EDP Sciences
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Volume 404, Number 2, June III 2003
Page(s) 645 - 653
Section Stellar atmospheres
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030540
Published online 02 June 2003

A&A 404, 645-653 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030540

Stellar evolutionary models for Magellanic Clouds

V. Castellani1, 2, S. Degl'Innocenti3, 4, M. Marconi5, P. G. Prada Moroni3, 4, 6 and P. Sestito7

1  Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
2  INFN Sezione di Ferrara, via Paradiso 12, 44100 Ferrara, Italy
3  Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pisa, via Buonarroti 2, 56127 Pisa, Italy
4  INFN Sezione di Pisa, via Buonarroti 2, 56127 Pisa, Italy
5  Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, via Moiariello 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy
6  Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Maggini, 64100 Teramo, Italy
7  Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienza dello Spazio, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy

(Received 21 January 2003 / Accepted 6 April 2003 )

We supplement current evolutionary computations concerning Magellanic Cloud stars by exploring the evolutionary behavior of canonical stellar models (i.e., with inefficient core overshooting) with metallicities suitable for stars in the Clouds. After discussing the adequacy of the adopted evolutionary scenario, we present evolutionary sequences as computed following a selected sample of stellar models in the mass range $0.8\div 8~M_{\odot}$ from the Main Sequence till the C ignition or the onset of thermal pulses in the advanced Asymptotic Giant Branch phase. On this basis, cluster isochrones covering the range of ages from ~100 Myr to ~15 Gyr are presented and discussed. To allow a comparison with evolutionary investigations appeared in the recent literature, we computed additional sets of models which take into account moderate core overshooting during the H burning phase, discussing the comparison in terms of current uncertainties in the stellar evolutionary models. Selected predictions constraining the cluster ages are finally discussed, presenting a calibration of the difference in magnitude between the luminous MS termination and the He burning giants in terms of cluster age. Both evolutionary tracks and isochrones have been made available at the node http://gipsy.cjb.net as a first step of a planned "Pisa Evolutionary Library".

Key words: stars: evolution -- globular clusters: general -- open clusters and associations: general -- galaxies: Magellanic Clouds

Offprint request: S. Degl'Innocenti, scilla@df.unipi.it

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