Volume 555, July 2013
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters and populations|
|Published online||16 July 2013|
Multiple stellar populations in Magellanic Cloud clusters
Instituto de Astrofìsica de Canarias,
38200 La Laguna, Tenerife,
2 Department of Astrophysics, University of La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
3 Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University, Cotter Road, Weston, ACT 2611, Australia
4 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
5 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, via Mentore Maggini, 64100 Teramo, Italy
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6 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “Galileo Galilei”, Università di Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 3, Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
7 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3800 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Received: 15 October 2012
Accepted: 5 February 2013
We used Hubble Space Telescope observations to study the young cluster NGC 1844 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We estimated the fraction and the mass-ratio distribution of photometric binaries and report that the main sequence presents an intrinsic breadth which cannot be explained only in terms of photometric errors, and is unlikely because of differential reddening. We attempted different interpretations of this feature, including stellar rotation, binary stars, and the presence of multiple stellar populations of different ages, metallicity, helium, or C+N+O abundance. Although we have excluded age, helium, and C+N+O variations of being responsible for the main-sequence spread, none of the other interpretations is conclusive.
Key words: stars: Population II / globular clusters: individual: NGC 1844 / binaries: general / Magellanic Clouds
Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555, under GO-12219.
Figures 1–3, 9, and 10 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org
Photometric data is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (188.8.131.52) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/555/A143
© ESO, 2013
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