Artículos de revistas
An Investigation of the Use of Synthetic Spectra to Find the Ages of Stellar Clusters
Asa'd, Randa S.; Hanson, M. M.; Ahumada, Andrea Veronica; An Investigation of the Use of Synthetic Spectra to Find the Ages of Stellar Clusters ; IOP Publishing; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific; 125; 933; 11-2013; 1304-1314
Asa'd, Randa S.
Hanson, M. M.
Ahumada, Andrea Veronica
The utility of stellar cluster aging methods based on integrated spectra is clearly demonstrated by its extensive use by researchers for decades. However, few studies have determined the accuracy of such methods using a significant sample of age-calibrated stellar clusters with recent models. We have amassed a sample of 27 stellar clusters, 20 with new spectra we obtained with the SOAR and Blanco 4-m Telescopes, with previously determined ages using color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs). We compared the CMD ages to ages obtained from the clusters’ integrated spectra. We find that the integrated spectra in the wavelength range 3626–6230 Å, when compared with high resolution computational models, provide very good age predictions. In particular, the spectral method is more robust in resolving the age-extinction degeneracy that plagues broad-band photometric aging methods. We observe no significant difference in the ability of the synthetic spectra to fit and properly age stellar clusters based on the intrinsic mass of the stellar clusters in our sample.