Volume 402, Number 1, April IV 2003
|Page(s)||133 - 140|
|Published online||07 April 2003|
AGB stars in the Magellanic Clouds
I. The C/M ratio
European Southern Observatory, Karl–Schwarzschild–Straße 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
2 Sterrewacht Leiden, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: M.-R. L. Cioni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 6 February 2003
Regions of different metallicity have been identified in the Magellanic Clouds by using the ratio between Asymptotic Giant Branch stars of spectral type C and M. In the Large Magellanic Cloud the ratio appears to decrease radially while in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) there is no clear trend, reflecting either the large extension of the SMC along the line of sight or a more complex star formation history. The distribution of the C/M ratio is clumpy and corresponds to a spread in [Fe/H] of 0.75 dex in both Clouds. There is an indication of increasing C/M ratio, thus decreasing metallicity, towards the Bridge region connecting the two Clouds.
Key words: galaxies: Magellanic Clouds / stars: AGB and post-AGB
© ESO, 2003
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