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Volume 380, Number 2, December III 2001
Page(s) L35 - L38
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20011524

A&A 380, L35-L38 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20011524

The field population towards the globular cluster NGC 6553

A. Vallenari1 and S. Ortolani2

1  Astronomical Observatory, Vicolo Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
2  Dept. of Astronomy, Vicolo Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy

(Received 10 September 2001 / Accepted 31 October 2001 )

We analyze the colour magnitude diagram of the field population in the direction of the bulge cluster NGC 6553 to discuss the stellar field component projected towards the cluster. In particular we investigate the nature of a peculiar feature, called "red flare" which appears as a faint turnoff, located 2 mag about below the turnoff of the cluster, with a sparse trace of a sub-giant branch just above. A detailed modeling shows that the red flare is consistent with the expected location of the turnoff and sub-giant branch of the bulge population, once that the appropriate metallicity range and spatial distribution of the bulge stars are adopted. From the data, hints can be derived about the spatial shape and the basic stellar parameters of the bulge.

Key words: Galaxy: structure -- Galaxy: stellar content -- Galaxy: the bulge

Offprint request: A. Vallenari, vallenari@pd.astro.it

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