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Volume 434, Number 2, May I 2005
Page(s) 657 - 663
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20042278

A&A 434, 657-663 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042278

The calibration of the metallicity versus C/M relation

P. Battinelli1 and S. Demers2

1  INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Viale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Roma, Italia
    e-mail: battinel@oarhp1.rm.astro.it
2  Département de Physique, Université de Montréal, CP 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville, Montréal, Québec H3C 3J7, Canada
    e-mail: demers@astro.umontreal.ca

(Received 29 October 2004 / Accepted 21 December 2004 )

This paper presents a critical reassessment of the C/M ratio in the Local Group galaxies that have been surveyed by us in the last few years. We update distances, reddenings and metallicities with particular care to obtain coherent values for each galaxy. A new equation for the bolometric correction of M stars in terms of their (R-I) colours is obtained from Bessell et al. (1998) data. We present a critical discussion on the colour - spectral type relation for M stars which reveals a dramatic lack of reliable data for late M stars. Finally, we show that - when homogeneous data are used - the log(C/M0+) is well correlated to the [Fe/H] of the parent galaxy.

Key words: stars: AGB and post-AGB -- stars: carbon -- stars: late-type -- galaxies: abundances -- Local Group

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