branch with theoretical models indicates there is a slight deficiency of bright red. - Astronomers could only observe the bright red giant stars at this time, which do not lie on the main sequence. Explanation: Remember that globular clusters only contain old stars, which means that all the massive stars that have a large luminosity have long since died.

A star at the red end of the theoretical ZAHB locus plotted in Figure 17 has a mass of M ☉, so HB stars in this part of the CMD would be more massive than stars at the cluster turnoff (the HB is theoretically expected to curve back toward higher temperature and luminosity for more massive stars).

In the middle and lower parts of the red giant branch of globular clusters, Yao Bao-an et al. [] discovered some abnormal red variables with short periods and small amplitudes: their periods are from a few hours to two days and the amplitudes are between several hundredths to .