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Frank Grundahl

CNO abundances in the globular clusters NGC 1851 and NGC 6752

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We measure the C+N+O abundance sum in red giant stars in two Galactic globular clusters, NGC 1851 and NGC 6752. NGC 1851 has a split subgiant branch which could be due to different ages or C+N+O content while NGC 6752 is representative of the least complex globular clusters. For NGC 1851 and NGC 6752, we obtain average values of A(C+N+O) = 8.16 +/- 0.10 (\sigma = 0.34) and 7.62 +/- 0.02 (\sigma = 0.06), respectively. When taking into account the measurement errors, we find a constant C+N+O abundance sum in NGC 6752. The C+N+O abundance dispersion is only 0.06 dex, and such a result requires that the source of the light element abundance variations does not increase the C+N+O sum in this cluster. For NGC 1851, we confirm a large spread in C+N+O. In this cluster, the anomalous RGB has a higher C+N+O content than the canonical RGB by a factor of four (~0.6 dex). This result lends further support to the idea that the two subgiant branches in NGC 1851 are roughly coeval, but with different CNO abundances.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Pages (from-to)3319-3329
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics

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