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Horizontal-Branch Stars in the Log Teff, Log G Diagram

  • A. G. Davis Philip (a1)

Abstract

A review of the available Strömgren four-color data concerning horizontal-branch (HB) stars is presented. Several observers have studied seven globular clusters (with [Fe/H] values from −2.2 to −1.3) and more than 100 HB stars in fields at high galactic latitudes over the last ten years at Kitt Peak, Cerro Tololo, Mt. Wilson and Steward Observatories. The predictions of model atmospheres (Kurucz, 1976) allow one to calculate atmospheric parameters such as θeff, log g, and MV (Philip, Miller and Relyea, 1976). These parameters then can be compared with the predictions of evolutionary models (Sweigart and Gross, 1976).

A comparison of the observed data with evolutionary tracks indicates that within the rms error of observation and the computational error of the models the data and the tracks agree quite well. This matches the case for Population I stars, where a similar analysis shows a good match between observational data and evolutionary tracks (Philip, et al. 1977).

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Visiting Astronomer, Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, supported by the National Science Foundation under contract No. NSF-C866.

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