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The Hβ Index As a Chronometer of Extragalactic Globular Cluster Systems

  • Hyun-chul Lee (a1), Suk-Jin Yoon (a1) and Young-Wook Lee (a1)

Abstract

For the first time, we have taken into account the detailed systematic variation of horizontal-branch (HB) morphology with age and metallicity in our population synthesis models and they result that the integrated Hβ index is significantly affected by the presence of blue HB stars. As a matter of fact, due to the systematic HB morphology variation, it is found that Hβ does not monotonically decrease as metallicity increases at given ages, but shows a kind of wavy feature. According to our models, a systematic difference between the globular cluster system in the Milky Way Galaxy and that in NGC 1399 in the Hβ vs. Mg2 plane is explained if globular cluster systems in giant elliptical galaxies are a couple of billion years older, in the mean, than the Galactic counterpart.

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