Volume 493, Number 3, January III 2009
|Page(s)||913 - 930|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters, and populations|
|Published online||17 September 2008|
Stellar abundances and ages for metal-rich Milky Way globular clusters*,**
Stellar parameters and elemental abundances for 9 HB stars in NGC 6352
Lund Observatory, Box 43, 22100 Lund, Sweden e-mail: email@example.com
2 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild Str. 2, 85748 Garching b. München, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Astrophysics, Oxford University, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3RH, UK e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 10 September 2008
Context. Metal-rich globular clusters provide important tracers of the formation of our Galaxy. Moreover, and not less important, they are very important calibrators for the derivation of properties of extra-galactic metal-rich stellar populations. Nonetheless, only a few of the metal-rich globular clusters in the Milky Way have been studied using high-resolution stellar spectra to derive elemental abundances. Additionally, Rosenberg et al. identified a small group of metal-rich globular clusters that appeared to be about 2 billion years younger than the bulk of the Milky Way globular clusters. However, it is unclear if like is compared with like in this dataset as we do not know the enhancement of α-elements in the clusters and the amount of α-elements is well known to influence the derivation of ages for globular clusters.
Aims. We derive elemental abundances for the metal-rich globular cluster NGC 6352 and we present our methods to be used in up-coming studies of other metal-rich globular clusters.
Methods. We present a study of elemental abundances for α- and iron-peak elements for nine HB stars in the metal-rich globular cluster NGC 6352. The elemental abundances are based on high-resolution, high signal-to-noise spectra obtained with the UVES spectrograph on VLT. The elemental abundances have been derived using standard LTE calculations and stellar parameters have been derived from the spectra themselves by requiring ionizational as well as excitational equilibrium.
Results. We find that NGC 6352 has [Fe/H] = , is enhanced in the α-elements to about +0.2 dex for Ca, Si, and Ti relative to Fe. For the iron-peak elements we find solar values. Based on the spectroscopically derived stellar parameters we find that an = 0.24 and 14.05 better fits the data than the nominal values. An investigation of log gf-values for suitable Fe i lines lead us to the conclusion that the commonly used correction to the May et al. (1974) data should not be employed.
Key words: galaxy: globular clusters: individual: NGC 6352 / stars: horizontal-branch / stars: abundances
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