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2004A&A...428...79S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 428, 79-88 (2004/12-2)

Ages and metallicities of star clusters: New calibrations and diagnostic diagrams from visible integrated spectra.


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We present homogeneous scales of ages and metallicities for star clusters from very young objects, through intermediate-age ones up to the oldest known clusters. All the selected clusters have integrated spectra in the visible range, as well as reliable determinations of their ages and metallicities. From these spectra equivalent widths (EWs) of K CaII, G band (CH) and MgI metallic, and Hδ, Hγ and Hβ Balmer lines have been measured homogeneously. The analysis of these EWs shows that the EW sums of the metallic and Balmer H lines, separately, are good indicators of cluster age for objects younger than 10Gyr, and that the former is also sensitive to cluster metallicity for ages greater than 10Gyr. We propose an iterative procedure for estimating cluster ages by employing two new diagnostic diagrams and age calibrations based on the above EW sums. For clusters older than 10Gyr, we also provide a calibration to derive their overall metal contents.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: star clusters - stars: fundamental parameters - techniques: spectroscopic

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