Volume 483, Number 3, June I 2008
|Page(s)||769 - 781|
|Published online||01 April 2008|
GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92190, Meudon, France e-mail: email@example.com
2 Instituto de Astronomía, Geofísica e Ciencias Atmosféricas, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão 1226-Cidade Universitária, 05508-900 São Paulo SP, Brazil
3 Observatoire, Université de Genève, chemin des Maillettes 51, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland e-mail: Pascale.Jablonka@obs.unige.ch
4 Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Observatoire, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 University of Florida, Department of Astronomy, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA e-mail: email@example.com
6 Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy, Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 14 March 2008
Aims. We quantify the intrinsic width of the red giant branches of three massive globular clusters in M 31 in a search for metallicity spreads within these objects.
Methods. We present HST/ACS observations of three massive clusters in M 31, G78, G213, and G280. A thorough description of the photometry extraction and calibration is presented. After derivation of the color-magnitude diagrams, we quantify the intrinsic width of the red giant branch of each cluster.
Results. This width translates into a metallicity dispersion that indicates a complex star formation history for this type of system. For G78, ; for G213, ; and for G280, . We find that the metallicity dispersion of the clusters does not scale with mean metallicity. We also find no trend with the cluster mass. We discuss some possible formation scenarios that would explain our results.
Key words: galaxies: evolution / galaxies: Local Group / galaxies: star clusters / Galaxy: globular clusters: general
© ESO, 2008
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