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  1. On the metallicity of open clusters. III. Homogenised sample

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    Netopil, M; Heiter, U; Soubiran, C

    2016-01-01

    Open clusters are known as excellent tools for various topics in Galactic research. For example, they allow accurately tracing the chemical structure of the Galactic disc. However, the metallicity is known only for a rather low percentage of the open cluster population, and these values are based on a variety of methods and data. Therefore, a large and homogeneous sample is highly desirable. In the third part of our series we compile a large sample of homogenised open cluster metallicities using a wide variety of different sources. These data and a sample of Cepheids are used to investigate the radial metallicity gradient, age effects, and to test current models. We used photometric and spectroscopic data to derive cluster metallicities. The different sources were checked and tested for possible offsets and correlations. In total, metallicities for 172 open cluster were derived. We used the spectroscopic data of 100 objects for a study of the radial metallicity distribution and the age-metallicity relation. W...

  2. On the metallicity of open clusters. III. Homogenised sample

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    Netopil, M.; Paunzen, E.; Heiter, U.; Soubiran, C.

    2016-01-01

    Context. Open clusters are known as excellent tools for various topics in Galactic research. For example, they allow accurately tracing the chemical structure of the Galactic disc. However, the metallicity is known only for a rather low percentage of the open cluster population, and these values are based on a variety of methods and data. Therefore, a large and homogeneous sample is highly desirable. Aims: In the third part of our series we compile a large sample of homogenised open cluster metallicities using a wide variety of different sources. These data and a sample of Cepheids are used to investigate the radial metallicity gradient, age effects, and to test current models. Methods: We used photometric and spectroscopic data to derive cluster metallicities. The different sources were checked and tested for possible offsets and correlations. Results: In total, metallicities for 172 open cluster were derived. We used the spectroscopic data of 100 objects for a study of the radial metallicity distribution and the age-metallicity relation. We found a possible increase of metallicity with age, which, if confirmed, would provide observational evidence for radial migration. Although a statistical significance is given, more studies are certainly needed to exclude selection effects, for example. The comparison of open clusters and Cepheids with recent Galactic models agrees well in general. However, the models do not reproduce the flat gradient of the open clusters in the outer disc. Thus, the effect of radial migration is either underestimated in the models, or an additional mechanism is at work. Conclusions: Apart from the Cepheids, open clusters are the best tracers for metallicity over large Galactocentric distances in the Milky Way. For a sound statistical analysis, a sufficiently large and homogeneous sample of cluster metallicities is needed. Our compilation is currently by far the largest and provides the basis for several basic studies such as the statistical

  3. The old, metal-poor, anticentre open cluster Trumpler 5

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    Donati, P; Bragaglia, A; Pancino, E; Cantat-Gaudin, T; Carrera, R; Tosi, M

    2014-01-01

    As part of a long term programme, we analyse the evolutionary status and properties of the old and populous open cluster Trumpler 5 (Tr 5), located in the Galactic anticentre direction, almost on the Galactic plane. Tr 5 was observed with WFI@MPG/ESO Telescope using the Bessel $U$, $B$, and $V$ filters. The cluster parameters have been obtained using the synthetic colour-magnitude diagram (CMD) method, i.e. the direct comparison of the observational CMD with a library of synthetic CMDs generated with different stellar evolution sets (Padova, FRANEC, and FST). Age, reddening, and distance are derived through the synthetic CMD method using stellar evolutionary models with subsolar metallicity ($Z=0.004$ or $Z=0.006$). Additional spectroscopic observations with UVES@VLT of three red clump stars of the cluster were used to determine more robustly the chemical properties of the cluster. Our analysis shows that Tr 5 has subsolar metallicity, with [Fe/H]$=-0.403\\pm0.006$ dex (derived from spectroscopy), age between ...

  4. Abundances of metals in five nearby open clusters

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    Hui-Bon-Hoa, A

    1998-01-01

    Abundances of Mg, Ca, Sc, Cr, Fe, and Ni are derived for A stars of five nearby open clusters of various ages using high resolution spectroscopy. We point out a correlation between the abundance of Ca and that of Sc, suggesting that the abundance anomalies of these elements arise from the same physical process. Pronounced Am patterns are rather found in the oldest cluster stars whereas younger targets show weaker Am anomalies and atypical patterns for some of them.

  5. NGC 1252: a high altitude, metal poor open cluster remnant

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    Marcos, R de la Fuente; Bidin, C Moni; Carraro, G; Costa, E

    2013-01-01

    If stars form in clusters but most stars belong to the field, understanding the details of the transition from the former to the latter is imperative to explain the observational properties of the field. Aging open clusters are one of the sources of field stars. The disruption rate of open clusters slows down with age but, as an object gets older, the distinction between the remaining cluster or open cluster remnant (OCR) and the surrounding field becomes less and less obvious. As a result, finding good OCR candidates or confirming the OCR nature of some of the best candidates still remain elusive. One of these objects is NGC 1252, a scattered group of about 20 stars in Horologium. Here we use new wide-field photometry in the UBVI pass-bands, proper motions from the Yale/San Juan SPM 4.0 catalogue, and high resolution spectroscopy concurrently with results from N-body simulations to decypher NGC 1252's enigmatic character. Spectroscopy shows that most of the brightest stars in the studied area are chemically,...

  6. White Dwarfs in the Metal-Rich Open Cluster NGC 6253

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    Jeffery, Elizabeth J; Romero, Alejandra; Kepler, S O

    2016-01-01

    We have obtained 53 images with the $g$ filter and 19 images with the $i$ filter, each with 600-second exposures of the super metal rich open cluster NGC 6253 with the Gemini-South telescope to create deep images of the cluster to observe the cluster white dwarfs for the first time. We will analyze the white dwarf luminosity function to measure the cluster's white dwarf age, search for any anomalous features (as has been seen in the similarly metal rich cluster NGC 6791), and constrain the initial-final mass relation at high metallicities. We present an update on these observations and our program to study the formation of white dwarfs in super high metallicity environments.

  7. The old metal-poor open cluster ESO 92-SC05: accreted from a dwarf galaxy?

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    ortolani, S; Barbuy, B

    2008-01-01

    The study of old open clusters outside the solar circle can bring constraints on formation scenarios of the outer disk. In particular, accretion of dwarf galaxies has been proposed as a likely mechanism in the area. We use BVI photometry for determining fundamental parameters of the faint open cluster ESO 92-SC05. Colour-Magnitude Diagrams are compared with Padova isochrones, in order to derive age, reddening and distance. We derive a reddening E(B-V)= 0.17, and an old age of $\\sim$6.0 Gyr. It is one of the rare open clusters known to be older than 5 Gyr. A metallicity of Z$\\sim$0.004 or [M/H]$\\sim$-0.7 is found. The rather low metallicity suggests that this cluster might be the result of an accretion episode of a dwarf galaxy.

  8. Radial velocities and metallicities of red giant stars in the old open cluster NGC 7762

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    Carraro, Giovanni; Villanova, Sandro

    2016-01-01

    We present and discuss radial velocity and the very first metallicity measurements for nine evolved stars in the poorly known old open cluster NGC 7762. We isolated eight radial velocity cluster members and one interloper. Radial velocities are in good agreement with previous studies. NGC 7762 turns out to be of solar metallicity within the uncertainties ([Fe/H]=0.04$\\pm$0.12). For this metallicity, the cluster age is 2.5$\\pm$0.2 Gyr, and falls in a age range where only a few old open clusters are known. With respect to previous studies, we find a larger distance, implying the cluster to be located at 900$^{+70}_{-50}$ pc from the Sun. For most of the elements we measure solar-scaled abundance ratios. We searched the literature for open clusters of similar age in the solar vicinity and found that NGC 7762 can be considered a twin of Ruprecht 147, a similar age cluster located at only 300 pc from the Sun. In fact, beside age, also metallicity and abundance ratios are very close to Ruprecht 147 values within th...

  9. The evolution of the Galactic metallicity gradient from high-resolution spectroscopy of open clusters

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    Magrini, Laura; Randich, Sofia; Galli, Daniele

    2008-01-01

    Open clusters offer a unique possibility to study the time evolution of the radial metallicity gradients of several elements in our Galaxy, because they span large intervals in age and Galactocentric distance, and both quantities can be more accurately derived than for field stars. We re-address the issue of the Galactic metallicity gradient and its time evolution by comparing the empirical gradients traced by a sample of 45 open clusters with a chemical evolution model of the Galaxy. At variance with previous similar studies, we have collected from the literature only abundances derived from high--resolution spectra. The clusters have distances $7 < RGC<22$ kpc and ages from $\\sim 30$ Myr to 11 Gyr. We also consider the $\\alpha$-elements Si, Ca, Ti, and the iron-peak elements Cr and Ni. The data for iron-peak and $\\alpha$-elements indicate a steep metallicity gradient for R_GC<12$ kpc and a plateau at larger radii. The time evolution of the metallicity distribution is characterized by a uniform incr...

  10. A RAVE Investigation on Galactic open Clusters I. Radial velocities and metallicities

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    Conrad, C; Kharchenko, N V; Piskunov, A E; Schilbach, E; Röser, S; Boeche, C; Kordopatis, G; Siebert, A; Williams, M; Munari, U; Matijevič, G; Grebel, E K; Zwitter, T; de Jong, R S; Steinmetz, M; Gilmore, G; Seabroke, G; Freeman, K; Navarro, J F; Parker, Q; Reid, W; Watson, F; Gibson, B K; Bienaymé, O; Wyse, R; Bland-Hawthorn, J; Siviero, A

    2013-01-01

    Context. Galactic open clusters (OCs) mainly belong to the young stellar population in the Milky Way disk, but are there groups and complexes of OCs that possibly define an additional level in hierarchical star formation? Current compilations are too incomplete to address this question, especially regarding radial velocities (RVs) and metallicities ($[M/H]$). Aims. Here we provide and discuss newly obtained RV and $[M/H]$ data, which will enable us to reinvestigate potential groupings of open clusters and associations. Methods.We extracted additional RVs and $[M/H]$ from the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) via a cross-match with the Catalogue of Stars in Open Cluster Areas (CSOCA). For the identified OCs in RAVE we derived RV and $[M/H]$ from a cleaned working sample and compared the results with previous findings. Results. Although our RAVE sample does not show the same accuracy as the entire survey, we were able to derive reliable RV for 110 Galactic open clusters. For 37 OCs we publish RV for the first t...

  11. vbyCaHbeta CCD Photometry of Clusters. VIII. The Super-Metal Rich, Old Open Cluster NGC 6791

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    Anthony-Twarog, B J; Mayer, L

    2006-01-01

    CCD photometry on the intermediate-band vbyCaHbeta system is presented for the metal-rich, old open cluster, NGC 6791. Preliminary analysis led to [Fe/H] above +0.4 with an anomalously high reddening and an age below 5 Gyr. A revised calibration between (b-y)_0 and [Fe/H] at a given temperature shows that the traditional color-metallicity relations underestimate the color of the turnoff stars at high metallicity. With the revised relation, the metallicity from hk and the reddening for NGC 6791 become [Fe/H] = +0.45 +/- 0.04 and E(b-y) = 0.113 +/- 0.012 or E(B-V) = 0.155 +/- 0.016. Using the same technique, reanalysis of the photometry for NGC 6253 produces [Fe/H] = +0.58 +/-0.04 and E(b-y) = 0.120 +/- 0.018 or E(B-V) = 0.160 +/- 0.025. The errors quoted include both the internal and external errors. For NGC 6791, the metallicity from m_1 is a factor of two below that from hk, a result that may be coupled to the consistently low metal abundance from DDO photometry of the cluster and the C-deficiency found from...

  12. Metal Abundances of Red Clump Stars in Open Clusters I. NGC 6819

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    Bragaglia, A; Gratton, R G; Tosi, M P; Bonanno, G; Bruno, P; Cali`, A; Claudi, R; Cosentino, R; Desidera, S; Farisato, G; Rebeschini, M; Scuderi, S

    2001-01-01

    We present an analysis of high dispersion spectra (R~40000) of three red clump stars in the old open cluster NGC 6819. The spectra were obtained with SARG, the high dispersion spectrograph of the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo. The spectra were analyzed using both equivalent widths measured with an automatic procedure, and comparisons with synthetic spectra. NGC 6819 is found to be slightly metal-rich ([Fe/H]= +0.09 +/-0.03, internal error); there are no previous high resolution studies to compare with. Most element-to-element abundance ratios are close to solar; we find a slight excess of Si, and a significant Na overabundance. Our spectra can also be used to derive the interstellar reddening towards the cluster, by comparing the observed colours with those expected from line excitation: we derive E(B-V)=0.14 +/-0.04, in agreement with the most recent estimate for this cluster.

  13. WIYN Open Cluster Study. LXXII. A uvbyCaHβ CCD Analysis of the Metal-deficient Open Cluster NGC 2506

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    Anthony-Twarog, Barbara J.; Deliyannis, Constantine P.; Twarog, Bruce A.

    2016-12-01

    Precision uvbyCaHβ photometry of the metal-deficient, old open cluster NGC 2506 is presented. The survey covers an area of 20\\prime × 20\\prime and extends to V˜ 18 for b - y and Hβ and to V˜ 17.0 for c 1 and hk. For V brighter than 16.0, photometric scatter among the indices leads to the recovery of six known variables within the cluster core and five new variables in the outer 5\\prime of the survey field. Proper motions, radial velocities, and precise multicolor indices are used to isolate a highly probable sample of cluster members from the very rich color-magnitude diagram. From 257 highly probable members at the cluster turnoff, we derive a reddening estimate of E(b-y)=0.042+/- 0.001 (E(B-V)=0.058+/- 0.001), where the errors refer to the internal standard errors of the mean. [Fe/H] is derived from the A/F dwarf members using both m 1 and hk, leading to [Fe/H] = -0.296 ± 0.011 (sem) and -0.317 ± 0.004 (sem), respectively. The weighted average, heavily dominated by hk, is [Fe/H] = -0.316 ± 0.033. Based on red giant members, we place an upper limit of ±0.010 on the variation in the reddening across the face of the cluster. We also identify two dozen potential red giant cluster members outside the cluster core. Victoria-Regina isochrones on the Strömgren system produce an excellent match to the cluster for an apparent modulus of (m-M)=12.75+/- 0.1 and an age of 1.85 ± 0.05 Gyr.

  14. Membership, binarity and metallicity of red giants in the southern open cluster NGC 2354

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    Clariá, J. J.; Mermilliod, J.-C.; Piatti, A. E.

    1999-01-01

    We present new Coravel radial-velocity observations and photoelectric photometry in the UBV, DDO and Washington systems for a sample of red giant candidates in the field of the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 2354. Photometric membership probabilities show very good agreement with those obtained from Coravel radial velocities. The analysis of the photometric and kinematical data allow us to confirm cluster membership for 9 red giants, one of them being a spectroscopic binary, while 4 confirmed spectroscopic binaries appear to be probable members. We have also discovered 4 spectroscopic binaries not belonging to the cluster. A mean radial velocity of (33.40 +/- 0.27) km s(-1) and a mean reddening E(B-V) = 0.13 +/- 0.03 were derived for the cluster giants. NGC 2354 has a mean ultraviolet excess B)> = -0.03 +/- 0.01, relative to the field K giants, and a mean new cyanogen anomaly Delta CN = -0.035 +/- 0.007, both implying [Fe/H] ~ -0.3. The moderately metal-poor character of NGC 2354 is confirmed using five different metal abundance indicators of the Washington system. The cluster giant branch is formed by a well defined clump of 7 stars and 4 stars with high membership probabilities seem to define an ascending giant branch. The whole red giant locus cannot be reproduced by any theoretical track. Based on observations collected with the Danish\\protect\\linebreak 1.54-m telescope at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla (Chile); at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito, which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina and the National Universities of La Plata, Córdoba, and San Juan, Argentina, and at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under contract with the National Science Foundation.

  15. WIYN Open Cluster Study. LXXII. A uvbyCa Hbeta CCD Analysis of the Metal-Deficient Open Cluster, NGC 2506

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    Anthony-Twarog, B J; Twarog, B A

    2016-01-01

    Precision uvbyCa Hbeta photometry of the metal-deficient, old open cluster, NGC 2506, is presented. The survey covers an area 20 by 20 arcminutes, and extends to V~18 for b-y and Hbeta and to V~17.0 for c_1 and hk. For V < 16.0, photometric scatter among the indices leads to the recovery of 6 known variables within the cluster core and 5 new variables in the outer 5 arcmin of the survey field. Proper motions, radial velocities, and precise multicolor indices are used to isolate a highly probable sample of cluster members from the very rich color-magnitude diagram (CMD). From 257 highly probable members at the cluster turnoff, we derive a reddening estimate of E(b-y) = 0.042 +/- 0.001 (E(B-V) = 0.058 +/- 0.001), where the errors refer to the internal standard errors of the mean. [Fe/H] is derived from the A/F dwarf members using both m_1 and hk, leading to [Fe/H] = -0.296 +/- 0.011 (sem) and -0.317 +/- 0.004 (sem), respectively. The weighted average, heavily dominated by hk, is [Fe/H] = -0.316 +/- 0.033. Ba...

  16. UB CCD photometry of the old, metal rich, open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819 and NGC 7142

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    Carraro, G; Bertone, E; Buson, L

    2013-01-01

    We report on a UV-oriented imaging survey in the fields of the old, metal-rich open clusters, NGC 6791, NGC 6819 and NGC 7142. These three clusters represent both very near and ideal stellar aggregates to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations, as in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. The CMD of the three clusters is analyzed in detail, with special emphasis to the hot stellar component. We report, in this regard, one new extreme horizontal-branch star candidate in NGC 6791. For NGC 6819 and 7142, the stellar luminosity function points to a looser radial distribution of faint lower Main Sequence stars, either as a consequence of cluster dynamical interaction with the Galaxy or as an effect of an increasing fraction of binary stars toward the cluster core, as actually observed in NGC 6791 too.

  17. VizieR Online Data Catalog: On the metallicity of open clusters. II. (Heiter+, 2014)

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    Heiter, U.; Soubiran, C.; Netopil, M.; Paunzen, E.

    2013-11-01

    In Table 1 we list the basic information for each star and each metallicity determination in the starting sample, which should be sufficient to extract the corresponding atmospheric parameters from the PASTEL catalogue. Table 4 lists the weighted mean metallicities for each OC and each paper, which were computed using the metallicities from the references in Table 1. For the weights we used the inverse square of the individual errors quoted by the authors. Table 4 also gives the ranges of effective temperature (Teff) and surface gravity (logg) of the stars corresponding to each paper. After removing all determinations with Teff outside the range 4400 to 6500K and with logg<2.0, we constructed a list of recommended cluster metallicities, which we call the final high-resolution sample. The weighted mean metallicities for each cluster in the final sample are given in Table 11, and the individual determinations included in the final sample are identified in Table 1 (first column). (3 data files).

  18. UB CCD PHOTOMETRY OF THE OLD, METAL-RICH, OPEN CLUSTERS NGC 6791, NGC 6819, AND NGC 7142

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    Carraro, G. [European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19 (Chile); Buzzoni, A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna (Italy); Bertone, E. [INAOE-Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Optica y Electrónica, Calle L.E. Erro 1, 72840 Tonantzintla, Puebla (Mexico); Buson, L., E-mail: gcarraro@eso.org, E-mail: alberto.buzzoni@oabo.inaf.it, E-mail: ebertone@inaoep.mx, E-mail: lucio.buson@oapd.inaf.it [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova (Italy)

    2013-11-01

    We report on a UV-oriented imaging survey in the fields of the old, metal-rich open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 7142. With their super-solar metallicity and ages ∼> 3-8 Gyr, these three clusters represent both very near and ideal stellar aggregates to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations, as in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. Following a first discussion of NGC 6791 observations in an accompanying paper, here we complete our analysis, also presenting for NGC 6819 and NGC 7142 the first-ever U CCD photometry. The color-magnitude diagram of the three clusters is analyzed in detail, with special emphasis on the hot stellar component. We report, in this regard, one new extreme horizontal-branch star candidate in NGC 6791. For NGC 6819 and 7142, the stellar luminosity function clearly points to a looser radial distribution of faint lower main sequence stars, either as a consequence of cluster dynamical interaction with the Galaxy or as an effect of an increasing fraction of binary stars toward the cluster core, as also observed in NGC 6791. Compared to a reference theoretical model for the Galaxy disk, the analysis of the stellar field along the line of sight of each cluster indicates that a more centrally concentrated thick disk, on a scale length shorter than ∼2.8 kpc, might better reconcile the lower observed fraction of bright field stars and their white-dwarf progeny.

  19. UB CCD Photometry of the Old, Metal-rich, Open Clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 7142

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    Carraro, G.; Buzzoni, A.; Bertone, E.; Buson, L.

    2013-11-01

    We report on a UV-oriented imaging survey in the fields of the old, metal-rich open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 7142. With their super-solar metallicity and ages >~ 3-8 Gyr, these three clusters represent both very near and ideal stellar aggregates to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations, as in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. Following a first discussion of NGC 6791 observations in an accompanying paper, here we complete our analysis, also presenting for NGC 6819 and NGC 7142 the first-ever U CCD photometry. The color-magnitude diagram of the three clusters is analyzed in detail, with special emphasis on the hot stellar component. We report, in this regard, one new extreme horizontal-branch star candidate in NGC 6791. For NGC 6819 and 7142, the stellar luminosity function clearly points to a looser radial distribution of faint lower main sequence stars, either as a consequence of cluster dynamical interaction with the Galaxy or as an effect of an increasing fraction of binary stars toward the cluster core, as also observed in NGC 6791. Compared to a reference theoretical model for the Galaxy disk, the analysis of the stellar field along the line of sight of each cluster indicates that a more centrally concentrated thick disk, on a scale length shorter than ~2.8 kpc, might better reconcile the lower observed fraction of bright field stars and their white-dwarf progeny.

  20. Eclipsing binaries in open clusters

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    Southworth, John; Clausen, J.V.

    2006-01-01

    Stars: fundamental parameters - Stars : binaries : eclipsing - Stars: Binaries: spectroscopic - Open clusters and ass. : general Udgivelsesdato: 5 August......Stars: fundamental parameters - Stars : binaries : eclipsing - Stars: Binaries: spectroscopic - Open clusters and ass. : general Udgivelsesdato: 5 August...

  1. Seismic constraints on open clusters

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    Piau, L; Turck-Chièze, S

    2005-01-01

    We derive knowledge on the global and structural parameters of low-mass stars using asteroseismology and taking advantage of the stellar collective behavior within open clusters. We build stellar models and compute the seismic signal expected from main sequence objects in the 0.8-1.6 Msun range. We first evaluate apparent magnitudes and oscillations-induced luminosity fluctuations expected in the Hyades, the Pleiades and the alpha Persei clusters. The closest cluster presents a feasible challenge to observational asteroseismology in the present and near future. We combine seismological and classical computations to address three questions: what can be inferred about 1) mass, 2) composition and 3) extension of outer convection zones of solar analogs in the Hyades. The first issue relies on the strong sensitivity of the large separation to mass. Then large separations and second differences are used to respectively constrain metal and helium fractions in the Hyades.When plotted for several masses, the relation ...

  2. Radial velocities and metallicities from infrared Ca II triplet spectroscopy of open clusters II. Berkeley 23, King 1, NGC 559, NGC 6603 and NGC 7245

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    Carrera, R; Ospina, N; Balaguer-Nuñez, L; Jordi, C; Monteagudo, L

    2015-01-01

    Context: Open clusters are key to studying the formation and evolution of the Galactic disc. However, there is a deficiency of radial velocity and chemical abundance determinations for open clusters in the literature. Aims: We intend to increase the number of determinations of radial velocities and metallicities from spectroscopy for open clusters. Methods: We acquired medium-resolution spectra (R~8000) in the infrared region Ca II triplet lines (~8500 AA) for several stars in five open clusters with the long-slit IDS spectrograph on the 2.5~m Isaac Newton Telescope (Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, Spain). Radial velocities were obtained by cross-correlation fitting techniques. The relationships available in the literature between the strength of infrared Ca II lines and metallicity were also used to derive the metallicity for each cluster. Results: We obtain = 48.6+/-3.4, -58.4+/-6.8, 26.0+/-4.3 and -65.3+/-3.2 km s-1 for Berkeley 23, NGC 559, NGC 6603 and NGC 7245, respectively. We found [Fe/H] =-0.25+...

  3. Prospecting for chemical tags among open clusters

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    Lambert, David L

    2016-01-01

    Determinations of the chemical composition of red giants in a large sample of open clusters show that the abundances of the heavy elements La, Ce, Nd and Sm but not so obviously Y and Eu vary from one cluster to another across a sample all having about the solar metallicity. For La, Ce, Nd and Sm the amplitudes of the variations at solar metallicity scale approximately with the main s-process contribution to solar system material. Consideration of published abundances of field stars suggest that such a spread in heavy element abundances is present for the thin and thick disk stars of different metallicity. This new result provides an opportunity to chemically tag stars by their heavy elements and to reconstruct dissolved open clusters from the field star population.

  4. Open clusters and the galactic disk

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    Roeser, Siegfried; Piskunov, Anatoly E; Schilbach, Elena; Scholz, Ralf-Dieter; Zinnecker, Hans

    2010-01-01

    It is textbook knowledge that open clusters are conspicuous members of the thin disk of our Galaxy, but their role as contributors to the stellar population of the disk was regarded as minor. Starting from a homogenous stellar sky survey, the ASCC-2.5, we revisited the population of open clusters in the solar neighbourhood from scratch. In the course of this enterprise we detected 130 formerly unknown open clusters, constructed volume- and magnitude-limited samples of clusters, re-determined distances, motions, sizes, ages, luminosities and masses of 650 open clusters. We derived the present-day luminosity and mass functions of open clusters (not the stellar mass function in open clusters), the cluster initial mass function CIMF and the formation rate of open clusters. We find that open clusters contributed around 40 percent to the stellar content of the disk during the history of our Galaxy. Hence, open clusters are important building blocks of the Galactic disk.

  5. The Distances to Open Clusters from Main-Sequence Fitting. V. Extension of Color Calibration and Test using Cool and Metal-Rich Stars in NGC 6791

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    An, Deokkeun; Pinsonneault, Marc H; Lee, Jae-Woo

    2015-01-01

    We extend our effort to calibrate stellar isochrones in the Johnson-Cousins ($BVI_C$) and the 2MASS ($JHK_s$) filter systems based on observations of well-studied open clusters. Using cool main-sequence (MS) stars in Praesepe, we define empirical corrections to the Lejeune et al. color-effective temperature ($T_{\\rm eff}$) relations down to $T_{\\rm eff} \\sim 3600$ K, complementing our previous work based on the Hyades and the Pleiades. We apply empirically corrected isochrones to existing optical and near-infrared photometry of cool ($T_{\\rm eff} \\leq 5500$ K) and metal-rich ([Fe/H]$=+0.37$) MS stars in NGC 6791. The current methodology relies on an assumption that color-$T_{\\rm eff}$ corrections are independent of metallicity, but we find that estimates of color-excess and distance from color-magnitude diagrams with different color indices converge on each other at the precisely known metallicity of the cluster. Along with a satisfactory agreement with eclipsing binary data in the cluster, we view the improv...

  6. Stellar lifetime and ultraviolet properties of the old metal-rich Galactic open cluster NGC6791: a pathway to understand the UV upturn of elliptical galaxies

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    Buzzoni, Alberto; Carraro, Giovanni; Buson, Lucio

    2012-01-01

    The evolutionary properties of the old metal-rich Galactic open cluster NGC6791 are assessed, based on deep UB photometry and 2Mass JK data. For 4739 stars in the cluster, bolometric luminosity and effective temperature have been derived from theoretical (U-B) and (J-K) color fitting. The derived H-R diagram has been matched with the UVBLUE grid of synthetic stellar spectra to obtain the integrated SED of the system, together with a full set UV (Fanelli) and optical (Lick) narrow-band indices. The cluster appears to be a fairly good proxy of standard elliptical galaxies, although with significantly bluer infrared colors, a shallower 4000A Balmer break, and a lower Mg2 index. The confirmed presence of a dozen hot stars, along their EHB evolution, leads the cluster SED to consistently match the properties of the most active UV-upturn galaxies, with 1.7+/-0.4% of the total bolometric luminosity emitted shortward of 2500A. The cluster Helium abundance results Y=0.30 +/-0.04, while the Post-MS implied stellar life...

  7. STELLAR LIFETIME AND ULTRAVIOLET PROPERTIES OF THE OLD METAL-RICH GALACTIC OPEN CLUSTER NGC 6791: A PATHWAY TO UNDERSTAND THE ULTRAVIOLET UPTURN OF ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES

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    Buzzoni, Alberto [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna (Italy); Bertone, Emanuele [INAOE-Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica, Luis Enrique Erro 1, 72840 Tonantzintla, Puebla (Mexico); Carraro, Giovanni [ESO-European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova 3107, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19 (Chile); Buson, Lucio, E-mail: alberto.buzzoni@oabo.inaf.it [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova (Italy)

    2012-04-10

    The evolutionary properties of the old metal-rich Galactic open cluster NGC 6791 are assessed based on deep UB photometry and Two Micron All Sky Survey JK data. For the 4739 stars in the cluster, bolometric luminosity and effective temperature have been derived from theoretical (U - B) and (J - K) color fitting. The derived H-R diagram has been matched with the UVBLUE grid of synthetic stellar spectra to obtain the integrated spectral energy distribution (SED) of the system, together with a full set of UV (Fanelli) and optical (Lick) narrowband indices. The total bolometric magnitude of NGC 6791 is M{sup bol}{sub 6791} = -6.29, with a color (B - V){sub 6791} = 0.97. The cluster appears to be a fairly good proxy of standard elliptical galaxies, although with significantly bluer infrared colors, a shallower 4000 A Balmer break, and a lower Mg{sub 2} index. The confirmed presence of a dozen hot stars along their extreme horizontal-branch evolution leads the cluster SED to consistently match the properties of the most active UV-upturn galaxies, with 1.7% {+-} 0.4% of the total bolometric luminosity emitted shortward of 2500 Angstrom-Sign . The cluster helium abundance results in Y{sub 6791} = 0.30 {+-} 0.04, while the post-main-sequence (PMS) implied stellar lifetime from star number counts fairly agrees with the theoretical expectations from both the PADOVA and BASTI stellar tracks. A PMS fuel consumption of 0.43 {+-} 0.01 M{sub Sun} is found for NGC 6791 stars, in close agreement with the estimated mass of cluster He-rich white dwarfs. Such a tight figure may lead one to suspect that a fraction of the cluster stellar population does not actually reach the minimum mass required to effectively ignite He in the stellar core.

  8. Stellar Lifetime and Ultraviolet Properties of the Old Metal-rich Galactic Open Cluster NGC 6791: A Pathway to Understand the Ultraviolet Upturn of Elliptical Galaxies

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    Buzzoni, Alberto; Bertone, Emanuele; Carraro, Giovanni; Buson, Lucio

    2012-04-01

    The evolutionary properties of the old metal-rich Galactic open cluster NGC 6791 are assessed based on deep UB photometry and Two Micron All Sky Survey JK data. For the 4739 stars in the cluster, bolometric luminosity and effective temperature have been derived from theoretical (U - B) and (J - K) color fitting. The derived H-R diagram has been matched with the UVBLUE grid of synthetic stellar spectra to obtain the integrated spectral energy distribution (SED) of the system, together with a full set of UV (Fanelli) and optical (Lick) narrowband indices. The total bolometric magnitude of NGC 6791 is M bol 6791 = -6.29, with a color (B - V)6791 = 0.97. The cluster appears to be a fairly good proxy of standard elliptical galaxies, although with significantly bluer infrared colors, a shallower 4000 Å Balmer break, and a lower Mg2 index. The confirmed presence of a dozen hot stars along their extreme horizontal-branch evolution leads the cluster SED to consistently match the properties of the most active UV-upturn galaxies, with 1.7% ± 0.4% of the total bolometric luminosity emitted shortward of 2500 Å. The cluster helium abundance results in Y 6791 = 0.30 ± 0.04, while the post-main-sequence (PMS) implied stellar lifetime from star number counts fairly agrees with the theoretical expectations from both the PADOVA and BASTI stellar tracks. A PMS fuel consumption of 0.43 ± 0.01 M ⊙ is found for NGC 6791 stars, in close agreement with the estimated mass of cluster He-rich white dwarfs. Such a tight figure may lead one to suspect that a fraction of the cluster stellar population does not actually reach the minimum mass required to effectively ignite He in the stellar core. Based on observations carried out at the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, operated by INAF at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma, Spain).

  9. Open star cluster: formation, parameters, membership and importance

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    Joshi, Gireesh C

    2016-01-01

    We have been represented the collective information of estimation procedures of parameters of the open clusters and put them together for showing the importance of clusters to understand their role in stellar evolution phenomenon. Moreover, we have been discussed about analytic techniques to determine the structural and dynamical properties of galactic clusters. The members of clusters provide unique opportunity to determine their basic parameters such as: age, metallicity, distance, reddening etc. The membership probabilities of stars of clusters is assigned through the various approaches and each approach provides different number of probable members of the cluster. Here, we have been briefly discussed about various approaches to determine the stellar membership within clusters.

  10. The Old, Super-Metal-Rich Open Cluster, NGC 6791 - Elemental Abundances in Turn-off Stars from Keck/HIRES Spectra

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    Boesgaard, Ann Merchant; Deliyannis, Constantine P

    2014-01-01

    The study of star clusters has advanced our understanding of stellar evolution, Galactic chemical evolution and nucleosynthesis. Here we investigate the composition of turn-off stars in the intriguing open cluster, NGC 6791, which is old, but super-metal-rich with high-resolution (46,000) Keck/HIRES spectra. We find [Fe/H] = +0.30 +/-0.02 from measurements of some 40 unblended, unsaturated lines of both Fe I and Fe II in eight turn-off stars. Our O abundances come from the O I triplet near 7774 A and we do a differential analysis relative to the Sun from our Lunar spectrum also obtained with Keck/HIRES. The O results are corrected for small nLTE effects. We find consistent ratios of [O/Fe]n with a mean of $-$0.06 +/-0.02. This continues the trend of decreasing [O/Fe] with increasing [Fe/H] found in field stars that are also both old and metal-rich. The small range in our oxygen abundances is consistent with a single population of stars. Our results for the alpha elements [Mg/Fe], [Si/Fe], [Ca/Fe], and [Ti/Fe]...

  11. Deep Observations of the Open Cluster NGC 6253

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    Jeffery, E. J.

    2015-06-01

    We have obtained deep observations of the metal-rich open cluster NGC 6253 with GMOS on the Gemini-South telescope, with the goal of observing the cluster white dwarfs for the first time. These observations are an important piece and further test of the variously proposed scenarios to explain the formation of the strange white dwarfs in the metal rich open cluster NGC 6791. We will use the new observations of NGC 6253 to measure the cluster's white dwarf age and search for any anomalies in the white dwarf luminosity function. The high metallicity of this cluster will allow us to explore and better understand the formation of white dwarfs in such a high metallicity environment. These observations are an important piece in the continuing puzzle that has important implications on mass loss, white dwarf cooling, and stellar evolution as a whole.

  12. The intermediate age open cluster NGC 2660

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    Sandrelli, S; Tosi, M P; Marconi, G

    1999-01-01

    We present CCD UBVI photometry of the intermediate old open cluster NGC2660, covering from the red giants region to about seven magnitudes below the main sequence turn-off. Using the synthetic Colour - Magnitude Diagram method, we estimate in a self-consistent way values for distance modulus ((m-M)0 ~= 12.2), reddening (E(B-V) ~= 0.40), metallicity ([Fe/H] about solar), and age (age ~ 1 Gyr). A 30% population of binary stars turns out to be probably present.

  13. NGC 7789: An open cluster case study

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    Overbeek, Jamie C.; Friel, Eileen D.; Pilachowski, Catherine A.; Mészáros, Szabolcs [Indiana University Astronomy Department, Swain West 319, 727 East 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States); Jacobson, Heather R. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Johnson, Christian I., E-mail: joverbee@indiana.edu [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    We have obtained high-resolution spectra of 32 giants in the open cluster NGC 7789 using the Wisconsin–Indiana–Yale–NOAO Hydra spectrograph. We explore differences in atmospheric parameters and elemental abundances caused by the use of the linelist developed for the Gaia-ESO Survey (GES) compared to one based on Arcturus used in our previous work. [Fe/H] values decrease when using the GES linelist instead of the Arcturus-based linelist; these differences are probably driven by systematically lower (∼−0.1 dex) GES surface gravities. Using the GES linelist we determine abundances for 10 elements—Fe, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Na, Ni, Zr, Ba, and La. We find the cluster's average metallicity [Fe/H] = 0.03 ± 0.07 dex, in good agreement with literature values, and a lower [Mg/Fe] abundance than has been reported before for this cluster (0.11 ± 0.05 dex). We also find the neutron-capture element barium to be highly enhanced—[Ba/Fe] = +0.48 ± 0.08—and disparate from cluster measurements of neutron-capture elements La and Zr (−0.08 ± 0.05 and 0.08 ± 0.08, respectively). This is in accordance with recent discoveries of supersolar Ba enhancement in young clusters along with more modest enhancement of other neutron-capture elements formed in similar environments.

  14. Open Clusters and OB Associations: a Review

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    Anthony G. A. Brown

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In this review on open clusters and OB associations I discuss some recent developments to which Latin American astronomers have contributed. Subsequently, results from the Hipparcos mission concerning OB associations, the Hyades and other nearby open clusters will be discussed. I end with a brief discussion of current theories of star cluster formation and prospects for future research.

  15. Polarizability effect in metallic clusters

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    Ş Şentürk; K Harigaya; O Özsoy

    2006-03-01

    Langevin approach implemented in the inelastic cross-sections measured for the low-energy electrons colliding with metallic clusters points out that statical form of the polarizability dominate at energies less than 1.25 eV. The dynamical form comes into play at energies around 1.3 eV. The form of the polarizabilities indicates that polarizability of the metallic clusters is energy-dependent.

  16. NGC 7789: An Open Cluster Case Study

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    Overbeek, Jamie C; Jacobson, Heather R; Johnson, Christian I; Pilachowski, Catherine A; Meszaros, Szabolcs

    2015-01-01

    We have obtained high-resolution spectra of 32 giants in the open cluster NGC 7789 using the Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-NOAO Hydra spectrograph. We explore differences in atmospheric parameters and elemental abundances caused by the use of the linelist developed for the Gaia-ESO Survey (GES) compared to one based on Arcturus used in our previous work. [Fe/H] values decrease when using the GES linelist instead of the Arcturus-based linelist; these differences are probably driven by systematically lower (~ -0.1 dex) GES surface gravities. Using the GES linelist we determine abundances for 10 elements - Fe, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Na, Ni, Zr, Ba, and La. We find the cluster's average metallicity [Fe/H] = 0.03 +/- 0.07 dex, in good agreement with literature values, and a lower [Mg/Fe] abundance than has been reported before for this cluster (0.11 +/- 0.05 dex). We also find the neutron-capture element barium to be highly enhanced - [Ba/Fe] = +0.48 +/- 0.08 - and disparate from cluster measurements of neutron-capture elements...

  17. Peculiarities of {\\alpha}-element abundances in Galactic open clusters

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    Marsakov, V A; Koval', V V; Shpigel', L V

    2016-01-01

    A catalog compiling the parameters of 346 open clusters, including their metallicities, positions, ages, and velocities has been composed. The elements of the Galactic orbits for 272 of the clusters have been calculated. Spectroscopic determinations of the relative abundances, [el/Fe], for 14 elements synthesized in various nuclear processes averaged over data from 109 publications are presented for 90 clusters. Since no systematic effects distorting the relative abundances of the studied elements in these clusters have been found, these difference suggest real differences between clusters with high, elongated orbits and field stars. In particular, this supports the earlier conclusion, based on an analysis of the elements of the Galactic orbits, that some clusters formed as a result of interactions between high-velocity, metal-poor clouds and the interstellar medium of the Galactic thin disk. On average, clusterswith high, elongated orbits and metallicities ${\\rm [Fe/H]} - 0.1$ formed as a result of interact...

  18. Cluster Bose Metals

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    Ying, Tao; Dalmonte, Marcello; Angelone, Adriano; Mezzacapo, Fabio; Zoller, Peter; Pupillo, Guido

    2016-01-01

    Quantum phases of matter are usually characterised by broken symmetries. Identifying physical mechanisms and microscopic Hamiltonians that elude this paradigm is one of the key present challenges in many-body physics. Here, we use quantum Monte-Carlo simulations to show that a Bose metal phase, breaking no symmetries, is realized in simple Hubbard models for bosonic particles on a square lattice complemented by soft-shoulder interactions. The Bose metal appears at strong coupling and is separ...

  19. uvbybeta photometry of early type open cluster and field stars

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    Handler, G

    2011-01-01

    The beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B (SPB) stars are massive main sequence variables. The strength of their pulsational driving strongly depends on the opacity of iron-group elements. As many of those stars naturally occur in young open clusters, whose metallicities can be determined in several fundamental ways, it is logical to study the incidence of pulsation in several young open clusters. To provide the foundation for such an investigation, Str\\"omgren-Crawford uvbybeta photometry of open cluster target stars was carried out to determine effective temperatures, luminosities, and therefore cluster memberships. In the course of three observing runs, uvbybeta photometry for 168 target stars was acquired and transformed into the standard system by measurements of 117 standard stars. The list of target stars also included some known cluster and field beta Cephei stars, as well as beta Cephei and SPB candidates that are targets of the asteroseismic part of the Kepler satellite mission. The uvbybeta phot...

  20. On the physical reality of overlooked open clusters

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    Piatti, Andrés E.

    2017-01-01

    We present UBVRI and CT1T2 photometry for fifteen catalogued open clusters of relative high brightness and compact appearance. From these unprecedented photometric data sets, covering wavelengths from the blue up to the near-infrared, we performed a thorough assessment of their reality as stellar aggregates. We statistically assigned to each observed star within the object region a probability of being a fiducial feature of that field in terms of its local luminosity function, colour distribution and stellar density. Likewise, we used accurate parallaxes and proper motions measured by the Gaia satellite to help our decision on the open cluster reality. Ten catalogued aggregates did not show any hint of being real physical systems; three of them had been assumed to be open clusters in previous studies, though. On the other hand, we estimated reliable fundamental parameters for the remaining five studied objects, which were confirmed as real open clusters. They resulted to be clusters distributed in a wide age range, 8.0 ≤ log (t yr-1) ≤ 9.4, of solar metal content and placed between 2.0 and 5.5 kpc from the Sun. Their ages and metallicities are in agreement with the presently known picture of the spatial distribution of open clusters in the Galactic disc.

  1. Old Open Clusters as Tracers of Galactic Evolution

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    Bragaglia, A; Marconi, G; Carretta, E

    1999-01-01

    Old open clusters are useful tools to study the Galactic disk properties, both present and past. Populous samples with properties determined both accurately and homogenously are necessary to draw reliable conclusions. We present here our recent work in the field and introduce and discuss results on metallicities.

  2. The old Galactic open clusters FSR1716 and Czernik23

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    Bonatto, Charles

    2008-01-01

    Open clusters older than $\\sim4$ Gyr are rare in the Galaxy. Affected by a series of mass-decreasing processes, the stellar content of most open clusters dissolves into the field in a time-scale shorter than $\\sim1$ Gyr. In this sense, improving the statistics of old objects may provide constraints for a better understanding of the dynamical dissolution of open clusters. Isochrone fits indicate that FSR 1716 is more probably an old ($\\sim7$ Gyr) and absorbed ($\\aV=6.3\\pm0.2$) open cluster, located $\\approx0.6$ kpc inside the Solar circle in a contaminated central field. However, we cannot rule out the possibility of a low-mass, loose globular cluster. Czernik 23 is shown to be an almost absorption-free open cluster, $\\sim5$ Gyr old, located about 2.5 kpc towards the anti-centre. In both cases, Solar and sub-Solar ($[Fe/H]\\sim-0.5$) metallicity isochrones represent equally well the stellar sequences. Both star clusters have a low mass content ($\\la200 \\ms$) presently stored in stars. Their relatively small cor...

  3. Revisiting the population of Galactic open clusters

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    Piskunov, A E; Röser, S; Schilbach, E; Scholz, R D

    2005-01-01

    We present results of a study of the galactic open cluster population based on the all-sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 (I/280A) compiled from Tycho-2, Hipparcos and other catalogues. The sample of optical clusters from ASCC-2.5 is complete up to about 850 pc from the Sun. The symmetry plane of the clusters' distribution is determined to be at $Z_0=-22\\pm4$ pc, and the scale height of open clusters is only $56\\pm3$ pc. The total surface density and volume density in the symmetry plane are $\\Sigma=$ 114 kpc$^{-2}$ and $D(Z_0)=1015$ kpc$^{-3}$, respectively. We find the total number of open clusters in the Galactic disk to be of order of 10$^5$ at present. Fluctuations in the spatial and velocity distributions are attributed to the existence of four open cluster complexes (OCCs) of different ages containing up to a few tens of clusters. Members in an OCC show the same kinematic behaviour, and a narrow age spread. We find, that the youngest cluster complex, OCC~1 ($\\log t<7.9$), with 19 deg inclination to the Galactic ...

  4. Internal gettering by metal alloy clusters

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    Buonassisi, Anthony; Heuer, Matthias; Istratov, Andrei A.; Pickett, Matthew D.; Marcus, Mathew A.; Weber, Eicke R.

    2010-07-27

    The present invention relates to the internal gettering of impurities in semiconductors by metal alloy clusters. In particular, intermetallic clusters are formed within silicon, such clusters containing two or more transition metal species. Such clusters have melting temperatures below that of the host material and are shown to be particularly effective in gettering impurities within the silicon and collecting them into isolated, less harmful locations. Novel compositions for some of the metal alloy clusters are also described.

  5. Metallic bonding and cluster structure

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    Soler, Jose M. [Department of Physics, Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid, (Spain); Beltran, Marcela R. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-360, Mexico Distrito Federal, 01000 Mexico (Mexico); Michaelian, Karo [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 20-364, Mexico Distrito Federal, 01000 Mexico (Mexico); Garzon, Ignacio L. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid, (Spain); Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 20-364, Mexico Distrito Federal, 01000 Mexico (Mexico); Ordejon, Pablo [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona-CSIC, Campus de la U.A.B., 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, (Spain); Sanchez-Portal, Daniel [Department of Physics and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Artacho, Emilio [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid, (Spain)

    2000-02-15

    Knowledge of the structure of clusters is essential to predict many of their physical and chemical properties. Using a many-body semiempirical Gupta potential (to perform global minimizations), and first-principles density functional calculations (to confirm the energy ordering of the local minima), we have recently found [Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1600 (1998)] that there are many intermediate-size disordered gold nanoclusters with energy near or below the lowest-energy ordered structure. This is especially surprising because we studied ''magic'' cluster sizes, for which very compact-ordered structures exist. Here, we show how the analysis of the local stress can be used to understand the physical origin of this amorphization. We find that the compact ordered structures, which are very stable for pair potentials, are destabilized by the tendency of metallic bonds to contract at the surface, because of the decreased coordination. The amorphization is also favored by the relatively low energy associated to bondlength and coordination disorder in metals. Although these are very general properties of metallic bonding, we find that they are especially important in the case of gold, and we predict some general trends in the tendency of metallic clusters towards amorphous structures. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  6. Collaborative Research of Open Star Clusters

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    Alisher S. Hojaev

    2005-06-01

    Preliminary results on observations of open clusters are presented. The project has been initiated in the framework of the Uzbek–Taiwan and Taiwan–Baltic collaboration, mainly to upgrade and make use of facilities at Maidanak Observatory. We present detailed, multiwavelength studies of the young cluster NGC 6823 and the associated complex nebulosity, to diagnose the young stellar population and star formation history in the region. In addition, 7 compact open clusters have been monitored for stellar variability. We show how observations like these could feasibly be used to look for exoplanet transit events. We also expect to join the Whole-Earth Telescope effort in future campaigns for asteroseismology.

  7. BVI photometry of the very old open cluster Berkeley 17

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    Bragaglia, A; Marconi, G; Tosi, M; Andreuzzi, Gloria; Bragaglia, Angela; Marconi, Gianni; Tosi, Monica

    2006-01-01

    We have obtained BVI CCD imaging of Berkeley 17, an anticentre open cluster that competes with NGC 6791 as the oldest known open cluster. Using the synthetic colour magnitude diagrams (CMD) technique with three sets of evolutionary tracks we have determined that its age is 8.5 - 9.0 Gyr, it distance modulus is (m-M)_0 = 12.2, with a reddening of E(B-V) = 0.62 - 0.60. Differential reddening, if present, is at the 5 % level. All these values have been obtained using models with metallicity about half of solar (Z=0.008 or Z=0.01 depending on the stellar evolution tracks), which allows us to reproduce the features of the cluster CMD better than other metallicities. Finally, from the analysis of a nearby comparison field we think to have intercepted a portion of the disrupting Canis Major dwarf galaxy.

  8. Mass of Open Cluster NGC 7789

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    WU Zhen-Yu; DU Cui-Hua; MA Jun; ZHOU Xu

    2009-01-01

    Mass of open cluster NGC 7789 in the Galaxy is determined by three methods: the photometric method based on mass-luminosity relations of stars in the cluster Mpho=7712.5M⊙; the dynamical method based on virial theorem Mvir= 6996.1Mo; and the tidal radius method based on the interaction between the cluster and the Galaxy Mtta= 5152.5M⊙. The mean mass of this cluster is estimated to be Mc= 6620.4± 762.5M⊙.

  9. Properties of Open Clusters Containing Blue Stragglers

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    Lee, Hyun-Uk; Chang, Heon-Young

    2017-06-01

    The presence of blue stragglers pose challenges to standard stellar evolution theory, in the sense that explaining their presence demands a complex interplay between stellar evolution and cluster dynamics. In the meantime, mass transfer in binary systems and stellar collisions are widely studied as a blue straggler formation channel. We explore properties of the Galactic open clusters where blue stragglers are found, in attempting to estimate the relative importance of these two favored processes, by comparing them with those resulting from open clusters in which blue stragglers are absent as of now. Unlike previous studies which require a sophisticated process in understanding the implication of the results, this approach is straightforward and has resulted in a supplementary supporting evidence for the current view on the blue straggler formation mechanism. Our main findings are as follows: (1) Open clusters in which blue stragglers are present have a broader distribution with respect to the Z-axis pointing towards the North Galactic Pole than those in which blue stragglers are absent. The probability that two distributions with respect to the Z-axis are drawn from the same distribution is 0.2%. (2) Average values of log_{10}(t) of the clusters with blue stragglers and those without blue stragglers are 8.58 ± 0.232 and 7.52 ± 0.285, respectively. (3) The clusters with blue stragglers tend to be relatively redder than the others, and are distributed broader in colors. (4) The clusters with blue stragglers are likely brighter than those without blue stragglers. (5) Finally, blue stragglers seem to form in condensed clusters rather than simply dense clusters. Hence, we conclude that mass transfer in binaries seems to be a relatively important physical mechanism of the generation of blue stragglers in open clusters, provided they are sufficiently old.

  10. Planet host stars in open clusters

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    Yang, XiaoLing; Chen, YuQin; Zhao, Gang

    2015-03-01

    We have compiled a list of all planet host star candidates reported in the literature, which are likely to be cluster members, and we checked their memberships by the spatial location, radial velocity, proper motion and photometric criteria. We found that only six stars, BD-13 2130, HD 28305, Kepler-66, Kepler-67, Pr0201 and Pr0211, are planet orbiting stars in open clusters to date. Two stars, HD 70573 and HD 89744, belong to moving groups and one star, TYC 8975-2606-1, may not be a planet host star, while three stars, HD 16175, HD 46375 and HD 108874 are not members of open clusters. We note that all these six planetary systems in the stellar cluster environment are younger than ˜1 Gyr, which might indicate that the planetary system in open cluster can not survive for a long time, and we speculate that close stellar encounters between member stars in open cluster can potentially destroy, or at least strongly affect, the presence of planetary systems.

  11. The Clustering of Intergalactic Metals

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    Pichon, C; Aracil, B; Petitjean, P; Aubert, D; Bergeron, J; Colombi, S; Pichon, Christophe; Scannapieco, Evan; Aracil, Bastien; Petitjean, Patrick; Aubert, Dominique; Bergeron, Jacqueline; Colombi, Stephane

    2003-01-01

    We measure the spatial clustering of metals in the intergalactic medium from z = 1.7 to 3.0, as traced by 643 CIV and 104 SiIV N >= 10^12 cm^-2 absorption systems in 19 high signal-to-noise (40-80) and high resolution (R = 45000) quasar spectra. The number densities and two-point correlation functions of both these species are largely constant with redshift, suggesting the bulk of metal ejection occurred at z >= 3. However, at z = M_s, and use numerical simulations to derive best-fit values of R_s ~ 2 comoving Mpc and M_s ~ 5x10^11 solar masses at z = 3. This does not exclude that metals could have been produced at higher redshifts in smaller, but equally rare, objects. At the level of detection of this survey, IGM enrichment is likely to be incomplete and inhomogeneous, with a filling factor ~ 10%.

  12. Open clusters in AurOB2

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    Marco, A

    2016-01-01

    We study the area around the HII region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Str\\"omgren and J,H,Ks photometry for Stock 8 and Str\\"omgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of 33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of $2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24}$ kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LSV +34 23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main sequence stars, some of them with disks, associated with the B-type members lying on the main-seq...

  13. Open clusters in Auriga OB2

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    Marco, Amparo; Negueruela, Ignacio

    2016-06-01

    We study the area around the H II region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Strömgren and J, H, KS photometry for Stock 8 and Strömgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of ˜33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of 2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24} kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LS V +34°23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main-sequence stars, some of them with discs, associated with the B-type members lying on the main sequence. We interpret the region as an area of recent star formation with some residual and very localized ongoing star formation. We do not find evidence for sequential star formation on a large scale. The classical definition of Aur OB2 has to be reconsidered, because its two main open clusters, Stock 8 and NGC 1893, are not at the same distance. Stock 8 is probably located in the Perseus arm, but other nearby H II regions whose distances also place them in this arm show quite different distances and radial velocities and, therefore, are not connected.

  14. Shape parameters of Galactic open clusters

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    Kharchenko, N V; Petrov, M I; Piskunov, A E; Röser, S; Schilbach, E; Scholz, R -D

    2008-01-01

    (abridged) In this paper we derive observed and modelled shape parameters (apparent ellipticity and orientation of the ellipse) of 650 Galactic open clusters identified in the ASCC-2.5 catalogue. We provide the observed shape parameters of Galactic open clusters, computed with the help of a multi-component analysis. For the vast majority of clusters these parameters are determined for the first time. High resolution ("star by star") N-body simulations are carried out with the specially developed $\\phi$GRAPE code providing models of clusters of different initial masses, Galactocentric distances and rotation velocities. The comparison of models and observations of about 150 clusters reveals ellipticities of observed clusters which are too low (0.2 vs. 0.3), and offers the basis to find the main reason for this discrepancy. The models predict that after $\\approx 50$ Myr clusters reach an oblate shape with an axes ratio of $1.65:1.35:1$, and with the major axis tilted by an angle of $q_{XY} \\approx 30^\\circ$ with...

  15. CCD UBV(RI)C photometry of twenty open clusters

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    Oralhan, İnci Akkaya; Karataş, Yüksel; Schuster, William J.; Michel, Raúl; Chavarría, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Fundamental astrophysical parameters have been derived for 20 open clusters (OCs) using CCD UBV(RI)C photometric data observed with the 84 cm telescope at the San Pedro Mártir National Astronomical Observatory, México. The interstellar reddenings, metallicities, distances, and ages have been compared to the literature values. Significant differences are usually due to the usage of diverse empirical calibrations and differing assumptions, such as concerning cluster metallicity, as well as distinct isochrones which correspond to differing element-abundance ratios, internal stellar physics, and photometric systems. Different interstellar reddenings, as well as varying reduction and cluster-membership techniques, are also responsible for these kinds of systematic differences and errors. The morphological ages, which are derived from the morphological indices (δV and δ1) in the CM diagrams, are in good agreement with the isochrone ages of 12 OCs, those with good red clump (RC) and red giant (RG) star candidates. No metal abundance gradient is detected for the range 6.82⩽RGC⩽15.37 kpc, nor any correlation between the cluster ages and metal abundances for these 20 OCs. Young, metal-poor OCs, observed here in the third Galactic quadrant, may be associated with stellar over-densities, such as that in Canis Major (Martin et al.) and the Monoceros Ring (Newberg et al.), or signatures of past accretion events, as discussed by Yong et al. and Carraro et al.

  16. CCD $UBV(RI)_{C}$ Photometry of Twenty Open Clusters

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    Oralhan, Inci Akkaya; Schuster, William J; Michel, Raúl; Chavarría, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Fundamental astrophysical parameters have been derived for 20 open clusters (O\\!Cs) using CCD~$U\\!BV\\!(RI)_C$ photometric data observed with the 84~cm telescope at the San Pedro M\\'artir National Astronomical Observatory, M\\'exico. The interstellar reddenings, metallicities, distances, and ages have been compared to the literature values. Significant differences are usually due to the usage of diverse empirical calibrations and differing assumptions, such as concerning cluster metallicity, as well as distinct isochrones which correspond to differing element-abundance ratios, internal stellar physics, and photometric systems. Different interstellar reddenings, as well as varying reduction and cluster-membership techniques, are also responsible for these kinds of systematic differences and errors. The morphological ages, which are derived from the morphological indices ($\\delta V$ and $\\delta 1$) in the CM diagrams, are in good agreement with the isochrone ages of 12 O\\!Cs, those with good red clump (RC) and re...

  17. THE YOUNG OPEN CLUSTER BERKELEY 55

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    Negueruela, Ignacio; Marco, Amparo, E-mail: ignacio.negueruela@ua.es, E-mail: amparo.marco@ua.es [Departamento de Fisica, Ingenieria de Sistemas y Teoria de la Senal, Universidad de Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2012-02-15

    We present UBV photometry of the highly reddened and poorly studied open cluster Berkeley 55, revealing an important population of B-type stars and several evolved stars of high luminosity. Intermediate-resolution far-red spectra of several candidate members confirm the presence of one F-type supergiant and six late supergiants or bright giants. The brightest blue stars are mid-B giants. Spectroscopic and photometric analyses indicate an age 50 {+-} 10 Myr. The cluster is located at a distance d Almost-Equal-To 4 kpc, consistent with other tracers of the Perseus Arm in this direction. Berkeley 55 is thus a moderately young open cluster with a sizable population of candidate red (super)giant members, which can provide valuable information about the evolution of intermediate-mass stars.

  18. CCD photometry of distant open clusters; 2, NGC 6791

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    Kaluzny, J; Kaluzny, Janusz; Rucinski, Slavek

    1995-01-01

    Three new photometric CCD-based datasets are presented for NGC~6791. They consist of deep UBV photometry (to V_{lim} =24, B_{lim}=24, U_{lim} = 23) of the central parts of the cluster and of selected fields around it, and of relatively shallower UBVI photometry for the whole cluster (23' \\times 23'). The data have been used to discuss the reddening, metallicity and age ofNGC~6791, a cluster which is particularly important because of (1)~its most-advanced age among open clusters, (2)~metallicity higher than solar and (3)~particularly large number of member stars. We discovered two new very blue stars increasing the total of sdB objects in the cluster to ten. They are located in a very narrow range magnitudes V=17.7 \\pm 0.5; their blue colors strongly constrain our determination of the reddening of the cluster to E(B-V)=0.17 \\pm 0.01. We detected no other blue stars except a population of faint objects with V \\approx 22 in the center of the cluster. We have used the new theoretical isochrones in a differential ...

  19. Sejong Open Cluster Survey. I. NGC 2353

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    Lim, Beomdu; Karimov, R; Ibrahimov, M

    2011-01-01

    UBVI CCD photometry of NGC 2353 is obtained as part of the "Sejong Open cluster Survey" (SOS). Using the photometric membership criteria we selelct probable members of the cluster. We derive the reddening and distance to the cluster, i.e. E(B-V) = 0.10 +/- 0.02 mag and 1.17 +/- 0.04 kpc, respectively. We find that the projected distribution of the probable members on the sky is elliptical in shape rather than circular. The age of the cluster is estimated to be log(age)=8.1 +/- 0.1, older than what was found in previous studies. The minimum value of binary fraction is estimated to be about 48 +/- 5 percent from a Gaussian function fit to the distribution of the distance moduli of the photometric members. Finally, we also obtain the luminosity function and the initial mass function (IMF). The slope of the IMF is Gamma = -1.3 +/- 0.2.

  20. Photometric Monitoring of Open Clusters I. The Survey

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    Hebb, L; Gilmore, G; Hebb, Leslie; Wyse, Rosemary F. G.; Gilmore, Gerard

    2004-01-01

    Open clusters, which have age, abundance, and extinction information from studies of main-sequence turn off stars, are the ideal location in which to determine the mass-luminosity-radius relation for low-mass stars. We have undertaken a photometric monitoring survey of open clusters in the Galaxy designed to detect low-mass eclipsing binary systems through variations in their relative light curves. Our aim is to provide an improved calibration of the mass-luminosity-radius relation for low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, to test stellar structure and evolution models, and to help quantify the contribution of low-mass stars to the global mass census in the Galaxy. In this paper we present our survey, describing the data and outlining the analysis techniques. We study six nearby open clusters, with a range of ages from $\\sim 0.2$ to 4 Gyr and metallicities from approximately solar to -0.2dex. We monitor a field-of-view of > 1 square degree per target cluster, well beyond the characteristic cluster radius, over tim...

  1. The age-mass-metallicity-activity relation for solar-type stars: comparisons with asteroseismology and the NGC 188 open cluster

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    Lorenzo-Oliveira, D.; Porto de Mello, G. F.; Schiavon, R. P.

    2016-10-01

    Context. The Mount Wilson Ca ii index log(R'_HK) is the accepted standard metric of calibration for the chromospheric activity versus age relation for FGK stars. Recent results claim its inability to discern activity levels, and thus ages, for stars older than ~2 Gyr, which would severely hamper its application to date disk stars older than the Sun. Aims: We present a new activity-age calibration of the Mt. Wilson index that explicitly takes mass and [Fe/H] biases into account; these biases are implicit in samples of stars selected to have precise ages, which have so far not been appreciated. Methods: We show that these selection biases tend to blur the activity-age relation for large age ranges. We calibrate the Mt. Wilson index for a sample of field FGK stars with precise ages, covering a wide range of mass and [Fe/H] , augmented with data from the Pleiades, Hyades, M 67 clusters, and the Ursa Major moving group. Results: We further test the calibration with extensive new Gemini/GMOS log ()R'HK) data of the old, solar [Fe/H] clusters, M 67 and NGC 188. The observed NGC 188 activity level is clearly lower than M 67. We correctly recover the isochronal age of both clusters and establish the viability of deriving usable chromospheric ages for solar-type stars up to at least ~6 Gyr, where average errors are ~0.14 dex provided that we explicitly account for the mass and [Fe/H] dimensions. We test our calibration against asteroseismological ages, finding excellent correlation (ρ = + 0.89). We show that our calibration improves the chromospheric age determination for a wide range of ages, masses, and metallicities in comparison to previous age-activity relations.

  2. A revised moving cluster distance to the Pleiades open cluster

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    Galli, P. A. B.; Moraux, E.; Bouy, H.; Bouvier, J.; Olivares, J.; Teixeira, R.

    2017-01-01

    Context. The distance to the Pleiades open cluster has been extensively debated in the literature over several decades. Although different methods point to a discrepancy in the trigonometric parallaxes produced by the Hipparcos mission, the number of individual stars with known distances is still small compared to the number of cluster members to help solve this problem. Aims: We provide a new distance estimate for the Pleiades based on the moving cluster method, which will be useful to further discuss the so-called Pleiades distance controversy and compare it with the very precise parallaxes from the Gaia space mission. Methods: We apply a refurbished implementation of the convergent point search method to an updated census of Pleiades stars to calculate the convergent point position of the cluster from stellar proper motions. Then, we derive individual parallaxes for 64 cluster members using radial velocities compiled from the literature, and approximate parallaxes for another 1146 stars based on the spatial velocity of the cluster. This represents the largest sample of Pleiades stars with individual distances to date. Results: The parallaxes derived in this work are in good agreement with previous results obtained in different studies (excluding Hipparcos) for individual stars in the cluster. We report a mean parallax of 7.44 ± 0.08 mas and distance of pc that is consistent with the weighted mean of 135.0 ± 0.6 pc obtained from the non-Hipparcos results in the literature. Conclusions: Our result for the distance to the Pleiades open cluster is not consistent with the Hipparcos catalog, but favors the recent and more precise distance determination of 136.2 ± 1.2 pc obtained from Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations. It is also in good agreement with the mean distance of 133 ± 5 pc obtained from the first trigonometric parallaxes delivered by the Gaia satellite for the brightest cluster members in common with our sample. Full Table B.2 is only

  3. Quantum chemical treatments of metal clusters.

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    Weigend, Florian; Ahlrichs, Reinhart

    2010-03-28

    This work focuses on finding and rationalizing the building principles of clusters with approximately 300 atoms of different types of metals: main group elements (Al, Sn), alkaline earth metals (Mg), transition metals (Pd) and clusters consisting of two different elements (Ir and Pt). Two tools are inevitable for this purpose: (i) quantum chemical methods that are able to treat a given cluster with both sufficient accuracy and efficiency and (ii) algorithms that are able to systematically scan the (3n-6)-dimensional potential surface of an n-atomic cluster for promising isomers. Currently, the only quantum chemical method that can be applied to metal clusters is density functional theory (DFT). Other methods either do not account for the multi-reference character of metal clusters or are too expensive and thus can be applied only to clusters of very few atoms, which usually is not sufficient for studying the building principles. The accuracy of DFT is not known a priori, but extrapolations to bulk values from calculated series of data show satisfying agreement with experimental data. For scans of the potential surface, simulated annealing techniques or genetic algorithms were used for the smaller clusters (approx. 20-30 atoms), and for the larger clusters considerations were restricted to selected packings and shapes. For the mixed-metallic clusters, perturbation theory turned out to be efficient and successful for finding the most promising distributions of the two atom types at the different sites.

  4. The intermediate-age open cluster NGC 2158

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    Carraro, G; Marigo, P; Carraro, Giovanni; Girardi, Leo; Marigo, Paola

    2002-01-01

    We report on $UBVRI$ CCD photometry of two overlapping fields in the region of the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 2158 down to V=21. By analyzing Colour-Colour (CC) and Colour-Magnitude Diagrams (CMD) we infer a reddening $E_{B-V}= 0.55\\pm0.10$, a distance of $3600 \\pm 400$ pc, and an age of about 2 Gyr. Synthetic CMDs performed with these parameters (but fixing $E_{B-V}=0.60$ and $[{\\rm Fe/H}]=-0.60$), and including binaries, field contamination, and photometric errors, allow a good description of the observed CMD. The elongated shape of the clump of red giants in the CMD is interpreted as resulting from a differential reddening of about $\\Delta E_{B-V}=0.06$ across the cluster, in the direction perpendicular to the Galactic plane. NGC 2158 turns out to be an intermediate-age open cluster with an anomalously low metal content. The combination of these parameters together with the analysis of the cluster orbit, suggests that the cluster belongs to the old thin disk population.

  5. Flexible macrocycles as versatile supports for catalytically active metal clusters

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    Ryan, JD; Gagnon, KJ; Teat, SJ; McIntosh, RD

    2016-02-12

    Here we present three structurally diverse clusters stabilised by the same macrocyclic polyphenol; t-butylcalix[8]arene. This work demonstrates the range of conformations the flexible ligand is capable of adopting, highlighting its versatility in metal coordination. In addition, a Ti complex displays activity for the ring-opening polymerisation of lactide

  6. NGC 6067: A young and populous open cluster

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    Alonso-Santiago, J.; Negueruela, I.; Marco, A.; Tabernero, H. M.; González-Fernández, C.; Castro, N.

    2017-03-01

    NGC 6067 is a young open cluster hosting the largest population of evolved stars among known Milky Way clusters in the 50 – 100 Ma age range. It thus represents the best laboratory in our Galaxy to constrain the evolutionary tracks of 5-7 M_{⊙} stars. We have used high-resolution spectra of a large sample of bright cluster members (45), combined with archival photometry, to obtain accurate parameters for the cluster as well as stellar atmospheric parameters. We derive a distance of 1.78±0.12 kpc, an age of 90±20 My and a tidal radius of 14.8^{6.8}_{3.2} arcmin. We estimate an initial mass above 5700 M_{⊙}, for a present-day evolved population of two Cepheids, two A supergiants and 12 red giants with masses ≈ 6 M_{⊙}. We also determine chemical abundances of Li, O, Na, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Ni, Rb, Y, and Ba for the clump stars. We find a supersolar metallicity, [Fe/H]=+0.19±0.05, and a homogeneous chemical composition, consistent with the Galactic metallicity gradient. The presence of a Li-rich red giant, star 276, is also detected. An over-abundance of Ba is found, supporting the enhanced s-process. The mass of V340 Nor, a Cepheid that seems younger than the cluster itself, suggests that it has been a mass gainer in an interacting binary. The ratio of blue to red giants is smaller than one, in agreement with models with moderate overshooting, but the properties of the cluster Cepheids do not seem consistent with current Padova models for supersolar metallicity.

  7. Gravitational interactions between globular and open clusters: an introduction

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    Marcos, R de la Fuente; Reilly, D

    2014-01-01

    Historically, it has been assumed that globular and open clusters never interact. However, recent evidence suggests that: globular clusters passing through the disk may be able to perturb giant molecular clouds (GMCs) triggering formation of open clusters and some old open clusters may be linked to accreted globulars. Here, we further explore the existence of possible dynamical connections between globular and open clusters, and realize that the most obvious link must be in the form of gravitational interactions. If open clusters are born out of GMCs, they have to move in similar orbits. If we accept that globulars can interact with GMCs, triggering star formation, it follows that globular and open clusters must also interact. Consistently, theoretical arguments as well as observational evidence, show that globular and open clusters certainly are interacting populations and their interactions are far more common than usually thought, especially for objects part of the bulge/disk. Monte Carlo calculations conf...

  8. Nanosized alkali-metal-doped ethoxotitanate clusters.

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    Chen, Yang; Trzop, Elzbieta; Makal, Anna; Sokolow, Jesse D; Coppens, Philip

    2013-05-06

    The synthesis and crystallographic characterization of alkali-metal-doped ethoxotitanate clusters with 28 and 29 Ti atoms as well as a new dopant-free Ti28 cluster are presented. The light-metal-doped polyoxotitanate clusters in which the alkali-metal atom is the critical structure-determining component are the largest synthesized so far. Calculations show that doping with light alkali atoms narrows the band gap compared with the nondoped crystals but does not introduce additional energy levels within the band gap.

  9. UKIRT follow-up observations of the old open cluster FSR0358 (Kirkpatrick1)

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    Fröbrich, D; Davis, C J; Schmeja, S

    2009-01-01

    We aim to characterise the properties of the stellar clusters in the Milky Way. Utilising an expectation-maximisation method we determined that the cluster FSR0358, originally discovered by J.D.Kirkpatrick, is the most likely real cluster amongst the cluster candidates from Froebrich et al.. Here we present new deep high resolution near infrared imaging of this object obtained with UKIRT. The analysis of the data reveals that FSR0358 (Kirkpatrick1) is a 5+-2Gyr old open cluster in the outer Milky Way. Its age, metallicity of Z=0.008 and distance from the Galactic Centre of 11.2kpc are typical for the known old open galactic clusters. So far six of the FSR cluster candidates have been identified as having an age above 5Gyr. This shows the significance of this catalogue in enhancing our knowledge of the oldest open clusters in the Galaxy.

  10. Ensemble Asteroseismology of the Young Open Cluster NGC 2244

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    Aerts, Conny; Marcos-Arenal, Pablo; Moravveji, Ehsan; Degroote, Pieter; Papics, Peter; Tkachenko, Andrew; De Ridder, Joris; Briquet, Maryline; Thoul, Anne; Saesen, Sophie; Mowlavi, Nami; Barblan, Fabio; Neiner, Coralie; Pavlovski, Kresimir; Guzik, Joyce

    2013-01-01

    Our goal is to perform in-depth ensemble asteroseismology of the young open cluster NGC2244 with the 2-wheel Kepler mission. While the nominal Kepler mission already implied a revolution in stellar physics for solar-type stars and red giants, it was not possible to perform asteroseismic studies of massive OB stars because such targets were carefully avoided in the FoV in order not to disturb the exoplanet hunting. Now is an excellent time to fill this hole in mission capacity and to focus on the metal factories of the Universe, for which stellar evolution theory is least adequate. Our white paper aims to remedy major shortcomings in the theory of stellar structure and evolution of the most massive stars by focusing on a large ensemble of stars in a carefully selected young open cluster. Cluster asteroseismology of very young stars such as those of NGC2244 has the major advantage that all cluster stars have similar age, distance and initial chemical composition, implying drastic restrictions for the stellar mo...

  11. The Highly Polarized Open Cluster Trumpler 27

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    Feinstein, Carlos; Baume, Gustavo; Vazquez, Ruben; Niemela, Virpi; Cerruti, Miguel Angel

    2000-10-01

    We have carried out multicolor linear polarimetry (UBVRI) of the brightest stars in the area of the open cluster Trumpler 27. Our data show a high level of polarization in the stellar light with a considerable dispersion, from P=4% to P=9.5%. The polarization vectors of the cluster members appear to be aligned. Foreground polarization was estimated from the data of some nonmember objects, for which two different components were resolved: the first one associated with a dust cloud close to the Sun producing Pλmax=1.3% and θ=146°, and a second component, the main source of polarization for the cluster members, originating in another dust cloud, which polarizes the light in the direction of θ=29.5d. From a detailed analysis, we found that the two components have associated values EB-V0.75 for the other. Due the difference in the orientation of both polarization vectors, almost 90° (180° at the Stokes representation), the first cloud (θ~146°) depolarizes the light strongly polarized by the second one (θ~29.5d). Based on observations obtanined at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), operated under agreement between CONICET and the National Universities of La Plata, Córdoba, and San Juan, Argentina.

  12. The highly polarized open cluster Trumpler 27

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    Feinstein, C; Vázquez, R A; Niemela, V S; Cerruti, M A; Feinstein, Carlos; Baume, Gustavo; Vazquez, Ruben; Niemela, Virpi; Cerruti, Miguel Angel

    2000-01-01

    We have carried out multicolor linear polarimetry (UBVRI) of the brightest stars in the area of the open cluster Trumpler 27. Our data show a high level of polarization in the stellar light with a considerable dispersion, from $P = 4%$ to $P = 9.5%$. The polarization vectors of the cluster members appear to be aligned. Foreground polarization was estimated from the data of some non-member objects, for which two different components were resolved: the first one associated with a dust cloud close to the Sun producing $P_{\\lambda max}=1.3%$ and $\\theta=146$ degrees, and a second component, the main source of polarization for the cluster members, originated in another dust cloud, which polarizes the light in the direction of $\\theta= 29.5$ degrees. From a detailed analysis, we found that the two components have associated values $E_{B-V} 0.75$ for the other. Due the difference in the orientation of both polarization vectors, almost 90 degrees (180 degrees at the Stokes representation), the first cloud ($\\theta \\...

  13. Prospects for the ensemble asteroseismology in young open clusters

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    Moździerski, Dawid

    2016-01-01

    This is a progress report on the ongoing project dealing with ensemble asteroseismology of B-type stars in young open clusters. The project is aimed at searches for B-type pulsating stars in open clusters, determination of atmospheric parameters for some members and seismic modeling of B-type pulsators. Some results for NGC 457, IC 1805, IC 4996, NGC 6910 and alpha Per open clusters are presented. For the last cluster, BRITE data for five members were used.

  14. Towards a comprehensive knowledge of the open cluster Haffner 9

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    Piatti, Andrés E.

    2017-03-01

    We turn our attention to Haffner 9, a Milky Way open cluster whose previous fundamental parameter estimates are far from being in agreement. In order to provide with accurate estimates, we present high-quality Washington CT1 and Johnson BVI photometry of the cluster field. We put particular care in statistically cleaning the colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) from field star contamination, which was found a common source in previous works for the discordant fundamental parameter estimates. The resulting cluster CMD fiducial features were confirmed from a proper motion membership analysis. Haffner 9 is a moderately young object (age ∼350 Myr), placed in the Perseus arm - at a heliocentric distance of ∼3.2 kpc - , with a lower limit for its present mass of ∼160 M⊙ and of nearly metal solar content. The combination of the cluster structural and fundamental parameters suggest that it is in an advanced stage of internal dynamical evolution, possibly in the phase typical of those with mass segregation in their core regions. However, the cluster still keeps its mass function close to that of the Salpeter's law.

  15. On metallic clusters squeezed in atomic cages

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    Apostol, M

    1996-01-01

    The stability of metallic clusters of sodium (Na) in the octahedral cages of Na-doped fullerites Na6C60 and Na11C60 is discussed within a Thomas-Fermi model. It is shown that the tetrahedral Na4-cluster in Na6C60 has an electric charge of cca. +2.7 (in electron charge units), while the body-centered cubic Na9-cluster in Na11C60 is almost electrically neutral.

  16. Blue stragglers in open clusters. III. NGC 7789

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    Schönberner, D.; Andrievsky, S. M.; Drilling, J. S.

    2001-02-01

    We performed for the first time a detailed LTE spectroscopic study of a sample of blue straggler stars in the moderately old open cluster NGC 7789. For eight stars the parameters and abundances of several elements were determined. The cluster members show a remarkable surface magnesium deficiency which is quite unusual for late B - early A stars. Iron and titanium abundances are in agreement with other photometric and spectroscopic estimates of the NGC 7789 metallicity. All the confirmed blue stragglers have rather low projected rotational velocities (with one exception for K88, vsin i = 80 km s-1). Based on the spectra collected at Kitt Peak National Observatory, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under contract with the National Science Foundation, and at the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, operated by the Max-Plank Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy.}

  17. XMM Observations of Metal Abundances in Galaxy Clusters

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    L. Lovisari

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The hot gas that fills the space between galaxies in clusters is rich in metals. Due to their large potential well, galaxy clusters accumulate metals over the whole history of the cluster, and retain important information on cluster formation and evolution.We derive detailed metallicity maps for a sample of 5 clusters, observed with XMM-Newton, to study the distribution of metals in the Intra-Cluster Medium (ICM. We show that even in relaxed clusters the distribution of metals shows many inhomogeneities with several maxima separated by low metallicity regions. We also found a deviation from the expected temperature-metallicity relation.

  18. Theoretical dynamical studies of metal clusters and cluster-ligand systems

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    Jellinek, J.

    1995-06-01

    In what follows we use the term cluster to designate a cohesive group of like atoms (molecules), i.e., bare ({open_quotes}neet{close_quotes} {open_quotes}naked{close_quotes}) clusters. More generally, the term is also used for organo- and inorganometallic compounds, i.e., ligated clusters. Although the approaches and techniques used by the various disciplines to study metal-ligand interactions are quite different, many of the central subjects and issues are common for them. The common subjects include possible geometric structures and isomeric forms, structural (isomerization) transitions, stability, fluxionality, structure-reactivity correlation (or lack of it), role of coordination, etc. However, the precise interpretation of these issues and the details emphasized by the different disciplines are dictated by the nature of the objects studied and may not, therefore, be identical. For example, questions regarding structures, isomerization transitions, fluxionality or even melting of metal clusters refer to the state and properties of the metal network itself. The same questions, when asked in connection with organo- and inorganometallic compounds, often refer to the arrangements and rearrangements of the ligands attached to a metal framework of a fixed structure. Of course, when required, the state of and changes in the metal framework are considered as well. The fields of metal-containing molecular compounds, surface science, and physics and chemistry of clusters furnish complementary information on a broad variety of metal-ligand systems. A comprehensive understanding of the nature and properties of these systems, as defined by the type and number of metal atoms and ligands involved, can be achieved only through a mutual awareness of and continuing progress in all of these research areas.

  19. The open cluster King 1 in the second quadrant

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    Carrera, Ricardo; Rodríguez Espinosa, Loreto; Casamiquela, Laia; Balaguer Nuñez, Lola; Jordi, Carme; Allende Prieto, Carlos; Stetson, Peter B.

    2017-10-01

    We analyse the poorly studied open cluster King 1 in the second Galactic quadrant. From wide-field photometry, we have studied the spatial distribution of this cluster. We determined that the centre of King 1 is located at α2000 = 00h22m and δ2000 = +64°23΄. By parameterizing the stellar density with a King profile, we have obtained a central density of ρ0 = 6.5 ± 0.2 star arcmin-2 and a core radius of rcore = 1.9 ± 0.2 arcmin. By comparing the observed colour-magnitude diagram of King 1 with those of similar open clusters and with different sets of isochrones, we have estimated an age of 2.8 ± 0.3 Gyr, a distance modulus of (m - M)o = 10.6 ± 0.1 mag and a reddening of E(B - V) = 0.80 ± 0.05 mag. To complete our analysis, we acquired medium resolution spectra for 189 stars in the area of King 1. From their derived radial velocities, we determined an average velocity = -53.1 ± 3.1 km s-1. From the strength of the infrared Ca ii lines in red giants we have determined an average metallicity of = +0.07 ± 0.08 dex. From spectral synthesis, we have also estimated an α-elements abundance of = -0.10 ± 0.08 dex.

  20. O, Na, Ba and Eu abundance patterns in open clusters

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    MacLean, B T; Lattanzio, J

    2014-01-01

    Open clusters are historically regarded as single-aged stellar populations representative of star formation within the Galactic disk. Recent literature has questioned this view, based on discrepant Na abundances relative to the field, and concerns about the longevity of bound clusters contributing to a selection bias: perhaps long-lived open clusters are chemically different to the star formation events that contributed to the Galactic disk. We explore a large sample of high resolution Na, O, Ba & Eu abundances from the literature, homogenized as much as reasonable including accounting for NLTE effects, variations in analysis and choice of spectral lines. Compared to a template globular cluster and representative field stars, we find no significant abundance trends, confirming that the process producing the Na-O anti-correlation in globular clusters is not present in open clusters. Furthermore, previously reported Na-enhancement of open clusters is found to be an artefact of NLTE effects, with the open cl...

  1. Open Cell Metal Foams for Beam Liners?

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    Croce, R P; Stabile, A

    2013-01-01

    The possible use of open-cell metal foams for particle accelerator beam liners is considered. Available materials and modeling tools are reviewed, potential pros and cons are pointed out, and a study program is outlined.

  2. Polarimetry of an Intermediate-age Open Cluster: NGC 5617

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    Orsatti, Ana Maria; Vergne, M Marcela; Martinez, Ruben E; Vega, E Irene

    2010-01-01

    We present polarimetric observations in the UBVRI bands of 72 stars located in the direction of the medium age open cluster NGC 5617. Our intention is to use polarimetry as a tool membership identification, by building on previous investigations intended mainly to determine the cluster's general characteristics rather than provide membership suitable for studies such as stellar content and metallicity, as well as study the characteristics of the dust lying between the Sun and the cluster. The obsevations were carried out using the five-channel photopolarimeter of the Torino Astronomical Observatory attached to the 2.15m telescope at the Complejo Astron\\'omico El Leoncito (CASLEO; Argentina. We are able to add 32 stars to the list of members of NGC 5617, and review the situation for others listed in the literature. In particular, we find that five blue straggler stars in the region of the cluster are located behind the same dust as the member stars are and we confirm the membership of two red giants. The propo...

  3. Towards a comprehensive knowledge of the open cluster Haffner 9

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    Piatti, Andrés E

    2016-01-01

    We turn our attention to Haffner 9, a Milky Way open cluster whose previous fundamental parameter estimates are far from being in agreement. In order to provide with accurate estimates we present high-quality Washington CT1 and Johnson BVI photometry of the cluster field. We put particular care in statistically clean the colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) from field star contamination, which was found a common source in previous works for the discordant fundamental parameter estimates. The resulting cluster CMD fiducial features were confirmed from a proper motion membership analysis. Haffner 9 is a moderately young object (age ~ 350 Myr), placed in the Perseus arm -at a heliocentric distance of ~ 3.2 kpc-, with a lower limit for its present mass of ~ 160 Mo and of nearly metal solar content. The combination of the cluster structural and fundamental parameters suggest that it is in an advanced stage of internal dynamical evolution, possibly in the phase typical of those with mass segregation in their core regio...

  4. Variable stars in the field of open cluster NGC 2126

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    Shun-Fang Liu; Zhen-Yu Wu; Xiao-Bin Zhang; Jiang-Hua Wu; Jun Ma; Zhao-Ji Jiang; Jian-Sheng Chen; Xu Zhou

    2009-01-01

    We report the results of a time-series CCD photometric survey of variable stars in the field of open cluster NGC 2126. In about a one square degree field covering the cluster, a total of 21 variable candidates are detected during this survey, of which 16 are newly found. The periods, classifications and spectral types of 14 newly discovered variables are discussed, which consist of six eclipsing binary systems, three pulsating variable stars, three long period variables, one RS CVn star, and one W UMa or δ Scuti star. In addition, there are two variable candidates, the properties of which cannot be determined. By a method based on fitting observed spectral energy distributions of stars with theoretical ones, the membership probabilities and the fundamental parameters of this cluster are determined. As a result, five variables are probably members of NGC 2126. The fundamental parameters of this cluster are determined as: metallicity to be 0.008 Z , age log(t)=8.95, distance modulus (m - M)0 = 10.34 and reddening value E(B -V) = 0.55 mag.

  5. The Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories survey (OCCASO)

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    Carrera, R; Balaguer-Núñez, L; Jordi, C; Pancino, E; Allende-Prieto, C; Blanco-Cuaresma, S; Mártinez-Vázquez, C E; Murabito, S; del Pino, A; Aparicio, A; Gallart, C; Recio-Blanco, A

    2014-01-01

    We present the motivation, design and current status of the Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories survey (OCCASO). Using the high resolution spectroscopic facilities available at Spanish observatories, OCCASO will derive chemical abundances in a sample of 20 to 25 open clusters older than 0.5 Gyr. This sample will be used to study in detail the formation and evolution of the Galactic disc using open clusters as tracers.

  6. The OPD photometric survey of open clusters II. robust determination of the fundamental parameters of 24 open clusters

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    Monteiro, H.; Dias, W. S.; Hickel, G. R.; Caetano, T. C.

    2017-02-01

    In the second paper of the series we continue the investigation of open cluster fundamental parameters using a robust global optimization method to fit model isochrones to photometric data. We present optical UBVRI CCD photometry (Johnsons-Cousins system) observations for 24 neglected open clusters, of which 14 have high quality data in the visible obtained for the first time, as a part of our ongoing survey being carried out in the 0.6 m telescope of the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil. All objects were then analyzed with a global optimization tool developed by our group which estimates the membership likelihood of the observed stars and fits an isochrone from which a distance, age, reddening, total to selective extinction ratio RV (included in this work as a new free parameter) and metallicity are estimated. Based on those estimates and their associated errors we analyzed the status of each object as real clusters or not, finding that two are likely to be asterisms. We also identify important discrepancies between our results and previous ones obtained in the literature which were determined using 2MASS photometry.

  7. The OPD Photometric Survey of Open Clusters II. robust determination of the fundamental parameters of 24 open clusters

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    Monteiro, Hektor; Hickel, Gabriel R; Caetano, Thiago C

    2016-01-01

    In the second paper of the series we continue the investigation of open cluster fundamental parameters using a robust global optimization method to fit model isochrones to photometric data. We present optical UBVRI CCD photometry (Johnsons-Cousins system) observations for 24 neglected open clusters, of which 14 have high quality data in the visible obtained for the first time, as a part of our ongoing survey being carried out in the 0.6m telescope of the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil. All objects were then analyzed with a global optimization tool developed by our group which estimates the membership likelihood of the observed stars and fits an isochrone from which a distance, age, reddening, total to selective extinction ratio $R_{V}$ (included in this work as a new free parameter) and metallicity are estimated. Based on those estimates and their associated errors we analyzed the status of each object as real clusters or not, finding that two are likely to be asterisms. We also identify important discre...

  8. Structural evolution and metallicity of lead clusters

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    Götz, Daniel A.; Shayeghi, Armin; Johnston, Roy L.; Schwerdtfeger, Peter; Schäfer, Rolf

    2016-05-01

    The evolution of the metallic state in lead clusters and its structural implications are subject to ongoing discussions. Here we present molecular beam electric deflection studies of neutral PbN (N = 19-25, 31, 36, 54) clusters. Many of them exhibit dipole moments or anomalies of the polarizability indicating a non-metallic state. In order to resolve their structures, the configurational space is searched using the Pool Birmingham Cluster Genetic algorithm based on density functional theory. Spin-orbit effects on the geometries and dipole moments are taken into account by further relaxing them with two-component density functional theory. Geometries and dielectric properties from quantum chemical calculations are then used to simulate beam deflection profiles. Structures are assigned by the comparison of measured and simulated beam profiles. Energy gaps are calculated using time-dependent density functional theory. They are compared to Kubo gaps, which are an indicator of the metallicity in finite particles. Both, experimental and theoretical data suggest that lead clusters are not metallic up to at least 36 atoms.The evolution of the metallic state in lead clusters and its structural implications are subject to ongoing discussions. Here we present molecular beam electric deflection studies of neutral PbN (N = 19-25, 31, 36, 54) clusters. Many of them exhibit dipole moments or anomalies of the polarizability indicating a non-metallic state. In order to resolve their structures, the configurational space is searched using the Pool Birmingham Cluster Genetic algorithm based on density functional theory. Spin-orbit effects on the geometries and dipole moments are taken into account by further relaxing them with two-component density functional theory. Geometries and dielectric properties from quantum chemical calculations are then used to simulate beam deflection profiles. Structures are assigned by the comparison of measured and simulated beam profiles. Energy gaps

  9. Stellar Nucleosynthesis in the Hyades Open Cluster

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    Schuler, S C; The, L -S

    2009-01-01

    We report a comprehensive light element (Li, C, N, O, Na, Mg, and Al) abundance analysis of three solar-type main sequence (MS) dwarfs and three red giant branch (RGB) clump stars in the Hyades open cluster using high-resolution and high signal-to-noise spectroscopy. For each group (MS or RGB), the CNO abundances are found to be in excellent star-to-star agreement. Our results confirm that the giants have undergone the first dredge-up and that material processed by the CN cycle has been mixed to the surface layers. The observed abundances are compared to predictions of a standard stellar model based on the Clemson-American University of Beirut (CAUB) stellar evolution code. The model reproduces the observed evolution of the N and O abundances, as well as the previously derived 12C/13C ratio, but it fails to predict by a factor of 1.5 the observed level of 12C depletion. Li abundances are derived to determine if non-canonical extra mixing has occurred in the Hyades giants. The Li abundance of the giant gamma T...

  10. The Hyades open cluster is chemically inhomogeneous

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    Liu, F; Asplund, M; Ramirez, I; Melendez, J

    2016-01-01

    We present a high-precision differential abundance analysis of 16 solar-type stars in the Hyades open cluster based on high resolution, high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N ~ 350 - 400) spectra obtained from the McDonald 2.7m telescope. We derived stellar parameters and differential chemical abundances for 19 elements (C, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ca, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, and Ba) with uncertainties as low as ~ 0.01 - 0.02 dex. Our main results include: (1) There is no clear chemical signature of planet formation detected among the sample stars, i.e., no correlations in abundances versus condensation temperature. (2) The observed abundance dispersions are a factor of ~ 1.5 - 2 larger than the average measurement errors for most elements. (3) There are positive correlations, of high statistical significance, between the abundances of at least 90% of pairs of elements. We demonstrate that none of these findings can be explained by errors due to the stellar parameters. Our results reveal that the Hyades ...

  11. The Sejong Open Cluster Survey (SOS). IV. the Young Open Clusters NGC 1624 and NGC 1931

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    Lim, Beomdu; Sung, Hwankyung; Bessell, Michael S.; Kim, Jinyoung S.; Hur, Hyeonoh; Park, Byeong-Gon

    2015-04-01

    Young open clusters located in the outer Galaxy provide us with an opportunity to study star formation activity in a different environment from the solar neighborhood. We present a UBVI and Hα photometric study of the young open clusters NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 that are situated toward the Galactic anticenter. Various photometric diagrams are used to select the members of the clusters and to determine the fundamental parameters. NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 are, on average, reddened by = 0.92 ± 0.05 and 0.74 ± 0.17 mag, respectively. The properties of the reddening toward NGC 1931 indicate an abnormal reddening law ({{R}V,cl} = 5.2 ± 0.3). Using the zero-age main sequence fitting method we confirm that NGC 1624 is 6.0 ± 0.6 kpc away from the Sun, whereas NGC 1931 is at a distance of 2.3 ± 0.2 kpc. The results from isochrone fitting in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram indicate the ages of NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 to be less than 4 and 1.5-2.0 Myr, respectively. We derived the initial mass function (IMF) of the clusters. The slope of the IMF ({{{Γ }}NGC 1624} = -2.0 ± 0.2 and {{{Γ }}NGC 1931} = -2.0 ± 0.1) appears to be steeper than that of the Salpeter/Kroupa IMF. We discuss the implication of the derived IMF based on simple Monte-Carlo simulations and conclude that the property of star formation in the clusters does not seem to be significantly different from that in the solar neighborhood.

  12. Structure and Mobility of Metal Clusters in MOFs: Au, Pd, and AuPd Clusters in MOF-74

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    Vilhelmsen, Lasse; Walton, Krista S.; Sholl, David S.

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the adsorption and mobility of metal–organic framework (MOF)-supported metal nanoclusters is critical to the development of these catalytic materials. We present the first theoretical investigation of Au-, Pd-, and AuPd-supported clusters in a MOF, namely MOF-74. We combine density...... is just as important for nanocluster adsorption as open Zn or Mg metal sites. Using the large number of clusters generated by the GA, we developed a systematic method for predicting the mobility of adsorbed clusters. Through the investigation of diffusion paths a relationship between the cluster...

  13. (Electronic structure and reactivities of transition metal clusters)

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    1992-01-01

    The following are reported: theoretical calculations (configuration interaction, relativistic effective core potentials, polyatomics, CASSCF); proposed theoretical studies (clusters of Cu, Ag, Au, Ni, Pt, Pd, Rh, Ir, Os, Ru; transition metal cluster ions; transition metal carbide clusters; bimetallic mixed transition metal clusters); reactivity studies on transition metal clusters (reactivity with H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, hydrocarbons; NO and CO chemisorption on surfaces). Computer facilities and codes to be used, are described. 192 refs, 13 figs.

  14. The Age-Mass-Metallicity-Activity relation of solar-type stars: Comparisons with asteroseismology and the NGC 188 open cluster

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    Lorenzo-Oliveira, Diego; Schiavon, Ricardo P

    2016-01-01

    The Mount Wilson Ca II index log$(R'_{\\rm HK})$ is the accepted standard metric of calibration for the chromospheric activity versus age relation of FGK stars. Recent results claim its inability to discern activity levels, and thus ages, for stars older than $\\sim$2 Gyr, which would severely hamper its application to date disk stars older than the Sun. We present a new activity-age calibration of the Mt. Wilson index explicitly taking into account mass and $[$Fe/H$]$ biases, implicit in samples of stars selected to have precise ages, that have so far gone unappreciated. We show that these selection biases tend to blur the activity-age relation for large age ranges. We calibrate the Mt. Wilson index for a sample of field FGK stars with precise ages, covering a wide range of mass and $[$Fe/H$]$, augmented with data from the Pleiades, Hyades, M67 clusters, and the Ursa Major moving group. We further test the calibration with extensive new Gemini/GMOS log$(R'_{\\rm HK})$ data of the old, solar $[$Fe/H$]$ clusters ...

  15. Sejong Open Cluster Survey (SOS) - IV. The Young Open Clusters NGC 1624 and NGC 1931

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    Lim, Beomdu; Bessell, Michael S; Kim, Jinyoung S; Hur, Hyeonoh; Park, Byeong-Gon

    2015-01-01

    Young open clusters located in the outer Galaxy provide us with an opportunity to study star formation activity in a different environment from the solar neighborhood. We present a UBVI and H alpha photometric study of the young open clusters NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 that are situated toward the Galactic anticenter. Various photometric diagrams are used to select the members of the clusters and to determine the fundamental parameters. NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 are, on average, reddened by = 0.92 +/- 0.05 and 0.74 +/- 0.17 mag, respectively. The properties of the reddening toward NGC 1931 indicate an abnormal reddening law (Rv,cl = 5.2 +/- 0.3). Using the zero-age main sequence fitting method we confirm that NGC 1624 is 6.0 +/- 0.6 kpc away from the Sun, whereas NGC 1931 is at a distance of 2.3 +/- 0.2 kpc. The results from isochrone fitting in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram indicate the ages of NGC 1624 and NGC 1931 to be less than 4 Myr and 1.5 - 2.0 Myr, respectively. We derived the initial mass function (IMF) o...

  16. Abundances and kinematics for ten anticentre open clusters

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    Cantat-Gaudin, T; Vallenari, A; Sordo, R; Bragaglia, A; Magrini, L

    2016-01-01

    Open clusters are distributed all across the disk and are convenient tracers of its properties. In particular, outer disk clusters bear a key role for the investigation of the chemical evolution of the Galactic disk. The goal of this study is to derive homogeneous elemental abundances for a sample of ten outer disk OCs, and investigate possible links with disk structures such as the Galactic Anticenter Stellar Structure. We analyse high-resolution spectra of red giants, obtained from the HIRES@Keck and UVES@VLT archives. We derive elemental abundances and stellar atmosphere parameters by means of the classical equivalent width method. We also performed orbit integrations using proper motions. The Fe abundances we derive trace a shallow negative radial metallicity gradient of slope -0.027+/-0.007 dex.kpc-1 in the outer 12 kpc of the disk. The [alpha/Fe] gradient appears flat, with a slope of 0.006+/-0.007 dex.kpc-1 . The two outermost clusters (Be 29 and Sau 1) appear to follow elliptical orbits. Be 20 also ex...

  17. WIYN Open Cluster Study XXXII: Stellar Radial Velocities in the Old Open Cluster NGC 188

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    Geller, Aaron M; Harris, Hugh C; McClure, Robert D

    2015-01-01

    (Abridged) We present the results of our ongoing radial-velocity (RV) survey of the old (7 Gyr) open cluster NGC 188. Our WIYN 3.5m data set spans a time baseline of 11 years, a magnitude range of 12<=V<=16.5 (1.18-0.94 MSun), and a 1 deg. diameter region on the sky. With the addition of a Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) data set we extend our bright limit to V = 10.8 and, for some stars, extend our time baseline to 35 years. Our magnitude limits include solar-mass main-sequence stars, subgiants, giants, and blue stragglers (BSs), and our spatial coverage extends radially to 17 pc (~13 core radii). For the WIYN data we find a measurement precision of 0.4 km/s for narrow-lined stars. We have measured RVs for 1046 stars in the direction of NGC 188, finding 473 to be likely cluster members. We detect 124 velocity-variable cluster members, all of which are likely to be dynamically hard-binary stars. Using our single member stars, we find an average cluster RV of -42.36 +/- 0.04 km/s. We use our pre...

  18. 2MASS photometry and kinematical studies of open cluster NGC 188

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    Elsanhoury, W H; Chupina, N V; Vereshchagin, S V; Sariya, Devesh P; Yadav, R K S; Jiang, Ing-Guey

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present our results for the photometric and kinematical studies of old open cluster NGC 188. We determined various astrophysical parameters like limited radius, core and tidal radii, distance, luminosity and mass functions, total mass, relaxation time etc. for the cluster using 2MASS catalog. We obtained the cluster's distance from the Sun as 1721+/-41 pc and log (age)= 9.85+/-0.05 at Solar metallicity. The relaxation time of the cluster is smaller than the estimated cluster age which suggests that the cluster is dynamically relaxed. Our results agree with the values mentioned in the literature. We also determined the cluster's apex coordinates as (281.88 deg, -44.76 deg) using AD-diagram method. Other kinematical parameters like space velocity components, cluster center and elements of Solar motion etc. have also been computed.

  19. Distance estimates to five open clusters based on 2mass data of red clump giants

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    Chen, Li; Gao, Xinhua

    2013-02-01

    Red clump (RC) giants are excellent standard candles in the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. The near-infrared K-band intrinsic luminosity of RC giants exhibits only a small variance and a weak dependence on chemical composition and age. In addition, RCs are often easily recognizable in the color-magnitude diagrams of open clusters, which renders them extremely useful distance indicators for some intermediate-age or old open clusters. Here we determine the distance moduli of five Galactic open clusters covering a range of metallicities and ages, based on RC giants in the cluster regions using 2mass photometric data. We compare our result with those from main-sequence fitting and also briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of RC-based cluster distance determination.

  20. Searching for multiple stellar populations in the massive, old open cluster Berkeley 39

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    Bragaglia, A; Carretta, E; D'Orazi, V; Sneden, C; Lucatello, S

    2012-01-01

    The most massive star clusters include several generations of stars with a different chemical composition (mainly revealed by an Na-O anti-correlation) while low-mass star clusters appear to be chemically homogeneous. We are investigating the chemical composition of several clusters with masses of a few 10^4 Msun to establish the lower mass limit for the multiple stellar population phenomenon. Using FLAMES@VLT spectra we determine abundances of Fe, O, Na, and several other elements (alpha, Fe-peak, and neutron-capture elements) in the old open cluster Berkeley 39. This is a massive open cluster: M~10^4 Msun, approximately at the border between small globular clusters and large open clusters. Our sample size of about 30 stars is one of the largest studied for abundances in any open cluster to date, and will be useful to determine improved cluster parameters, such as age, distance, and reddening when coupled with precise, well-calibrated photometry. We find that Berkeley 39 is slightly metal-poor, =-0.20, in ag...

  1. Hogg 12 and NGC 3590: A New Open Cluster Binary System Candidate

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    Piatti, Andrés E.; Clariá, Juan J.; Ahumada, Andrea V.

    2010-05-01

    We have obtained CCD UBVIKC photometry down to V ∼ 22.0 for the open clusters Hogg 12 and NGC 3590 and the fields surrounding them. Based on photometric and morphological criteria, as well as on the stellar density in the region, our evidence is sufficient to confirm that Hogg 12 is a genuine open cluster. NGC 3590 was used as a control cluster. The color-magnitude diagrams of Hogg 12, cleaned from field star contamination, reveal that this is a solar metal content cluster, affected by E(B - V) = 0.40 ± 0.05, located at a heliocentric distance d = 2.0 ± 0.5 kpc, and of an age similar to that of NGC 3590 (t = 30 Myr). Both clusters are surprisingly small objects whose radii are barely ∼1 pc, andthey are separated in the sky by scarcely 3.6 pc. These facts, added to their similar ages, reddenings, and metallicities, allow us to consider them a new open cluster binary system candidate. Of the ∼180 open cluster binary systems estimated to exist in the Galaxy, of which 27 are actually well known, Hogg 12 and NGC 3590 appear to be one of the two closest pairs.

  2. The Gaia-ESO Survey: the inner disk, intermediate-age open cluster Trumpler 23

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    Overbeek, J C; Donati, P; Smiljanic, R; Jacobson, H R; Hatzidimitriou, D; Held, E V; Magrini, L; Bragaglia, A; Randich, S; Vallenari, A; Cantat-Gaudin, T; Tautvaisiene, G; Jimenez-Esteban, F; Frasca, A; Geisler, D; Villanova, S; Tang, B; Munoz, C; Marconi, G; Carraro, G; Roman, I San; Drazdauskas, A; Zenoviene, R; Gilmore, G; Jeffries, R D; Flaccomio, E; Pancino, E; Bayo, A; Costado, M T; Damiani, F; Jofre, P; Monaco, L; Prisinzano, L; Sousa, S G; Zaggia, S

    2016-01-01

    Context: Trumpler 23 is a moderately populated, intermediate-age open cluster within the solar circle at a Rgc ~6 kpc. It is in a crowded field very close to the Galactic plane and the color-magnitude diagram shows significant field contamination and possible differential reddening; it is a relatively understudied cluster for these reasons, but its location makes it a key object for determining Galactic abundance distributions. Aims: New data from the Gaia-ESO Survey enable the first ever radial velocity and spectroscopic metallicity measurements for this cluster. We aim to use velocities to isolate cluster members, providing more leverage for determining cluster parameters. Methods: Gaia-ESO Survey data for 167 potential members have yielded radial velocity measurements, which were used to determine the systemic velocity of the cluster and membership of individual stars. Atmospheric parameters were also used as a check on membership when available. Literature photometry was used to re-determine cluster param...

  3. A revised moving cluster distance to the Pleiades open cluster

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    Galli, P A B; Bouy, H; Bouvier, J; Olivares, J; Teixeira, R

    2016-01-01

    Aims: We provide a new distance estimate for the Pleiades based on the moving cluster method, which will be useful to further discuss the so-called Pleiades distance controversy and compare it with the very precise parallaxes from the Gaia space mission. Methods: We apply a refurbished implementation of the convergent point search method to an updated census of Pleiades stars to calculate the convergent point position of the cluster from stellar proper motions. Then, we derive individual parallaxes for 64 cluster members using radial velocities compiled from the literature, and approximate parallaxes for another 1146 stars based on the spatial velocity of the cluster. This represents the largest sample of Pleiades stars with individual distances to date. Results: The parallaxes derived in this work are in good agreement with previous results obtained in different studies (excluding Hipparcos) for individual stars in the cluster. We report a mean parallax of $7.44\\pm 0.08$~mas and distance of $134.4^{+2.9}_{-2...

  4. Electrophobic interaction induced impurity clustering in metals

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    Zhou, Hong-Bo; Wang, Jin-Long; Jiang, W.; Lu, Guang-Hong; Aguiar, J. A.; Liu, Feng

    2016-10-01

    We introduce the concept of electrophobic interaction, analogous to hydrophobic interaction, for describing the behavior of impurity atoms in a metal, a 'solvent of electrons'. We demonstrate that there exists a form of electrophobic interaction between impurities with closed electron shell structure, which governs their dissolution behavior in a metal. Using He, Be and Ar as examples, we predict by first-principles calculations that the electrophobic interaction drives He, Be or Ar to form a close-packed cluster with a clustering energy that follows a universal power-law scaling with the number of atoms (N) dissolved in a free electron gas, as well as W or Al lattice, as Ec is proportional to (N2/3-N). This new concept unifies the explanation for a series of experimental observations of close-packed inert-gas bubble formation in metals, and significantly advances our fundamental understanding and capacity to predict the solute behavior of impurities in metals, a useful contribution to be considered in future material design of metals for nuclear, metallurgical, and energy applications.

  5. Open-cluster density profiles derived using a kernel estimator

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    Seleznev, Anton F

    2016-01-01

    Surface and spatial radial density profiles in open clusters are derived using a kernel estimator method. Formulae are obtained for the contribution of every star into the spatial density profile. The evaluation of spatial density profiles is tested against open-cluster models from N-body experiments with N = 500. Surface density profiles are derived for seven open clusters (NGC 1502, 1960, 2287, 2516, 2682, 6819 and 6939) using Two-Micron All-Sky Survey data and for different limiting magnitudes. The selection of an optimal kernel half-width is discussed. It is shown that open-cluster radius estimates hardly depend on the kernel half-width. Hints of stellar mass segregation and structural features indicating cluster non-stationarity in the regular force field are found. A comparison with other investigations shows that the data on open-cluster sizes are often underestimated. The existence of an extended corona around the open cluster NGC 6939 was confirmed. A combined function composed of the King density pr...

  6. Population analysis of open clusters: radii and mass segregation

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    Schilbach, E; Piskunov, A E; Röser, S; Scholz, R D

    2006-01-01

    Aims: Based on our well-determined sample of open clusters in the all-sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 we derive new linear sizes of some 600 clusters, and investigate the effect of mass segregation of stars in open clusters. Methods: Using statistical methods, we study the distribution of linear sizes as a function of spatial position and cluster age. We also examine statistically the distribution of stars of different masses within clusters as a function of the cluster age. Results: No significant dependence of the cluster size on location in the Galaxy is detected for younger clusters (< 200 Myr), whereas older clusters inside the solar orbit turned out to be, on average, smaller than outside. Also, small old clusters are preferentially found close to the Galactic plane, whereas larger ones more frequently live farther away from the plane and at larger Galactocentric distances. For clusters with (V - M_V) < 10.5, a clear dependence of the apparent radius on age has been detected: the cluster radii decrease by ...

  7. A Swift/UVOT Study of Open Clusters

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    LaPorte, Samuel; Siegel, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Star clusters, due to being coeval populations of similar stars, provide a convenient snapshot of a stellar population to study and compare to theoretical models of stellar evolution. They also serve as the empirical baseline for studies of distant unresolved stellar populations. However, few studies have been performed of detailed color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of young open clusters in the near ultraviolet. We present a sample of 92 open clusters compiled using Swift's Ultra-Violet and Optical Telescope (UVOT). We construct CMDs and perform isochrone fitting for the most luminous clusters to determine how well the theoretical models reproduce the salient features of the CMDs. We find that the isochrones provide excellent fits to the primary color-magnitude loci, lending confidence to models of unresolved stellar populations and providing, in the future, an opportunity to use open clusters to probe the UV properties of foreground dust.

  8. Understanding hydrogen adsorption in metal-organic frameworks with open metal sites: a computational study.

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    Yang, Qingyuan; Zhong, Chongli

    2006-01-19

    Recent experimental investigations show that the open metal sites may have a favorable impact on the hydrogen adsorption capacity of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); however, no definite evidence has been obtained to date and little is known on the interactions between hydrogen and the pore walls of this kind of MOFs. In this work, a combined grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation and density functional theory calculation is performed on the adsorption of hydrogen in MOF-505, a recently synthesized MOF with open metal sites, to provide insight into molecular-level details of the underlying mechanisms. This work shows that metal-oxygen clusters are preferential adsorption sites for hydrogen, and the strongest adsorption of hydrogen is found in the directions of coordinatively unsaturated open metal sites, providing evidence that the open metal sites have a favorable impact on the hydrogen sorption capacity of MOFs. The storage capacity of hydrogen of MOF-505 at room temperature and moderate pressures is predicted to be low, in agreement with the outcome for hydrogen physisorption in other porous materials.

  9. The search for delta Scuti stars in open clusters

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    Frandsen, S.; Arentoft, T.

    1998-05-01

    In order to improve the tests of models of stellar evolution, observations giving tighter constraints on the models were initiated by the formation of an informal group STACC (Frandsen, 1992). The purpose of the group is to search for and make observations of delta Scuti stars in open clusters. This paper presents some of the results of the search, mainly for distant open clusters with a rich population of variables. Included is an announcement of a target list (Frandsen & Arentoft 1998, The Book) and four examples of new Colour-Magnitude (CM) diagrams of open clusters considered to be interesting targets. Finally, we present the fruits of extensive searching: an open cluster that contains many delta Scuti stars. Based on observations made at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, the Nordic Optical Telescope, ORM, La Palma and the IAC80, OT, Tenerife

  10. First PPMXL photometric analysis of open cluster Ruprecht 15

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    Ashraf Latif Tadross

    2012-01-01

    We present the first in a series studying the astrophysical parameters of open clusters using the PPMXL* database whose data are applied to study Ruprecht 15.The astrophysical parameters of Ruprecht 15 have been estimated for the first time.

  11. Peakbagging in the open cluster NGC 6819: Opening a treasure chest or Pandora's box?

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    Handberg, R.; Miglio, A.; Brogaard, K.; Bossini, D.; Elsworth, Y. P.

    2016-09-01

    Here we report on an extensive peakbagging effort on the evolved red giant stars of the open cluster NGC 6819. This consists of around 50 stars spanning all the way up the red giant branch (RGB) and down to and including the red clump (RC). These stars represent a unique sample because of their common distance, metallicity and age. By employing sophisticated pre-processing of the time series and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques, we have extracted individual frequencies, heights, and line widths for hundreds of individual oscillation modes in the sample of stars. We show that average asteroseismic parameters derived from these can be used to distinguish the stellar evolutionary state between RGB and RC stars without having to measure the often difficult dipole modes. Furthermore, we show how the fitting of some of these dipole modes can improve the detectability of acoustic glitches arising from the helium II ionization zone and how this can potentially be used to constrain the helium content in the cluster. We also discuss some of the difficulties facing similar studies in the future, where it seems that detailed studies of star clusters are facing some difficult times ahead.

  12. Elemental abundances of intermediate age open cluster NGC 3680

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    Mitschang, A W; Zucker, D B

    2012-01-01

    We present a new abundance analysis of the intermediate age Galactic open cluster NGC 3680, based on high resolution, high signal-to-noise VLT/UVES spectroscopic data. Several element abundances are presented for this cluster for the first time, but most notably we derive abundances for the light and heavy s-process elements Y, Ba, La, and Nd. The serendipitous measurement of the rare-earth r-process element Gd is also reported. This cluster exhibits a significant enhancement of Na in giants as compared to dwarfs, which may be a proxy for an O to Na anti-correlation as observed in Galactic globular clusters but not open clusters. We also observe a step-like enhancement of heavy s-process elements towards higher atomic number, contrary to expectations from AGB nucleosynthesis models, suggesting that the r-process played a significant role in the generation of both La and Nd in this cluster

  13. Towards absolute scales of radii and masses of open clusters

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    Piskunov, A E; Kharchenko, N V; Röser, S; Scholz, R D

    2007-01-01

    Aims: In this paper we derive tidal radii and masses of open clusters in the nearest kiloparsecs around the Sun. Methods: For each cluster, the mass is estimated from tidal radii determined from a fitting of three-parametric King's profiles to the observed integrated density distribution. Different samples of members are investigated. Results: For 236 open clusters, all contained in the catalogue ASCC-2.5, we obtain core and tidal radii, as well as tidal masses. The distributions of the core and tidal radii peak at about 1.5 pc and 7 - 10 pc, respectively. A typical relative error of the core radius lies between 15% and 50%, whereas, for the majority of clusters, the tidal radius was determined with a relative accuracy better than 20%. Most of the clusters have tidal masses between 50 and 1000 $m_\\odot$, and for about half of the clusters, the masses were obtained with a relative error better than 50%.

  14. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Properties of the intermediate age open cluster NGC 4815

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    Friel, E D; Bragaglia, A; Jacobson, H R; Magrini, L; Prisinzano, L; Randich, S; Tosi, M; Cantat-Gaudin, T; Vallenari, A; Smiljanic, R; Carraro, G; Sordo, R; Maiorca, E; Tautvaisviene, G; Sestito, P; Zaggia, S; Jimenez-Esteban, F M; Gilmore, G; Jeffries, R D; Alfaro, E; Bensby, T; Koposov, S E; Korn, A J; Pancino, E; Recio-Blanco, A; Franciosini, E; Hill, V; Jackson, R J; de Laverny, P; Morbidelli, L; Sacco, G G; Worley, C C; Hourihane, A; Costado, M T; Jofre, P; Lind, K

    2014-01-01

    NGC 4815 is a populous ~500 Myr open cluster at a Galactocentric radius of 7 kpc observed in the first six months of the Gaia-ESO Survey. Located in the inner Galactic disk, NGC 4815 is an important tracer of the abundance gradient, where few intermediate age open clusters are found. We use the survey derived radial velocities, stellar atmospheric parameters, metallicity, and elemental abundances for stars targeted as potential members of this cluster to carry out an analysis of cluster properties. The radial velocity distribution of stars in the cluster field is used to define the cluster systemic velocity and derive likely cluster membership for stars observed by the Gaia-ESO Survey. We investigate the distributions of Fe and Fe-peak elements, alpha-elements, and the light elements Na and Al and characterize the cluster's internal chemical homogeneity comparing it to the properties of radial velocity non-member stars. Utilizing these cluster properties, the cluster color-magnitude diagram is analyzed and th...

  15. Value, Cost, and Sharing: Open Issues in Constrained Clustering

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    Wagstaff, Kiri L.

    2006-01-01

    Clustering is an important tool for data mining, since it can identify major patterns or trends without any supervision (labeled data). Over the past five years, semi-supervised (constrained) clustering methods have become very popular. These methods began with incorporating pairwise constraints and have developed into more general methods that can learn appropriate distance metrics. However, several important open questions have arisen about which constraints are most useful, how they can be actively acquired, and when and how they should be propagated to neighboring points. This position paper describes these open questions and suggests future directions for constrained clustering research.

  16. The CFHT Open Star Cluster Survey II -- Deep CCD Photometry of the Old Open Star Cluster NGC 6819

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    Singh-Kalirai, J; Fahlman, G G; Cuillandre, J C; Ventura, P; D'Antona, F; Bertin, E; Marconi, G; Durrell, P R; Kalirai, Jasonjot Singh; Richer, Harvey B.; Fahlman, Gregory G.; Cuillandre, Jean-Charles; Ventura, Paolo; Antona, Francesca D'; Bertin, Emmanuel; Marconi, Gianni; Durrell, Patrick R.

    2001-01-01

    We present analysis of deep CCD photometry for the very rich, old open star cluster NGC 6819. These CFH12K data results represent the first of nineteen open star clusters which were imaged as a part of the CFHT Open Star Cluster Survey. We find a tight, very rich, main-sequence and turn-off consisting of over 2900 cluster stars in the V, B-V color-magnitude diagram (CMD). Main-sequence fitting of the un-evolved cluster stars with the Hyades star cluster yields a distance modulus of (m-M)v = 12.30 +/- 0.12, for a reddening of E(B-V) = 0.10. These values are consistent with a newly calculated theoretical stellar isochrone of age 2.5 Gyrs, which we take to be the age of the cluster. Detailed star counts indicate a much larger cluster extent (R = 9.5' +/- 1.0'), by a factor of ~2 over some previous estimates. Incompleteness tests confirm a slightly negatively sloped luminosity function extending to faint (V ~ 23) magnitudes which is indicative of a dynamically evolved cluster. Further luminosity function and mass...

  17. Highly dynamically evolved intermediate-age open clusters

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    Piatti, Andrés E.; Dias, Wilton S.; Sampedro, Laura M.

    2017-04-01

    We present a comprehensive UBVRI and Washington CT1T2 photometric analysis of seven catalogued open clusters, namely: Ruprecht 3, 9, 37, 74, 150, ESO 324-15 and 436-2. The multiband photometric data sets in combination with 2MASS photometry and Gaia astrometry for the brighter stars were used to estimate their structural parameters and fundamental astrophysical properties. We found that Ruprecht 3 and ESO 436-2 do not show self-consistent evidence of being physical systems. The remained studied objects are open clusters of intermediate age (9.0 ≤ log(t yr-1) ≤ 9.6), of relatively small size (rcls ∼ 0.4-1.3 pc) and placed between 0.6 and 2.9 kpc from the Sun. We analysed the relationships between core, half-mass, tidal and Jacoby radii as well as half-mass relaxation times to conclude that the studied clusters are in an evolved dynamical stage. The total cluster masses obtained by summing those of the observed cluster stars resulted to be ∼10-15 per cent of the masses of open clusters of similar age located closer than 2 kpc from the Sun. We found that cluster stars occupy volumes as large as those for tidally filled clusters.

  18. SODIUM AND OXYGEN ABUNDANCES IN THE OPEN CLUSTER NGC 6791 FROM APOGEE H-BAND SPECTROSCOPY

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    Cunha, Katia; Souto, Diogo [Observatório Nacional, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Smith, Verne V. [National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ 85719 (United States); Johnson, Jennifer A. [Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Bergemann, Maria [Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomy, D-69117, Heidelberg (Germany); Mészáros, Szabolcs [ELTE Gothard Astrophysical Observatory, H-9704 Szombathely (Hungary); Shetrone, Matthew D. [Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Prieto, Carlos Allende [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Schiavon, Ricardo P. [Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 5RF (United Kingdom); Frinchaboy, Peter [Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (United States); Zasowski, Gail [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Bizyaev, Dmitry [Apache Point Observatory, Sunspot, NM 88349 (United States); Holtzman, Jon [Department of Astronomy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States); García Pérez, Ana E.; Majewski, Steven R. [Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (United States); Nidever, David [Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Beers, Timothy [Department of Physics and JINA Center for the Evolution of the Elements, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (United States); Carrera, Ricardo [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, E-38200 Tenerife (Spain); Geisler, Doug [Departamento de Astronomia, Casilla 160-C, Universidad de Concepcion (Chile); Gunn, James, E-mail: kcunha@on.br [Department of Astrophysics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540 (United States); and others

    2015-01-10

    The open cluster NGC 6791 is among the oldest, most massive, and metal-rich open clusters in the Galaxy. High-resolution H-band spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) of 11 red giants in NGC 6791 are analyzed for their chemical abundances of iron, oxygen, and sodium. The abundances of these three elements are found to be homogeneous (with abundance dispersions at the level of ∼0.05-0.07 dex) in these cluster red giants, which span much of the red-giant branch (T {sub eff} ∼ 3500-4600 K), and include two red clump giants. From the infrared spectra, this cluster is confirmed to be among the most metal-rich clusters in the Galaxy (([Fe/H]) = 0.34 ± 0.06) and is found to have a roughly solar value of [O/Fe] and slightly enhanced [Na/Fe]. Our non-LTE calculations for the studied Na I lines in the APOGEE spectral region (16373.86 Å and 16388.85 Å) indicate only small departures from LTE (≤0.04 dex) for the parameter range and metallicity of the studied stars. The previously reported double population of cluster members with different Na abundances is not found among the studied sample.

  19. Photometric and spectroscopic study of the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 2355

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    Donati, P.; Bragaglia, A.; Carretta, E.; D'Orazi, V.; Tosi, M.; Cusano, F.; Carini, R.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper we analyse the evolutionary status and properties of the old open cluster NGC 2355, located in the Galactic anticentre direction, as a part of the long-term programme Bologna Open Clusters Chemical Evolution. NGC 2355 was observed with the Large Binocular Camera at the Large Binocular Telescope using the Bessel B, V, and Ic filters. The cluster parameters have been obtained using the synthetic colour-magnitude diagram method, as done in other papers of this series. Additional spectroscopic observations with the Fibre-fed Echelle Spectrograph at the Nordic Optical Telescope of three giant stars were used to determine the chemical properties of the cluster. Our analysis shows that NGC 2355 has metallicity slightly less than solar, with [Fe/H]= -0.06 dex, age between 0.8 and 1 Gyr, reddening E(B - V) in the range 0.14-0.19 mag, and distance modulus (m - M)0 of about 11 mag. We also investigate the abundances of O, Na, Al, α, iron-peak, and neutron capture elements, showing that NGC 2355 falls within the abundance distribution of similar clusters (same age and metallicity). The Galactocentric distance of NGC 2355 places it at the border between two regimes of metallicity distribution; this makes it an important cluster for the study of the chemical properties and evolution of the disc.

  20. Morphology of Open Clusters NGC 1857 and Czernik 20 using Clustering Algorithms

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    Bhattacharya, Souradeep; Pandaokar, Samay; Singh, Parikshit Kishor

    2016-01-01

    The morphology and cluster membership of the Galactic open clusters - Czernik 20 and NGC 1857 were analyzed using two different clustering algorithms. We present the maiden use of density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN) to determine open cluster morphology from spatial distribution. The region of analysis has also been spatially classified using a statistical membership determination algorithm. We utilized near infrared (NIR) data for a suitably large region around the clusters from the United Kingdom Infrared Deep Sky Survey Galactic Plane Survey star catalogue database, and also from the Two Micron All Sky Survey star catalogue database. The densest regions of the cluster morphologies (1 for Czernik 20 and 2 for NGC 1857) thus identified were analyzed with a K-band extinction map and color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs). To address significant discrepancy in known distance and reddening parameters, we carried out field decontamination of these CMDs and subsequent isochrone fitting of...

  1. The SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline. II. Validation with Galactic Globular and Open Clusters

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    Lee, Y.S.; Beers, T.C.; Sivarani, T.; Johnson, J.A.; An, D.; Wilhelm, R.; Prieto, C.Allende; Koesterke, L.; Re Fiorentin, P.; Bailer-Jones, C.A.L.; Norris, J.E.

    2007-10-01

    The authors validate the performance and accuracy of the current SEGUE (Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration) Stellar Parameter Pipeline (SSPP), which determines stellar atmospheric parameters (effective temperature, surface gravity, and metallicity) by comparing derived overall metallicities and radial velocities from selected likely members of three globular clusters (M 13, M 15, and M 2) and two open clusters (NGC 2420 and M 67) to the literature values. Spectroscopic and photometric data obtained during the course of the original Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-1) and its first extension (SDSS-II/SEGUE) are used to determine stellar radial velocities and atmospheric parameter estimates for stars in these clusters. Based on the scatter in the metallicities derived for the members of each cluster, they quantify the typical uncertainty of the SSPP values, {sigma}([Fe/H]) = 0.13 dex for stars in the range of 4500 K {le} T{sub eff} {le} 7500 K and 2.0 {le} log g {le} 5.0, at least over the metallicity interval spanned by the clusters studied (-2.3 {le} [Fe/H] < 0). The surface gravities and effective temperatures derived by the SSPP are also compared with those estimated from the comparison of the color-magnitude diagrams with stellar evolution models; they find satisfactory agreement. At present, the SSPP underestimates [Fe/H] for near-solar-metallicity stars, represented by members of M 67 in this study, by {approx} 0.3 dex.

  2. A search for open cluster Cepheids in the Galactic plane

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    Chen, Xiaodian; Deng, Licai

    2014-01-01

    We analyse all potential combinations of Galactic Cepheids and open clusters (OCs) in the most up-to-date catalogues available. Isochrone fitting and proper-motion calcula- tion are applied to all potential OC{Cepheid combinations. Five selection criteria are used to select possible OC Cepheids: (i) the Cepheid of interest must be located within 60 arcmin of the OC's centre; (ii) the Cepheid's proper motion is located within the 1 sigma distribution of that of its host OC; (iii) the Cepheid is located in the instability strip of its postulated host OC; (iv) the Cepheid and OC distance moduli should differ by less than 1 mag; and (v) the Cepheid and OC ages (and, where available, their metal- licities) should be comparable: {\\Delta}log(t yr^-1) < 0.3. Nineteen possible OC Cepheids are found based on our near-infrared (NIR) analysis; eight additional OC{Cepheid associations may be genuine pairs for which we lack NIR data. Six of the Cepheids analysed at NIR wavelengths are new, high-probability OC Cepheids, ...

  3. Mass effect on the lithium abundance evolution of open clusters: Hyades, NGC 752, and M 67

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    Castro, M.; Duarte, T.; Pace, G.; do Nascimento, J.-D.

    2016-05-01

    Lithium abundances in open clusters provide an effective way of probing mixing processes in the interior of solar-type stars and convection is not the only mixing mechanism at work. To understand which mixing mechanisms are occurring in low-mass stars, we test non-standard models, which were calibrated using the Sun, with observations of three open clusters of different ages, the Hyades, NGC 752, and M 67. We collected all available data, and for the open cluster NGC 752, we redetermine the equivalent widths and the lithium abundances. Two sets of evolutionary models were computed, one grid of only standard models with microscopic diffusion and one grid with rotation-induced mixing, at metallicity [Fe/H] = 0.13, 0.0, and 0.01 dex, respectively, using the Toulouse-Geneva evolution code. We compare observations with models in a color-magnitude diagram for each cluster to infer a cluster age and a stellar mass for each cluster member. Then, for each cluster we analyze the lithium abundance of each star as a function of mass. The data for the open clusters Hyades, NGC 752, and M 67, are compatible with lithium abundance being a function of both age and mass for stars in these clusters. Our models with meridional circulation qualitatively reproduce the general trend of lithium abundance evolution as a function of stellar mass in all three clusters. This study points out the importance of mass dependence in the evolution of lithium abundance as a function of age. Comparison between models with and without rotation-induced mixing shows that the inclusion of meridional circulation is essential to account for lithium depletion in low-mass stars. However, our results suggest that other mechanisms should be included to explain the Li-dip and the lithium dispersion in low-mass stars.

  4. Wide Field CCD photometry around nine open clusters

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    Sharma, S; Ogura, K; Mito, H; Tarusawa, K; Sagar, R

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we study the evolution of core and corona of nine open clusters using the projected radial density profiles derived from homogeneous CCD photometric data obtained through the 105-cm Kiso Schmidt telescope. The age and galactocentric distance of the target clusters varies from 16 Myr to 2000 Myr and 9 kpcto 10.8 kpc respectively. Barring Be 62, which is young open cluster, other clusters show a uniform reddening across the cluster region. The reddening in Be 62varies from $E(B-V)_{min}$= 0.70 mag to $E(B-V)_{max}$= 1.00 mag. The corona of six of the clusters in the present sample is found to be elongated, however on the basis of the present sample it is not possible to establish any correlation between the age and shape of the core. The elongated core in the case of young cluster Be 62 may reflect the initial conditions in the parental molecular cloud. The other results of the present study are (i) Core radius `$r_c$' and corona size $`r_{cn}$'/cluster radius $`r_{cl}$' are linearly correlated. (...

  5. Mass effect on the lithium abundance evolution of open clusters: Hyades, NGC 752, and M67

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    Castro, Matthieu; Pace, Giancarlo; Nascimento, José Dias do

    2016-01-01

    Lithium abundances in open clusters provide an effective way of probing mixing processes in the interior of solar-type stars and convection is not the only mixing mechanism at work. To understand which mixing mechanisms are occurring in low-mass stars, we test non-standard models, which were calibrated using the Sun, with observations of three open clusters of different ages, the Hyades, NGC 752, and M67. We collected all available data, and for the open cluster NGC 752, we redetermine the equivalent widths and the lithium abundances. Two sets of evolutionary models were computed, one grid of only standard models with microscopic diffusion and one grid with rotation-induced mixing, at metallicity [Fe/H] = 0.13, 0.0, and 0.01 dex, respectively, using the Toulouse-Geneva evolution code. We compare observations with models in a color-magnitude diagram for each cluster to infer a cluster age and a stellar mass for each cluster member. Then, for each cluster we analyze the lithium abundance of each star as a funct...

  6. Open clusters and associations in the Gaia era

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    Moraux, E

    2016-01-01

    Open clusters and associations are groups of young stars, respectively bound and unbound, that share the same origin and disperse over time into the galactic field. As such, their formation and evolution are the key to understand the origin and properties of galactic stellar populations. Moreover, since their members have about the same age, they are ideal laboratories to study the properties of young stars and constrain stellar evolution theories. In this contribution, I present our current knowledge on open clusters and associations. I focus on the methods used to derive the statistical properties (IMF, spatial distribution, IMF) of young stars and briefly discuss how they depend on the environment. I then describe how open clusters can be used as probes to investigate the structure, dynamics and chemical composition of the Milky Way. I conclude by presenting the Gaia mission and discuss how it will revolutionize this field of research.

  7. The Principal Parameters of Unstudied Open Clusters with NIR Observations

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    Tadross, A L

    2010-01-01

    We studied the principal parameters of some previously unstudied open star clusters using the JHK Near-IR photometry (2MASS survey). These clusters have been selected from the updated Catalogs of Dais and Webda. Based on the 2MASS database and the DSS visual images, some homogeneous methods and algorithms have been applied. The astrometry and photometric principal parameters are determined for the first time.

  8. Sodium and Oxygen Abundances in the Open Cluster NGC 6791 from APOGEE H-Band Spectroscopy

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    Cunha, Katia; Johnson, Jennifer A; Bergemann, Maria; Meszaros, Szabolcs; Shetrone, Matthew D; Souto, Diogo; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Schiavon, Ricardo P; Frinchaboy, Peter; Zasowski, Gail; Bizyaev, Dmitry; Holtzman, Jon; Perez, Ana E Garcia; Majewski, Steven R; Nidever, David; Beers, Timothy; Carrera, Ricardo; Geisler, Doug; Gunn, James; Hearty, Fred; Ivans, Inese; Martell, Sarah; Pinsonneault, Marc; Schneider, Donald P; Sobeck, Jennifer; Stello, Dennis; Stassun, Keivan G; Skrutskie, Michael; Wilson, John C

    2014-01-01

    The open cluster NGC 6791 is among the oldest, most massive and metal-rich open clusters in the Galaxy. High-resolution $H$-band spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) of 11 red giants in NGC 6791 are analyzed for their chemical abundances of iron, oxygen, and sodium. The abundances of these three elements are found to be homogeneous (with abundance dispersions at the level of $\\sim$ 0.05 - 0.07 dex) in these cluster red giants, which span much of the red-giant branch (T$_{\\rm eff}$ $\\sim$ 3500K - 4600K), and include two red-clump giants. From the infrared spectra, this cluster is confirmed to be among the most metal-rich clusters in the Galaxy ($$ = 0.34 $\\pm$ 0.06), and is found to have a roughly solar value of [O/Fe] and slightly enhanced [Na/Fe]. Non-LTE calculations for the studied Na I lines in the APOGEE spectral region ($\\lambda$16373.86\\AA\\ and $\\lambda$16388.85\\AA) indicate only small departures from LTE ($\\leq$ 0.04 dex) for the parameter range and metallic...

  9. Highly dynamically evolved intermediate-age open clusters

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    Piatti, Andrés E; Sampedro, Laura M

    2016-01-01

    We present a comprehensive UBVRI and Washington CT1T2 photometric analysis of seven catalogued open clusters, namely: Ruprecht 3, 9, 37, 74, 150, ESO 324-15 and 436-2. The multi-band photometric data sets in combination with 2MASS photometry and Gaia astrometry for the brighter stars were used to estimate their structural parameters and fundamental astrophysical properties. We found that Ruprecht 3 and ESO 436-2 do not show self-consistent evidence of being physical systems. The remained studied objects are open clusters of intermediate-age (9.0 < log(t yr-1) < 9.6), of relatively small size (r_cls ~ 0.4 - 1.3 pc) and placed between 0.6 and 2.9 kpc from the Sun. We analized the relationships between core, half-mass, tidal and Jacoby radii as well as half-mass relaxation times to conclude that the studied clusters are in an evolved dynamical stage. The cluster masses obtained by summing those of the observed cluster stars resulted to be ~ 10-15 per cent of the masses of open clusters of similar age locat...

  10. Astrophysical parameters of ten new discovered open star clusters

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    Tadross, A L; Osman, A; Ismail, N; Bakry, A

    2011-01-01

    We present here the fundamental parameters of ten open star clusters, nominated from Kronberger et al. (2006) who presented some new discovered stellar groups on the basis of 2MASS photometry and DSS visual images. Star counts and photometric parameters (radius, membership, distances, color excess, age, luminosity function, mass function, total mass, and the dynamical relaxation time) have been determined for these ten clusters for the first time. In order to calibrate our procedures, the main parameters (distance, age, and color excesses) have been re-estimated for another five clusters, which are studied by Kronberger et al. (2006) as well.

  11. Astrophysical parameters of ten poorly studied open star clusters

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    Ashraf Latif Tadross; Reda El-Bendary; Anas Osman; Nader Ismail; Abdel Aziz Bakry

    2012-01-01

    We present the fundamental parameters of ten open star clusters,nominated from Kronberger et al.who presented some newly discovered stellar groups on the basis of the Two Micron All Sky Survey photometry and Digitized Sky Survey visual images.Star counts and photometric parameters (radius,membership,distance,color excess,age,luminosity function,mass function,total mass,and dynamical relaxation time) have been determined for these ten clusters for the first time.In order to calibrate our procedures,the main parameters (distance,age,and color excess) have been reestimated for another five clusters,which are also studied by Kronberger et al.

  12. Zirconium, Barium, Lanthanum and Europium Abundances in Open Clusters

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    Jacobson, H R; 10.1088/0004-6256/145/4/107

    2013-01-01

    We present an analysis of the s-process elements Zr, Ba, and La and the r-process element Eu in a sample of 50 stars in 19 open clusters. Stellar abundances of each element are based on measures of a minimum of two lines per species via both equivalent width and spectrum synthesis techniques. We investigate cluster mean neutron-capture abundance trends as a function of cluster age and location in the Milky Way disk and compare them to results found in other studies in the literature. We find a statistically significant trend of increasing cluster [Ba/Fe] as a function of decreasing cluster age, in agreement with recent findings for other open cluster samples, supporting the increased importance of low-mass asymptotic giant branch stars to the generation of s-process elements. However, the other s-process elements, [La/Fe] and [Zr/Fe], do not show similar dependences, in contrast to theoretical expectations and the limited observational data from other studies. Conversely, cluster [Eu/Fe] ratios show a slight ...

  13. Integrated spectral study of small angular diameter galactic open clusters

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    Clariá, J. J.; Ahumada, A. V.; Bica, E.; Pavani, D. B.; Parisi, M. C.

    2017-10-01

    This paper presents flux-calibrated integrated spectra obtained at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO, Argentina) for a sample of 9 Galactic open clusters of small angular diameter. The spectra cover the optical range (3800-6800 Å), with a resolution of ∼14 Å. With one exception (Ruprecht 158), the selected clusters are projected into the fourth Galactic quadrant (282o < l < 345o) near the Galactic plane (∣b∣ ≤ 9o). We performed simultaneous estimates of foreground interstellar reddening and age by comparing the continuum distribution and line strenghts of the cluster spectra with those of template cluster spectra with known parameters. We thus provide spectroscopic information independent from that derived through color-magnitude diagram studies. We found three clusters (Collinder 249, NGC 4463 and Ruprecht 122) younger than ∼40 Myr, four moderately young ones (BH 92, Harvard 5, Hogg 14 and Pismis 23) with ages within 200-400 Myr, and two intermediate-age ones (Ruprecht 158 and ESO 065-SC07) with ages within 1.0-2.2 Gyr. The derived foreground E(B - V) color excesses vary from around 0.0 in Ruprecht 158 to ∼1.1 in Pismis 23. In general terms, the results obtained show good agreement with previous photometric results. In Ruprecht 158 and BH 92, however, some differences are found between the parameters here obtained and previous values in the literature. Individual spectra of some comparatively bright stars located in the fields of 5 out of the 9 clusters here studied, allowed us to evaluate their membership status. The current cluster sample complements that of 46 open clusters previously studied by our group in an effort to gather a spectral library with several clusters per age bin. The cluster spectral library that we have been building is an important tool to tie studies of resolved and unresolved stellar content.

  14. Searching for Variable Stars in and around Open Clusters

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    2002-01-01

    We present a snapshot of our recent results of a variable star survey in1 degree fields around three open clusters: NGC 188, NGC 7789 and M67. A totalnumber of 39 variable stars are newly discovered, including 22 W UMa stars, 10EA (Algol) type binaries, one RR-lyr and one RRd pulsator, and five unclassifiedvariables.

  15. A Star Catalog for the Open Cluster NGC188

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    Stetson, P B; Van den Berg, D A; Stetson, Peter B.; Clure, Robert D. Mc; Berg, Don A. Vanden

    2004-01-01

    We present new BVRI broad-band photometry for the old open cluster NGC188 based upon analysis of 299 CCD images either obtained by us, donated by colleagues, or retrieved from public archives. We compare our results on a star-by-star basis with data from eleven previous photometric investigations of the cluster. We homogenize and merge the data from all the photometric studies, and also merge membership probabilities from four previous proper-motion studies of the cluster field. Fiducial cluster sequences in the BV (Johnson) RI (Cousins) photometric system of Landolt (1992, AJ, 104, 340) represent the principal result of this paper. These have been compared to reference samples defined by (a) Landolt's standard stars, (b) the old open clusters M67 and NGC6791, and (c) stars within 25 pc having modern photometry and precise Hipparcos parallaxes. In a companion paper we show that our derived cluster results agree well with the predictions of modern stellar-interior and -evolution theory, given reasonable estima...

  16. Solar analogues in open clusters: The case of M67

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    Biazzo, K; Bonifacio, P; Randich, S; Bedin, L R

    2009-01-01

    Solar analogues are fundamental targets for a better understanding of our Sun and our Solar System. Usually, this research is limited to field stars, which offer several advantages and limitations. In this work, we present the results of a research of solar twins performed for the first time in a open cluster, namely M67. Our analysis allowed us to find five solar twins and also to derive a solar colour of (B-V)0=0.649+/-0.016 and a cluster distance modulus of 9.63+/-0.08. This study encourages us to apply the same method to other open clusters, and to do further investigations for planet search in the solar twins we find.

  17. Deposition of metal Islands, metal clusters and metal containing single molecules on self-assembled monolayers

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    Speets, Emiel Adrianus

    2005-01-01

    The central topic of this thesis is the deposition of metals on Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs). Metals are deposited in the form of submicron scale islands, nanometer scale clusters, and as supramolecular, organometallic coordination cages. Several SAMs on various substrates were prepared and anal

  18. The OCCASO survey: Presentation and radial velocities of twelve Milky Way Open Clusters

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    Casamiquela, L; Jordi, C; Balaguer-Núñez, L; Pancino, E; Hidalgo, S L; Martínez-Vázquez, C E; Murabito, S; del Pino, A; Aparicio, A; Blanco-Cuaresma, S; Gallart, C

    2016-01-01

    Open clusters (OCs) are crucial for studying the formation and evolution of the Galactic disc. However, the lack of a large number of OCs analyzed homogeneously hampers the investigations about chemical patterns and the existence of Galactocentric radial and vertical gradients, or an age-metallicity relation. To overcome this, we have designed the Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories survey (OCCASO). We aim to provide homogeneous radial velocities, physical parameters and individual chemical abundances of six or more Red Clump stars for a sample of 25 old and intermediate-age OCs visible from the Northern hemisphere. To do so, we use high resolution spectroscopic facilities (R> 62,000) available at Spanish observatories. We present the motivation, design and current status of the survey, together with the first data release of radial velocities for 77 stars in 12 OCs, which represents about 50% of the survey. We include clusters never studied with high-resolution spectroscopy before (NG...

  19. Morphology of open clusters NGC 1857 and Czernik 20 using clustering algorithms

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    Bhattacharya, S.; Mahulkar, V.; Pandaokar, S.; Singh, P. K.

    2017-01-01

    The morphology and cluster membership of the Galactic open clusters-Czernik 20 and NGC 1857 were analyzed using two different clustering algorithms. We present the maiden use of density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN) to determine open cluster morphology from spatial distribution. The region of analysis has also been spatially classified using a statistical membership determination algorithm. We utilized near infrared (NIR) data for a suitably large region around the clusters from the United Kingdom Infrared Deep Sky Survey Galactic Plane Survey star catalogue database, and also from the Two Micron All Sky Survey star catalogue database. The densest regions of the cluster morphologies (1 for Czernik 20 and 2 for NGC 1857) thus identified were analyzed with a K-band extinction map and color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs). To address significant discrepancy in known distance and reddening parameters, we carried out field decontamination of these CMDs and subsequent isochrone fitting of the cleaned CMDs to obtain reliable distance and reddening parameters for the clusters (Czernik 20: D = 2900 pc; E(J- K) = 0 . 33; NGC 1857: D = 2400 pc; E(J- K) =0.18-0.19). The isochrones were also used to convert the luminosity functions for the densest regions of Czernik 20 and NGC 1857 into mass function, to derive their slopes. Additionally, a previously unknown over-density consistent with that of a star cluster is identified in the region of analysis.

  20. Star cluster ecology IVa Dissection of an open star cluster-photometry

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    Zwart, S F P; Hut, P; Makino, J; Zwart, Simon F. Portegies; Millan, Stephen L. W. Mc; Hut, Piet; Makino, Junichiro

    2000-01-01

    The evolution of star clusters is studied using N-body simulations in which the evolution of single stars and binaries are taken self-consistently into account. Initial conditions are chosen to represent relatively young Galactic open clusters, such as the Pleiades, Praesepe and the Hyades. The calculations include a realistic mass function, primordial binaries and the external potential of the parent Galaxy. Our model clusters are generally significantly flattened in the Galactic tidal field, and dissolve before deep core collapse occurs. The binary fraction decreases initially due to the destruction of soft binaries, but increases later because lower mass single stars escape more easily than the more massive binaries. At late times, the cluster core is quite rich in giants and white dwarfs. There is no evidence for preferential evaporation of old white dwarfs, on the contrary the formed white dwarfs are likely to remain in the cluster. Stars tend to escape from the cluster through the first and second Lagra...

  1. Molecular dynamical simulations of melting behaviors of metal clusters

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    Ilyar Hamid

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The melting behaviors of metal clusters are studied in a wide range by molecular dynamics simulations. The calculated results show that there are fluctuations in the heat capacity curves of some metal clusters due to the strong structural competition; For the 13-, 55- and 147-atom clusters, variations of the melting points with atomic number are almost the same; It is found that for different metal clusters the dynamical stabilities of the octahedral structures can be inferred in general by a criterion proposed earlier by F. Baletto et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 116 3856 (2002] for the statically stable structures.

  2. 2MASS analytical study of four open cluster candidates

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    Bisht, D.; Yadav, R. K. S.; Durgapal, A. K.

    2017-04-01

    The astrophysical parameters of four poorly studied open star clusters namely Teutsch 126, Teutsch 54, Teutsch 61 and Czernik 3, have been estimated using the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) database. The stellar density distributions and color-magnitude diagrams are used to determine their structural parameters (cluster center, cluster radius, core radius, tidal radius, Galactocenteric coordinates and the distance from the Galactic plane). We have also derived age, color excesses, total mass, relaxation time, luminosity and mass function for each clusters. The mass function slopes for these clusters are derived as 1.59 ± 0.62, 1.31 ± 0.60, 1.22 ± 0.75 and 1.62 ± 0.56 for Teutsch 126, Teutsch 54, Teutsch 61 and Czernik 3 respectively. These values are very close with the Salpeter value (x = 1.35) within the errors. The effect of mass-segregation are observed in the clusters Teutsch 126 and Teutsch 61. Estimated values of dynamical relaxation time are less than age of the clusters under study. This concludes that these objects are dynamically relaxed. The possible reason for relaxation may be due to the dynamical evolution or imprint of star formation or both.

  3. Inhomogeneous Metal Distribution in the Intra-Cluster Medium

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    Lovisari, L; Kapferer, W

    2011-01-01

    The hot gas that fills the space between galaxies in clusters is rich in metals. In their large potential wells, galaxy clusters accumulate metals over the whole cluster history and hence they retain important information on cluster formation and evolution. We use a sample of 5 cool core clusters to study the distribution of metals in the ICM. We investigate whether the X-ray observations yield good estimates for the metal mass and whether the heavy elements abundances are consistent with a certain relative fraction of SN Ia to SNCC. We derive detailed metallicity maps of the clusters from XMM - Newton observations and we use them as a measure for the metal mass in the ICM. We determine radial profiles for several elements and using population synthesis and chemical enrichment models, we study the agreement between the measured abundances and the theoretical yields. We show that even in relaxed clusters the distribution of metals show a lot of inhomogeneities. Using metal maps usually gives a metal mass 10-30...

  4. Simulation of old open clusters for UVIT on ASTROSAT

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    N, Sindhu; Radha, C Anu

    2015-01-01

    Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) is one of the payloads on the first Indian multi wavelength satellite ASTROSAT expected to be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the year 2015. We have performed simulations of UV studies of old open clusters for the UVIT. The colour magnitude diagrams (CMDs) and spatial appearances have been created using 10 filters of FUV channel (130 - 180 nm) and NUV channel (200 - 300nm) available for observations on the UVIT, for three old open clusters M67, NGC 188 and NGC 6791. The CMDs are simulated for different filter combinations, and they are used to identify the loci of various evolutionary sequences, white dwarfs, blue stragglers, red giants, sub giants, turn off stars and the main sequence of the clusters. The present work helps in identifying the potential area of study in the case of three old open clusters, by considering the availability of filters and the detection limits of the instrument. We also recommend filter combinations, which can be used...

  5. The Gaia-ESO Survey: the inner disk, intermediate-age open cluster Trumpler 23

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    Overbeek, J. C.; Friel, E. D.; Donati, P.; Smiljanic, R.; Jacobson, H. R.; Hatzidimitriou, D.; Held, E. V.; Magrini, L.; Bragaglia, A.; Randich, S.; Vallenari, A.; Cantat-Gaudin, T.; Tautvaišienė, G.; Jiménez-Esteban, F.; Frasca, A.; Geisler, D.; Villanova, S.; Tang, B.; Muñoz, C.; Marconi, G.; Carraro, G.; San Roman, I.; Drazdauskas, A.; Ženovienė, R.; Gilmore, G.; Jeffries, R. D.; Flaccomio, E.; Pancino, E.; Bayo, A.; Costado, M. T.; Damiani, F.; Jofré, P.; Monaco, L.; Prisinzano, L.; Sousa, S. G.; Zaggia, S.

    2017-02-01

    Context. Trumpler 23 is a moderately populated, intermediate-age open cluster within the solar circle at a RGC 6 kpc. It is in a crowded field very close to the Galactic plane and the color-magnitude diagram shows significant field contamination and possible differential reddening; it is a relatively understudied cluster for these reasons, but its location makes it a key object for determining Galactic abundance distributions. Aims: New data from the Gaia-ESO Survey enable the first ever radial velocity and spectroscopic metallicity measurements for this cluster. We aim to use velocities to isolate cluster members, providing more leverage for determining cluster parameters. Methods: Gaia-ESO Survey data for 167 potential members have yielded radial velocity measurements, which were used to determine the systemic velocity of the cluster and membership of individual stars. Atmospheric parameters were also used as a check on membership when available. Literature photometry was used to re-determine cluster parameters based on radial velocity member stars only; theoretical isochrones are fit in the V, V-I diagram. Cluster abundance measurements of ten radial-velocity member stars with high-resolution spectroscopy are presented for 24 elements. These abundances have been compared to local disk stars, and where possible placed within the context of literature gradient studies. Results: We find Trumpler 23 to have an age of 0.80 ± 0.10 Gyr, significant differential reddening with an estimated mean cluster E(V-I) of 1.02, and an apparent distance modulus of 14.15 ± 0.20. We find an average cluster metallicity of [Fe/H] = 0.14 ± 0.03 dex, a solar [α/Fe] abundance, and notably subsolar [s-process/Fe] abundances.

  6. Stellar Multiplicity of the Open Cluster ASCC 113

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    Guerrero, C. A.; Orlov, V. G.; Monroy-Rodríguez, M. A.; Voitsekhovich, V. V.

    2014-02-01

    We present a high angular resolution survey for binary and multiple stars in the Galactic open cluster ASCC 113. Our observations were conducted on the 2.1 m telescope of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Mártir, México. Combining our results with data taken from the literature, we found a ratio of the number of single to binary stars to be 27:7 for the most probable members, so the multiplicity fraction for this cluster is 20.6% ± 3%. We also observed field stars in the vicinity of the cluster and estimated a ratio of multiplicities to be 125:27:4:1:0:0:0:1 (between one and eight companions), equivalent to a multiplicity fraction of 20.9% ± 1%. We estimated the number of undetected companions in our sample to be very small. Comparing the multiplicity frequency of the cluster with the frequency of the field, we concluded that they are statistically indistinguishable from each other. We provide a brief review on the topic of stellar multiplicity in open clusters.

  7. Stellar multiplicity of the open cluster ASCC 113

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    Guerrero, C. A.; Orlov, V. G.; Monroy-Rodríguez, M. A.; Voitsekhovich, V. V., E-mail: cguerrero@astro.unam.mx, E-mail: orlov@astro.unam.mx, E-mail: mmonroy@astro.unam.mx, E-mail: voisteko@astro.unam.mx [Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D. F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2014-02-01

    We present a high angular resolution survey for binary and multiple stars in the Galactic open cluster ASCC 113. Our observations were conducted on the 2.1 m telescope of the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Mártir, México. Combining our results with data taken from the literature, we found a ratio of the number of single to binary stars to be 27:7 for the most probable members, so the multiplicity fraction for this cluster is 20.6% ± 3%. We also observed field stars in the vicinity of the cluster and estimated a ratio of multiplicities to be 125:27:4:1:0:0:0:1 (between one and eight companions), equivalent to a multiplicity fraction of 20.9% ± 1%. We estimated the number of undetected companions in our sample to be very small. Comparing the multiplicity frequency of the cluster with the frequency of the field, we concluded that they are statistically indistinguishable from each other. We provide a brief review on the topic of stellar multiplicity in open clusters.

  8. Peculiarities of the abundances of neutron-capture elements in Galactic open clusters

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    Marsakov, V A; Koval', V V; Shpigel', L V

    2016-01-01

    The properties of the relative abundances of rapid and slow neutron-capture elements are studied using a catalog containing spectroscopic abundance determinations for 14~elements produced in various nuclear-synthesis processes for 90~open clusters. The catalog also contains the positions, ages, velocities, and elements of the Galactic orbits of the clusters. The relative abundances of both $r$-elements (Eu) and $s$-elements (Y, Ba, La, and Ce) in clusters with high, elongated orbits and in field stars of the Galactic thin disk display different dependences on metallicity, age, Galactocentric distance, and the elements of the Galactic orbits, supporting the view that these objects have different natures. In young clusters, not only barium, but also the three other studied $s$-elements display significantly higher relative abundances than field stars of the same metallicity. The relative abundances of Eu are lower in high-metallicity clusters (${\\rm [Fe/H]} > -0.1$) with high, elongated orbits than in field gia...

  9. TNG photometry of the open cluster NGC 6939

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    Andreuzzi, G; Tosi, M P; Marconi, G

    2003-01-01

    We present CCD UBVI photometry of the intermediate age open cluster NGC 6939 for three TNG-DOLORES fields. The fields A and B cover the center of the cluster; the third one is located about 30 arcmin away, and is used for field stars decontamination. The V-I, B-V and U-B color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs), obtained joining very different exposures show: i) a Main Sequence (MS) extending down to V = 24, much deeper (~ 5 magnitudes) than any previous study; ii) a clearly defined Turn Off (TO) and iii) a well populated Red Giant Clump (RC) at about V = 13.

  10. Structure and Dynamics in Metal-Containing Clusters

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    2010-03-11

    produced composed of a metal ion bound to one or more molecular "ligands" (e.g., water, nitrogen, acetylene , methanol, etc.). These gas phase...NUMBER OF PAGES metal clusters, metal ions, metal-ligand interactions, solvation 12 16. PRICE CODE 17. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION 18. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION...which confirms the it-complex structure. Vibrational frequencies in the excited state are measured for the metal- acetylene stretch, the C-C stretch, the

  11. CCD UBV Photometry and Kinematics of the Open Cluster NGC 225

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    Bilir, S; Yontan, T; Guver, T; Bakis, V; Ak, T; Ak, S; Paunzen, E; Eker, Z

    2016-01-01

    We present the results of CCD $UBV$ photometric and spectroscopic observations of the open cluster NGC 225. In order to determine the structural parameters of NGC 225, we calculated the stellar density profile in the cluster's field. We estimated the probabilities of the stars being physical members of the cluster using the existing astrometric data. The most likely members of the cluster were used in the determination of the astrophysical parameters of the cluster. We calculated the mean radial velocity of the cluster as $V_{r}=-8.3\\pm 5.0$ km s$^{-1}$ from the optical spectra of eight stars in the cluster's field. Using the U-B vs B-V two-colour diagram and UV excesses of the F-G type main-sequence stars, the reddening and metallicity of NGC 225 were inferred as $E(B-V)=0.151\\pm 0.047$ mag and $[Fe/H]=-0.11\\pm 0.01$ dex, respectively. We fitted the colour-magnitude diagrams of NGC 225 with the PARSEC isochrones and derived the distance modulus, distance and age of the cluster as $\\mu_{V}=9.3\\pm 0.07$ mag, d...

  12. A Photometric Study of Five Open Clusters in the SDSS

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    Ryu, Jinhyuk

    2011-01-01

    We present a photometric study of five open clusters (Czernik 5, Alessi 53, Berkeley 49, Berkeley 84, and Pfleiderer 3) in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The position and size of these clusters are determined using the radial number density profiles of the stars, and the member stars of the clusters are selected using the proper motion data in the literature. We estimate the reddening, distance, and age of the clusters based on the isochrone fitting in the color-magnitude diagram. The foreground reddenings for these clusters are estimated to be E(B-V) = 0.71 - 1.55 mag. The distances to these clusters are derived to be 2.0 - 4.4 kpc, and their distances from the Galactic center range from 7.57 kpc to 12.35 kpc. Their ages are in the range from 250 Myr to 1 Gyr. Berkeley 49 and Berkeley 84 are located in the Orion spur, Czernik 5 is in the Perseus arm, and Pfleiderer 3 and Alessi 53 are at beyond the Perseus arm.

  13. A Photometric Study of Five Open Clusters in the SDSS

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    Ryu, Jinhyuk; Lee, Myung Gyoon

    2011-10-01

    We present a photometric study of five open clusters (Czernik 5, Alessi 53, Berkeley 49, Berkeley 84, and Pfleiderer 3) in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The position and size of these clusters are determined using the radial number density profiles of the stars, and the member stars of the clusters are selected using the proper motion data in the literature. We estimate the reddening, distance and age of the clusters based on the isochrone fitting in the color-magnitude diagram. The foreground reddenings for these clusters are estimated to be E(B-V)=0.71-1.55 mag. The distances to these clusters are derived to be 2.0-4.4 kpc, and their distances from the Galactic center range from 7.57 kpc to 12.35 kpc. Their ages are in the range from 250 Myr to 1 Gyr. Berkeley 49 and Berkeley 84 are located in the Orion spur, Czernik 5 is in the Perseus arm, and Pfleiderer 3 and Alessi 53 are located beyond the Perseus arm.

  14. Setting Stellar Chronometers: The PTF(+) Open Cluster Survey

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    Agüeros, M. A.

    2017-07-01

    While we have known for 45 years that a solar-type star's rotation rate and magnetic activity depend on its age (Skumanich 1972), many details still elude us. We cannot yet fully describe the evolution of rotation or activity for stars of a given mass, nor can we use rotation or activity measurements to estimate accurately the ages of isolated field stars. Fortunately, recent technological advances have transformed our ability to observe open clusters, the best laboratories for testing age-dependent stellar properties. We are currently surveying low-mass stars in six open clusters ranging in age from 35 Myr to 3.5 Gyr; here, I focus on our results for the Hyades and Praesepe. These data will allow us to improve our understanding of the age-rotation-activity relation for ≲1M⊙ stars.

  15. Further definition of the mass-metallicity relation in globular cluster systems around brightest cluster galaxies

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    Cockcroft, R.; Harris, W.E.; Wehner, E.M.; Whitmore, B.C.; Rothberg, B.

    2009-01-01

    We combine the globular cluster (GC) data for 15 brightest cluster galaxies and use this material to trace the mass–metallicity relations (MMRs) in their globular cluster systems (GCSs). This work extends previous studies which correlate the properties of the MMR with those of the host galaxy. Our c

  16. SPECTRAL MORPHOLOGY AND ROTATION IN THE OPEN CLUSTER NGC 6025

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    Mónica Grosso

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We have performed spectral classification and measurements of the axial rotation velocity for the brightest stars in the region of the open cluster NGC 6025. A distance modulus of 9.80±0.06 (pe and an age of 84 million years were derived. The brightest star of the cluster, HD 143448 was classified as B1Ve and it is a blue straggler as proposed by other authors (see Mermilliod 1982. We found three peculiar stars (two Si and one Hg-Mn. Another star in the field shows emission but is probably a non-member. We also found two SB2 binaries. The average axial rotation for the cluster members seems to be 73% of the average rotation of the field stars with the same temperature.

  17. The Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories Survey (OCCASO)

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    Carrera, R.; Casamiquela, L.; Balaguer-Núñez, L.; Jordi, C.; Pancino, E.; Allende-Prieto, C.; Blanco-Cuaresma, S.; Martínez-Vázquez, C. E.; Murabito, S.; del Pino, A.; Aparicio, A.; Gallart, C.; Recio-Blanco, A.

    2016-10-01

    We present the motivation, design and current status of the Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories survey (OCCASO). Using the high resolution spectroscopic facilities available at Spanish observatories, OCCASO will derive chemical abundances in a sample of 20 to 25 OCs older than 0.5 Gyr. This sample will be used to study in detail the formation and evolution of the Galactic disk using OCs as tracers.

  18. Electronic Structure and Geometries of Small Compound Metal Clusters

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    NONE

    1999-04-14

    During the tenure of the DOE grant DE-FG05-87EI145316 we have concentrated on equilibrium geometries, stability, and the electronic structure of transition metal-carbon clusters (met-cars), clusters designed to mimic the chemistry of atoms, and reactivity of homo-nuclear metal clusters and ions with various reactant molecules. It is difficult to describe all the research the authors have accomplished as they have published 38 papers. In this report, they outline briefly the salient features of their work on the following topics: (1) Designer Clusters: Building Blocks for a New Class of Solids; (2) Atomic Structure, Stability, and Electronic Properties of Metallo-Carbohedrenes; (3) Reactivity of Metal Clusters with H{sub 2} and NO; and (4) Anomalous Spectroscopy of Li{sub 4} Clusters.

  19. Electronic Structure and Geometries of Small Compound Metal Clusters

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    1999-04-14

    During the tenure of the DOE grant DE-FG05-87EI145316 we have concentrated on equilibrium geometries, stability, and the electronic structure of transition metal-carbon clusters (met-cars), clusters designed to mimic the chemistry of atoms, and reactivity of homo-nuclear metal clusters and ions with various reactant molecules. It is difficult to describe all the research the authors have accomplished as they have published 38 papers. In this report, they outline briefly the salient features of their work on the following topics: (1) Designer Clusters: Building Blocks for a New Class of Solids; (2) Atomic Structure, Stability, and Electronic Properties of Metallo-Carbohedrenes; (3) Reactivity of Metal Clusters with H{sub 2} and NO; and (4) Anomalous Spectroscopy of Li{sub 4} Clusters.

  20. OPEN CLUSTERS AS PROBES OF THE GALACTIC MAGNETIC FIELD. I. CLUSTER PROPERTIES

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    Hoq, Sadia; Clemens, D. P., E-mail: shoq@bu.edu, E-mail: clemens@bu.edu [Institute for Astrophysical Research, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States)

    2015-10-15

    Stars in open clusters are powerful probes of the intervening Galactic magnetic field via background starlight polarimetry because they provide constraints on the magnetic field distances. We use 2MASS photometric data for a sample of 31 clusters in the outer Galaxy for which near-IR polarimetric data were obtained to determine the cluster distances, ages, and reddenings via fitting theoretical isochrones to cluster color–magnitude diagrams. The fitting approach uses an objective χ{sup 2} minimization technique to derive the cluster properties and their uncertainties. We found the ages, distances, and reddenings for 24 of the clusters, and the distances and reddenings for 6 additional clusters that were either sparse or faint in the near-IR. The derived ranges of log(age), distance, and E(B−V) were 7.25–9.63, ∼670–6160 pc, and 0.02–1.46 mag, respectively. The distance uncertainties ranged from ∼8% to 20%. The derived parameters were compared to previous studies, and most cluster parameters agree within our uncertainties. To test the accuracy of the fitting technique, synthetic clusters with 50, 100, or 200 cluster members and a wide range of ages were fit. These tests recovered the input parameters within their uncertainties for more than 90% of the individual synthetic cluster parameters. These results indicate that the fitting technique likely provides reliable estimates of cluster properties. The distances derived will be used in an upcoming study of the Galactic magnetic field in the outer Galaxy.

  1. A uvbyCaHβ Analysis of the Old Open Cluster, NGC 6819

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    Anthony-Twarog, Barbara J.; Deliyannis, Constantine P.; Twarog, Bruce A.

    2014-09-01

    NGC 6819 is a richly populated, older open cluster situated within the Kepler field. A CCD survey of the cluster on the uvbyCaHβ system, coupled with proper-motion membership, has been used to isolate 382 highly probable, single-star unevolved main-sequence members over a 20' field centered on the cluster. From 278 F dwarfs with high precision photometry in all indices, a mean reddening of E(b - y) = 0.117 ± 0.005 or E(B - V) = 0.160 ± 0.007 is derived, where the standard errors of the mean include both internal errors and the photometric zero-point uncertainty. With the reddening fixed, the metallicity derived from the same 278 stars is [Fe/H] = -0.116 ± 0.101 from m 1 and -0.055 ± 0.033 from hk, for a weighted average of [Fe/H] = -0.06 ± 0.04, where the quoted standard errors of the mean include the internal errors from the photometric scatter plus the uncertainty in the photometric zero points. If metallicity is derived using individual reddening values for each star to account for potential reddening variation across the face of the cluster, the analogous result is unchanged. The cluster members at the turnoff of the color-magnitude diagram are used to test and confirm the recently discovered variation in reddening across the face of the cluster, with a probable range in the variation of ΔE(B - V) = 0.045 ± 0.015. With the slightly higher reddening and lower [Fe/H] compared to commonly adopted values, isochrone fitting leads to an age of 2.3 ± 0.2 Gyr for an apparent modulus of (m - M) = 12.40 ± 0.12. WIYN Open Cluster study LXI.

  2. Galactic Rotation Parameters from Data on Open Star Clusters

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    Bobylev, V V; Lebedeva, S V

    2007-01-01

    Currently available data on the field of velocities Vr, Vl, Vb for open star clusters are used to perform a kinematic analysis of various samples that differ by heliocentric distance, age, and membership in individual structures (the Orion, Carina--Sagittarius, and Perseus arms). Based on 375 clusters located within 5 kpc of the Sun with ages up to 1 Gyr, we have determined the Galactic rotation parameters Wo =-26.0+-0.3 km/s/kpc, W'o = 4.18+-0.17 km/s/kpc^2, W''o=-0.45+-0.06 km/s/kpc^3, the system contraction parameter K = -2.4+-0.1 km/s/kpc, and the parameters of the kinematic center Ro =7.4+-0.3 kpc and lo = 0+-1 degrees. The Galactocentric distance Ro in the model used has been found to depend significantly on the sample age. Thus, for example, it is 9.5+-0.7 kpc and 5.6+-0.3 kpc for the samples of young (50 Myr) clusters, respectively. Our study of the kinematics of young open star clusters in various spiral arms has shown that the kinematic parameters are similar to the parameters obtained from the enti...

  3. Gas phase metal cluster model systems for heterogeneous catalysis.

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    Lang, Sandra M; Bernhardt, Thorsten M

    2012-07-14

    Since the advent of intense cluster sources, physical and chemical properties of isolated metal clusters are an active field of research. In particular, gas phase metal clusters represent ideal model systems to gain molecular level insight into the energetics and kinetics of metal-mediated catalytic reactions. Here we summarize experimental reactivity studies as well as investigations of thermal catalytic reaction cycles on small gas phase metal clusters, mostly in relation to the surprising catalytic activity of nanoscale gold particles. A particular emphasis is put on the importance of conceptual insights gained through the study of gas phase model systems. Based on these concepts future perspectives are formulated in terms of variation and optimization of catalytic materials e.g. by utilization of bimetals and metal oxides. Furthermore, the future potential of bio-inspired catalytic material systems are highlighted and technical developments are discussed.

  4. Kinematics of the Open Cluster System in the Galaxy

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    Jun-Liang Zhao; Li Chen; Zhong-Liang Zu

    2006-01-01

    Absolute proper motions and radial velocities of 202 open clusters in the solar neighborhood, which can be used as tracers of the Galactic disk, are used to investigate the kinematics of the Galaxy in the solar vicinity, including the mean heliocentric velocity components (u1, u2, u3) of the open cluster system, the characteristic velocity dispersions (σ1,σ2,σ3), Oort constants (A, B) and the large-scale radial motion parameters (C, D) of the Galaxy. The results derived from the observational data of proper motions and radial velocities of a subgroup of 117 thin disk young open clusters by means of a maximum likelihood algorithm are: (u1, u2, u3) = (-16.1±1.0,-7.9 ± 1.4, -10.4±1.5)km s-1,(σ1,σ2,σ3)=(17.0±0.7,12.2±0.9,8.0±1.3) km s-1, (A,B)= (14.8 ±1.0,-13.0±2.7) kms-1 kpc-1,and(C,D) = (1.5±0.7,-1.2±1.5) kms-1 kpc-1. A discussion on the results and comparisons with what was obtained by other authors is given.

  5. Chemical Abundances in a Sample of Red Giants in the Open Cluster NGC 2420 from APOGEE

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    Souto, Diogo; Smith, Verne; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Pinsonneault, Marc; Zamora, Olga; García-Hernández, D Anibal; Bovy, Szabolcs Meszaros Jo; Pérez, Ana Elia García; Anders, Friedrich; Bizyaev, Dmitry; Carrera, Ricardo; Frinchaboy, Peter; Holtzman, Jon; Ivans, Inese; Majewski, Steve; Shetrone, Matthew; Sobeck, Jennifer; Pan, Kaike; Tang, Baitian; Villanova, Sandro; Geisler, Douglas

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    NGC 2420 is a $\\sim$2 Gyr-old well-populated open cluster that lies about 2 kpc beyond the solar circle, in the general direction of the Galactic anti-center. Most previous abundance studies have found this cluster to be mildly metal-poor, but with a large scatter in the obtained metallicities for this open cluster. Detailed chemical abundance distributions are derived for 12 red-giant members of NGC 2420 via a manual abundance analysis of high-resolution (R = 22,500) near-infrared ($\\lambda$1.5 - 1.7$\\mu$m) spectra obtained from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) survey. The sample analyzed contains 6 stars that are identified as members of the first-ascent red giant branch (RGB), as well as 6 members of the red clump (RC). We find small scatter in the star-to-star abundances in NGC 2420, with a mean cluster abundance of [Fe/H] = -0.16 $\\pm$ 0.04 for the 12 red giants. The internal abundance dispersion for all elements (C, N, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co and Ni...

  6. Chemical abundance gradients from open clusters in the Milky Way disk: results from the APOGEE survey

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    Cunha, Katia; Souto, Diogo; Thompson, Benjamin; Zasowski, Gail; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Carrera, Ricardo; Chiappini, Cristina; Donor, John; Garcia-Hernandez, Anibal; Perez, Ana Elia Garcia; Hayden, Michael R; Holtzman, Jon; Jackson, Kelly M; Johnson, Jennifer A; Majewski, Steven R; Meszaros, Szabolcs; Meyer, Brianne; Nidever, David L; O'Connell, Julia; Schiavon, Ricardo P; Schultheis, Mathias; Shetrone, Matthew; Simmons, Audrey; Smith, Verne V; Zamora, Olga

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    Metallicity gradients provide strong constraints for understanding the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. We report on radial abundance gradients of Fe, Ni, Ca, Si, and Mg obtained from a sample of 304 red-giant members of 29 disk open clusters, mostly concentrated at galactocentric distances between ~8 - 15 kpc, but including two open clusters in the outer disk. The observations are from the APOGEE survey. The chemical abundances were derived automatically by the ASPCAP pipeline and these are part of the SDSS III Data Release 12. The gradients, obtained from least squares fits to the data, are relatively flat, with slopes ranging from -0.026 to -0.033 dex/kpc for the alpha-elements [O/H], [Ca/H], [Si/H] and [Mg/H] and -0.035 dex/kpc and -0.040 dex/kpc for [Fe/H] and [Ni/H], respectively. Our results are not at odds with the possibility that metallicity ([Fe/H]) gradients are steeper in the inner disk (R_GC ~7 - 12 kpc) and flatter towards the outer disk. The open cluster sample studied spans a significant ran...

  7. Estimating the Metallicity of Old Star Clusters in M33

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    Based on the method proposed by Kong et al. And on the multi-color spectrophotometry by Ma et al., we estimate the metallicities of 16 old star clusters in the nearby spiral galaxy M33, ten of which are halo globular clusters. These old clusters are all metal poor, the range of metallicity ([Fe/H]) is from -0.14 to -2.12.In general, our results are consistent with those derived by other methods, such as integrated spectra and photometry, and our study confirms the reliability of the method of Kong et al.

  8. Nanosized metal clusters : Challenges and opportunities

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    De Hosson, JTM; Palasantzas, G; Vystavel, T; Koch, S

    2004-01-01

    This article presents challenges and opportunities to control the microstructure in nanostructured coatings using a nanocluster source. The cluster size distribution is monodisperse and the kinetic energy of the clusters during deposition can be varied. Interestingly, the clusters are grown in extre

  9. A Bayesian Analysis of the Ages of Four Open Clusters

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    Jeffery, Elizabeth J; van Dyk, David A; Stenning, David C; Robinson, Elliot; Stein, Nathan; Jefferys, W H

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we apply a Bayesian technique to determine the best fit of stellar evolution models to find the main sequence turn off age and other cluster parameters of four intermediate-age open clusters: NGC 2360, NGC 2477, NGC 2660, and NGC 3960. Our algorithm utilizes a Markov chain Monte Carlo technique to fit these various parameters, objectively finding the best-fit isochrone for each cluster. The result is a high-precision isochrone fit. We compare these results with the those of traditional "by-eye" isochrone fitting methods. By applying this Bayesian technique to NGC 2360, NGC 2477, NGC 2660, and NGC 3960, we determine the ages of these clusters to be 1.35 +/- 0.05, 1.02 +/- 0.02, 1.64 +/- 0.04, and 0.860 +/- 0.04 Gyr, respectively. The results of this paper continue our effort to determine cluster ages to higher precision than that offered by these traditional methods of isochrone fitting.

  10. Fundamental Parameters of the Open Cluster Kronberger 1

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    Sujatha, S.; Krishna Kumar, K.; Komala, S.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we present the fundamental physical parameters and the present-day mass function of the open cluster Kronberger 1. The cluster radius is estimated to be 3' and the interstellar extinction E(B-V) in the line-of-sight of the cluster is found to be 0.45±0.05 mag. This cluster is located in the direction of Auriga constellation at a distance of 2.5±0.2 kpc. From the appropriate theoretical isochrones, the log(age) of the cluster is found to be 7.65. The mass function slope for Kronberger 1 is derived for the first time and it is estimated to be α = 2.72±0.2 which is in agreement with the slope of α = 2.35 given by Salpeter. Similar results are obtained from a near infrared study performed using data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey thus substantiating the results obtained from the optical analysis. These results indicate that Kronberger 1 is a suitable object for mapping the spiral arm structure of our Galaxy and for understanding the behavior of mass function in the Galactic disk.

  11. Nine new open clusters within 500 pc from the Sun

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    Roeser, Siegfried; Goldman, Bertrand

    2016-01-01

    One of the results of the Milky Way Star Clusters (MWSC) survey by Kharchenko et al. (2013) was the detection of a slight under-density of old (ca. 1 Gyr) clusters within the nearest kilo-parsec from the Sun. This under-density may be due to an ineffectiveness in the detection of larger structures with lower surface brightness. We report on our attempts to reveal such clusters. We derived proper motions from a combination of Tycho-2 with URAT1, and obtained a mean precision of about 1.4 mas/y per co-ordinate for 1.3 million stars north of -20 degree declination. We cut the sky into narrow proper motion slices and searched for spatial over-densities of stars in each slice. In optical and near-infrared colour-magnitude diagrams stars from over-densities were than examined to determine if they are compatible with isochrones of a cluster. We estimated the field star contamination using our data and the Besancon Galactic model.We detected 9 hitherto unknown open clusters in the vicinity of the Sun with ages betwee...

  12. A spectroscopic study of the open cluster NGC 6250

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    Martin, A. J.; Stift, M. J.; Fossati, L.; Bagnulo, S.; Scalia, C.; Leone, F.; Smalley, B.

    2017-04-01

    We present the chemical abundance analysis of 19 upper main-sequence stars of the young open cluster NGC 6250 (log t ∼ 7.42 yr). This work is part of a project aimed at setting observational constraints on the theory of atomic diffusion in stellar photospheres, by means of a systematic study of the abundances of the chemical elements of early F-, A- and late B-type stars of well-determined age. Our data set consists of low-, medium- and high-resolution spectra obtained with the Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). To perform our analysis, we have developed a new suite of software tools for the chemical abundance analysis of stellar photospheres in local thermodynamical equilibrium. Together with the chemical composition of the stellar photospheres, we have provided new estimates of the cluster mean radial velocity, proper motion, refined the cluster membership, and we have given the stellar parameters including masses and fractional age. We find no evidence of statistically significant correlation between any of the parameters, including abundance and cluster age, except perhaps for an increase in Ba abundance with cluster age. We have proven that our new software tool may be successfully used for the chemical abundance analysis of large data sets of stellar spectra.

  13. Roche volume filling and the dissolution of open star clusters

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    Ernst, A.; Berczik, P.; Just, A.; Noel, T.

    2015-08-01

    From direct N-body simulations we find that the dynamical evolution of star clusters is strongly influenced by the Roche volume filling factor. We present a parameter study of the dissolution of open star clusters with different Roche volume filling factors and different particle numbers. We study both Roche volume underfilling and overfilling models and compare with the Roche volume filling case. We find that in the Roche volume overfilling limit of our simulations two-body relaxation is no longer the dominant dissolution mechanism but the changing cluster potential. We call this mechanism ``mass-loss driven dissolution'' in contrast to ``two-body relaxation driven dissolution'' which occurs in the Roche volume underfilling regime. We have measured scaling exponents of the dissolution time with the two-body relaxation time. In this experimental study we find a decreasing scaling exponent with increasing Roche volume filling factor. The evolution of the escaper number in the Roche volume overfilling limit can be described by a log-logistic differential equation. We report the finding of a resonance condition which may play a role for the evolution of star clusters and may be calibrated by the main periodic orbit in the large island of retrograde quasiperiodic orbits in the Poincaré surfaces of section. We also report on the existence of a stability curve which may be of relevance with respect to the structure of star clusters.

  14. Galactic Kinematics from Data on Open Star Clusters

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    Bobylev, V V; Shirokova, K S

    2016-01-01

    Open star clusters from the MWSC (Milky Way Star Clusters) catalogue have been used to determine the Galactic rotation parameters. The circular rotation velocity of the solar neighborhood around the Galactic center has been found from data on more than 2000 clusters of various ages to be V_0=236+/-6 km s^{-1} for the adopted Galactocentric distance of the Sun R_0=8.3+/-0.2 kpc. The derived angular velocity parameters are \\Omega_0=28.48+/-0.36 km s^{-1} kpc^{-1}, \\Omega'_0=-3.50+/-0.08 km s^{-1} kpc^{-2}, and \\Omega"_0= 0.331+/-0.037 km s^{-1} kpc^{-3}. The influence of the spiral density wave has been detected only in the sample of clusters younger than 50 Myr. For these clusters the amplitudes of the tangential and radial velocity perturbations are f_\\theta=5.6+/-1.6 km s^{-1} and f_R=7.7+/-1.4 km s^{-1}, respectively; the perturbation wavelengths are \\lambda_\\theta=2.6+/-0.5 kpc (i_\\theta=-11+/-2 degrees) and \\lambda_R=2.1+/-0.5 kpc (i_R=-9+/-2 degrees) for the adopted four-armed model (m=4). The Sun's phas...

  15. The evolution of the Milky Way: New insights from open clusters

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    Reddy, Arumalla B S; Giridhar, Sunetra

    2016-01-01

    We have collected high-dispersion echelle spectra of red giant members in the twelve open clusters (OCs) and derived stellar parameters and chemical abundances for 26 species by either line equivalent widths or synthetic spectrum analyses. We confirm the lack of an age-metallicity relation for OCs but argue that such a lack of trend for OCs arise from the limited coverage in metallicity compared to that of field stars which span a wide range in metallicity and age. We confirm that the radial metallicity gradient of OCs is steeper (flatter) for Rgc 12 kpc). We demonstrate that the sample of clusters constituting a steep radial metallicity gradient of slope $-$0.052$\\pm$0.011 dex kpc$^{-1}$ at Rgc 12 kpc are relatively old, thick disc members with a striking spread in age and height above the midplane (0.5 < |z| < 2.5 kpc). Our investigation reveals that the OCs and field stars yield consistent radial metallicity gradients if the comparison is limited to samples drawn from the similar vertical heights. ...

  16. Open Clusters as Probes of the Galactic Magnetic Field: I. Cluster Properties

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    Hoq, Sadia

    2015-01-01

    Stars in open clusters are powerful probes of the intervening Galactic magnetic field, via background starlight polarimetry, because they provide constraints on the magnetic field distances. We use 2MASS photometric data for a sample of 31 clusters in the outer Galaxy, for which near-IR polarimetric data were obtained, to determine the cluster distances, ages, and reddenings via fitting theoretical isochrones to cluster color-magnitude diagrams. The fitting approach uses an objective chi^2 minimization technique to derive the cluster properties and their uncertainties. We found the ages, distances, and reddenings for 24 of the clusters, and the distances and reddenings for six additional clusters that were either sparse or faint in the near-IR. The derived ranges of log(age), distance, and E(B-V) were 7.25-9.63, ~670-6160 pc, and 0.02-1.46 mag, respectively. The distance uncertainties ranged from ~8 to 20%. The derived parameters were compared to previous studies, and most cluster parameters agree within our ...

  17. 3D cluster members and near-infrared distance of open cluster NGC 6819

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    Gao, Xin-Hua; Xu, Shou-Kun; Chen, Li

    2015-12-01

    In order to obtain clean members of the open cluster NGC 6819, the proper motions and radial velocities of 1691 stars are used to construct a three-dimensional (3D) velocity space. Based on the DBSCAN clustering algorithm, 537 3D cluster members are obtained. From the 537 3D cluster members, the average radial velocity and absolute proper motion of the cluster are Vr = +2.30 ± 0.04 km s-1 and (PMRA, PMDec) = (-2.5 ± 0.5, -4.3 ± 0.5) mas yr-1, respectively. The proper motions, radial velocities, spatial positions and color-magnitude diagram of the 537 3D members indicate that our membership determination is effective. Among the 537 3D cluster members, 15 red clump giants can be easily identified by eye and are used as reliable standard candles for the distance estimate of the cluster. The distance modulus of the cluster is determined to be (m - M)0 = 11.86 ± 0.05 mag (2355 ± 54 pc), which is quite consistent with published values. The uncertainty of our distance modulus is dominated by the intrinsic dispersion in the luminosities of red clump giants (˜ 0.04 mag).

  18. Star cluster stability and the effects of binary stars: Galactic open clusters

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    De Grijs, R; Kouwenhoven, M B N; Kroupa, P

    2008-01-01

    The diagnostic age versus mass-to-light ratio diagram is often used in attempts to constrain the shape of the stellar initial mass function (IMF), and the stability and the potential longevity of extragalactic young to intermediate-age massive star clusters. Here, we explore its potential for Galactic open clusters. On the basis of a homogenised cluster sample we provide useful constraints on the dynamical state of the individual clusters, and also on the presence of significant binary fractions. Using the massive young Galactic cluster Westerlund 1 as a key example, we caution that stochasticity in the IMF introduces significant additional uncertainties. Therefore, the stability and long-term survival chances of Westerlund 1 remain largely inconclusive. We conclude that for an open cluster to survive for any significant length of time and in the absence of substantial external perturbations, it is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to be located close to or (in the presence of a significant binary po...

  19. Ionisation Potentials of Metal Carbide Clusters

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    Dryza, Viktoras; Addicoat, M.; Gascooke, Jason; Buntine, Mark; Metha, Gregory

    2006-03-01

    Photo-Ionisation Efficiency (PIE) experiments have been performed on gas phase niobium and tantalum carbide clusters to determine their ionisation potentials (IPs). For TanCm (n = 3-4, m = 0-4) clusters an oscillatory behaviour is observed such that clusters with an odd number of carbon atoms have higher IPs and clusters with an even number of carbons have lower IPs. Excellent agreement is found with relative IPs calculated using density functional theory for the lowest energy structures, which are consistent with the development of a 2x2x2 face-centred nanocrystal. For the niobium carbide clusters we observe the species Nb4C5 and Nb4C6. Initial calculations suggest that these clusters contain carbon-carbon bonding. Interestingly, the stoichiometry for Nb4C6 is half that of a metcar, M8C12. Preliminary data will also be shown on bimetallic-carbide clusters.

  20. Strömgren-Hβ Photometry of the Galactic Open Cluster M11

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    Beaver, John; Briley, M. M.; Kaltcheva, N.; Conger, C.; Piehl, D.

    2013-01-01

    We present uvbyβ CCD photometry of the central region of the rich Galactic open cluster M11. Our study utilizes photometric data obtained with the 0.9-m WIYN telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory during two observing runs in 2007 and 2008. We match stars by position to identified stars in the WEBDA catalog and we compare our V and b-y observations to two previously-published data sets of V and B-V observations. From our photometry we identify nearly 250 stars earlier than spectral type A0 and we use them to derive a metallicity-independent average color excess and distance for the cluster. Our magnitude limit of V=17 allows us to reach late G spectral type and obtain accurate fits to the ZAMS in order to estimate the age of the cluster. Acknowledgements: this work was supported by NSF grants AST-0708950 and AST-1135760.

  1. Clusters distributions on charges and dimensions at ion metal sputtering

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    Matveev, V I

    2001-01-01

    The theory on the metal sputtering in form of large (with the atoms number N >= 5) neutral and charged clusters under the impact of the ion bombardment is considered. The probability of the cluster emission, consisting of the N atoms, is calculated on the basis of the Einstein model. The charge state of the cluster, consisting of the N atoms, is determined. The obtained formulae agree well with the experimental results. It is noted, that the mass-spectra of the neutral clusters slightly depend on the target temperature, whereas the mass-spectra of the single charge clusters essentially depend on the target temperature

  2. METALS IN THE ICM: WITNESSES OF CLUSTER FORMATION AND EVOLUTION

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    Lorenzo Lovisari

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The baryonic composition of galaxy clusters and groups is dominated by a hot, X-ray emitting Intra-Cluster Medium (ICM. The mean metallicity of the ICM has been found to be roughly 0.3 ÷ 0.5 times the solar value, therefore a large fraction of this gas cannot be of purely primordial origin. Indeed, the distribution and amount of metals in the ICM is a direct consequence of the past history of star formation in the cluster galaxies and of the processes responsible for the injection of enriched material into the ICM. We here shortly summarize the current views on the chemical enrichment, focusing on the observational evidence in terms of metallicity measurements in clusters, spatial metallicity distribution and evolution, and expectations from future missions.

  3. Detectability of Free Floating Planets in Open Clusters with JWST

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    Pacucci, Fabio; D'Onghia, Elena

    2013-01-01

    Recent observations have shown the presence of extra-solar planets in Galactic open stellar clusters, as in the Praesepe (M44). These systems provide a favorable environment for planetary formation due to the high heavy-element content exhibited by the majority of their population. The large stellar density, and corresponding high close-encounter event rate, may induce strong perturbations of planetary orbits with large semimajor axes. Here we present a set of N-body simulations implementing a novel scheme to treat the tidal effects of external stellar perturbers on planetary orbit eccentricity and inclination. By simulating five nearby open clusters we determine the rate of occurrence of bodies extracted from their parent stellar system by quasi-impulsive tidal interactions. We find that the specific free-floating planet production rate (total number of free-floating planets per unit of time, normalized by the total number of stars) is proportional to the stellar density of the cluster, with a constant of pr...

  4. Properties of the open cluster Tombaugh 1 from high resolution spectroscopy and uvbyCaH$\\beta$ photometry

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    Silva, João V Sales; Anthony-Twarog, Barbara J; Bidin, Christian Moni; Costa, Edgardo; Twarog, Bruce A

    2015-01-01

    Open clusters can be the key to deepen our knowledge on various issues involving the structure and evolution of the Galactic disk and details of stellar evolution because a cluster's properties are applicable to all its members. However the number of open clusters with detailed analysis from high resolution spectroscopy and/or precision photometry imposes severe limitation on studies of these objects. To expand the number of open clusters with well-defined chemical abundances and fundamental parameters, we investigate the poorly studied, anticenter open cluster Tombaugh 1. Using precision uvbyCaH$\\beta$ photometry and high resolution spectroscopy, we derive the cluster's properties and, for the first time, present detailed abundance analysis of 10 potential cluster stars. Using radial position from the cluster center and multiple color indices, we have isolated a sample of unevolved probable, single-star members of Tombaugh 1. The weighted photometric metallicity from $m_1$ and $hk$ is [Fe/H] = -0.10 $\\pm$ 0....

  5. Orbital Magnetism and Dynamics in Alkali Metal Clusters

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    Nesterenko, V O; De Souza-Cruz, F F; Marinelli, J R

    2000-01-01

    Two remarkable orbital magnetic resonances, M1 scissor mode and M2 twist mode, are predicted in deformed and spherical metal clusters, respectively. We show that these resonances provide a valuable information about many cluster properties (quadrupole deformation, magnetic susceptibility, single-particle spectrum, etc.)

  6. Abundance analysis of red clump stars in the old, inner disc, open cluster NGC 4337: a twin of NGC 752?

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    Carraro, Giovanni; Villanova, Sandro

    2014-01-01

    Open star clusters older than ~ 1 Gyr are rare in the inner Galactic disc. Still, they are objects that hold crucial information for probing the chemical evolution of these regions of the Milky Way. We aim at increasing the number of old open clusters in the inner disc for which high-resolution metal abundances are available. Here we report on NGC 4337, which was recently discovered to be an old, inner disc open cluster. We present the very first high-resolution spectroscopy of seven clump stars that are all cluster members. We performed a detailed abundance analysis for them. We find that NGC 4337 is marginally more metal-rich than the Sun, with [Fe/H]=+0.12$\\pm$0.05. The abundance ratios of $\\alpha$-elements are generally solar. At odds with recent studies on intermediate-age and old open clusters in the Galactic disc, Ba is under-abundant in NGC 4337 compared with the Sun. Our analysis of the iron-peak elements (Cr and Ni) does not reveal anything anomalous. Based on these results, we estimate the cluster ...

  7. The CFHT Open Star Cluster Survey I -- Cluster Selection and Data Reduction

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    Singh-Kalirai, J; Fahlman, G G; Cuillandre, J C; Ventura, P; D'Antona, F; Bertin, E; Marconi, G; Durrell, P R; Kalirai, Jasonjot Singh; Richer, Harvey B.; Fahlman, Gregory G.; Cuillandre, Jean-Charles; Ventura, Paolo; Antona, Francesca D'; Bertin, Emmanuel; Marconi, Gianni; Durrell, Patrick R.

    2001-01-01

    We present this paper in conjuction with the following as the first results in the CFHT Open Star Cluster Survey. This survey is a large BVR imaging data set of 19 open star clusters in our Galaxy. This data set was taken with the CFH12K mosaic CCD (42' X 28') and the majority of the clusters were imaged under excellent photometric, sub-arcsecond seeing conditions. The combination of multiple exposures extending to deep (V ~ 25) magnitudes with short (< 10 second) frames allows for many different studies. The primary aim of this survey is to catalogue the white dwarf stars in these clusters and establish observational constraints on the initial-final mass relationship for these stars and the upper mass limit to white dwarf production. Additionally, we hope to better determine the properties of the clusters, such as age and distance, and also test evolution and dynamical theories by analyzing luminosity and mass functions. In order to more easily incorporate this data in further studies, we have produced a ...

  8. A new look at open cluster NGC 6520

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    Odell, Andrew P., E-mail: Andy.Odell@nau.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 (United States)

    2014-01-01

    We use CCD and photoelectric photometry with Strömgren filters along with medium resolution spectra to investigate NGC 6520, an open cluster very nearly in the direction of the galactic center. We find an age of 60 Myr, a distance of 2 kpc, and an average reddening E(b – y) = 0.295, which increases toward the south. The average heliocentric radial velocity of the B stars is –29 km s{sup –1}, while the velocity of the nearby Barnard 86 is about 0 (heliocentric; –11 km s{sup –1} compared to the LSR). This velocity difference amounts to about 1.8 kpc since the cluster formed, implying that it is extremely doubtful NGC 6520 is related to Barnard 86.

  9. Fundamental Parameters of Some New Discovered Open star Clusters

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    El-Bendary, R

    2010-01-01

    We present here the fundamental properties of some newly discovered open star clusters (Teutsch 144, Alessi 53, Riddle 4 and Juchrt 12) using the JHK Near-IR photometry (2MASS survey) of Cutri et al. (2003). These clusters have been selected from Kronberger et al. (2006) who presented some new discovered stellar groups on the basis of 2MASS photometry and the DSS visual images. The astrometry and photometric parameters are determined using the stellar density distributions and color-magnitude diagrams fittings. Center, radius, membership, distances, reddening, age, luminosity function, mass function, total mass, and the dynamical relaxation time have been estimated for the first time. This paper is a part of Reda's PhD project.

  10. Metal Enrichment Processes in the Intra-Cluster Medium

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    Schindler, S; Domainko, W; Mair, M; Van Kampen, E; Kronberger, T; Kimeswenger, S; Ruffert, M; Mangete, O E; Breitschwerdt, D

    2005-01-01

    We present numerical simulations of galaxy clusters which include interaction processes between the galaxies and the intra-cluster gas. The considered interaction processes are galactic winds and ram-pressure stripping, which both transfer metal-enriched interstellar medium into the intra-cluster gas and hence increase its metallicity. We investigate the efficiency and time evolution of the interaction processes by simulated metallicity maps, which are directly comparable to those obtained from X-ray observations. We find that ram-pressure stripping is more efficient than quiet (i.e. non-starburst driven) galactic winds in the redshift interval between 1 and 0. The expelled metals are not mixed immediately with the intra-cluster gas, but inhomogeneities are visible in the metallicity maps. Even stripes of higher metallicity that a single galaxy has left behind can be seen. The spatial distribution of the metals transported by ram-pressure stripping and by galactic winds are very different for massive clusters...

  11. Infrared Multiple Photon Dissociation Spectroscopy Of Metal Cluster-Adducts

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    Cox, D. M.; Kaldor, A.; Zakin, M. R.

    1987-01-01

    Recent development of the laser vaporization technique combined with mass-selective detection has made possible new studies of the fundamental chemical and physical properties of unsupported transition metal clusters as a function of the number of constituent atoms. A variety of experimental techniques have been developed in our laboratory to measure ionization threshold energies, magnetic moments, and gas phase reactivity of clusters. However, studies have so far been unable to determine the cluster structure or the chemical state of chemisorbed species on gas phase clusters. The application of infrared multiple photon dissociation IRMPD to obtain the IR absorption properties of metal cluster-adsorbate species in a molecular beam is described here. Specifically using a high power, pulsed CO2 laser as the infrared source, the IRMPD spectrum for methanol chemisorbed on small iron clusters is measured as a function of the number of both iron atoms and methanols in the complex for different methanol isotopes. Both the feasibility and potential utility of IRMPD for characterizing metal cluster-adsorbate interactions are demonstrated. The method is generally applicable to any cluster or cluster-adsorbate system dependent only upon the availability of appropriate high power infrared sources.

  12. Comparative study of metal cluster fission in Hartree-Fock and LDA

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    Lyalin, A; Greiner, W; Lyalin, Andrey; Solov'yov, Andrey; Greiner, Walter

    2001-01-01

    Fission of doubly charged metal clusters is studied using the open-shell two-center deformed jellium Hartree-Fock model and Local Density Approximation. Results of calculations of the electronic structure and fission barriers for the symmetric and asymmetric channels associated with the following processes Na_{10}^{2+} --> Na_{7}^{+} + Na_{3}^{+}, Na_{18}^{2+} --> Na_{15}^{+} + Na_{3}^{+} and Na_{18}^{2+} --> 2 Na_{9}^{+} are presented. The role of the exact exchange and many-body correlation effects in metal clusters fission is analysed. It is demonstrated that the influence of many-electron correlation effects on the height of the fission barrier is more profound if the barrier arises nearby or beyond the scission point. The importance of cluster deformation effects in the fission process is elucidated with the use of the overlapping-spheroids shape parametrization allowing one an independent variation of deformations in the parent and daughter clusters.

  13. Periodic Variables in the Open Cluster NGC 2301

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    Sukhbold, Tuguldur; Howell, Steve B.

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of a search for periodic variables within 4078 time-series light curves and an analysis of the period-color plane for stars in the field of the open cluster NGC2301. One hundred thirty-eight periodic variables were discovered, of which five are eclipsing binary candidates with unequal minima. The remaining 133 periodic variables appear to consist mainly of late-type stars whose variation is due to rotation modulated by star spot activity. The determined periods range fr...

  14. The chemical compositions of solar twins in the open cluster M67

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    Liu, F; Yong, D; Melendez, J; Ramirez, I; Karakas, A I; Carlos, M; Marino, A F

    2016-01-01

    Stars in open clusters are expected to share an identical abundance pattern. Establishing the level of chemical homogeneity in a given open cluster deserves further study as it is the basis of the concept of chemical tagging to unravel the history of the Milky Way. M67 is particularly interesting given its solar metallicity and age as well as being a dense cluster environment. We conducted a strictly line-by-line differential chemical abundance analysis of two solar twins in M67: M67-1194 and M67-1315. Stellar atmospheric parameters and elemental abundances were obtained with high precision using Keck/HIRES spectra. M67-1194 is essentially identical to the Sun in terms of its stellar parameters. M67-1315 is warmer than M67-1194 by ~ 150 K as well as slightly more metal-poor than M67-1194 by ~ 0.05 dex. M67-1194 is also found to have identical chemical composition to the Sun, confirming its solar twin nature. The abundance ratios [X/Fe] of M67-1315 are similar to the solar abundances for elements with atomic n...

  15. Thermodynamics of Pore Filling Metal Clusters in Metal Organic Frameworks: Pd in UiO-66

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    Vilhelmsen, Lasse; Sholl, David S.

    2012-01-01

    Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have experimentally been demonstrated to be capable of supporting isolated transition-metal clusters, but the stability of these clusters with respect to aggregation is unclear. In this letter we use a genetic algorithm together with density functional theory calcu...

  16. Thermodynamics of Pore Filling Metal Clusters in Metal Organic Frameworks: Pd in UiO-66

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    Vilhelmsen, Lasse; Sholl, David S.

    2012-01-01

    Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have experimentally been demonstrated to be capable of supporting isolated transition-metal clusters, but the stability of these clusters with respect to aggregation is unclear. In this letter we use a genetic algorithm together with density functional theory...

  17. Metallic Softness Influence on Magic Numbers of Clusters

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    The metallic softness parameter αr0 determines the structure of the cluster and governs the rule of magic numbers. Using molecular dynamic method, the stable structures and magic numbers are determined for the clusters consisting of 13 up to 147 atoms in medium range Morse potentials, which is suitable for most of metals. As the number of atoms constituting the cluster increases, the stable structures undergo transition from face-centered (FC) to edge-centered (EC) structures. The magic numbers take ones of FC series before transition and take ones of EC series after that. The transition point from FC to EC structures depends on the value of softness parameter.

  18. Magnetic properties of supported metal atoms and clusters

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    Martins, Michael; Wurth, Wilfried

    2016-12-01

    Clusters are small systems ranging from a few atoms up to several thousand atoms. They are of high interest in basic research, but also for applications due to their specific electronic, magnetic or chemical properties depending on size and composition. For small clusters, quantum size effects play an important role and specific material properties might be tailored by choosing a special size or composition of the cluster. Here, we review the magnetic properties of adatoms and supported small mass-selected transition-metal clusters in the few-atom limit investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy in the soft x-ray regime. The influence of cluster size, composition, the cluster-surface and intra-cluster interaction on the spin and orbital magnetic moments will be discussed.

  19. Preparation of open-cell metal foams by investment cast

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    2005-01-01

    Metal foams are a new kind of materials with low densities and novel physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical and acoustic properties. They can be divided into closed and open cell structures. In this paper the open cell structures,called sponges, were treated. A new technique to manufacture sponges by plaster investment casting was described.Experimental results show that it is essential to make a sound plaster mould by casting plaster slurry into the polyurethane foams and infiltrate the open channels of the baked plaster mold by molten metal. The optimal processes include plaster slurry preparation, plaster mold baking, and molten metal infiltration. The sponge sample with porosity of 97% is presented.

  20. Preparation of open-cell metal foams by investment cast

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    Lucai WANG

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Metal foams are a new kind of materials with low densities and novel physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical and acoustic properties. They can be divided into closed and open cell structures. In this paper the open cell structures, called sponges, were treated. A new technique to manufacture sponges by plaster investment casting was described. Experimental results show that it is essential to make a sound plaster mould by casting plaster slurry into the polyurethane foams and infiltrate the open channels of the baked plaster mold by molten metal. The optimal processes include plaster slurry preparation, plaster mold baking, and molten metal infiltration. The sponge sample with porosity of 97% is presented.

  1. Properties of the Open Cluster Tombaugh 1 from High-resolution Spectroscopy and uvbyCaHβ Photometry

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    Sales Silva, João V.; Carraro, Giovanni; Anthony-Twarog, Barbara J.; Moni Bidin, Christian; Costa, Edgardo; Twarog, Bruce A.

    2016-01-01

    Open clusters can be the key to deepening our knowledge on various issues involving the structure and evolution of the Galactic disk and details of stellar evolution because a cluster’s properties are applicable to all its members. However, the number of open clusters with detailed analysis from high-resolution spectroscopy or precision photometry imposes severe limitations on studies of these objects. To expand the number of open clusters with well-defined chemical abundances and fundamental parameters, we investigate the poorly studied, anticenter open cluster Tombaugh 1. Using precision uvbyCaHβ photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy, we derive the cluster’s reddening, obtain photometric metallicity estimates, and, for the first time, present a detailed abundance analysis of 10 potential cluster stars (nine clump stars and one Cepheid). Using the radial position from the cluster center and multiple color indices, we have isolated a sample of unevolved, probable single-star members of Tombaugh 1. From 51 stars, the cluster reddening is found to be E(b-y) = 0.221 ± 0.006 or E(B-V) = 0.303 ± 0.008, where the errors refer to the internal standard errors of the mean. The weighted photometric metallicity from m1 and hk is [Fe/H] = -0.10 ± 0.02, while a match to the Victoria-Regina Strömgren isochrones leads to an age of 0.95 ± 0.10 Gyr and an apparent modulus of (m-M) = 13.10 ± 0.10. Radial velocities identify six giants as probable cluster members, and the elemental abundances of Fe, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Ti, Cr, Ni, Y, Ba, Ce, and Nd have been derived for both the cluster and the field stars. Tombaugh 1 appears to be a typical inner thin disk, intermediate-age open cluster of slightly subsolar metallicity, located just beyond the solar circle, with solar elemental abundance ratios except for the heavy s-process elements, which are a factor of two above solar. Its metallicity is consistent with a steep metallicity gradient in the galactocentric region

  2. Photometric and spectroscopic study of the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 2355

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    Donati, P; Carretta, E; D'Orazi, V; Tosi, M; Cusano, F; Carini, R

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we analyse the evolutionary status and properties of the old open cluster NGC 2355, located in the Galactic anticentre direction, as a part of the long term programme BOCCE. NGC 2355 was observed with LBC@LBT using the Bessel $B$, $V$, and $I_c$ filters. The cluster parameters have been obtained using the synthetic colour-magnitude diagram (CMD) method, as done in other papers of this series. Additional spectroscopic observations with FIES@NOT of three giant stars were used to determine the chemical properties of the cluster. Our analysis shows that NGC 2355 has metallicity slightly less than solar, with [Fe/H]$=-0.06$ dex, age between 0.8 and 1 Gyr, reddening $E(B-V)$ in the range 0.14 and 0.19 mag, and distance modulus $(m-M)_0$ of about 11 mag. We also investigated the abundances of O, Na, Al, $\\alpha$, iron-peak, and neutron capture elements, showing that NGC 2355 falls within the abundance distribution of similar clusters (same age and metallicity). The Galactocentric distance of NGC~2355 p...

  3. Protein-protected luminescent noble metal quantum clusters: an emerging trend in atomic cluster nanoscience

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    Paulrajpillai Xavier; Kamalesh Chaudhari; Ananya Baksi; Thalappil Pradeep

    2012-01-01

    Noble metal quantum clusters (NMQCs) are the missing link between isolated noble metal atoms and nanoparticles. NMQCs are sub-nanometer core sized clusters composed of a group of atoms, most often luminescent in the visible region, and possess intriguing photo-physical and chemical properties. A trend is observed in the use of ligands, ranging from phosphines to functional proteins, for the synthesis of NMQCs in the liquid phase. In this review, we briefly overview recent advancements in the ...

  4. Calibrating the lithium-age relation with open clusters observed with GES (Gaia-ESO Survey)

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    Gutiérrez Albarrán, M. L.; Montes, D.; Gómez Garrido, M.; Tabernero, H. M..; González Hernández, J. I.; GES Survey Builders

    2017-03-01

    Li depletion is strongly age-dependent but currently available data have shown a complex pattern of Li depletion on the pre- and main-sequence stars that is not yet understood. The lithium abundance observed in late-type stars depend not only of the age and the temperature but also on metallicity, mixing mechanisms, convection structure, rotation and magnetic activity. The large number of stars observed within the Gaia-ESO survey (GES - https://www.gaia-eso.eu/) for many open clusters and associations can be used to calibrate the lithium-age relation and its dependence with other parameters that can be derived from the UVES and GIRAFFE spectroscopic observations. We present here the preliminary results of the analysis of membership and Li abundance of the young clusters and associations, as well as of the intermediate-age and old open clusters, observed until now in GES (iDR4) in order to conduct a comparative study. All this information allowed us to characterize the properties of the members of these clusters and identify a series of field contaminant stars, both lithium-rich giants and non-giant outliers.

  5. Updated properties of the old open cluster Melotte 66: Searching for multiple stellar populations

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    Carraro, Giovanni; Monaco, Lorenzo; Milone, Antonino; Mateluna, Renee

    2014-01-01

    Multiple generations of stars are routinely encountered in globular clusters but no convincing evidence has been found in Galactic open clusters to date. In this paper we use new photometric and spectroscopic data to search for multiple stellar population signatures in the old, massive open cluster, Melotte~66. The cluster is known to have a red giant branch wide in color, which could be an indication of metallicity spread. Also the main sequence is wider than what is expected from photometric errors only. This evidence might be associated with either differential reddening or binaries. Both hypothesis have, however, to be evaluated in detail before recurring to the presence of multiple stellar populations. New, high-quality, CCD UBVI photometry have been acquired to this aim with high-resolution spectroscopy of seven clump stars, that are complemented with literature data. Our photometric study confirms that the width of the main sequence close to the turn off point is entirely accounted for by binary stars ...

  6. Chemical analysis of giant stars in the young open cluster NGC 3114

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    Santrich, O J Katime; Drake, N A

    2013-01-01

    Context: Open clusters are very useful targets for examining possible trends in galactocentric distance and age, especially when young and old open clusters are compared. Aims: We carried out a detailed spectroscopic analysis to derive the chemical composition of seven red giants in the young open cluster NGC 3114. Abundances of C, N, O, Li, Na, Mg, Al, Ca, Si, Ti, Ni, Cr, Y, Zr, La, Ce, and Nd were obtained, as well as the carbon isotopic ratio. Methods: The atmospheric parameters of the studied stars and their chemical abundances were determined using high-resolution optical spectroscopy. We employed the local-thermodynamic-equilibrium model atmospheres of Kurucz and the spectral analysis code MOOG. The abundances of the light elements were derived using the spectral synthesis technique. Results: We found that NGC 3114 has a mean metallicity of [Fe/H] = -0.01+/-0.03. The isochrone fit yielded a turn-off mass of 4.2 Msun. The [N/C] ratio is in good agreement with the models predicted by first dredge-up. We f...

  7. Debris Disks of Members of the Blanco 1 Open Cluster

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    Stauffer, J R; James, D; Noriega-Crespo, A; Strom, S E; Wolk, S; Meyer, M; Carpenter, J; Navascues, D Barrado y; Micela, G; Backman, D; Cargile, P A

    2010-01-01

    We have used the Spitzer Space Telescope to obtain Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) 24 um photometry for 37 members of the ~100 Myr old open cluster Blanco 1. For the brightest 25 of these stars (where we have 3sigma uncertainties less than 15%), we find significant mid-IR excesses for eight stars, corresponding to a debris disk detection frequency of about 32%. The stars with excesses include two A stars, four F dwarfs and two G dwarfs. The most significant linkage between 24 um excess and any other stellar property for our Blanco 1 sample of stars is with binarity. Blanco 1 members that are photometric binaries show few or no detected 24 um excesses whereas a quarter of the apparently single Blanco 1 members do have excesses. We have examined the MIPS data for two other clusters of similar age to Blanco 1 -- NGC 2547 and the Pleiades. The AFGK photometric binary star members of both of these clusters also show a much lower frequency of 24 um excesses compared to stars that lie near the single...

  8. Roche volume filling and the dissolution of open star clusters

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    Ernst, A; Just, A; Noel, T

    2015-01-01

    From direct N-body simulations we find that the dynamical evolution of star clusters is strongly influenced by the Roche volume filling factor. We present a parameter study of the dissolution of open star clusters with different Roche volume filling factors and different particle numbers. We study both Roche volume underfilling and overfilling models and compare with the Roche volume filling case. We find that in the Roche volume overfilling limit of our simulations two-body relaxation is no longer the dominant dissolution mechanism but the changing cluster potential. We call this mechnism "mass-loss driven dissolution" in contrast to "two-body relaxation driven dissolution" which occurs in the Roche volume underfilling regime. We have measured scaling exponents of the dissolution time with the two-body relaxation time. In this experimental study we find a decreasing scaling exponent with increasing Roche volume filling factor. The evolution of the escaper number in the Roche volume overfilling limit can be d...

  9. Lithium in Open Cluster Red Giants Hosting Substellar Companions

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    Carlberg, Joleen K.; Smith, Verne V.; Cunha, Katia; Carpenter, Kenneth G.

    2016-01-01

    We have measured stellar parameters, [Fe/H], lithium abundances, rotation, and (12)C/13C in a small sample of red giants (RGs) in three open clusters that are each home to a RG star that hosts a substellar companion (SSC) (NGC 2423 3, NGC 4349 127, and BD+12 1917 in M67). Our goal is to explore whether the presence of SSCs influences the Li content. Both (12)C/13C and stellar rotation are measured as additional tracers of stellar mixing. One of the companion hosts, NGC 2423?3, is found to be Li-rich with A(Li)(sub NLTE) = 1.56 dex, and this abundance is significantly higher than the A(Li) of the two comparison stars in NGC 2423. All three SSC hosts have the highest A(Li) and (12)C/13C when compared to the control RGs in their respective clusters; however, except for NGC 2423?3, at least one control star has similarly high abundances within the uncertainties. Higher A(Li) could suggest that the formation or presence of planets plays a role in the degree of internal mixing on or before the RG branch. However, a multitude of factors affect A(Li) during the RG phase, and when the abundances of our sample are compared with the abundances of RGs in other open clusters available in the literature, we find that they all fall well within a much larger distribution of A(Li) and (12)C/13C. Thus, even the high Li in NGC 2423 3 cannot be concretely tied to the presence of the SSC.

  10. WIYN Open Cluster Study. VII. NGC 2451A and the Hipparcos Distance Scale

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    Platais, Imants; Kozhurina-Platais, Vera; Barnes, Sydney; Girard, Terrence M.; Demarque, Pierre; van Altena, William F.; Deliyannis, Constantine P.; Horch, Elliott

    2001-09-01

    We provide new evidence that NGC 2451A is undoubtedly a young open cluster, although sparsely populated. New cluster membership has been derived from relative proper motions of 5868 stars. In total, 136 stars down to V~15 have membership probability Pμ>=2%. New CCD BV photometry indicates that about 70 stars are indeed main-sequence stars of NGC 2451A. This is also supported by our measurements of radial velocities. A total of 34 very likely cluster members yield a mean heliocentric radial velocity for NGC 2451A equal to +22.9 km s-1. The high quality of our BV photometry, a confirmation of cluster membership from proper motions and radial velocities, and a recently obtained metallicity estimate for several cluster stars allow us to perform a precise isochrone fit. The Yale isochrones, updated by the latest available input physics, have been fitted to the cluster's color-magnitude diagram, yielding a distance modulus V0-MV in the range 6.35 to 6.38, which is in excellent agreement with the distance modulus (m-M)0=6.38 derived from the Hipparcos data recently by van Leeuwen and Robichon et al. For NGC 2451A the isochrone fit yields an age of 60+/-20 Myr; hence, the cluster appears to be somewhat younger than the Pleiades. We also present alternative evidence suggesting that the cluster could be slightly older than the Pleiades. The most important result of this study is an excellent match between the main-sequence fitting and Hipparcos distances to NGC 2451A. If we consider noticeable similarities between NGC 2451A and Pleiades, then the Hipparcos distance anomaly for Pleiades may not require an explanation of astrophysical nature.

  11. Accurate age determinations of several nearby open clusters containing magnetic Ap stars

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    Silaj, J

    2014-01-01

    Aims: Our aim is to obtain ages that are as accurate as possible for the seven nearby open clusters alpha Per, Coma Ber, IC 2602, NGC 2232, NGC 2451A, NGC 2516, and NGC 6475, each of which contains at least one magnetic Ap or Bp star. Simultaneously, we test the current calibrations of Te and luminosity for the Ap/Bp star members, and identify clearly blue stragglers in the clusters studied. Methods: We explore the possibility that isochrone fitting in the theoretical Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (i.e. log (L/L&sun;) vs. log Te), rather than in the conventional colour-magnitude diagram, can provide more precise and accurate cluster ages, with well-defined uncertainties. Results: Well-defined ages are found for all the clusters studied. For the nearby clusters studied, the derived ages are not very sensitive to the small uncertainties in distance, reddening, membership, metallicity, or choice of isochrones. Our age determinations are all within the range of previously determined values, but the associated u...

  12. Global survey of star clusters in the Milky Way III. 139 new open clusters at high Galactic latitudes

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    Schmeja, S; Piskunov, A E; Röser, S; Schilbach, E; Froebrich, D; Scholz, R -D

    2014-01-01

    An earlier analysis of the Milky Way Star Cluster (MWSC) catalogue revealed an apparent lack of old (> 1 Gyr) open clusters in the solar neighbourhood ( 20{\\deg}. We were looking for stellar density enhancements using a star count algorithm on the 2MASS point source catalogue. To increase the contrast between potential clusters and the field, we applied filters in colour-magnitude space according to typical colour-magnitude diagrams of nearby old open clusters. The subsequent comparison with lists of known objects allowed us to select thus far unknown cluster candidates. For verification they were processed with the standard pipeline used within the MWSC survey for computing cluster membership probabilities and for determining structural, kinematic, and astrophysical parameters. In total we discovered 782 density enhancements, 522 of which were classified as real objects. Among them 139 are new open clusters with ages 8.3 < log (t [yr]) < 9.7, distances d < 3 kpc, and distances from the Galactic plan...

  13. Revisiting the region of the open cluster NGC 5606

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    Orsatti, A. M.; Feinstein, C.; Vega, E. I.; Vergne, M. M.

    2007-08-01

    We present polarimetric observations in the UBVRI bands corresponding to 54 stars located in the direction of NGC 5606. Our intention is to analyze the dust characteristics between the Sun and the cluster, as well as to confirm doubtful memberships using polarimetric tools. We also want to determine if a group of 11 B and A stars identified in the past by Vázquez & Feinstein (1991, A&AS, 87, 383) in front of NGC 5606 has any physical entity. From polarimetric data we have found at least two dust layers along the line of sight to the open cluster. The observations show that both dust layers have their local magnetic field with an orientation which is close to the direction of the Galactic Plane (θ = 70.0 °), but the direction of the polarimetric vector for the members of the cluster seems to be lower than this value. NGC 5606 can be polarimetrically characterized with P_max = 2.97% and θv = 63.5 °. The internal dispersion of the polarization values for the members of NGC 5606 seems to be compatible with intracluster dust. We were able to add four possible new members to the list of stars in NGC 5606, and to reject others accepted as members in past investigations; and we identified 17 (out of the 54 observed stars) with intrinsic polarization in their light. The group of late B- and A-type stars could be physically related, with characteristics of an open cluster of intermediate age (between 0.79 and 1. × 108 yr). For this group we obtained representative values of P = 2.12% and θv = 70.0 °. The new cluster, which we have provisionally named Anon (La Plata 1), extends from NE to SW across the face of NGC 5606 covering about 10'. The fitting procedure of Schmidt-Kaler's ZAMS (1982, in Landolt/Bornstein, Neue Series VI/2b) was used to derive the distance to the group, obtaining a distance modulus of Vo - Mv = 9.90 (649 pc from the Sun). The mean color excess associated with the small group is EB-V = 0.27 ± 0.08 mag and the dust distribution shows great

  14. Simulations of Metal Enrichment in Galaxy Clusters by AGN Outflows

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    Moll, R; Domainko, W; Kapferer, W; Mair, M; Van Kampen, E; Kronberger, T; Kimeswenger, S; Ruffert, M

    2006-01-01

    We assess the importance of AGN outflows with respect to the metal enrichment of the intracluster medium (ICM) in galaxy clusters. We use combined N-body and hydrodynamic simulations, along with a semi-numerical galaxy formation and evolution model. Using assumptions based on observations, we attribute outflows of metal-rich gas initiated by AGN activity to a certain fraction of our model galaxies. The gas is added to the model ICM, where the evolution of the metallicity distribution is calculated by the hydrodynamic simulations. For the parameters describing the AGN content of clusters and their outflow properties, we use the observationally most favorable values. We find that AGNs have the potential to contribute significantly to the metal content of the ICM or even explain the complete abundance, which is typically ~0.5 Z_sun in core regions. Furthermore, the metals end up being inhomogeneously distributed, in accordance with observations.

  15. Is the Hogg 12-NGC 3590 pair a new open cluster binary system?

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    Piatti, A. E.; Clariá, J. J.; Ahumada, A. V.

    Based on CCD UBVI_(KC) images obtained at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO, Chile) and on morphological criteria, as well as on the stellar density in the region, we confirm that Hogg 12 is a genuine open cluster (OC) separated in the sky from NGC 3590 by scarcely 3.6 pc. The colour-magnitude diagrams of Hogg 12, cleaned from field star contamina- tion, reveal that this is a solar metal content cluster, affected by E(B-V) = 0.40 ± 0.05, located at a heliocentric distance d = 2.0 ± 0.5 kpc, and of an age similar to that of NGC 3590. Evidence that these two objects form an OC binary system is presented. A detailed version of this work can be seen in PASP, 122, 516 (2010).

  16. Systems and methods for producing metal clusters; functionalized surfaces; and droplets including solvated metal ions

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    Cooks, Robert Graham; Li, Anyin; Luo, Qingjie

    2017-08-01

    The invention generally relates to systems and methods for producing metal clusters; functionalized surfaces; and droplets including solvated metal ions. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods that involve providing a metal and a solvent. The methods additionally involve applying voltage to the solvated metal to thereby produce solvent droplets including ions of the metal containing compound, and directing the solvent droplets including the metal ions to a target. In certain embodiments, once at the target, the metal ions can react directly or catalyze reactions.

  17. Systems and methods for producing metal clusters; functionalized surfaces; and droplets including solvated metal ions

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    Cooks, Robert Graham; Li, Anyin; Luo, Qingjie

    2017-01-24

    The invention generally relates to systems and methods for producing metal clusters; functionalized surfaces; and droplets including solvated metal ions. In certain aspects, the invention provides methods that involve providing a metal and a solvent. The methods additionally involve applying voltage to the solvated metal to thereby produce solvent droplets including ions of the metal containing compound, and directing the solvent droplets including the metal ions to a target. In certain embodiments, once at the target, the metal ions can react directly or catalyze reactions.

  18. The chemical compositions of solar twins in the open cluster M67

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    Liu, F.; Asplund, M.; Yong, D.; Meléndez, J.; Ramírez, I.; Karakas, A. I.; Carlos, M.; Marino, A. F.

    2016-11-01

    Stars in open clusters are expected to share an identical abundance pattern. Establishing the level of chemical homogeneity in a given open cluster deserves further study as it is the basis of the concept of chemical tagging to unravel the history of the Milky Way. M67 is particularly interesting given its solar metallicity and age as well as being a dense cluster environment. We conducted a strictly line-by-line differential chemical abundance analysis of two solar twins in M67: M67-1194 and M67-1315. Stellar atmospheric parameters and elemental abundances were obtained with high precision using Keck/High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer spectra. M67-1194 is essentially identical to the Sun in terms of its stellar parameters. M67-1315 is warmer than M67-1194 by ≈150 K as well as slightly more metal-poor than M67-1194 by ≈0.05 dex. M67-1194 is also found to have identical chemical composition to the Sun, confirming its solar-twin nature. The abundance ratios [X/Fe] of M67-1315 are similar to the solar abundances for elements with atomic number Z ≤ 30, while most neutron-capture elements are enriched by ≈0.05 dex, which might be attributed to enrichment from a mixture of asymptotic giant branch ejecta and r-process material. The distinct chemical abundances for the neutron-capture elements in M67-1315 and the lower metallicity of this star compared to M67-1194, indicate that the stars in M67 are likely not chemically homogeneous. This poses a challenge for the concept of chemical tagging since it is based on the assumption of stars forming in the same star-forming aggregate.

  19. A populous intermediate-age open cluster and evidence of an embedded cluster among the FSR globular cluster candidates

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    Bica, Eduardo

    2007-01-01

    We study the nature of the globular cluster (GC) candidates FSR 1603 and FSR 1755 selected from the catalogue of \\citet{FSRcat}. Their properties are investigated with 2MASS field-star decontaminated photometry, which is used to build colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs), and stellar radial density profiles (RDPs). FSR 1603 has the open cluster (OC) Ruprecht 101 as optical counterpart, and we show it to be a massive intermediate age cluster (IAC). Relevant parameters of FSR 1603 are the age $\\approx1$ Gyr, distance from the Sun $\\ds\\approx2.7$ kpc, Galactocentric distance $\\dgc\\approx6.4$ kpc, core radius $\\rc\\approx1.1$ pc, mass function slope $\\chi\\approx1.8$, observed stellar mass (for stars with mass in the range $\\rm 1.27 \\ms\\leq m\\leq2.03 \\ms$) $\\mObs\\approx500 \\ms$, and a total (extrapolated to $\\rm m=0.08 \\ms$) stellar mass $\\mTot\\approx2300 \\ms$. FSR 1755, on the other hand, is not a populous cluster. It may be a sparse young cluster embedded in the H II region Sh2-3, subject to an absorption $\\aV\\approx...

  20. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Nearby open clusters radii and masses (Piskunov+, 2007)

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    Piskunov, A. E.; Schilbach, E.; Kharchenko, N. V.; Roeser, S.; Scholz, R.-D.

    2007-03-01

    The table presents tidal parameters and masses of 236 open clusters in the nearest kiloparsecs around the Sun. The parameters are derived from a fitting of three-parameter King profiles to the the observed density distribution. The clusters are sub-sample of the Catalogue of Open Cluster Data and their members are selected from high precision homogeneous all sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 (Kharchenko, 2001, Cat. ). Up to four cluster membership samples in wide cluster area are considered for every cluster and the best solution is presented in the table. Clusters in the table are sorted by numbers in the COCD order. (1 data file).

  1. A Survey of Open Clusters in the u'g'r'i'z' Filter System. 3. Results for the Cluster NGC 188

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    Fornal, Bartosz; Tucker, Douglas L.; Smith, J.Allyn; Allam, Sahar S.; Rider, Cristin J.; Sung, Hwankyung; /Jagiellonian U. /Fermilab /Austin Peay State U. /Wyoming U. /Johns Hopkins U. /Sejong U.

    2006-11-01

    The authors continue the series of papers describing the results of a photometric survey of open star clusters, primarily in the southern hemisphere, taken in the u'g'r'i'z' filter system. The entire observed sample covered more than 100 clusters, but here they present data only on NGC 188, which is one of the oldest open clusters known in the Milky Way. They fit the Padova theoretical isochrones to the data. Assuming a solar metallicity for NGC 188, they find a distance of 1700 {+-} 100 pc, an age of 7.5 {+-} 0.7 Gyr, and a reddening E(B-V) of 0.025 {+-} 0.005. This yields a distance modulus of 11.23 {+-} 0.14.

  2. Be Stars in the Open Cluster NGC 6830

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    Yu, Po-Chieh; Lin, Hsing-Wen; Lee, Chien-De; Konidaris, Nick; Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Ip, Wing-Huen; Chen, Wen-Ping; Chen, Hui-Chen; Malkan, Matthew A; Chang, Chan-Kao; Laher, Russ; Huang, Li-Ching; Cheng, Yu-Chi; Edelson, Rick; Ritter, Andreas; Quimby, Robert; Ben-Ami, Sagi; Ofek, Eran O; Surace, Jason; Kulkarni, Shrinivas R

    2016-01-01

    We report the discovery of 2 new Be stars, and re-identify one known Be star in the open cluster NGC 6830. Eleven H-alpha emitters were discovered using the H-alpha imaging photometry of the Palomar Transient Factory Survey. Stellar membership of the candidates was verified with photometric and kinematic information using 2MASS data and proper motions. The spectroscopic confirmation was carried out by using the Shane 3-m telescope at Lick observatory. Based on their spectral types, three H-alpha emitters were confirmed as Be stars with H-alpha equivalent widths > -10 Angstrom. Two objects were also observed by the new spectrograph SED-Machine on the Palomar 60 inch Telescope. The SED-Machine results show strong H-alpha emission lines, which are consistent with the results of the Lick observations. The high efficiency of the SED-Machine can provide rapid observations for Be stars in a comprehensive survey in the future.

  3. Be Stars in the Open Cluster NGC 6830

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    Yu, Po-Chieh; Lin, Chien-Cheng; Lin, Hsing-Wen; Lee, Chien-De; Konidaris, Nick; Ngeow, Chow-Choong; Ip, Wing-Huen; Chen, Wen-Ping; Chen, Hui-Chen; Malkan, Matthew A.; Chang, Chan-Kao; Laher, Russ; Huang, Li-Ching; Cheng, Yu-Chi; Edelson, Rick; Ritter, Andreas; Quimby, Robert; Ben-Ami, Sagi; Ofek, Eran. O.; Surace, Jason; Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.

    2016-05-01

    We report the discovery of two new Be stars, and re-identify one known Be star in the open cluster NGC 6830. Eleven Hα emitters were discovered using the Hα imaging photometry of the Palomar Transient Factory Survey. Stellar membership of the candidates was verified with photometric and kinematic information using 2MASS data and proper motions. The spectroscopic confirmation was carried out by using the Shane 3 m telescope at the Lick observatory. Based on their spectral types, three Hα emitters were confirmed as Be stars with Hα equivalent widths greater than -10 Å. Two objects were also observed by the new spectrograph spectral energy distribution-machine (SED-machine) on the Palomar 60-inch Telescope. The SED-machine results show strong Hα emission lines, which are consistent with the results of the Lick observations. The high efficiency of the SED-machine can provide rapid observations for Be stars in a comprehensive survey in the future.

  4. Lithium in Open Cluster Red Giants Hosting Substellar Companions

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    Carlberg, Joleen K; Cunha, Katia; Carpenter, Kenneth G

    2015-01-01

    We have measured stellar parameters, [Fe/H], lithium abundances, rotation, and 12C/13C in a small sample of red giants in three open clusters that are each home to a red giant star that hosts a substellar companion (NGC2423 3, NGC4349 127, and BD+12 1917 in M67). Our goal is to explore whether the presence of substellar companions influences the Li content. Both 12C/13C and stellar rotation are measured as additional tracers of stellar mixing. One of the companion hosts, NGC2423 3, is found to be Li-rich with A(Li)_NLTE=1.56 dex, and this abundance is significantly higher than the A(Li) of the two comparison stars in NGC2423. All three substellar companion hosts have the highest A(Li) and 12C/13C when compared to the control red giants in their respective clusters; however, except for NGC2423 3, at least one control star has similarly high abundances within the uncertainties. Higher A(Li) could suggest that the formation or presence of planets plays a role in the degree of internal mixing on or before the red...

  5. BATC 15 Band Photometry of the Open Cluster NGC 188

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    Wang, Jiaxin; Wu, Zhenyu; Wang, Song; Zhou, Xu

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents CCD multicolour photometry for the old open cluster NGC 188. The observations were carried out as a part of the Beijing--Arizona--Taiwan--Connecticut Multicolour Sky Survey from 1995 February to 2008 March, using 15 intermediate-band filters covering 3000--10000 \\AA. By fitting the Padova theoretical isochrones to our data, the fundamental parameters of this cluster are derived: an age of $t=7.5\\pm 0.5$ Gyr, a distant modulus of $(m-M)_0=11.17\\pm0.08$, and a reddening of $E(B-V)=0.036\\pm0.010$. The radial surface density profile of NGC 188 is obtained by star count. By fitting the King model, the structural parameters of NGC 188 are derived: a core radius of $R_{c}=3.80'$, a tidal radius of $R_{t}=44.78'$, and a concentration parameter of $C_{0}=\\log(R_{t}/R_{c})=1.07$. Fitting the mass function to a power-law function $\\phi(m) \\propto m^{\\alpha}$, the slopes of mass functions for different spatial regions are derived. We find that NGC 188 presents a slope break in the mass function. The b...

  6. The Blue Stragglers of the Old Open Cluster NGC 188

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    Mathieu, Robert D

    2014-01-01

    The old (7 Gyr) open cluster NGC 188 has yielded a wealth of astrophysical insight into its rich blue straggler population. Specifically, the NGC 188 blue stragglers are characterized by: A binary frequency of 80% for orbital periods less than $10^4$ days;Typical orbital periods around 1000 days;Typical secondary star masses of 0.5 M$_{\\odot}$; At least some white dwarf companion stars; Modestly rapid rotation; A bimodal radial spatial distribution; Dynamical masses greater than standard stellar evolution masses (based on short-period binaries); Under-luminosity for dynamical masses (short-period binaries). Extensive $N$-body modeling of NGC 188 with empirical initial conditions reproduces the properties of the cluster, and in particular the main-sequence solar-type binary population. The current models also reproduce well the binary orbital properties of the blue stragglers, but fall well short of producing the observed number of blue stragglers. This deficit could be resolved by reducing the frequency of co...

  7. Sorption of H2 to open metal sites in a metal-organic framework: a symmetry-adapted perturbation theory analysis.

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    Goings, Joshua J; Ohlsen, Suzanna M; Blaisdell, Kara M; Schofield, Daniel P

    2014-09-04

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) show considerable promise as materials for gas storage and separation. Many MOF structures have open metal sites, which allow for coordination of gas molecules to the metal centers. In this work, we use coupled-cluster and symmetry-adapted perturbation theory to probe the interaction between hydrogen gas and unsaturated metal sites in mimic structures based on the MOF HKUST-1. The interactions are of a mixed electrostatic/dispersive nature, with the relative magnitudes of these components dependent on the metal center. The strongest binding was found for magnesium- and zinc-containing MOFs, with an overall interaction energy of -4.5 kcal mol(-1).

  8. A uvbyCaHbeta Analysis of the Old Open Cluster, NGC 6819

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    Anthony-Twarog, B J; Twarog, B A

    2014-01-01

    NGC 6819 is a richly populated, older open cluster situated within the Kepler field. A CCD survey of the cluster on the uvbyCaHbeta system, coupled with proper-motion membership, has been used to isolate 382 highly probable, single-star unevolved main-sequence members over a 20-arcminute field centered on the cluster. From 278 F dwarfs with high precision photometry in all indices, a mean reddening of E(b-y) = 0.117 +/- 0.005 or E(B-V) = 0.160 +/- 0.007 is derived, where the standard errors of the mean include both internal errors and the photometric zero-point uncertainty. With the reddening fixed, the metallicity derived from the same 278 stars is [Fe/H] = -0.116 +/- 0.101 from m_1 and -0.055 +/- 0.033 from hk, for a weighted average of [Fe/H] = -0.06 +/- 0.04, where the quoted standard errors of the mean values include the internal errors from the photometric scatter plus the uncertainty in the photometric zero points. If metallicity is derived using individual reddening values for each star to account for...

  9. Metallicity map of the galaxy cluster A3667

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    Lovisari, L; Schindler, S; Ferrari, C

    2009-01-01

    We use XMM-Newton data of the merging cluster Abell 3667 to analyze its metallicity distribution. A detailed abundance map of the central 1.1x1.1 Mpc region indicates that metals are inhomogeneously distributed in the cluster showing a non-uniform and very complex metal pattern. The highest peak in the map corresponds to a cold region, slightly offset South of the X-ray center. This could be interpreted as stripped gas due to a merger between a group moving from NW towards the SE and the main cluster. We note several clumps of high metallicity also in the opposite direction with respect to the X-ray peak. Furthermore we determined abundances for 5 elements (O, Si, S, Ar, Fe) in four different regions of the cluster. Comparisons between these observed abundances and theoretical supernovae yields allow to get constraints on the relative number of SN Ia and II contributing to the enrichment of the intra-cluster medium. To reproduce the observed abundances of the best determined elements (Fe, O and Si) in a regio...

  10. Metal Enrichment and Energetics of Galactic Winds in Galaxy Clusters

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    Kapferer, W

    2004-01-01

    We investigate efficiency and time dependence of metal enrichment processes in the Intra-Cluster Medium (ICM). In this presentation we concentrate on the effects of galactic winds. The mass loss rates due to galactic winds are calculated with a special algorithm, which takes into account cosmic rays and magnetic fields. This algorithm is embedded in a combined N-body/hydrodynamic code which calculates the dynamics and evolution of a cluster. We present mass loss rates depending on galaxy properties like type, mass, gas mass fraction and the surrounding ICM. In addition we show metallicity maps as they would be observed with X-ray telescopes.

  11. Spatial dependence of 2MASS luminosity and mass functions in the old open cluster NGC 188

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    Bonatto, C; Santos, J F C

    2005-01-01

    Luminosity and mass functions in the old open cluster NGC 188 are analysed by means of J and H 2MASS photometry. Within the uncertainties, the observed projected radial density profile of NGC 188 departs from the two-parameter King model in two inner regions, which reflects the non-virialized dynamical state and possibly, some degree of non-sphericity in the spatial shape of this old open cluster. Fits with two and three-parameter King models to the radial distribution of stars resulted in a core radius of 1.3 pc and a tidal radius of 21 pc. The present 2MASS analysis resulted in significant slope variations with distance in the mass function $\\phi(m)\\propto m^{-(1+\\chi)}$, being flat in the central parts ($\\chi=0.6\\pm0.7$) and steep in the cluster outskirts ($\\chi=7.2\\pm0.6$). The overall mass function has a slope $\\chi=1.9\\pm0.7$, slightly steeper than a standard Salpeter mass function. Solar metallicity Padova isochrone fits to the near-infrared colour-magnitude diagram of NGC 188 resulted in an age of $7....

  12. Search for giant planets in M67 III: excess of hot Jupiters in dense open clusters

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    Brucalassi, A; Saglia, R; Ruiz, M T; Bonifacio, P; Leao, I; Martins, B L Canto; de Medeiros, J R; Bedin, L R; Biazzo, K; Melo, C; Lovis, C; Randich, S

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    Since 2008 we used high-precision radial velocity (RV) measurements obtained with different telescopes to detect signatures of massive planets around main-sequence and evolved stars of the open cluster (OC) M67. We aimed to perform a long-term study on giant planet formation in open clusters and determine how this formation depends on stellar mass and chemical composition. A new hot Jupiter (HJ) around the main-sequence star YBP401 is reported in this work. An update of the RV measurements for the two HJ host-stars YBP1194 and YBP1514 is also discussed. Our sample of 66 main-sequence and turnoff stars includes 3 HJs, which indicates a high rate of HJs in this cluster (~5.6% for single stars and ~4.5% for the full sample ). This rate is much higher than what has been discovered in the field, either with RV surveys or by transits. High metallicity is not a cause for the excess of HJs in M67, nor can the excess be attributed to high stellar masses. When combining this rate with the non-zero eccentricity of the o...

  13. Structurally Well-Defined Sigmoidal Gold Clusters: Probing the Correlation between Metal Atom Arrangement and Chiroptical Response.

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    He, Xin; Wang, Yuechao; Jiang, Hong; Zhao, Liang

    2016-05-04

    Asymmetric arrangement of metal atoms is crucial for understanding the chirality origin of chiral metal nanoclusters and facilitating the design and development of new chiral catalysts and chiroptical devices. Here, we describe the construction of four asymmetric gold and gold-silver clusters by chirality transfer from diimido ligands. The acquired metal clusters show strong circular dichroism (CD) response with large anisotropy factors of up to 6 × 10(-3), larger than the values of most reported chiral gold nanoclusters. Regardless of the same absolute configuration of the applied three diimido ligands, sigmoidal and reverse-sigmoidal arrangements of gold atoms both can be achieved, which resultantly produce an opposite Cotton effect within a specific absorption range. On the basis of the detailed structural characterization via X-ray crystallography and contrast experiments, the chirality contribution of the imido ligand, the asymmetrically arranged metal cluster, and the chiral arrangement of aromatic rings of phosphine ligands have been qualitatively evaluated. Time-dependent DFT calculations reveal that the chiroptical property of the acquired metal clusters is mainly influenced by the asymmetrically arranged metal atoms. Correlation of asymmetric arrangements of metal atoms in clusters with their chiroptical response provides a viable means of fabricating a designable chiral surface of metal nanoclusters and opens a broader prospect for chiral cluster application.

  14. Near-Infrared Photometric Study of the Old Open Cluster Trumpler 5

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    Kim, Sang Chul; Sung, Eon-Chang

    2009-01-01

    We present JHK near-infrared photometric study for the old open cluster (OC) Trumpler 5 (Tr 5), based on the 2MASS data. From the color-magnitude diagrams of Tr 5, we have located the position of the red giant clump (RGC) stars, and used the mean magnitude of the RGC stars in K-band to estimate the distance to Tr 5, d = 3.1 +/- 0.1 kpc ((m-M)_0 = 12.46 +/- 0.04). From fitting the theoretical isochrones of Padova group, we have estimated the reddening, metallicity, and age : E(B-V) = 0.64 +/- 0.05, [Fe/H] = -0.4 +/- 0.1 dex, and t =2.8 +/- 0.2 Gyr (log t=9.45 +/- 0.04), respectively. These parameters generally agree well with those obtained from the previous studies on Tr 5 and confirms that this cluster is an old OC with metallicity being metal-poorer than solar abundance, located in the anti-Galactic center region.

  15. Tailoring the Properties of Metallic Clusters by Ligand Coatings

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    Fresch, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    Tuning the properties of metallic clusters using different protecting ligand shells is an important step toward the application-orientated design of nanoparticles for nano-electronics and catalysis. An attractive property of these materials is the ability to engineer ligand shells composed of different molecules that influence the electronic structure of the system due to their chemical interaction with the metal core. Sometimes properties are not simply additive, and cooperative effects emer...

  16. Supersonic Bare Metal Cluster Beams. Technical Progress Report, March 16, 1984 - April 1, 1985

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    Smalley, R. E.

    1985-01-01

    There have been four major areas of concentration for the study of bare metal cluster beams: neutral cluster, chemical reactivity, cold cluster ion source development (both positive and negative), bare cluster ion ICR (ion cyclotron resonance) development, and photofragmentation studies of bare metal cluster ions.

  17. Detailed studies om three open clusters from Gaia ESO Survey (GES)

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    Balaguer-Núnez, L.; Casamiquela, L.; Jordana, N.; Massana, P.; Jordi, C.; Masana, E.

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    We present results for the intermediate-age and old open clusters NGC 6633, NGC 6705 (M 11) and NGC 2682 (M 67). We have used new Str ̈omgren-Crawford photometry, proper motions from ROA observations and spectral information from Gaia-ESO Survey (GES), to study the physical parameters of the stars in the three cluster's areas. The astrometric studies cover an area of about 1°x2° and down to r' ˜ 17 while our INT-WFC CCD intermediate-band photometry covers an area of about 40'x40' down to V ˜ 19. The stars of those areas selected as cluster members from their proper motions, are classified into photometric regions and their physical parameters determined, using uvbyHβ photometry and standard relations among colour indices for each of the photometric regions of the HR diagram. That allows us to determine reddening, distances, absolute magnitudes, spectral types, effective temperatures, gravities and metallicities, thus providing an astrophysical characterization of the clusters. These results are compared with the physical parameters obtained from GES spectral data as well as radial velocities to confirm membership. All these data lead us to a comparison of photometric and spectroscopic physical parameters.

  18. Variable Stars in the Field of the Open Cluster NGC 2126

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    Liu, Shun-Fang; Zhang, Xiao-Bin; Wu, Jiang-Hua; Ma, Jun; Jiang, Zhao-Ji; Chen, Jian-Sheng; Zhou, Xu

    2009-01-01

    We report the results of a time-series CCD photometric survey of variable stars in the field of the open cluster NGC 2126. In about one square degree field covering the cluster, a total number of 21 variable candidates are detected during this survey, of which 16 are newly found. The periods, classifications and spectral types of 14 newly discovered variables are discussed, which consist of six eclipsing binaries systems, three pulsating variable stars, three long period variables, one RS CVn star, and one W UMa or $\\delta$ Scuti star. In addition, there are two variable candidates, the properties of which cannot be determined in this paper. By a method based on fitting spectral energy distributions(SEDs) of stars with theoretical ones, the membership probabilities and the fundamental parameters of this cluster are determined. As a result, five variables are probably members of NGC 2126. The fundamental parameters of the this cluster are determined as: the metallicity to be 0.008 $Z_\\odot$, the age $\\log(t)$=...

  19. Photodissociation Studies of Metal-Containing Clusters and Complexes

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey Scott

    1995-01-01

    There have been two major areas of investigation for researchers working with laser ablation in molecular beams. The first area is the study of weakly-bound complexes. These complexes are bound by electrostatic interactions. In the present study the weakly bound interactions of the rare gases with the magnesium ion are investigated with electronic spectroscopy. The second major area is the study of metal and metal-containing clusters. Examples of previous investigations are the alkali metal clusters and the fullerenes. The present investigation is on metal -carbon clusters. The so-called metallo-carbohedrenes and metal-carbon nanocrystals are studied. Resonance enhanced photodissociation spectroscopy is used to obtain electronic excitation spectra of the Mg^+-rare gas species in the ultraviolet region. This investigation is facilitated by a reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The interaction of the rare gas with the metal ion is attributed to a "solvation" of the atomic ion transition. Simple bonding arguments predict that the excited state is more bound than the ground state for these complexes. This will result in a shift of the complex vibronic origin to lower energy from the atomic ion transition. This is exactly what is observed in the experiment with progressively larger shifts for the heavier rare gases. The electronic excitation spectra allow the vibrational frequencies and anharmonicities for these complexes to be obtained for the excited state. In turn, the excited state bond dissociation energies can be determined. Finally, conservation of energy allows calculation of the ground state bond dissociation energies. In the metal-carbon systems the stability of the metallo-carbohedrene, met-car, stoichiometry is shown to extend into the transition period at least to the iron group. Photodissociation with a 532 nm laser causes a loss of metal atoms for met-cars formed with first row transition metals and a loss of metal-carbon units for met

  20. Sejong Open Cluster Survey (SOS). III. The Young Open Cluster NGC 1893 in the H II Region W8

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    Lim, Beomdu; Kim, Jinyoung S; Bessell, Michael S; Park, Byeong-Gon

    2014-01-01

    We present a UBV I and H alpha photometric study of the young open cluster NGC 1893 in the H II region W8 (IC 410 or Sh 2-236). A total of 65 early-type members are selected from photometric diagrams. A mean reddening of the stars is = 0.563 +/- 0.083 mag. The published photometric data in the near- and mid-infrared passbands are used to test the reddening law toward the cluster, and we confirm that the reddening law is normal (R_V = 3.1). Zero-age main sequence fitting gives a distance modulus of V_0 - M_V = 12.7 +/- 0.2 mag, equivalent to 3.5 +/- 0.3 kpc. From H alpha photometry 125 H alpha emission stars and candidates are identified as pre-main sequence (PMS). The lists of young stellar objects and X-ray sources published by previous studies allow us to select a large number of PMS members down to 1 M_sun. Isochrone fitting in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram gives a turn-off age of 1.5 Myr and the median age of 1.9 Myr from the PMS members with a spread of 5 Myr. We derive the initial mass function (IMF)...

  1. Nanocomposites Based on Metal and Metal Sulfide Clusters Embedded in Polystyrene

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    Gianfranco Carotenuto

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Transition-metal alkane-thiolates (i.e., organic salts with formula Me(SRx, where R is a linear aliphatic hydrocarbon group, –CnH2n+1 undergo a thermolysis reaction at moderately low temperatures (close to 200 °C, which produces metal atoms or metal sulfide species and an organic by-product, disulfide (RSSR or thioether (RSR molecules, respectively. Alkane-thiolates are non-polar chemical compounds that dissolve in most techno-polymers and the resulting solid solutions can be annealed to generate polymer-embedded metal or metal sulfide clusters. Here, the preparation of silver and gold clusters embedded into amorphous polystyrene by thermolysis of a dodecyl-thiolate precursor is described in detail. However, this chemical approach is quite universal and a large variety of polymer-embedded metals or metal sulfides could be similarly prepared.

  2. Clustered field evaporation of metallic glasses in atom probe tomography.

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    Zemp, J; Gerstl, S S A; Löffler, J F; Schönfeld, B

    2016-03-01

    Field evaporation of metallic glasses is a stochastic process combined with spatially and temporally correlated events, which are referred to as clustered evaporation (CE). This phenomenon is investigated by studying the distance between consecutive detector hits. CE is found to be a strongly localized phenomenon (up to 3nm in range) which also depends on the type of evaporating ions. While a similar effect in crystals is attributed to the evaporation of crystalline layers, CE of metallic glasses presumably has a different - as yet unknown - physical origin. The present work provides new perspectives on quantification methods for atom probe tomography of metallic glasses.

  3. jClustering, an Open Framework for the Development of 4D Clustering Algorithms

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    Mateos-Pérez, José María; García-Villalba, Carmen; Pascau, Javier; Desco, Manuel; Vaquero, Juan J.

    2013-01-01

    We present jClustering, an open framework for the design of clustering algorithms in dynamic medical imaging. We developed this tool because of the difficulty involved in manually segmenting dynamic PET images and the lack of availability of source code for published segmentation algorithms. Providing an easily extensible open tool encourages publication of source code to facilitate the process of comparing algorithms and provide interested third parties with the opportunity to review code. The internal structure of the framework allows an external developer to implement new algorithms easily and quickly, focusing only on the particulars of the method being implemented and not on image data handling and preprocessing. This tool has been coded in Java and is presented as an ImageJ plugin in order to take advantage of all the functionalities offered by this imaging analysis platform. Both binary packages and source code have been published, the latter under a free software license (GNU General Public License) to allow modification if necessary. PMID:23990913

  4. jClustering, an open framework for the development of 4D clustering algorithms.

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    José María Mateos-Pérez

    Full Text Available We present jClustering, an open framework for the design of clustering algorithms in dynamic medical imaging. We developed this tool because of the difficulty involved in manually segmenting dynamic PET images and the lack of availability of source code for published segmentation algorithms. Providing an easily extensible open tool encourages publication of source code to facilitate the process of comparing algorithms and provide interested third parties with the opportunity to review code. The internal structure of the framework allows an external developer to implement new algorithms easily and quickly, focusing only on the particulars of the method being implemented and not on image data handling and preprocessing. This tool has been coded in Java and is presented as an ImageJ plugin in order to take advantage of all the functionalities offered by this imaging analysis platform. Both binary packages and source code have been published, the latter under a free software license (GNU General Public License to allow modification if necessary.

  5. Hydride encapsulation by molecular alkali-metal clusters.

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    Haywood, Joanna; Wheatley, Andrew E H

    2008-07-14

    The sequential treatment of group 12 and 13 Lewis acids with alkali-metal organometallics is well established to yield so-called ''ate' complexes, whereby the Lewis-acid metal undergoes nucleophilic attack to give an anion, at least one group 1 metal acting to counter this charge. However, an alternative, less well recognised, reaction pathway involves the Lewis acid abstracting hydride from the organolithium reagent via a beta-elimination mechanism. It has recently been shown that in the presence of N,N'-bidentate ligands this chemistry can be harnessed to yield a new type of molecular main-group metal cluster in which the abstracted LiH is effectively trapped, with the hydride ion occupying an interstitial site in the cluster core. Discussion focuses on the development of this field, detailing advances in our understanding of the roles of Lewis acid, organolithium, and amine substrates in the syntheses of these compounds. Structure-types are discussed, as are efforts to manipulate cluster geometry and composition as well as hydride-coordination. Embryonic mechanistic studies are reported, as well as attempts to generate hydride-encapsulation clusters under catalytic control.

  6. Star clusters in the Sh2-132 complex: clues about the connection between embedded and open clusters

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    Saurin, T A; Bonatto, C; 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16929.x

    2010-01-01

    Embedded clusters are formed in molecular clouds where massive stars can produce HII regions. The detailed embedded-open cluster evolutionary connection as well as the origin of associations are yet to be unveiled. There appears to be a high infant mortality rate among embedded clusters and the few survivors evolve to open clusters. We study the colour-magnitude diagrams and structure of the star clusters related to the Sh2-132 HII region using the 2MASS database. Cluster fundamental and structural parameters are determined via MS and PMS isochrones and stellar radial density profiles. We report the discovery of four clusters. One of them is projected a few diameters away from the optical cluster Teutsch\\,127 and appears to be deeply embedded, seen only in the infrared. Evidence is found that we are witnessing the dynamical transition from an embedded to an open cluster. An additional cluster is also close to Teutsch\\,127 and might be associated with a bow-shock. We also study the CMD and structure of the ope...

  7. Age and Metallicities of Cluster Galaxies: A1185 and Coma

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    Rakos, K; Odell, A

    2006-01-01

    We present age and metallicities determinations based on narrow band continuum colors for the galaxies in the rich clusters A1185 and Coma. Using a new technique to extract luminosity-weighted age and [Fe/H] values for non-star-forming galaxies, we find that both clusters have two separate populations based on these parameters. One population is old ($\\tau >$ 11 Gyrs) with a distinct mass-metallicity relation. The second population is slightly younger ($\\tau \\approx$ 9 Gyrs) with lower metallicities and lower stellar masses. We find detectable correlations between age and galaxy mass in both populations such that older galaxies are more massive and have higher mean metallicities, confirming previous work with line indices for the same type of galaxies in other clusters (Kelson et al 2006, Thomas et al 2005). Our results imply shorter durations for higher mass galaxies, in contradiction to the predictions of classic galactic wind models. Since we also find a clear mass-metallicity relation for these galaxies, ...

  8. Metal cluster fission: jellium model and Molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lyalin, Andrey G.; Obolensky, Oleg I.; Solov'yov, Ilia;

    2004-01-01

    Fission of doubly charged sodium clusters is studied using the open-shell two-center deformed jellium model approximation and it ab initio molecular dynamic approach accounting for all electrons in the system. Results of calculations of fission reactions Na_10^2+ --> Na_7^+ + Na_3^+ and Na_18^2+ ...

  9. Temporal stability of magic-number metal clusters: beyond the shell closing model

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    Desireddy, Anil; Kumar, Santosh; Guo, Jingshu; Bolan, Michael D.; Griffith, Wendell P.; Bigioni, Terry P.

    2013-02-01

    The anomalous stability of magic-number metal clusters has been associated with closed geometric and electronic shells and the opening of HOMO-LUMO gaps. Despite this enhanced stability, magic-number clusters are known to decay and react in the condensed phase to form other products. Improving our understanding of their decay mechanisms and developing strategies to control or eliminate cluster instability is a priority, to develop a more complete theory of their stability, to avoid studying mixtures of clusters produced by the decay of purified materials, and to enable technology development. Silver clusters are sufficiently reactive to facilitate the study of the ambient temporal stability of magic-number metal clusters and to begin to understand their decay mechanisms. Here, the solution phase stability of a series of silver:glutathione (Ag:SG) clusters was studied as a function of size, pH and chemical environment. Cluster stability was found to be a non-monotonic function of size. Electrophoretic separations showed that the dominant mechanism involved the redistribution of mass toward smaller sizes, where the products were almost exclusively previously known cluster sizes. Optical absorption spectra showed that the smaller clusters evolved toward the two most stable cluster sizes. The net surface charge was found to play an important role in cluster stabilization although charge screening had no effect on stability, contrary to DLVO theory. The decay mechanism was found to involve the loss of Ag+ ions and silver glutathionates. Clusters could be stabilized by the addition of Ag+ ions and destabilized by either the addition of glutathione or the removal of Ag+ ions. Clusters were also found to be most stable in near neutral pH, where they had a net negative surface charge. These results provide new mechanistic insights into the control of post-synthesis stability and chemical decay of magic-number metal clusters, which could be used to develop design principles

  10. Spectroscopic abundance analysis of dwarfs in young open cluster IC 4665

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    Shen, Z X; Lin, D N C; Liu, X W; Li, S L

    2005-01-01

    We report a detailed spectroscopic abundance analysis for a sample of 18 F-K dwarfs of the young open cluster IC 4665. Stellar parameters and element abundances of Li, O, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Cr, Fe and Ni have been derived using the spectroscopic synthesis tool SME (Spectroscopy Made Easy). Within the measurement uncertainties the iron abundance is uniform with a standard deviation of 0.04 dex. No correlation is found between the iron abundance and the mass of the stellar convective zone, and between the Li abundance and the Fe abundance. In other words, our results do not reveal any signature of accretion and therefore do not support the scenario that stars with planets (SWPs) acquire their on the average higher metallicity compared to field stars via accretion of metal-rich planetary material. Instead the higher metallicity of SWPs may simply reflect the fact that planet formation is more efficient in high metallicity environs. However, since that many details of the planet system formation processes remain poo...

  11. Toward the creation of stable, functionalized metal clusters.

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    Negishi, Yuichi; Kurashige, Wataru; Niihori, Yoshiki; Nobusada, Katsuyuki

    2013-11-21

    Nanomaterials which exhibit both stability and functionality are currently considered to hold the most promise as components of nanotechnology devices. Thiolate (RS)-protected gold nanoclusters (Aun(SR)m) have attracted significant attention in this regard and, among these, the magic clusters are believed to be the best candidates since they are the most stable. We have investigated the effects of heteroatom doping, protection by selenolate ligands and protection by photoresponsive thiolates on the stability and physical/chemical properties of these clusters. Through such studies, we have attempted to establish methods of modifying magic Aun(SR)m clusters as a means of creating metal clusters that are both robust and functional. This paper summarizes our studies towards this goal and the obtained results.

  12. Cooperative Cluster Metalation and Ligand Migration in Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Yuan, Shuai; Chen, Ying-Pin; Qin, Junsheng; Lu, Weigang; Wang, Xuan; Zhang, Qiang; Bosch, Mathieu; Liu, Tian-Fu; Lian, Xizhen; Zhou, Hong-Cai

    2015-10-23

    Cooperative cluster metalation and ligand migration were performed on a Zr-MOF, leading to the isolation of unique bimetallic MOFs based on decanuclear Zr6M4 (M=Ni, Co) clusters. The M2+ reacts with the μ3-OH and terminal H2O ligands on an 8-connected [Zr6O4(OH)8(H2O)4] cluster to form a bimetallic [Zr6M4O8(OH)8(H2O)8] cluster. Along with the metalation of Zr6 cluster, ligand migration is observed in which a Zr–carboxylate bond dissociates to form a M–carboxylate bond. Single-crystal to single-crystal transformation is realized so that snapshots for cooperative cluster metalation and ligand migration processes are captured by successive single-crystal X-ray structures. In3+ was metalated into the same Zr-MOF which showed excellent catalytic activity in the acetaldehyde cyclotrimerization reaction. This work not only provides a powerful tool to functionalize Zr-MOFs with other metals, but also structurally elucidates the formation mechanism of the resulting heterometallic MOFs.

  13. Cluster Analysis of Metal Concentrations in River Kubanni Zaria, Nigeria

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    A.W. Butu

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The cluster analysis was used to assess the degree of association of the metal concentrations in river Kubanni Zaria, Nigeria. The main sources of data for the analysis were the sediment from four distinct locations along the long profile Kubanni River which were analyzed using Instrumental Nitrogen Activities Analysis (INAA techniques. The Nigerian Research Reactor-1(NIRR-1 which is Miniature Nitrogen Source Reactor (MNSR was used to analyze the data. The result of the laboratory analysis was subjected to cluster analysis. The analysis shows a stable clustering system where the metal concentrations in the four different locations were grouped into two main groups with one outlier. The level of concentration of elements that were sampled in the dry months were cluster in group I and those collected in the raining months were in group II. This strongly support that there is temporal variation in the levels of concentration of metal contaminants between wet and dry seasons in river Kubanni and also confirms the fact that the elements that were collected in the wet season are from the same source and those in the dry season are also from common source.

  14. Integrated spectral properties of 22 small angular diameter galactic open clusters

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    Ahumada, A. V.; Clariá, J. J.; Bica, E.

    2007-10-01

    Aims:Flux-calibrated integrated spectra of a sample of 22 Galactic open clusters of small angular diameter are presented. With one exception (ESO 429-SC2), all objects have Galactic longitudes in the range 208° B-V) values for the whole sample vary from 0.0 in ESO 445-SC74 to 1.90 in Pismis 24, while the ages range from ~3 Myr (NGC 6604 and BH 151) to ~3.5 Gyr (Ruprecht 2). For six clusters (Dolidze 34, ESO 429-SC2, ESO 445-SC74, Ruprecht 2, BH 151 and Hogg 9) the foreground E(B-V) colour excesses and ages are determined for the first time. The results obtained for the remaining clusters show, in general terms, good agreement with previous photometric results. Conclusions: The age and reddening distributions of the present sample match those of known clusters in the two selected Galactic sectors. The present results would favour a major dissolution rate of star clusters in these two sectors. Two new solar-metallicity templates are defined corresponding to the age groups of (4-5) Myr and 30 Myr among those of Piatti et al. (2002, MNRAS, 335, 233). The Piatti et al. templates of 20 Myr and (3-4) Gyr are here redefined. Based on observations made at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito, which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina (CONICET) and the National Universities of La Plata, Córdoba and San Juan, Argentina. Tables [see full text]- [see full text] and Appendix are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  15. Photometric and Proper Motion Study of the Neglected Open Cluster NGC 2215

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    Fitzgerald, M. T.; Inwood, L.; McKinnon, D. H.; Dias, W. S.; Sacchi, M.; Scott, B.; Zolinski, M.; Danaia, L.; Edwards, R.

    2015-06-01

    Optical UBVRI photometric measurements using the Faulkes Telescope North were taken in early 2011 and combined with 2MASS JHKs and WISE infrared photometry as well as UCAC4 proper motion data in order to estimate the main parameters of the galactic open cluster NGC 2215 of which large uncertainty exists in the current literature. Fitting a King model we estimate a core radius of 1.‧12 ± 0.‧04 (0.24 ± 0.01 pc) and a limiting radius of 4.‧3 ± 0.‧5 (0.94 ± 0.11 pc) for the cluster. The results of isochrone fits indicates an age of log (t)=8.85+/- 0.10 with a distance of d=790+/- 90 pc, a metallicity of [Fe/H]=-0.40+/- 0.10 dex, and a reddening of E(B-V)=0.26+/- 0.04. A proportion of the work in this study was undertaken by Australian and Canadian upper secondary school students involved in the Space to Grow astronomy education project, and is the first scientific publication to have utilized our star cluster photometry curriculum materials.

  16. Photometric and proper motion study of neglected open cluster NGC 2215

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    Fitzgerald, M T; McKinnon, D H; Dias, W S; Sacchi, M; Scott, B; Zolinski, M; Danaia, L; Edwards, R

    2015-01-01

    Optical UBVRI photometric measurements using the Faulkes Telescope North were taken in early 2011 and combined with 2MASS JHK$_s$ and WISE infrared photometry as well as UCAC4 proper motion data in order to estimate the main parameters of the galactic open cluster NGC 2215 of which large uncertainty exists in the current literature. Fitting a King model we estimate a core radius of 1.12$'\\pm$0.04$'$ (0.24$\\pm$0.01pc) and a limiting radius of $4.3'\\pm$0.5$'$ (0.94$\\pm$0.11pc) for the cluster. The results of isochrone fits indicates an age of $log(t)=8.85\\pm0.10$ with a distance of $d=790\\pm90$pc, a metallicity of $[Fe/H]=-0.40\\pm0.10$ dex and a reddening of $E(B-V)=0.26\\pm0.04$. A proportion of the work in this study was undertaken by Australian and Canadian upper secondary school students involved in the Space to Grow astronomy education project, and is the first scientific publication to have utilized our star cluster photometry curriculum materials.

  17. Not an open cluster after all: the NGC 6863 asterism in Aquila

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    Bidin, Christian Moni; Marcos, Carlos de la Fuente; Carraro, Giovanni

    2009-01-01

    Shortly after birth, open clusters start dissolving; gradually losing stars into the surrounding star field. The time scale for complete disintegration depends both on their initial membership and location within the Galaxy. Open clusters undergoing the terminal phase of cluster disruption or open cluster remnants (OCRs) are notoriously difficult to identify. From an observational point, a combination of low number statistics and minimal contrast against the general stellar field conspire to turn them into very challenging objects. To make the situation even worst, random samples of field stars often display features that may induce to classify them erroneously as extremely evolved open clusters. In this paper, we provide a detailed study of the stellar content and kinematics of NGC 6863, a compact group of a few stars located in Aquila and described by the POSS as a non existent cluster. Nonetheless, this object has been recently classified as OCR. The aim of the present work is to either confirm or disprove...

  18. The SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline. IV. Validation with an Extended Sample of Galactic Globular and Open Clusters

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    Smolinski, Jason P.; Beers, Timothy C.; Lee, Young Sun; /Michigan State U. /Michigan State U., JINA; An, Deokkeun; /Ewha Women' s U., Seoul; Bickerton, Steven J.; /Princeton U., Astrophys. Sci. Dept.; Johnson, Jennifer A.; /Ohio State U., Dept. Astron.; Loomis, Craig P.; /Princeton U., Astrophys. Sci. Dept.; Rockosi, Constance M.; /Lick Observ.; Sivarani, Thirupathi; /Bangalore, Indian Inst. Astrophys.; Yanny, Brian; /Fermilab

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    Spectroscopic and photometric data for likely member stars of five Galactic globular clusters (M 3, M 53, M 71, M 92, and NGC 5053) and three open clusters (M 35, NGC 2158, and NGC 6791) are processed by the current version of the SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline (SSPP), in order to determine estimates of metallicities and radial velocities for the clusters. These results are then compared to values from the literature. We find that the mean metallicity (<[Fe/H]>) and mean radial velocity (hRVi) estimates for each cluster are almost all within 2{sigma} of the adopted literature values; most are within 1{sigma}. We also demonstrate that the new version of the SSPP achieves small, but noteworthy, improvements in <[Fe/H]> estimates at the extrema of the cluster metallicity range, as compared to a previous version of the pipeline software. These results provide additional confidence in the application of the SSPP for studies of the abundances and kinematics of stellar populations in the Galaxy.

  19. Peripheral collisions of highly charged ions with metal clusters

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    Zhang Cheng-Jun; Hu Bi-Tao; Luo Xian-Wen

    2012-01-01

    Within the framework of the dynamical classical over-barrier model,the soft collisions between slow highly charged ions(SHCIs)Ar17+ and the large copper clusters under large impact parameters have been studied in this paper.We present the dominant mechanism of the electron transfer between SHCls and a large metal cluster by computational simulation.The evolution of the occupation of projectile ions,KLχ satellite lines,X-ray yields,Auger electron spectrum and scattering angles are provided.

  20. The lifetime of electronic excitations in metal clusters

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    Quijada, M.; Díez Muiño, R.; Echenique, P. M.

    2005-05-01

    Density functional theory and the self-energy formalism are used to evaluate the lifetime of electronic excitations in metal clusters of nanometre size. The electronic structure of the cluster is obtained in the jellium model and spherical symmetry is assumed. Two effects that depend on the size of the clusters are discussed: the change in the number of final states to which the excitation can decay, and the modification in the screened interaction between electrons. For clusters with density parameter rs = 4 and diameter a few nanometres, a lifetime value of {\\approx }5 fs is reached for electronic excitations of {\\approx }1 eV. This value is of the same order of magnitude of that obtained in the bulk limit at the same level of approximation. For smaller clusters, a distinct non-monotonic behaviour of the lifetime as a function of the cluster size is found and the lifetime of excitations of {\\approx }1 eV can vary between 4 and 30 fs.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Nearby open clusters tidal radii and masses (Piskunov+, 2008)

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    Piskunov, A. E.; Schilbach, E.; Kharchenko, N. V.; Roeser, S.; Scholz, R.-D.

    2007-11-01

    The table presents tidal radii and masses of 650 Galactic open clusters. The tidal radii are derived from a relation between a semi-major axis A of the density distributions of cluster members and fitted King radii (J/A+A/468/151). The cluster masses are found from cluster tidal radii assuming that the latter are good approximations of limiting radii for local clusters moving at nearly circular orbits. The clusters are a sample of the Catalogue of Open Cluster Data and their members are selected from the high-precision, homogeneous all-sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 (Kharchenko, 2001, Cat. ). The clusters in the table are sorted according to their order in the COCD. (1 data file).

  2. A New Analysis in the Field of the Open Cluster Collinder 223

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    A. L. Tadross

    2004-01-01

    The present study of the open cluster Collinder 223 (Cr 223) depended greatly on the photoelectric data of Claria and Lapasset. We use the data in conjunction with the AAO/DSS1 image of the cluster in a re-investigation to improve the main parameters of Cr 223, including the stellar density, the position of the cluster's center, the cluster's diameter. Its luminosity function, mass function, and total mass are also estimated.

  3. The chemical compositions and evolutionary status of red giants in the open cluster NGC 6940

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    Böcek Topcu, G.; Afşar, M.; Sneden, C.

    2016-11-01

    We present the high-resolution (R ≈ 60 000), high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N ≃ 120) spectroscopic analysis of 12 red giant members of the Galactic open cluster NGC 6940. We applied Yonsei-Yale isochrones to the colour-magnitude diagram, which suggested an age of 1.1 Gyr for the cluster with a turn-off mass of 2 M⊙. Atmospheric parameters (Teff, log g, [Fe/H], and ξt) were determined via equivalent widths of Fe I, Fe II, Ti I, and Ti II lines. Calculated mean metallicity of the cluster is = 0.04 ± 0.02. We derived abundances of α (Mg, Si, Ca), Fe-group (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn), and n-capture (Y, La, Nd, Eu) elements to be about solar. Light odd-Z elements Na and Al are slightly enhanced in MMU 108 and MMU 152 by ˜0.34 and ˜0.16 dex, respectively. Abundances of light elements Li, C, N, O, and 12C/13C ratios were derived from spectrum syntheses of the Li I resonance doublet at 6707 Å, [O I] line at 6300 Å, C2 Swan bandheads at 5164 and 5635 Å, and strong 12,13CN system lines in the 7995-8040 Å region. Most carbon isotopic ratios are similar to those found in other solar-metallicity giants, but MMU 152 has an unusual value of 12C/13C = 6. Evaluation of the LiCNO abundances and 12C/13C ratios along with the present theoretical models suggests that all the red giants in our sample are core-helium-burning clump stars.

  4. Investigation of Galactic open cluster remnants: the case of NGC 7193

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    de Souza Angelo, Mateus; Francisco Coelho dos Santos, João, Jr.; José Barbosa Corradi, Wagner; Ferreira de Souza Maia, Francisco; Piatti, Andrés Eduardo

    2017-01-01

    Galactic open clusters (OCs) that survive the early gas-expulsion phase are gradually destroyed over time by the action of disruptive dynamical processes. Their final evolutionary stages are characterized by a poorly populated concentration of stars called an open cluster remnant (OCR). This study is devoted to assessing the real physical nature of the OCR candidate NGC 7193. GMOS/Gemini spectroscopy of 53 stars in the inner target region were obtained to derive radial velocities and atmospheric parameters. We also employed photometric and proper motion data. The analysis method consists of the following steps: (i) analysis of the statistical resemblance between the cluster and a set of field samples with respect to the sequences defined in color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs); (ii) a 5-dimensional iterative exclusion routine was employed to identify outliers from kinematical and positional data; (iii) isochrone fitting to the Ks×(J-Ks) CMD of the remaining stars and the dispersion of spectral types along empirical sequences in the (J-H)×(H-Ks) diagram were checked. A group of stars was identified for which the mean heliocentric distance is compatible with that obtained via isochrone fitting and whose metallicities are compatible with each other. Fifteen of the member stars observed spectroscopically were identified together with another 19 probable members. Our results indicate that NGC 7193 is a genuine OCR, of a once very populous OC, for which the following parameters were derived: d = 501±46 pc, t=2.5+/-1.2 Gyr, =-0.17+/-0.23 and E(B-V)=0.05+/-0.05. Its luminosity and mass functions show depletion of low mass stars, confirming the OCR is in a dynamically evolved state. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the AURA under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: NSF (United States), STFC (United Kingdom), NRC (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), ARC (Australia), CNPq (Brazil) and CONICET (Argentina).

  5. Search for giant planets in M67. III. Excess of hot Jupiters in dense open clusters

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    Brucalassi, A.; Pasquini, L.; Saglia, R.; Ruiz, M. T.; Bonifacio, P.; Leão, I.; Canto Martins, B. L.; de Medeiros, J. R.; Bedin, L. R.; Biazzo, K.; Melo, C.; Lovis, C.; Randich, S.

    2016-07-01

    Since 2008 we used high-precision radial velocity (RV) measurements obtained with different telescopes to detect signatures of massive planets around main-sequence and evolved stars of the open cluster (OC) M67. We aimed to perform a long-term study on giant planet formation in open clusters and determine how this formation depends on stellar mass and chemical composition. A new hot Jupiter (HJ) around the main-sequence star YBP401 is reported in this work. An update of the RV measurements for the two HJ host-stars YBP1194 and YBP1514 is also discussed. Our sample of 66 main-sequence and turnoff stars includes 3 HJs, which indicates a high rate of HJs in this cluster (5.6% for single stars and 4.5%% for the full sample). This rate is much higher than what has been discovered in the field, either with RV surveys or by transits. High metallicity is not a cause for the excess of HJs in M67, nor can the excess be attributed to high stellar masses. When combining this rate with the non-zero eccentricity of the orbits, our results are qualitatively consistent with a HJ formation scenario dominated by strong encounters with other stars or binary companions and subsequent planet-planet scattering, as predicted by N-body simulations. Based on observations collected at the ESO 3.6 m telescope (La Silla), at the 1.93 m telescope of the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP), at the Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET), at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG, La Palma) and at the Euler Swiss Telescope.

  6. Formation and properties of metal clusters isolated in helium droplets.

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    Tiggesbäumker, Josef; Stienkemeier, Frank

    2007-09-14

    The unique conditions forming atomic and molecular complexes and clusters using superfluid helium nanodroplets have opened up an innovative route for studying the physical and chemical properties of matter on the nanoscale. This review summarizes the specific characteristics of the formation of atomic clusters partly generated far from equilibrium in the helium environment. Special emphasis is on the optical response, electronic properties as well as dynamical processes which are mostly affected by the surrounding quantum matrix. Experiments include the optical induced response of isolated cluster systems in helium under quite different excitation conditions ranging from the linear regime up to the violent interaction with a strong laser field leading to Coulomb explosion and the generation of highly charged atomic fragments. The variety of results on the outstanding properties in the quantum size regime highlights the peculiar capabilities of helium nanodroplet isolation spectroscopy.

  7. Bonding, aromaticity and reactivity patterns in some all-metal and non-metal clusters

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    S Duley; S Giri; A Chakraborty; P K Chattaraj

    2009-09-01

    Several sandwich-like metal clusters have been studied at the B3LYP/6-311 + G∗ level of theory. Bonding and reactivity have been analysed through various geometrical parameters and conceptual density functional theory based global reactivity descriptors. Aromaticity patterns have been understood in terms of the associated nucleus independent chemical shift values. Possibility of bond-stretch isomerism in some doped clusters is explored. Preferable sites for electrophilic and nucleophilic attacks have been identified using different local reactivity descriptors.

  8. Insights into Pre-Enrichment of Star Clusters and Self-Enrichment of Dwarf Galaxies from their Intrinsic Metallicity Dispersions

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    Leaman, Ryan

    2012-01-01

    Star clusters are known to have smaller intrinsic metallicity spreads than dwarf galaxies due to their shorter star formation timescales. Here we use individual spectroscopic [Fe/H] measurements of stars in 19 Local Group dwarf galaxies, 13 Galactic open clusters, and 49 globular clusters to show that star cluster and dwarf galaxy linear metallicity distributions are binomial in form, with all objects showing strong correlations between their mean linear metallicity $\\bar{Z}$ and intrinsic spread in metallicity $\\sigma(Z)^{2}$. A plot of $\\sigma(Z)^{2}$ versus $\\bar{Z}$ shows that the correlated relationships are offset for the dwarf galaxies from the star clusters. The common binomial nature of these linear metallicity distributions can be explained with a simple inhomogeneous chemical evolution model (e.g., Oey 2000), where the star cluster and dwarf galaxy behaviour in the $\\sigma(Z)^{2}-\\bar{Z}$ diagram is reproduced in terms of the number of enrichment events, covering fraction, and intrinsic size of the...

  9. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Abundance ratios in the inner-disk open clusters Trumpler 20, NGC 4815, NGC 6705

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    Magrini, L; Romano, D; Friel, E; Bragaglia, A; Smiljanic, R; Jacobson, H; Vallenari, A; Tosi, M; Spina, L; Donati, P; Maiorca, E; Cantat-Gaudin, T; Sordo, R; Bergemann, M; Damiani, F; Tautvaisiene, G; Blanco-Cuaresma, S; Jimenez-Esteban, F; Geisler, D; Mowlavi, N; Munoz, C; Roman, I San; Soubiran, C; Villanova, S; Zaggia, S; Gilmore, G; Asplund, M; Feltzing, S; Jeffries, R; Bensby, T; Francois, P; Koposov, S; Korn, A J; Flaccomio, E; Pancino, E; Recio-Blanco, A; Sacco, G; Costado, M T; Franciosini, E; Jofre, P; de Laverny, P; Hill, V; Heiter, U; Hourihane, A; Jackson, R; Lardo, C; Morbidelli, L; Lewis, J; Lind, K; Masseron, T; Prisinzano, L; Worley, C

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    Open clusters are key tools to study the spatial distribution of abundances in the disk and their evolution with time. Using the first release of stellar parameters and abundances of the Gaia-ESO Survey, we analyse the chemical properties of stars in three old/intermediate-age open clusters, namely NGC 6705, NGC 4815, and Trumpler 20, all located in the inner part of the Galactic disk at Galactocentric radius R$_{GC}\\sim$7 kpc, aiming at proving their homogeneity and at comparing them with the field population. We study the abundance ratios of elements belonging to two different nucleosynthetic channels: $\\alpha$-elements and iron-peak elements. The main results can be summarised as follows: i) cluster members are chemically homogeneous within 3-$\\sigma$ in all analysed elements; ii) the three clusters have comparable [El/Fe] patters within $\\sim$1-$\\sigma$, but they differ in their global metal content [El/H], with NGC 4815 having the lowest metallicity. Their [El/Fe] ratios show differences and analogies wi...

  10. Sejong Open Cluster Survey (SOS). 0. Target Selection and Data Analysis

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    Sung, Hwankyung; Bessell, Michael S; Kim, Jinyoung S; Hur, Hyenoh; Chun, Moo-Young; Park, Byeong-Gon

    2013-01-01

    Star clusters are superb astrophysical laboratories containing cospatial and coeval samples of stars with similar chemical composition. We have initiated the Sejong Open cluster Survey (SOS) - a project dedicated to providing homogeneous photometry of a large number of open clusters in the SAAO Johnson-Cousins' $UBVI$ system. To achieve our main goal, we have paid much attention to the observation of standard stars in order to reproduce the SAAO standard system. Many of our targets are relatively small, sparse clusters that escaped previous observations. As clusters are considered building blocks of the Galactic disk, their physical properties such as the initial mass function, the pattern of mass segregation, etc. give valuable information on the formation and evolution of the Galactic disk. The spatial distribution of young open clusters will be used to revise the local spiral arm structure of the Galaxy. In addition, the homogeneous data can also be used to test stellar evolutionary theory, especially conc...

  11. Calibration of radii and masses of open clusters with a simulation

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    Ernst, A.; Just, A.; Berczik, P.; Petrov, M. I.

    2010-12-01

    Context. Piskunov and collaborators developed a method to make a simple mass estimate for tidally limited star clusters based on the identification of the tidal radius in a King profile with the dynamical Jacobi radius. The application of this method to an unbiased open cluster catalog yielded significantly higher cluster masses than the classical methods. Aims: We quantify the bias in the mass determination as a function of projection direction and cluster age by analyzing a simulated star cluster. Methods: We use direct N-body simulations of a star cluster in an analytic Milky Way potential that account for stellar evolution and apply a best fit to the projected number density of cluster stars. Results: We obtain significantly overestimated star cluster masses that depend strongly on the viewing direction. The overestimation is typically in the range of 10-50 percent and reaches a factor of 3.5 for young clusters. Mass segregation reduces the derived limiting radii systematically.

  12. Photometry Using Kepler "Superstamps" of Open Clusters NGC 6791 & NGC 6819

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    Kuehn, Charles A; Stello, Dennis; Bedding, Timothy R

    2013-01-01

    The Kepler space telescope has proven to be a gold mine for the study of variable stars. Unfortunately, Kepler only returns a handful of pixels surrounding each star on the target list, which omits a large number of stars in the Kepler field. For the open clusters NGC 6791 and NGC 6819, Kepler also reads out larger superstamps which contain complete images of the central region of each cluster. These cluster images can potentially be used to study additional stars in the open clusters. We present preliminary results from using traditional photometric techniques to identify and analyze additional variable stars from these images.

  13. An observational asteroseismic study of the pulsating B-stars in the open cluster NGC 884

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    Saesen, S; Aerts, C; Miglio, A; Carrier, F

    2013-01-01

    Recent progress in the seismic interpretation of field {\\beta} Cep stars has resulted in improvements of the physical description in the stellar structure and evolution model computations of massive stars. Further asteroseismic constraints can be obtained from studying ensembles of stars in a young open cluster, which all have similar age, distance and chemical composition. We present an observational asteroseismic study based on the discovery of numerous multi-periodic and mono-periodic B-stars in the open cluster NGC 884. Our study illustrates the current status of ensemble asteroseismology of a young open cluster.

  14. Photometric and Spectroscopic Study of Open Clusters in the Direction of the Galactic Center

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    Piatti, Andres E.

    1997-03-01

    We present results obtained from photometric and spectroscopic CCD observations of 16 previously little-studied objects, cataloged as galactic open cluster candidates. All observations were carried out at the Complejo Astronomico El Leoncito (CASLEO, Argentina) and at Las Campanas Observatory (Chile). A detailed analysis of the observed color-magnitude diagrams [V vs (B-V), V vs V-I)] and density histograms of the 16 objects--mostly located in the direction to the galactic center--demonstrate that they are genuine open clusters. We also present new photometric CCD VI Johnson-Cousins data of 10 template open clusters with well-known fundamental parameters. (SECTION: Dissertation Summaries)

  15. Protein-protected luminescent noble metal quantum clusters: an emerging trend in atomic cluster nanoscience.

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    Xavier, Paulrajpillai Lourdu; Chaudhari, Kamalesh; Baksi, Ananya; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2012-01-01

    Noble metal quantum clusters (NMQCs) are the missing link between isolated noble metal atoms and nanoparticles. NMQCs are sub-nanometer core sized clusters composed of a group of atoms, most often luminescent in the visible region, and possess intriguing photo-physical and chemical properties. A trend is observed in the use of ligands, ranging from phosphines to functional proteins, for the synthesis of NMQCs in the liquid phase. In this review, we briefly overview recent advancements in the synthesis of protein protected NMQCs with special emphasis on their structural and photo-physical properties. In view of the protein protection, coupled with direct synthesis and easy functionalization, this hybrid QC-protein system is expected to have numerous optical and bioimaging applications in the future, pointers in this direction are visible in the literature.

  16. Protein-protected luminescent noble metal quantum clusters: an emerging trend in atomic cluster nanoscience

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    Paulrajpillai Xavier

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Noble metal quantum clusters (NMQCs are the missing link between isolated noble metal atoms and nanoparticles. NMQCs are sub-nanometer core sized clusters composed of a group of atoms, most often luminescent in the visible region, and possess intriguing photo-physical and chemical properties. A trend is observed in the use of ligands, ranging from phosphines to functional proteins, for the synthesis of NMQCs in the liquid phase. In this review, we briefly overview recent advancements in the synthesis of protein protected NMQCs with special emphasis on their structural and photo-physical properties. In view of the protein protection, coupled with direct synthesis and easy functionalization, this hybrid QC-protein system is expected to have numerous optical and bioimaging applications in the future, pointers in this direction are visible in the literature.

  17. Tombaugh 2: The First Open Cluster with a Significant Abundance Spread or Embedded in a Cold Stellar Stream?

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    Frinchaboy, P M; Villanova, S; Carraro, G; Majewski, S R; Geisler, D

    2008-01-01

    We present new abundances and radial velocities for stars in the field of the open cluster Tombaugh 2, which has been suggested to be associated with the Galactic Anticenter Stellar Structure (also known as the Monoceros stream). Using VLT/FLAMES with the UVES and GIRAFFE spectrographs, we find a radial velocity (RV) of = 121 \\pm 0.4 km/s using eighteen Tombaugh 2 cluster stars. Our abundance analysis of RV-selected members finds that Tombaugh 2 is more metal-rich than previous studies have found; moreover, unlike the previous work, our larger sample also reveals that stars with the velocity of the cluster show a relatively large spread in chemical properties (e.g., Delta[Fe/H] > 0.2). This is the first time a possible abundance spread has been observed in an open cluster, though this is one of several possible explanations for our observations. While there is an apparent trend of [alpha/Fe] with [Fe/H], the distribution of abundances of these "RV cluster members" also may hint at a possible division into tw...

  18. The distance to the young open cluster Westerlund 2

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    Carraro, Giovanni; Majaess, D; Baume, Gustavo

    2013-01-01

    A new X-ray, {\\it UBVR}$I_c$, and {\\it JHK$s$} study of the young cluster Westerlund 2 was undertaken to resolve discrepancies tied to the cluster's distance. Existing spectroscopic observations for bright cluster members and new multi-band photometry imply a reddening relation towards Westerlund~2 described by $E_{U-B}/E_{B-V}=0.63 + 0.02\\;E_{B-V}$. Variable-extinction analyses for Westerlund~2 and nearby IC 2581 based upon spectroscopic distance moduli and ZAMS fitting yield values of $R_V=A_V/E_{B-V}=3.88\\pm0.18$ and $3.77\\pm0.19$, respectively, and confirm prior assertions that anomalous interstellar extinction is widespread throughout Carina (e.g., Turner 2012). The results were confirmed by applying the color difference method to {\\it UBVR$I_c$JH$K_s$} data for 19 spectroscopically-observed cluster members, yielding $R_V=3.85\\pm0.07$. The derived distance to Westerlund~2 of $d=2.85\\pm0.43$ kpc places the cluster on the far side of the Carina spiral arm. The cluster's age is no more than $\\tau \\sim2\\time...

  19. The same frequency of planets inside and outside open clusters of stars.

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    Meibom, Søren; Torres, Guillermo; Fressin, Francois; Latham, David W; Rowe, Jason F; Ciardi, David R; Bryson, Steven T; Rogers, Leslie A; Henze, Christopher E; Janes, Kenneth; Barnes, Sydney A; Marcy, Geoffrey W; Isaacson, Howard; Fischer, Debra A; Howell, Steve B; Horch, Elliott P; Jenkins, Jon M; Schuler, Simon C; Crepp, Justin

    2013-07-04

    Most stars and their planets form in open clusters. Over 95 per cent of such clusters have stellar densities too low (less than a hundred stars per cubic parsec) to withstand internal and external dynamical stresses and fall apart within a few hundred million years. Older open clusters have survived by virtue of being richer and denser in stars (1,000 to 10,000 per cubic parsec) when they formed. Such clusters represent a stellar environment very different from the birthplace of the Sun and other planet-hosting field stars. So far more than 800 planets have been found around Sun-like stars in the field. The field planets are usually the size of Neptune or smaller. In contrast, only four planets have been found orbiting stars in open clusters, all with masses similar to or greater than that of Jupiter. Here we report observations of the transits of two Sun-like stars by planets smaller than Neptune in the billion-year-old open cluster NGC6811. This demonstrates that small planets can form and survive in a dense cluster environment, and implies that the frequency and properties of planets in open clusters are consistent with those of planets around field stars in the Galaxy.

  20. Bayesian investigation of isochrone consistency using the old open cluster NGC 188

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    Hills, Shane; Courteau, Stéphane [Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada (Canada); Von Hippel, Ted [Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (United States); Geller, Aaron M., E-mail: shane.hills@queensu.ca, E-mail: courteau@astro.queensu.ca, E-mail: ted.vonhippel@erau.edu, E-mail: a-geller@northwestern.edu [Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)

    2015-03-01

    This paper provides a detailed comparison of the differences in parameters derived for a star cluster from its color–magnitude diagrams (CMDs) depending on the filters and models used. We examine the consistency and reliability of fitting three widely used stellar evolution models to 15 combinations of optical and near-IR photometry for the old open cluster NGC 188. The optical filter response curves match those of theoretical systems and are thus not the source of fit inconsistencies. NGC 188 is ideally suited to this study thanks to a wide variety of high-quality photometry and available proper motions and radial velocities that enable us to remove non-cluster members and many binaries. Our Bayesian fitting technique yields inferred values of age, metallicity, distance modulus, and absorption as a function of the photometric band combinations and stellar models. We show that the historically favored three-band combinations of UBV and VRI can be meaningfully inconsistent with each other and with longer baseline data sets such as UBVRIJHK{sub S}. Differences among model sets can also be substantial. For instance, fitting Yi et al. (2001) and Dotter et al. (2008) models to UBVRIJHK{sub S} photometry for NGC 188 yields the following cluster parameters: age = (5.78 ± 0.03, 6.45 ± 0.04) Gyr, [Fe/H] = (+0.125 ± 0.003, −0.077 ± 0.003) dex, (m−M){sub V} = (11.441 ± 0.007, 11.525 ± 0.005) mag, and A{sub V} = (0.162 ± 0.003, 0.236 ± 0.003) mag, respectively. Within the formal fitting errors, these two fits are substantially and statistically different. Such differences among fits using different filters and models are a cautionary tale regarding our current ability to fit star cluster CMDs. Additional modeling of this kind, with more models and star clusters, and future Gaia parallaxes are critical for isolating and quantifying the most relevant uncertainties in stellar evolutionary models.

  1. The Chemical Compositions and Evolutionary Status of Red Giants in the Open Cluster NGC 752

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    Topcu, G Böcek; Schaeuble, M; Sneden, C

    2014-01-01

    We present detailed chemical compositions of 10 red giant star members of the Galactic (open) cluster NGC 752, derived from high-resolution (R $\\approx$ 60,000), high signal-to-noise ($S/N$ $\\geq$ 140) spectra. We confirmed cluster memberships by measuring the stellar radial velocities, and by deriving model atmosphere parameters ($T_{eff}$, logg, [Fe/H] and $\\xi_{t}$) from equivalent widths of Fe I, Fe II, Ti I, and Ti II lines. The metallicity we obtained for NGC 752 ([Fe/H]=$-$0.02$\\pm$0.05) is in good agreement with previous studies. We derived abundances of $\\alpha$ (Mg, Si, Ca), light odd-Z (Na, Al), Fe-group (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn), $n$-capture (Y, La, Nd, Eu), and $p$-capture (Li, C, N, O) species for each star. Furthermore, we also derived abundances of the LiCNO $p$-capture element group and carbon isotopic ratios, using synthetic spectrum analyses of the Li I 6707~\\AA\\ resonance doublet, the [O I] line at 6300~\\AA, the CH G-band features near 4311 and 4325 \\AA, the C$_{2}$ bandheads...

  2. Open clusters as laboratories for stellar spin-down and magnetic activity decay

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    Douglas, Stephanie; Agueros, Marcel A.; Covey, Kevin R.

    2017-01-01

    The oldest open clusters within 250 pc of the Sun, the Hyades and Praesepe, are important benchmarks for calibrating stellar properties such as rotation and magnetic activity. As they have the same age and roughly solar metallicity, these clusters serve as an ideal laboratory for testing the agreement between theoretical and empirical rotation-activity relations at ~600 Myr. The repurposed Kepler mission, K2, has allowed us to measure rotation periods for dozens of Hyads and hundreds of Praesepe members, including the first periods measured for fully convective Hyads. These data have enabled new tests of models describing the evolution of stellar rotation; discrepancies with these models imply that we still do not fully understand how magnetic fields affect stellar spin-down. I will present rotation periods measured for 48 Hyads and 699 Praesepe members with K2, along with associated Halpha and X-ray fluxes. I will also show how we can compare the dependence of H-alpha and X-ray emission on rotation in order to test theories of magnetic field topology and stellar dynamos. These tests inform models of stellar wind-driven angular momentum loss and the age-rotation-activity relation.

  3. Chemical composition of intermediate mass stars members of the M6 (NGC 6405) open cluster

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    Kılıçoğlu, Tolgahan; Richer, Jacques; Fossati, Luca; Albayrak, Berahitdin

    2015-01-01

    We present here the first abundance analysis of 44 late B, A and F-type members of the young open cluster M6 (NGC 6405, age about 75 Myrs). Spectra, covering the 4500 to 5800 \\AA{} wavelength range, were obtained using the FLAMES/GIRAFFE spectrograph attached to the ESO Very Large Telescopes (VLT). We determined the atmospheric parameters using calibrations of the Geneva photometry and by adjusting the $H_{\\beta}$ profiles to synthetic ones. The abundances of up to 20 chemical elements, were derived for 19 late B, 16 A and 9 F stars by iteratively adjusting synthetic spectra to the observations. We also derived a mean cluster metallicity of $\\mathrm{[Fe/H]=0.07\\pm0.03}$ dex from the iron abundances of the F-type stars. We find that, for most chemical elements, the normal late B and A-type stars exhibit larger star-to-star abundance variations than the F-type stars do probably because of the faster rotation of the B and A stars. The abundances of C, O, Mg, Si and Sc appear to be anticorrelated to that of Fe, w...

  4. Variable stars in the open cluster NGC 6791 and its surrounding field

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    De Marchi, F; Montalto, M; Piotto, G; Desidera, S; Bedin, L R; Claudi, R; Ferro, A Arellano; Bruntt, H; Stetson, P B

    2007-01-01

    Aims: This work presents a high--precision variability survey in the field of the old, super metal-rich open cluster NGC 6791. Methods: The data sample consists of more than 75,000 high-precision CCD time series measurements in the V band obtained mainly at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, with additional data from S. Pedro Martir and Loiano observatories, over a time span of ten nights. The field covers an area of 42x28 arcmin^2. Results: We have discovered 260 new variables and re-determined periods and amplitudes of 70 known variable stars. By means of a photometric evaluation of the membership in NGC 6791, and a preliminary membership based on the proper motions, we give a full description of the variable content of the cluster and surrounding field in the range 16

  5. Metal clusters on supported argon layers; Metallcluster auf dielektrischen Substraten

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    Faber, Bernhard

    2011-10-21

    The deposition of small sodium clusters on supported Ar(001)-surfaces is simulated. Theoretical description is achieved by a hierarchical model consisting of time-dependent DFT and molecular dynamics. The valence electrons of the sodium atoms are considered by Kohn-Sham-Scheme with self interaction correction. The interaction of argon atoms and sodium ions is described by atom-atom potentials whereas the coupling to the QM electrons is done by local pseudo-potentials. A decisive part of the model is the dynamical polarizability of the rare-gas atoms. The optional metal support is considered by the method of image charges. The influence of the forces caused by image charges and the influence of the number of argon monolayers on structure, optical response and deposition dynamics of Na{sub 6} and Na{sub 8} is investigated. There is very little influence on cluster structure and only a small shift of the cluster perpendicular to the surface. Concerning optical response the position of the Mie plasmon peak stays robust whereas the details of spectral fragmentation react very sensitively to changes. The forces caused by image charges of the metal support play only a little role with the dynamics of deposition while the thickness of the argon surface strongly influences the dissipation. (orig.)

  6. OpenCluster: A Flexible Distributed Computing Framework for Astronomical Data Processing

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    Wei, Shoulin; Wang, Feng; Deng, Hui; Liu, Cuiyin; Dai, Wei; Liang, Bo; Mei, Ying; Shi, Congming; Liu, Yingbo; Wu, Jingping

    2017-02-01

    The volume of data generated by modern astronomical telescopes is extremely large and rapidly growing. However, current high-performance data processing architectures/frameworks are not well suited for astronomers because of their limitations and programming difficulties. In this paper, we therefore present OpenCluster, an open-source distributed computing framework to support rapidly developing high-performance processing pipelines of astronomical big data. We first detail the OpenCluster design principles and implementations and present the APIs facilitated by the framework. We then demonstrate a case in which OpenCluster is used to resolve complex data processing problems for developing a pipeline for the Mingantu Ultrawide Spectral Radioheliograph. Finally, we present our OpenCluster performance evaluation. Overall, OpenCluster provides not only high fault tolerance and simple programming interfaces, but also a flexible means of scaling up the number of interacting entities. OpenCluster thereby provides an easily integrated distributed computing framework for quickly developing a high-performance data processing system of astronomical telescopes and for significantly reducing software development expenses.

  7. Oligomeric rare-earth metal cluster complexes with endohedral transition metal atoms

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    Steinberg, Simon; Zimmermann, Sina; Brühmann, Matthias; Meyer, Eva; Rustige, Christian; Wolberg, Marike; Daub, Kathrin; Bell, Thomas; Meyer, Gerd, E-mail: gerd.meyer@uni-koeln.de

    2014-11-15

    Comproportionation reactions of rare-earth metal trihalides (RX{sub 3}) with the respective rare-earth metals (R) and transition metals (T) led to the formation of 22 oligomeric R cluster halides encapsulating T, in 19 cases for the first time. The structures of these compounds were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and are composed of trimers ((T{sub 3}R{sub 11})X{sub 15}-type, P6{sub 3}/m), tetramers ((T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 28}(R{sub 4}) (P-43m), (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 20} (P4{sub 2}/nnm), (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 24}(RX{sub 3}){sub 4} (I4{sub 1}/a) and (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 23} (C2/m) types of structure) and pentamers ((Ru{sub 5}La{sub 14}){sub 2}Br{sub 39}, Cc) of (TR{sub r}){sub n} (n=2–5) clusters. These oligomers are further enveloped by inner (X{sup i}) as well as outer (X{sup a}) halido ligands, which possess diverse functionalities and interconnect like oligomers through i–i, i–a and/or a–i bridges. The general features of the crystal structures for these new compounds are discussed and compared to literature entries as well as different structure types with oligomeric T centered R clusters. Dimers and tetramers originating from the aggregation of (TR{sub 6}) octahedra via common edges are more frequent than trimers and pentamers, in which the (TR{sub r}) clusters share common faces. - Graphical abstract: Rare earth-metal cluster complexes with endohedral transition metal atoms (TR{sub 6}) may connect via common edges or faces to form dimers, trimers, tetramers and pentamers of which the tetramers are the most prolific. Packing effects and electron counts play an important role. - Highlights: • Rare-earth metal cluster complexes encapsulate transition metal atoms. • Oligomers are built via connection of octahedral clusters via common edges or faces. • Dimers through pentamers with closed structures are known. • Tetramers including a tetrahedron of endohedral atoms are the most prolific.

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

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    Santos, J F C

    2004-01-01

    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 KCaII, Gband(CH) and MgI metallic, and Hdelta, Hgamma and Hbeta 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 10 Gyr, and that the former is also sensitive to cluster metallicity for ages greater than 10 Gyr. 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 10 Gyr, we also provide a calibration to derive their overall metal contents.

  9. Searching for Chemical Signatures of Multiple Stellar Populations in the Old, Massive Open Cluster NGC 6791

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    Bragaglia, A; Carretta, E; Gratton, R G; Lucatello, S; Bernath, P F; Brooke, J S A; Ram, R S

    2014-01-01

    Galactic open and globular clusters (OCs, GCs) appear to inhabit separate regions of the age-mass plane. However, the transition between them is not easily defined because there is some overlap between high-mass, old OCs and low-mass, young GCs. We are exploring the possibility of a clear-cut separation between OCs and GCs using an abundance feature that has been found so far only in GCs: (anti)correlations between light elements. Among the coupled abundance trends, the Na-O anticorrelation is the most widely studied. These anticorrelations are the signature of self-enrichment, i.e., of a formation mechanism that implies multiple generations of stars. Here we concentrate on the old, massive, metal-rich OC NGC 6791. We analyzed archival Keck/HIRES spectra of 15 NGC 6791 main sequence turn-off and evolved stars, concentrating on the derivation of C, N, O, and Na abundances. We also used WIYN/Hydra spectra of 21 evolved stars (one is in common). Given the spectral complexity of the very metal-rich NGC 6791 stars...

  10. The electronic structure of free aluminum clusters: metallicity and plasmons.

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    Andersson, Tomas; Zhang, Chaofan; Tchaplyguine, Maxim; Svensson, Svante; Mårtensson, Nils; Björneholm, Olle

    2012-05-28

    The electronic structure of free aluminum clusters with ∼3-4 nm radius has been investigated using synchrotron radiation-based photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy. A beam of free clusters has been produced using a gas-aggregation source. The 2p core level and the valence band have been probed. Photoelectron energy-loss features corresponding to both bulk and surface plasmon excitation following photoionization of the 2p level have been observed, and the excitation energies have been derived. In contrast to some expectations, the loss features have been detected at energies very close to those of the macroscopic solid. The results are discussed from the point of view of metallic properties in nanoparticles with a finite number of constituent atoms.

  11. The electronic structure of free aluminum clusters: Metallicity and plasmons

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    Andersson, Tomas; Zhang, Chaofan; Tchaplyguine, Maxim; Svensson, Svante; Mârtensson, Nils; Björneholm, Olle

    2012-05-01

    The electronic structure of free aluminum clusters with ˜3-4 nm radius has been investigated using synchrotron radiation-based photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy. A beam of free clusters has been produced using a gas-aggregation source. The 2p core level and the valence band have been probed. Photoelectron energy-loss features corresponding to both bulk and surface plasmon excitation following photoionization of the 2p level have been observed, and the excitation energies have been derived. In contrast to some expectations, the loss features have been detected at energies very close to those of the macroscopic solid. The results are discussed from the point of view of metallic properties in nanoparticles with a finite number of constituent atoms.

  12. Large amplitude femtosecond electron dynamics in metal clusters

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    Daligault, J

    2003-01-01

    We present a theoretical model that allows us to study linear and non-linear aspects of the femtosecond electron dynamics in metal clusters. The theoretical approach consists in the classical limit of the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations. The electrons are described by a phase-space distribution function which satisfies a Vlasov-like equation while the ions are treated classically. This allows simulations for clusters containing several hundreds of atoms and extending up to several hundreds of femtoseconds during which the description conserves the fermionic character of the electron distribution. This semi-quantal approach compares very well with the purely quantal treatment. As an application of this approach, we show the prominent role of the electron dynamics during and after the interaction with an intense femtosecond laser pulse.

  13. Mixed-metal chalcogenide tetrahedral clusters with an exo-polyhedral metal fragment.

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    Yuvaraj, K; Roy, Dipak Kumar; Anju, V P; Mondal, Bijnaneswar; Varghese, Babu; Ghosh, Sundargopal

    2014-12-07

    The reaction of metal carbonyl compounds with group 6 and 8 metallaboranes led us to report the synthesis and structural characterization of several novel mixed-metal chalcogenide tetrahedral clusters. Thermolysis of arachno-[(Cp*RuCO)2B2H6], 1, and [Os3(CO)12] in the presence of 2-methylthiophene yielded [Cp*Ru(CO)2(μ-H){Os3(CO)9}S], 3, and [Cp*Ru(μ-H){Os3(CO)11}], 4. In a similar fashion, the reaction of [(Cp*Mo)2B5H9], 2, with [Ru3(CO)12] and 2-methylthiophene yielded [Cp*Ru(CO)2(μ-H){Ru3(CO)9}S], 5, and conjuncto-[(Cp*Mo)2B5H8(μ-H){Ru3(CO)9}S], 6. Both compounds 3 and 5 can be described as 50-cve (cluster valence electron) mixed-metal chalcogenide clusters, in which a sulfur atom replaces one of the vertices of the tetrahedral core. Compounds 3 and 5 possess a [M3S] tetrahedral core, in which the sulfur is attached to an exo-metal fragment, unique in the [M3S] metal chalcogenide tetrahedral arrangements. All the compounds have been characterized by mass spectrometry, IR, and (1)H, (11)B and (13)C NMR spectroscopy in solution, and the solid state structures were unequivocally established by crystallographic analysis of compounds 3, 5 and 6.

  14. On the Survival of High-Altitude Open Clusters within the Milky Way Galaxy Tides

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    Martinez-Medina, L A; Peimbert, A; Moreno, E

    2016-01-01

    It is a common assumption that high-altitude open clusters live longer compared with clusters moving close to the Galactic plane. This is because at high altitudes, open clusters are far from the disruptive effects of in-plane substructures, such as spiral arms, molecular clouds and the bar. However, an important aspect to consider in this scenario is that orbits of high-altitude open clusters will eventually cross the Galactic plane, where the vertical tidal field of the disk is strong. In this work we simulate the interaction of open clusters with the tidal field of a detailed Milky Way Galactic model at different average altitudes and galactocentric radii. We find that the life expectancy of clusters decreases as the maximum orbital altitude increases and reaches a minimum at altitudes of approximately 600 pc. Clusters near the Galactic plane live longer because they do not experience strong vertical tidal shocks from the Galactic disk; then, for orbital altitudes higher than 600 pc, clusters start again t...

  15. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Red giants abundances in 4 open clusters (Reddy+, 2012)

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    Reddy, A. B. S.; Giridhar, S.; Lambert, D. L.

    2012-06-01

    Clusters were selected from the New catalogue of optically visible open clusters and candidates (Dias et al., 2002, Cat. B/ocl). Observations were conducted during 1999 February 6-10 with Tull echelle coude spectrograph on the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith telescope at the McDonald observatory. (2 data files).

  16. Superatoms and Metal-Semiconductor Motifs for Cluster Materials

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    Castleman, A. W.

    2013-10-11

    A molecular understanding of catalysis and catalytically active materials is of fundamental importance in designing new substances for applications in energy and fuels. We have performed reactivity studies and ultrafast ionization and coulomb explosion studies on a variety of catalytically-relevant materials, including transition metal oxides of Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ti, V, Nb, and Ta. We demonstrate that differences in charge state, geometry, and elemental composition of clusters of such materials determine chemical reactivity and ionization behavior, crucial steps in improving performance of catalysts.

  17. Zintl cluster chemistry in the alkali-metal-gallium systems

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    Henning, Robert [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1998-03-27

    Previous research into the alkali-metal-gallium systems has revealed a large variety of networked gallium deltahedra. The clusters are analogues to borane clusters and follow the same electronic requirements of 2n+2 skeletal electrons for closo-deltahedra. This work has focused on compounds that do not follow the typical electron counting rules. The first isolated gallium cluster was found in Cs8Ga11. The geometry of the Ga117- unit is not deltahedral but can be described as a penta-capped trigonal prism. The reduction of the charge from a closo-Ga1113- to Ga117- is believed to be the driving force of the distortion. The compound is paramagnetic because of an extra electron but incorporation of a halide atom into the structure captures the unpaired electron and forms a diamagnetic compound. A second isolated cluster has been found in Na10Ga10Ni where the tetra-capped trigonal prismatic gallium is centered by nickel. Stabilization of the cluster occurs through Ni-Ga bonding. A simple two-dimensional network occurs in the binary K2Ga3 Octahedra are connected through four waist atoms to form a layered structure with the potassium atoms sitting between the layers. Na30.5Ga60-xAgx is nonstoichiometric and needs only a small amount of silver to form (x ~ 2-6). The structure is composed of three different clusters which are interconnected to form a three-dimensional structure. The RbGa3-xAux system is also nonstoichiometric with a three-dimensional structure composed of Ga8 dodecahedra and four-bonded gallium atoms. Unlike Na30.5Ga60-xAgx, the RbGa3 binary is also stable. The binary is formally a Zintl phase but the ternary is not. Some chemistry in the alkali-metal-indium system also has been explored. A new potassium-indium binary

  18. VizieR Online Data Catalog: SAI Open Clusters Catalog (Glushkova+, 2009)

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    Glushkova, E. V.; Koposov, S. E.; Zolotukhin, I. Yu.; Beletsky, Y. V.; Vlasov, A. D.; Leonova, S. I.

    2009-09-01

    Data for 194 open clusters are listed. We provide color excesses E(B-V), distance moduli and ages with corresponding errors for 168 clusters. Lack of the errors in ages indicates that it was only possible to determine the upper limit of the age estimation. For 26 clusters we give the coordinates and diameters only. Clusters which name starts with 'SAI' or 'Koposov' were discovered or verified in the frame of this study; remaining clusters were known before but either have incorrect/inconsistent parameter estimations or do not have them at all. Tabular data, color-magnitude diagrams with fitted isochrones, Hess-diagrams and quick-look cluster images, as well as catalogs of UBVRI CCD photometry (where available) can be accessed from individual cluster web-pages at SAI OCL Catalog web-site either through the web-browser or by means of common programming interfaces. (1 data file).

  19. Dynamical Interactions Make Hot Jupiters in Open Star Clusters

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    Shara, Michael M; Mardling, Rosemary A

    2014-01-01

    Explaining the origin and evolution of exoplanetary "hot Jupiters" remains a significant challenge. One possible mechanism for their production is planet-planet interactions, which produces hot Jupiters from planets born far from their host stars but near their dynamical stability limits. In the much more likely case of planets born far from their dynamical stability limits, can hot Jupiters can be formed in star clusters? Our N-body simulations of planetary systems inside star clusters answer this question in the affirmative, and show that hot Jupiter formation is not a rare event. We detail three case studies of the dynamics-induced births of hot Jupiters on highly eccentric orbits that can only occur inside star clusters. The hot Jupiters' orbits bear remarkable similarities to those of some of the most extreme exoplanets known: HAT-P-32 b, HAT-P-2 b, HD 80606 b and GJ 876 d. If stellar perturbations formed these hot Jupiters then our simulations predict that these very hot, inner planets are sometimes acc...

  20. The Monitor project: Searching for occultations in young open clusters

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    Aigrain, S; Irwin, J; Hebb, L; Irwin, M; Favata, F; Moraux, E; Pont, F; Aigrain, Suzanne; Hodgkin, Simon; Irwin, Jonathan; Hebb, Leslie; Irwin, Mike; Favata, Fabio; Moraux, Estelle; Pont, Frederic

    2006-01-01

    The Monitor project is a photometric monitoring survey of nine young (1-200Myr) clusters in the solar neighbourhood to search for eclipses by very low mass stars and brown dwarfs and for planetary transits in the light curves of cluster members. It began in the autumn of 2004 and uses several 2 to 4m telescopes worldwide. We aim to calibrate the relation between age, mass, radius and where possible luminosity, from the K-dwarf to the planet regime, in an age range where constraints on evolutionary models are currently very scarce. Any detection of an exoplanet in one of our youngest targets (<=10Myr) would also provide important constraints on planet formation and migration timescales and their relation to proto-planetary disc lifetimes. Finally, we will use the light curves of cluster members to study rotation and flaring in low-mass pre-main sequence stars. The present paper details the motivation, science goals and observing strategy of the survey. We present a method to estimate the sensitivity and num...

  1. ON THE ORIGIN OF HIGH-ALTITUDE OPEN CLUSTERS IN THE MILKY WAY

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    Martinez-Medina, L. A.; Pichardo, B.; Moreno, E.; Peimbert, A. [Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A.P. 70-264, 04510, México, D.F., México (Mexico); Velazquez, H., E-mail: lamartinez@astro.unam.mx [Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 877, 22860 Ensenada, B.C., México (Mexico)

    2016-01-20

    We present a dynamical study of the effect of the bar and spiral arms on the simulated orbits of open clusters in the Galaxy. Specifically, this work is devoted to the puzzling presence of high-altitude open clusters in the Galaxy. For this purpose we employ a very detailed observationally motivated potential model for the Milky Way and a careful set of initial conditions representing the newly born open clusters in the thin disk. We find that the spiral arms are able to raise an important percentage of open clusters (about one-sixth of the total employed in our simulations, depending on the structural parameters of the arms) above the Galactic plane to heights beyond 200 pc, producing a bulge-shaped structure toward the center of the Galaxy. Contrary to what was expected, the spiral arms produce a much greater vertical effect on the clusters than the bar, both in quantity and height; this is due to the sharper concentration of the mass on the spiral arms, when compared to the bar. When a bar and spiral arms are included, spiral arms are still capable of raising an important percentage of the simulated open clusters through chaotic diffusion (as tested from classification analysis of the resultant high-z orbits), but the bar seems to restrain them, diminishing the elevation above the plane by a factor of about two.

  2. The Open Cluster Chemical Abundances and Mapping (OCCAM) Survey: Optical Extension for Neutron Capture Elements

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    Melendez, Matthew; O'Connell, Julia; Frinchaboy, Peter M.; Donor, John; Cunha, Katia M. L.; Shetrone, Matthew D.; Majewski, Steven R.; Zasowski, Gail; Pinsonneault, Marc H.; Roman-Lopes, Alexandre; Stassun, Keivan G.; APOGEE Team

    2017-01-01

    The Open Cluster Chemical Abundance & Mapping (OCCAM) survey is a systematic survey of Galactic open clusters using data primarily from the SDSS-III/APOGEE-1 survey. However, neutron capture elements are very limited in the IR region covered by APOGEE. In an effort to fully study detailed Galactic chemical evolution, we are conducting a high resolution (R~60,000) spectroscopic abundance analysis of neutron capture elements for OCCAM clusters in the optical regime to complement the APOGEE results. As part of this effort, we present Ba II, La II, Ce II and Eu II results for a few open clusters without previous abundance measurements using data obtained at McDonald Observatory with the 2.1m Otto Struve telescope and Sandiford Echelle Spectrograph.This work is supported by an NSF AAG grant AST-1311835.

  3. From Metal Cluster to Metal Nanowire: A Topological Analysis of Electron Density and Band Structure Calculation

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    Yu Wang

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract:We investigate a theoretical model of molecular metalwire constructed from linear polynuclear metal complexes. In particular we study the linear Crn metal complex and Cr molecular metalwire. The electron density distributions of the model nanowire and the linear Crn metal complexes, with n = 3, 5, and 7, are calculated by employing CRYSTAL98 package with topological analysis. The preliminary results indicate that the bonding types between any two neighboring Cr are all the same, namely the polarized open-shell interaction. The pattern of electron density distribution in metal complexes resembles that of the model Cr nanowire as the number of metal ions increases. The conductivity of the model Cr nanowire is also tested by performing the band structure calculation.

  4. The initial mass function of young open clusters in the Galaxy: A preliminary result

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    Lim, Beomdu; Hur, Hyeonoh; Park, Byeong-Gon

    2015-01-01

    The initial mass function (IMF) is an essential tool with which to study star formation processes. We have initiated the photometric survey of young open clusters in the Galaxy, from which the stellar IMFs are obtained in a homogeneous way. A total of 16 famous young open clusters have preferentially been studied up to now. These clusters have a wide range of surface densities (log sigma = -1 to 3 [stars pc^2] for stars with mass larger than 5M_sun) and cluster masses (M_cl = 165 to 50,000M_sun), and also are distributed in five different spiral arms in the Galaxy. It is possible to test the dependence of star formation processes on the global properties of individual clusters or environmental conditions. We present a preliminary result on the variation of the IMF in this paper.

  5. Towards ensemble asteroseismology of the young open clusters Chi Persei and NGC 6910

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    Saesen, S; Carrier, F; Michalska, G; Aerts, C; De Ridder, J; Briquet, M; Handler, G; Kolaczkowski, Z; Acke, B; Bauwens, E; Beck, P G; Blom, Y; Blommaert, J; Broeders, E; Cherix, M; Davignon, G; Debosscher, J; Degroote, P; Decin, L; Dehaes, S; De Meester, W; Deroo, P; Desmet, M; Drummond, R; Eggen, J R; Fu, J; Gazeas, K; Gelven, G A; Gielen, C; Huygen, R; Jiang, X; Kalomeni, B; Kim, S -L; Kim, D H; Kopacki, G; Kwon, J -H; Ladjal, D; Lee, C -U; Lee, Y -J; Lefever, K; Leitner, A; Lenz, P; Liakos, A; Lorenz, D; Narwid, A; Niarchos, P; Oestensen, R; Poretti, E; Prins, S; Provencal, J; Antolin, E Puga; Puschnig, J; Raskin, G; Reed, M D; Reyniers, M; Schmidt, E; Schmitzberger, L; Spano, M; Steininger, B; Steslicki, M; Uytterhoeven, K; Vanautgaerden, J; Vandenbussche, B; Van Helshoecht, V; Vanhollebeke, E; Van Winckel, H; Verhoelst, T; Vuckovic, M; Waelkens, C; Wolf, G W; Yakut, K; Zhang, C; Zima, W

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    As a result of the variability survey in Chi Persei and NGC6910, the number of Beta Cep stars that are members of these two open clusters is increased to twenty stars, nine in NGC6910 and eleven in Chi Persei. We compare pulsational properties, in particular the frequency spectra, of Beta Cep stars in both clusters and explain the differences in terms of the global parameters of the clusters. We also indicate that the more complicated pattern of the variability among B type stars in Chi Persei is very likely caused by higher rotational velocities of stars in this cluster. We conclude that the sample of pulsating stars in the two open clusters constitutes a very good starting point for the ensemble asteroseismology of Beta Cep-type stars and maybe also for other B-type pulsators.

  6. Construction and application of Red5 cluster based on OpenStack

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    Wang, Jiaqing; Song, Jianxin

    2017-08-01

    With the application and development of cloud computing technology in various fields, the resource utilization rate of the data center has been improved obviously, and the system based on cloud computing platform has also improved the expansibility and stability. In the traditional way, Red5 cluster resource utilization is low and the system stability is poor. This paper uses cloud computing to efficiently calculate the resource allocation ability, and builds a Red5 server cluster based on OpenStack. Multimedia applications can be published to the Red5 cloud server cluster. The system achieves the flexible construction of computing resources, but also greatly improves the stability of the cluster and service efficiency.

  7. Cluster-Enabled OpenMP: An OpenMP Compiler for the SCASH Software Distributed Shared Memory System

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    Mitsuhisa Sato

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OpenMP is attracting wide-spread interest because of its easy-to-use parallel programming model for shared memory multiprocessors. We have implemented a "cluster-enabled" OpenMP compiler for a page-based software distributed shared memory system, SCASH, which works on a cluster of PCs. It allows OpenMP programs to run transparently in a distributed memory environment. The compiler transforms OpenMP programs into parallel programs using SCASH so that shared global variables are allocated at run time in the shared address space of SCASH. A set of directives is added to specify data mapping and loop scheduling method which schedules iterations onto threads associated with the data mapping. Our experimental results show that the data mapping may greatly impact on the performance of OpenMP programs in the software distributed shared memory system. The performance of some NAS parallel benchmark programs in OpenMP is improved by using our extended directives.

  8. Magnetism of Metals, Alloys and of Clusters of Transition Metal Atoms

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    2001-01-01

    A condition for local moment formation in metals derived by Stoddart and March (Ann. Phys.NY 1972 64, 174) is first used to discuss the ferromagnetism of body-centred-cubic Fe. A less detailed discussion is also added on Ni and Co. This leads into a treatment of the nonlinear response of such 3d ferromagnets to dilute substitutional impurities. Antiferromagnets responding to local changes in the exchange field caused by such impurities are also studied, Mn in Cr being one such system discussed. The paper concludes with a brief summary of clusters of transition metal atoms, with most attention devoted to Cr and to Mn.

  9. Sejong Open Cluster Survey (SOS). II. IC 1848 Cluster in the H II Region W5 West

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    Lim, Beomdu; Kim, Jinyoung S; Bessell, Michael S; Karimov, Rivkat

    2013-01-01

    IC 1848 is one of the young open clusters in the giant star forming Cas OB6 association. Several interesting aspects relating to star formation processes in giant star forming regions attracted us to study the initial mass function (IMF), star formation mode, and properties of pre-main sequence stars (PMS). A UBVI and H alpha photometric study of the young open cluster IC 1848 was conducted as part of the "Sejong Open cluster Survey" (SOS). We have selected 105 early-type members from photometric diagrams. Their mean reddening is = 0.660 +/- 0.054 mag. Using the published photometric data with near- and mid-infrared archival data we confirmed the normal reddening law (R_V = 3.1) toward the cluster (IC 1848). A careful zero-age main sequence fitting gives a distance modulus of V_0 - M_V = 11.7 +/- 0.2 mag, equivalent to 2.2 +/- 0.2 kpc. H alpha photometry and the list of young stellar objects identified by Koenig et al. permitted us to select a large number of PMS stars comprising 196 H alpha emission stars, ...

  10. BOCCE, The Bologna Open Clusters Chemical Evolution Project: a large, homogeneous sample of Galactic open clusters. (Spanish Title: %t Proyecto BOCCE (The Bologna Open Clusters Chemical Evolution Project): una gran muestra homogénea de cúmulos abiertos galácticos)

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    Ahumada, A. V.; Bragaglia, A.; Tosi, M.; Marconi, G.

    The BOCCE project is a photometric and spectroscopic survey of Galactic open clusters (OCs), to be used as tracers of the properties and evolution of the Galactic disk. The main OCs parameters are derived in a precise and homogeneous way, and they will be used, for example, to determine the metallicity distribution in the Galactic disk and how it has evolved with time. We have presently data for about 40 OCs. We present here part of our last effort, concerning the photometric data obtained for NGC 2849.

  11. GeMs/GSAOI observations of La Serena 94: an old and far open cluster inside the solar circle

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    Santos, J F C; Carrasco, E R; Maia, F F S; Neichel, B

    2015-01-01

    Physical properties were derived for the candidate open cluster La Serena 94, recently unveiled by the VVV collaboration. Thanks to the exquisite angular resolution provided by GeMS/GSAOI, we could characterize this system in detail, for the first time, with deep photometry in JHK$_{s}$ - bands. Decontaminated JHK$_{s}$ diagrams reach about 5 mag below the cluster turnoff in H. The locus of red clump giants in the colour - colour diagram, together with an extinction law, was used to obtain an average extinction of $A_V =14.18 \\pm 0.71$. The same stars were considered as standard - candles to derive the cluster distance, $8.5 \\pm 1.0$ kpc. Isochrones were matched to the cluster colour - magnitude diagrams to determine its age, $\\log{t(yr)}=9.12\\pm 0.06$, and metallicity, $Z=0.02\\pm0.01$. A core radius of $r_{c}=0.51\\pm 0.04$ pc was found by fitting King models to the radial density profile. By adding up the visible stellar mass to an extrapolated mass function, the cluster mass was estimated as $M=(2.65\\pm0.57...

  12. WIYN Open Cluster Study. XXXIX. Abundances in NGC 6253 from HYDRA Spectroscopy of the Li 6708 A Region

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    Anthony-Twarog, B J; Twarog, B A; Cummings, J D; Maderak, R M

    2010-01-01

    High-dispersion spectra of 89 potential members of the old, super-metal-rich open cluster, NGC 6253, have been obtained with the HYDRA multi-object spectrograph. Based upon radial-velocity measurements alone, 47 stars at the turnoff of the cluster color-magnitude diagram (CMD) and 18 giants are identified as potential members. Five turnoff stars exhibit evidence of binarity while proper-motion data eliminates two of the dwarfs as members. The mean cluster radial velocity from probable single-star members is -29.4 +/- 1.3 km/sec (sd). A discussion of the current estimates for the cluster reddening, derived independently of potential issues with the BV cluster photometry, lead to an adopted reddening of E(B-V) = 0.22 +/- 0.04. From equivalent width analyses of 38 probable single-star members near the CMD turnoff, the weighted average abundances are found to be [Fe/H] = +0.43 +/- 0.01, [Ni/H] = +0.53 +/- 0.02 and [Si/H] = +0.43 (+0.03,-0.04), where the errors refer to the standard errors of the weighted mean. We...

  13. All-metal clusters that mimic the chemistry of halogens.

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    Zhao, Tianshan; Li, Yawei; Wang, Qian; Jena, Puru

    2013-10-07

    Owing to their s(2)p(5) electronic configuration, halogen atoms are highly electronegative and constitute the anionic components of salts. Whereas clusters that contain no halogen atoms, such as AlH(4), mimic the chemistry of halogens and readily form salts (e.g., Na(+)(AlH(4))(-)), clusters that are solely composed of metal atoms and yet behave in the same manner as a halogen are rare. Because coinage-metal atoms (Cu, Ag, and Au) only have one valence electron in their outermost electronic shell, as in H, we examined the possibility that, on interacting with Al, in particular as AlX(4) (X=Cu, Ag, Au), these metal atoms may exhibit halogen-like properties. By using density functional theory, we show that AlAu(4) not only mimics the chemistry of halogens, but also, with a vertical detachment energy (VDE) of 3.98 eV in its anionic form, is a superhalogen. Similarly, analogous to XHX superhalogens (X=F, Cl, Br), XAuX species with VDEs of 4.65, 4.50, and 4.34 eV in their anionic form, respectively, also form superhalogens. In addition, Au can also form hyperhalogens, a recently discovered species that show electron affinities (EAs) that are even higher than those of their corresponding superhalogen building blocks. For example, the VDEs of M(AlAu(4))(2)(-) (M=Na and K) and anionic (FAuF)Au(FAuF) range from 4.06 to 5.70 eV. Au-based superhalogen anions, such as AlAu(4)(-) and AuF(2)(-), have the additional advantage that they exhibit wider optical absorption ranges than their H-based analogues, AlH(4)(-) and HF(2)(-). Because of the catalytic properties and the biocompatibility of Au, Au-based superhalogens may be multifunctional. However, similar studies that were carried out for Cu and Ag atoms have shown that, unlike AlAu(4), AlX(4) (X=Cu, Ag) clusters are not superhalogens, a property that can be attributed to the large EA of the Au atom. Copyright © 2013 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Investigation of open clusters based on IPHAS and APASS survey data

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    Dambis, A. K.; Glushkova, E. V.; Berdnikov, L. N.; Joshi, Y. C.; Pandey, A. K.

    2017-02-01

    We adapt the classical Q-method based on a reddening-free parameter constructed from three passband magnitudes to the filter set of Isaac Newton Telescope Photometric Hα Survey and combine it with the maximum-likelihood-based cluster parameter estimator by Naylor & Jeffries (2006) to determine the extinction, heliocentric distances, and ages of young open clusters using Hαri data. The method is also adapted for the case of significant variations of extinction across the cluster field. Our technique is validated by comparing the colour excesses, distances, and ages determined in this study with the most bona fide values reported for the 18 well-studied young open clusters in the past and a fairly good agreement is found between our extinction and distance estimates and earlier published results, although our age estimates are not very consistent with those published by other authors. We also show that individual extinction values can be determined rather accurately for stars with (r - i) > 0.1. Our results open up a prospect for determining a uniform set of parameters for northern clusters based on homogeneous photometric data, and for searching for new, hitherto undiscovered open clusters.

  15. The same frequency of planets inside and outside open clusters of stars

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    Meibom, Søren; Fressin, Francois; Latham, David W; Rowe, Jason F; Ciardi, David R; Bryson, Steven T; Rogers, Leslie A; Henze, Christopher E; Janes, Kenneth; Barnes, Sydney A; Marcy, Geoffrey W; Isaacson, Howard; Fischer, Debra A; Howell, Steve B; Horch, Elliott P; Jenkins, Jon M; Schuler, Simon C; Crepp, Justin

    2013-01-01

    Most stars and their planets form in open clusters. Over 95 per cent of such clusters have stellar densities too low (less than a hundred stars per cubic parsec) to withstand internal and external dynamical stresses and fall apart within a few hundred million years. Older open clusters have survived by virtue of being richer and denser in stars (1,000 to 10,000 per cubic parsec) when they formed. Such clusters represent a stellar environment very different from the birthplace of the Sun and other planet-hosting field stars. So far more than 800 planets have been found around Sun-like stars in the field. The field planets are usually the size of Neptune or smaller. In contrast, only four planets have been found orbiting stars in open clusters, all with masses similar to or greater than that of Jupiter. Here we report observations of the transits of two Sun-like stars by planets smaller than Neptune in the billion-year-old open cluster NGC6811. This demonstrates that small planets can form and survive in a dens...

  16. Study of open clusters within 1.8 kpc and understanding the Galactic structure

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    Joshi, Yogesh C; Pandey, Anil K; Joshi, Santosh

    2016-01-01

    Based on an almost complete sample of Galactic open star clusters within 1.8 kpc, we perform a comprehensive statistical analysis of various cluster parameters like spatial position, age, size, mass and extinction in order to understand the general properties of the open cluster system in the Galaxy and the Galactic structure. Based on the distribution of 1241 open clusters about the Galactic plane and in different age bins, we find the average Galactic scale height as Zh = 60+/-2 pc for the youngest cluster population having Age <700 Myr, however, it increases up to 64+/-2 pc when we also include older population of clusters. The solar offset is found to be 6.2+/-1.1 pc above the formal Galactic plane. We derive a local mass density of \\rho_0 = 0.090+/-0.005 Msun/pc^3 and found a negligibly small amount of dark matter in the solar neighbourhood. The reddening in the direction of clusters suggests a strong correlation with their vertical distance from the Galactic plane having a respective slope of dE(B-V)...

  17. Monitoring the dissolution process of metals in the gas phase: reactions of nanoscale Al and Ga metal atom clusters and their relationship to similar metalloid clusters.

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    Burgert, Ralf; Schnöckel, Hansgeorg

    2008-05-14

    Formation and dissolution of metals are two of the oldest technical chemical processes. On the atomic scale, these processes are based on the formation and cleavage of metal-metal bonds. During the past 15 years we have studied intensively the intermediates during the formation process of metals, i.e. the formation of compounds containing many metal-metal bonds between naked metal atoms in the center and ligand-bearing metal atoms at the surface. We have called the clusters metalloid or, more generally, elementoid clusters. Via a retrosynthetic route, the many different Al and Ga metalloid clusters which have been structurally characterized allow us to understand also the dissolution process; i.e. the cleavage of metal-metal (M-M) bonds. However, this process can be detected much more directly by the reaction of single metal atom clusters in the gas phase under high vacuum conditions. A suitable tool to monitor the dissolution process of a metal cluster in the gas phase is FT-ICR (Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance) mass spectrometry. Snapshots during these cleavage processes are possible because only every 1-10 s is there a contact between a cluster molecule and an oxidizing molecule (e.g. Cl2). This period is long, i.e. the formation of the primary product (a smaller metal atom cluster) is finished before the next collision happens. We have studied three different types of reaction:(1) Step-by-step fragmentation of a structurally known metalloid cluster allows us to understand the bonding principle of these clusters because in every step only the weakest bond is broken.(2) There are three oxidation reactions of an Al13(-) cluster molecule with Cl2, HCl and O2 central to this review. These three reactions represent three different reaction types, (a) an exothermic reaction (Cl2), (b) an endothermic reaction (HCl), and (c) a kinetically limited reaction based on spin conservation rules (O2).(3) Finally, we present the reaction of a metalloid cluster with Cl2

  18. Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey V. Young clusters with an OB stellar population

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    Alegría, S Ramírez; Chené, A -N; Bonatto, C; Kurtev, R; Amigo, P; Kuhn, M; Gromadzki, M; Carballo-Bello, J A

    2016-01-01

    The ESO public survey VISTA Variables in the V\\'ia L\\'actea (VVV) has contributed with deep multi-epoch photometry of the Galactic bulge and the adjacent part of the disk over 526 square degrees. More than a hundred cluster candidates have been reported thanks to this survey. We present the fifth article in a series of papers focused on young and massive clusters discovered in the VVV survey. In this paper, we present the physical characterization of five clusters with a spectroscopically confirmed OB-type stellar population. To characterize the clusters, we used near-infrared photometry ($J$, $H,$ and $K_S$) from the VVV survey and near-infrared $K$-band spectroscopy from ISAAC at VLT, following the methodology presented in the previous articles of the series. All clusters in our sample are very young (ages between 1-20 Myr), and their total mass are between $(1.07^{+0.40}_{-0.30})\\cdot10^2$ $M_{\\odot}$ and $(4.17^{+4.15}_{-2.08})\\cdot10^3$ $M_{\\odot}$. We observed a relation between the clusters total mass ...

  19. Non-radial Pulsations in the Open Cluster NGC 3766

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    Roettenbacher, Rachael M; McSwain, M Virginia

    2009-01-01

    Non-radial pulsations (NRPs) are a proposed mechanism for the formation of decretion disks around Be stars and are important tools to study the internal structure of stars. NGC 3766 has an unusually large fraction of transient Be stars, so it is an excellent location to study the formation mechanism of Be star disks. High resolution spectroscopy can reveal line profile variations from NRPs, allowing measurements of both the degree, l, and azimuthal order, m. However, spectroscopic studies require large amounts of time with large telescopes to achieve the necessary high S/N and time domain coverage. On the other hand, multi-color photometry can be performed more easily with small telescopes to measure l only. Here, we present representative light curves of Be stars and non-emitting B stars in NGC 3766 from the CTIO 0.9m telescope in an effort to study NRPs in this cluster.

  20. Atomically precise arrays of fluorescent silver clusters: a modular approach for metal cluster photonics on DNA nanostructures.

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    Copp, Stacy M; Schultz, Danielle E; Swasey, Steven; Gwinn, Elisabeth G

    2015-03-24

    The remarkable precision that DNA scaffolds provide for arraying nanoscale optical elements enables optical phenomena that arise from interactions of metal nanoparticles, dye molecules, and quantum dots placed at nanoscale separations. However, control of ensemble optical properties has been limited by the difficulty of achieving uniform particle sizes and shapes. Ligand-stabilized metal clusters offer a route to atomically precise arrays that combine desirable attributes of both metals and molecules. Exploiting the unique advantages of the cluster regime requires techniques to realize controlled nanoscale placement of select cluster structures. Here we show that atomically monodisperse arrays of fluorescent, DNA-stabilized silver clusters can be realized on a prototypical scaffold, a DNA nanotube, with attachment sites separated by <10 nm. Cluster attachment is mediated by designed DNA linkers that enable isolation of specific clusters prior to assembly on nanotubes and preserve cluster structure and spectral purity after assembly. The modularity of this approach generalizes to silver clusters of diverse sizes and DNA scaffolds of many types. Thus, these silver cluster nano-optical elements, which themselves have colors selected by their particular DNA templating oligomer, bring unique dimensions of control and flexibility to the rapidly expanding field of nano-optics.

  1. A massive white dwarf member of the Coma Berenices Open Cluster

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    Dobbie, P D; Burleigh, M R; Boyce, D D

    2009-01-01

    We report the identification, from a photometric, astrometric and spectroscopic study, of a massive white dwarf member of the nearby, approximately solar metalicity, Coma Berenices open star cluster (Melotte 111). We find the optical to near-IR energy distribution of WD1216+260 to be entirely consistent with that of an isolated DA and determine the effective temperature and surface gravity of this object to be $T_{\\rm eff}$=$15739^{+197}_{-196}$K and log $g$=$8.46^{+0.03}_{-0.02}$. We set tight limits on the mass of a putative cool companion, M$\\simgreat$0.036M$_{\\odot}$ (spatially unresolved) and M$\\simgreat$0.034M$_{\\odot}$, (spatially resolved and a$\\simless$2500AU). Based on the predictions of CO core, thick-H layer evolutionary models we determine the mass and cooling time of WD1216+260 to be M$_{\\rm WD}$=$0.90 \\pm0.04$M$_{\\odot}$ and $\\tau

  2. Detection of a Stellar Stream Behind Open Cluster NGC 188: Another Part of the Monoceros Stream

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    Casetti-Dinescu, Dana I; Platais, Imants; van Altena, William F

    2010-01-01

    We present results from a WIYN/OPTIC photometric and astrometric survey of the field of the open cluster NGC 188 ((l,b) = (122.8\\arcdeg, 22.5\\arcdeg)). We combine these results with the proper-motion and photometry catalog of Platais et al. and demonstrate the existence of a stellar overdensity in the background of NGC 188. The theoretical isochrone fits to the color-magnitude diagram of the overdensity are consistent with an age between 6 and 10 Gyr and an intermediately metal poor population ([Fe/H] = -0.5 to -1.0). The distance to the overdensity is estimated to be between 10.0 and 12.6 kpc. The proper-motions indicate that the stellar population of the overdensity is kinematically cold. The distance estimate and the absolute proper motion of the overdensity agree reasonably well with the predictions of the Pe\\~{n}arrubia et al. model of the formation of the Monoceros stream. Orbits for this material constructed with plausible radial-velocity values, indicate that dynamically, this material is unlikely to ...

  3. Permanent excimer superstructures by supramolecular networking of metal quantum clusters

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    Santiago-Gonzalez, Beatriz; Monguzzi, Angelo; Azpiroz, Jon Mikel; Prato, Mirko; Erratico, Silvia; Campione, Marcello; Lorenzi, Roberto; Pedrini, Jacopo; Santambrogio, Carlo; Torrente, Yvan; De Angelis, Filippo; Meinardi, Francesco; Brovelli, Sergio

    2016-08-01

    Excimers are evanescent quasi-particles that typically form during collisional intermolecular interactions and exist exclusively for their excited-state lifetime. We exploited the distinctive structure of metal quantum clusters to fabricate permanent excimer-like colloidal superstructures made of ground-state noninteracting gold cores, held together by a network of hydrogen bonds between their capping ligands. This previously unknown aggregation state of matter, studied through spectroscopic experiments and ab initio calculations, conveys the photophysics of excimers into stable nanoparticles, which overcome the intrinsic limitation of excimers in single-particle applications—that is, their nearly zero formation probability in ultra-diluted solutions. In vitro experiments demonstrate the suitability of the superstructures as nonresonant intracellular probes and further reveal their ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species, which enhances their potential as anticytotoxic agents for biomedical applications.

  4. Age and helium content of the open cluster NGC 6791 from multiple eclipsing binary members. II

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    Brogaard, K.; VandenBerg, D. A.; Bruntt, H.

    2012-01-01

    Models of stellar structure and evolution can be constrained by measuring accurate parameters of detached eclipsing binaries in open clusters. Multiple binary stars provide the means to determine helium abundances in these old stellar systems, and in turn, to improve estimates of their age....... In the first paper of this series, we demonstrated how measurements of multiple eclipsing binaries in the old open cluster NGC6791 sets tighter constraints on the properties of stellar models than has previously been possible, thereby potentially improving both the accuracy and precision of the cluster age...... then perform an extensive comparison of the CMDs and eclipsing binary measurements to Victoria and DSEP isochrones to estimate cluster parameters. We also reanalyse a spectrum of the star 2-17 to improve [Fe/H] constraints. We find a best estimate of the age of ~8.3 Gyr while demonstrating that remaining age...

  5. Photometry Using Kepler "Superstamps" of Open Clusters NGC 6791 & NGC 6819

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    Kuehn, Charles A.; Drury, Jason A.; Bellamy, Beau R.; Stello, Dennis; Bedding, Timothy R.; Reed, Mike; Quick, Breanna

    2015-09-01

    The Kepler space telescope has proven to be a gold mine for the study of variable stars. Usually, Kepler only reads out a handful of pixels around each pre-selected target star, omitting a large number of stars in the Kepler field. Fortunately, for the open clusters NGC 6791 and NGC 6819, Kepler also read out larger "superstamps" which contained complete images of the central region of each cluster. These cluster images can be used to study additional stars in the open clusters that were not originally on Kepler's target list. We discuss our work on using two photometric techniques to analyze these superstamps and present sample results from this project to demonstrate the value of this technique for a wide variety of variable stars.

  6. Age and helium content of the open cluster NGC 6791 from multiple eclipsing binary members. II

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    Brogaard, K.; VandenBerg, D. A.; Bruntt, H.

    2012-01-01

    Models of stellar structure and evolution can be constrained by measuring accurate parameters of detached eclipsing binaries in open clusters. Multiple binary stars provide the means to determine helium abundances in these old stellar systems, and in turn, to improve estimates of their age....... In the first paper of this series, we demonstrated how measurements of multiple eclipsing binaries in the old open cluster NGC6791 sets tighter constraints on the properties of stellar models than has previously been possible, thereby potentially improving both the accuracy and precision of the cluster age...... then perform an extensive comparison of the CMDs and eclipsing binary measurements to Victoria and DSEP isochrones to estimate cluster parameters. We also reanalyse a spectrum of the star 2-17 to improve [Fe/H] constraints. We find a best estimate of the age of ~8.3 Gyr while demonstrating that remaining age...

  7. The mass-ratio and eccentricity distributions of barium and S stars, and red giants in open clusters

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    Van der Swaelmen, M.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Jorissen, A.; Van Eck, S.

    2017-01-01

    Context. A complete set of orbital parameters for barium stars, including the longest orbits, has recently been obtained thanks to a radial-velocity monitoring with the HERMES spectrograph installed on the Flemish Mercator telescope. Barium stars are supposed to belong to post-mass-transfer systems. Aims: In order to identify diagnostics distinguishing between pre- and post-mass-transfer systems, the properties of barium stars (more precisely their mass-function distribution and their period-eccentricity (P-e) diagram) are compared to those of binary red giants in open clusters. As a side product, we aim to identify possible post-mass-transfer systems among the cluster giants from the presence of s-process overabundances. We investigate the relation between the s-process enrichment, the location in the (P-e) diagram, and the cluster metallicity and turn-off mass. Methods: To invert the mass-function distribution and derive the mass-ratio distribution, we used the method pioneered by Boffin et al. (1992) that relies on a Richardson-Lucy deconvolution algorithm. The derivation of s-process abundances in the open-cluster giants was performed through spectral synthesis with MARCS model atmospheres. Results: A fraction of 22% of post-mass-transfer systems is found among the cluster binary giants (with companion masses between 0.58 and 0.87 M⊙, typical for white dwarfs), and these systems occupy a wider area than barium stars in the (P-e) diagram. Barium stars have on average lower eccentricities at a given orbital period. When the sample of binary giant stars in clusters is restricted to the subsample of systems occupying the same locus as the barium stars in the (P-e) diagram, and with a mass function compatible with a WD companion, 33% (=4/12) show a chemical signature of mass transfer in the form of s-process overabundances (from rather moderate - about 0.3 dex - to more extreme - about 1 dex). The only strong barium star in our sample is found in the cluster with

  8. New Candidate Ehb Stars in the Open Cluster NGC 6791: Looking Locally Into the Uv-Upturn Phenomenon

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    Buson, L. M.; Bertone, E.; Buzzoni, A.; Carraro, G.

    Relying on U and B imagery at the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), we report here the discovery of a sample of 13 new UV-bright post-HB candidate stars in the field of the Galactic open cluster NGC 6791. Owing to its super-solar metal content ([Fe/H] ≳ 0.2 dex) and estimated age (t ≳ 8 Gyr), this cluster represents the nearest and ideal stellar aggregate to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations possibly ruling the UV-upturn phenomenon in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. Our ongoing spectroscopic follow-up of this unique UV-bright sample will allow us to assess -- once cluster membership of the candidates is properly checked -- the real nature (e.g., sdB, sdO, AGB-manqué or EHB stars) of these hot sources and their link with the ultraviolet excess emerging from low-mass, metal-rich evolutionary environments of external galaxies.

  9. New Candidate EHB Stars in the Open Cluster NGC 6791: Looking Locally into the UV-upturn Phenomenon

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    Buson, L M; Buzzoni, A; Carraro, G

    2005-01-01

    Relying on U,B imagery at the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), we report here the discovery of a sample of 13 new UV-bright post-HB candidate stars in the field of the galactic open cluster NGC 6791. Owing to its super-solar metal content ([Fe/H]>0.2 dex) and estimated age (t> 8 Gyr), this cluster represents the nearest and ideal stellar aggregate to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations possibly ruling the UV-upturn phenomenon in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. Our ongoing spectroscopic follow-up of this unique UV-bright sample will allow us to assess - once cluster membership of the candidates is properly checked - the real nature (e.g. SdB, SdO, AGB-manque' or EHB stars) of these hot sources, and their link with the ultraviolet excess emerging from low-mass, metal-rich evolutionary environments of external galaxies.

  10. Open-Source Sequence Clustering Methods Improve the State Of the Art.

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    Kopylova, Evguenia; Navas-Molina, Jose A; Mercier, Céline; Xu, Zhenjiang Zech; Mahé, Frédéric; He, Yan; Zhou, Hong-Wei; Rognes, Torbjørn; Caporaso, J Gregory; Knight, Rob

    2016-01-01

    Sequence clustering is a common early step in amplicon-based microbial community analysis, when raw sequencing reads are clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs) to reduce the run time of subsequent analysis steps. Here, we evaluated the performance of recently released state-of-the-art open-source clustering software products, namely, OTUCLUST, Swarm, SUMACLUST, and SortMeRNA, against current principal options (UCLUST and USEARCH) in QIIME, hierarchical clustering methods in mothur, and USEARCH's most recent clustering algorithm, UPARSE. All the latest open-source tools showed promising results, reporting up to 60% fewer spurious OTUs than UCLUST, indicating that the underlying clustering algorithm can vastly reduce the number of these derived OTUs. Furthermore, we observed that stringent quality filtering, such as is done in UPARSE, can cause a significant underestimation of species abundance and diversity, leading to incorrect biological results. Swarm, SUMACLUST, and SortMeRNA have been included in the QIIME 1.9.0 release. IMPORTANCE Massive collections of next-generation sequencing data call for fast, accurate, and easily accessible bioinformatics algorithms to perform sequence clustering. A comprehensive benchmark is presented, including open-source tools and the popular USEARCH suite. Simulated, mock, and environmental communities were used to analyze sensitivity, selectivity, species diversity (alpha and beta), and taxonomic composition. The results demonstrate that recent clustering algorithms can significantly improve accuracy and preserve estimated diversity without the application of aggressive filtering. Moreover, these tools are all open source, apply multiple levels of multithreading, and scale to the demands of modern next-generation sequencing data, which is essential for the analysis of massive multidisciplinary studies such as the Earth Microbiome Project (EMP) (J. A. Gilbert, J. K. Jansson, and R. Knight, BMC Biol 12:69, 2014, http

  11. "Quantized" Doping of Individual Colloidal Nanocrystals Using Size-Focused Metal Quantum Clusters.

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    Santiago-González, Beatriz; Monguzzi, Angelo; Pinchetti, Valerio; Casu, Alberto; Prato, Mirko; Lorenzi, Roberto; Campione, Marcello; Chiodini, Norberto; Santambrogio, Carlo; Meinardi, Francesco; Manna, Liberato; Brovelli, Sergio

    2017-06-27

    The insertion of intentional impurities, commonly referred to as doping, into colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) is a powerful paradigm for tailoring their electronic, optical, and magnetic behaviors beyond what is obtained with size-control and heterostructuring motifs. Advancements in colloidal chemistry have led to nearly atomic precision of the doping level in both lightly and heavily doped QDs. The doping strategies currently available, however, operate at the ensemble level, resulting in a Poisson distribution of impurities across the QD population. To date, the synthesis of monodisperse ensembles of QDs individually doped with an identical number of impurity atoms is still an open challenge, and its achievement would enable the realization of advanced QD devices, such as optically/electrically controlled magnetic memories and intragap state transistors and solar cells, that rely on the precise tuning of the impurity states (i.e., number of unpaired spins, energy and width of impurity levels) within the QD host. The only approach reported to date relies on QD seeding with organometallic precursors that are intrinsically unstable and strongly affected by chemical or environmental degradation, which prevents the concept from reaching its full potential and makes the method unsuitable for aqueous synthesis routes. Here, we overcome these issues by demonstrating a doping strategy that bridges two traditionally orthogonal nanostructured material systems, namely, QDs and metal quantum clusters composed of a "magic number" of atoms held together by stable metal-to-metal bonds. Specifically, we use clusters composed of four copper atoms (Cu4) capped with d-penicillamine to seed the growth of CdS QDs in water at room temperature. The elemental analysis, performed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, side by side with optical spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy

  12. Homometallic rare-Earth metal phosphinidene clusters: synthesis and reactivity.

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    Wang, Kai; Luo, Gen; Hong, Jianquan; Zhou, Xigeng; Weng, Linhong; Luo, Yi; Zhang, Lixin

    2014-01-20

    Two new trinuclear μ3 -bridged rare-earth metal phosphinidene complexes, [{L(Ln)(μ-Me)}3 (μ3 -Me)(μ3 -PPh)] (L=[PhC(NC6 H4 iPr2 -2,6)2 ](-) , Ln=Y (2 a), Lu (2 b)), were synthesized through methane elimination of the corresponding carbene precursors with phenylphosphine. Heating a toluene solution of 2 at 120 °C leads to an unprecedented ortho CH bond activation of the PhP ligand to form the bridged phosphinidene/phenyl complexes. Reactions of 2 with ketones, thione, or isothiocyanate show clear phospha-Wittig chemistry, giving the corresponding organic phosphinidenation products and oxide (sulfide) complexes. Reaction of 2 with CS2 leads to the formation of novel trinuclear rare-earth metal thione dianion clusters, for which a possible pathway was determined by DFT calculation. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Open Cluster Radial Velocity determination from observations at Observatório Pico Dos Dias

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    Faria, M. A. F.; Monteiro, H.; Dias, W. S.; Lépine, J. R. D.

    2014-10-01

    In studies of the dynamics of the Galactic disk, such as the determination of the speed of the spiral pattern and the permanence of stars in the spiral arms, it is crucial to know orbits obtained from proper motions, radial velocities and the potential of the Galaxy. Aiming to improve the statistics of our catalog of open clusters, maintained by our research group, we determined the radial velocity of stars belonging to a group of open clusters using spectra with a resolution of 4000, obtained at the Pico dos Dias Observatory (LNA) with the 1.60 m telescope and the Coudé spectrograph. We observed the open cluster's member stars and calculated their radial speeds using standard techniques. The stars were selected from our own database based on relevant information concerning the clusters, obtained by statistical analysis of their proper motions and/or their position in the HR's diagram. In this work, we present the detailed analysis of the data reduction and radial velocity determination using synthetic spectra from different libraries. Finally we present the open cluster's radial (and spacial) velocities.

  14. Evolution of stellar collision products in open clusters. II. A grid of low-mass collisions

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    Glebbeek, E

    2008-01-01

    In a companion paper we studied the detailed evolution of stellar collision products that occurred in an $N$-body simulation of the old open cluster M67 and compared our detailed models to simple prescriptions. In this paper we extend this work by studying the evolution of the collision products in open clusters as a function of mass and age of the progenitor stars. We calculated a grid of head-on collisions covering the section of parameter space relevant for collisions in open clusters. We create detailed models of the merger remnants using an entropy-sorting algorithm and follow their subsequent evolution during the initial contraction phase, through the main sequence and up to the giant branch with our detailed stellar evolution code. We compare the location of our models in a colour-magnitude diagram to the observed blue straggler population of the old open clusters M67 and NGC 188 and find that they cover the observed blue straggler region of both clusters. For M67, collisions need to have taken place r...

  15. On the Origin of High-Altitude Open Clusters in the Milky Way

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    Martinez-Medina, L A; Moreno, E; Peimbert, A; Velazquez, H

    2016-01-01

    We present a dynamical study of the effect of the bar and spiral arms on the simulated orbits of open clusters in the Galaxy. Specifically, this work is devoted to the puzzling presence of high-altitude open clusters in the Galaxy. For this purpose we employ a very detailed observationally motivated potential model for the Milky Way and a careful set of initial conditions representing the newly born open clusters in the thin disk. We find that the spiral arms are able to raise an important percentage of open clusters (about one-sixth of the total employed in our simulations, depending on the structural parameters of the arms) above the Galactic plane to heights beyond 200 pc, producing a bulge-shaped structure toward the center of the Galaxy. Contrary to what was expected, the spiral arms produce a much greater vertical effect on the clusters than the bar, both in quantity and height; this is due to the sharper concentration of the mass on the spiral arms, when compared to the bar. When a bar and spiral arms ...

  16. Metal-cluster-sensitized solar cells. A new class of thiolated gold sensitizers delivering efficiency greater than 2%.

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    Chen, Yong-Siou; Choi, Hyunbong; Kamat, Prashant V

    2013-06-19

    A new class of metal-cluster sensitizers has been explored for designing high-efficiency solar cells. Thiol-protected gold clusters which exhibit molecular-like properties have been found to inject electrons into TiO2 nanostructures under visible excitation. Mesoscopic TiO2 films modified with gold clusters deliver stable photocurrent of 3.96 mA/cm(2) with power conversion efficiencies of 2.3% under AM 1.5 illumination. The overall absorption features and cell performance of metal-cluster-sensitized solar cells (MCSCs) are comparable to those of CdS quantum-dot-based solar cells (QDSCs). The relatively high open-circuit voltage of 832 mV and fill factor of 0.7 for MCSCs as compared to QDSCs show the viability of these new sensitizers as alternatives to semiconductor QDs and sensitizing dyes in the next generation of solar cells. The superior performance of MCSCs discussed in this maiden study lays the foundation to explore other metal clusters with broader visible absorption.

  17. Electroless deposition of metal nanoparticle clusters: Effect of pattern distance

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    Gentile, Francesco

    2014-04-03

    Electroless plating is a deposition technique in which metal ions are reduced as atoms on specific patterned sites of a silicon surface to form metal nanoparticles (NPs) aggregates with the desired characteristics. Those NPs, in turn, can be used as constituents of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates, which are devices where the electromagnetic field and effects thereof are giantly amplified. Here, the electroless formation of nanostructures was studied as a function of the geometry of the substrate. High resolution, electron beam lithography techniques were used to obtain nonperiodic arrays of circular patterns, in which the spacing of patterns was varied over a significant range. In depositing silver atoms in those circuits, the authors found that the characteristics of the aggregates vary with the pattern distance. When the patterns are in close proximity, the interference of different groups of adjacent aggregates cannot be disregarded and the overall growth is reduced. Differently from this, when the patterns are sufficiently distant, the formation of metal clusters of NPs is independent on the spacing of the patterns. For the particular subset of parameters used here, this critical correlation distance is about three times the pattern diameter. These findings were explained within the framework of a diffusion limited aggregation model, which is a simulation method that can decipher the formation of nanoaggregates at an atomic level. In the discussion, the authors showed how this concept can be used to fabricate ordered arrays of silver nanospheres, where the size of those spheres may be regulated on varying the pattern distance, for applications in biosensing and single molecule detection.

  18. First detection of a low-mass stellar halo around the young open cluster Eta Chamaeleontis

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    Murphy, Simon J; Bessell, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    We have identified several lithium-rich low-mass (0.08open cluster Eta Chamaeleontis, nearly four times the radius of previous search efforts. Of these stars we propose 4 new probable cluster members, and 3 possible members requiring further investigation. These findings are consistent with a dynamical origin for the current configuration of the cluster, without the need to invoke an abnormal Initial Mass Function deficient in low-mass objects. Candidates were selected on the basis of DENIS and 2MASS photometry, NOMAD astrometry and extensive follow-up spectroscopy.

  19. Stellar Open Clusters' Membership Probabilities: an N-Dimensional Geometrical Approach

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    Sampedro, Laura

    2016-01-01

    We present a new geometrical method aimed at determining the members of open clusters. The methodology estimates, in an N-dimensional space, the membership probabilities by means of the distances between every star and the cluster central overdensity. It can handle different sets of variables, which have to satisfy the simple condition of being more densely distributed for the cluster members than for the field stars (as positions, proper motions, radial velocities and/or parallaxes are). Unlike other existing techniques, this fact makes the method more flexible and so can be easily applied to different datasets. To quantify how the method identifies the clus- ter members, we design series of realistic simulations recreating sky regions in both position and proper motion subspaces populated by clusters and field stars. The re- sults, using different simulated datasets (N = 1, 2 and 4 variables), show that the method properly recovers a very high fraction of simulated cluster members, with a low number of misc...

  20. Stellar Mass Segregation in the Aged Galactic Open Star Cluster Berkeley 17

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    Bhattacharya, Souradeep; Vaidya, Kaushar; Chen, Wen-Ping

    2016-01-01

    We present the analysis of the morphology of Berkeley\\,17, the oldest known open cluster ($\\sim10$ Gyr), using a probabilistic star counting of Pan-STARRS point sources, and confirm its core-tail shape, plus an antitail, previously detected with 2MASS data. The stellar population, as diagnosed by the color-magnitude diagram and theoretical isochrones, shows more massive than lower-mass members in the cluster core, whereas there is a paucity of massive members in both tails. This manifests mass segregation in this aged star cluster with the low-mass members being stripped away from the system. It has been claimed that Berkeley 17 is associated with an excessive number of blue stragglers. Our analysis in comparison of the cluster with nearby reference fields indicates that about half of the blue stragglers may be field contaminations, and some may be confused with the rare blue horizontal-branch stars in this cluster.

  1. The mass-ratio and eccentricity distributions of red giants in open clusters, barium and S stars

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    Van der Swaelmen, Mathieu; Jorissen, Alain; Van Eck, Sophie

    2016-01-01

    In order to identify diagnostics distinguishing between pre- and post-mass-transfer systems, the mass-ratio distribution and period - eccentricity (P - e) diagram of barium and S stars are compared to those of the sample of binary red giants in open clusters from Mermilliod et al. (2007). From the analysis of the mass-ratio distribution for the cluster binary giants, we find an excess of systems with companion masses between 0.58 and 0.87 Msun, typical for white dwarfs. They represent 22% of the sample, which are thus candidate post-mass-transfer systems. Among these candidates which occupy the same locus as the barium and S stars in the (P-e) diagram, only 33% (= 4/12) show a chemical signature of mass transfer in the form of s-process overabundances (from rather moderate -- about 0.3 dex -- to more extreme -- about 1 dex). These s-process-enriched cluster stars show a clear tendency to be in the clusters with the lowest metallicity in the sample, confirming the classical prediction that the s-process nucleo...

  2. Hydrogen mimicking the properties of coinage metal atoms in Cu and Ag monohydride clusters.

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    Vetter, Karsten; Proch, Sebastian; Ganteför, Gerd F; Behera, Swayamprabha; Jena, Puru

    2013-12-28

    A systematic study of the electronic structure and equilibrium geometries of Cun, Cun-1H, Agn, and Agn-1H; n = 2-5 clusters is carried out using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments and density functional theory based calculations. Our objective is to see if the substitution of a coinage metal atom by hydrogen would retain the electronic structure of the parent metal cluster since both systems are isoelectronic. For clusters with n ≥ 3, we find that the measured PES and vertical detachment energies (VDEs) (i.e. energies necessary to remove an electron from the anionic Mn(-) (M = Cu, Ag) clusters without changing their geometries) are close to those of Mn-1H(-) clusters, suggesting that substitution of a metal atom with hydrogen does not perturb the electronic structure of the parent cluster anion significantly. Calculated VDEs agree very well with experiment validating the theoretical methods used as well as the geometries of the neutral and anionic clusters.

  3. Hierarchical cluster analysis of progression patterns in open-angle glaucoma patients with medical treatment.

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    Bae, Hyoung Won; Rho, Seungsoo; Lee, Hye Sun; Lee, Naeun; Hong, Samin; Seong, Gong Je; Sung, Kyung Rim; Kim, Chan Yun

    2014-04-29

    To classify medically treated open-angle glaucoma (OAG) by the pattern of progression using hierarchical cluster analysis, and to determine OAG progression characteristics by comparing clusters. Ninety-five eyes of 95 OAG patients who received medical treatment, and who had undergone visual field (VF) testing at least once per year for 5 or more years. OAG was classified into subgroups using hierarchical cluster analysis based on the following five variables: baseline mean deviation (MD), baseline visual field index (VFI), MD slope, VFI slope, and Glaucoma Progression Analysis (GPA) printout. After that, other parameters were compared between clusters. Two clusters were made after a hierarchical cluster analysis. Cluster 1 showed -4.06 ± 2.43 dB baseline MD, 92.58% ± 6.27% baseline VFI, -0.28 ± 0.38 dB per year MD slope, -0.52% ± 0.81% per year VFI slope, and all "no progression" cases in GPA printout, whereas cluster 2 showed -8.68 ± 3.81 baseline MD, 77.54 ± 12.98 baseline VFI, -0.72 ± 0.55 MD slope, -2.22 ± 1.89 VFI slope, and seven "possible" and four "likely" progression cases in GPA printout. There were no significant differences in age, sex, mean IOP, central corneal thickness, and axial length between clusters. However, cluster 2 included more high-tension glaucoma patients and used a greater number of antiglaucoma eye drops significantly compared with cluster 1. Hierarchical cluster analysis of progression patterns divided OAG into slow and fast progression groups, evidenced by assessing the parameters of glaucomatous progression in VF testing. In the fast progression group, the prevalence of high-tension glaucoma was greater and the number of antiglaucoma medications administered was increased versus the slow progression group. Copyright 2014 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

  4. Ultrathin magnesia films as support for molecules and metal clusters: Tuning reactivity by thickness and composition

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    Vaida, Mihai E.; Bernhardt, Thorsten M. [Institute of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, University of Ulm (Germany); Barth, Clemens [CINAM-CNRS, Marseille (France); Esch, Friedrich; Heiz, Ueli [Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Garching (Germany); Landman, Uzi [School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (United States)

    2010-05-15

    Ultrathin metal oxide films have attracted considerable interest in recent years as versatile substrate for the design of nanocatalytic model systems. In particular, it has been proposed theoretically and confirmed experimentally that the electronic structure of adsorbates can be influenced by the layer thickness and the stoichiometry, i.e., the type and number of defects, of the oxide film. This has important consequences on the chemical reactivity of the oxide surface itself and of oxide supported metal clusters. It also opens new possibilities to influence and to control chemical reactions occurring at the surface of these systems. The present feature focuses on very recent experiments that illustrate the effects of a proper adjustment of layer thickness and composition of ultrathin MgO(100) films on chemical transformations. On the magnesia surface itself, the photodissociation dynamics of methyl iodide molecules is investigated via femtosecond-laser pump-probe mass spectrometry. Furthermore, the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide at mass-selected Au{sub 20} clusters deposited on magnesia is explored through temperature programmed reaction measurements. In the latter case, detailed first principles calculations are able to correlate the experimentally observed reactivity with structural dimensionality changes that are induced by the changing thickness and composition of the magnesia support. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. Predictive models of gas sorption in a metal-organic framework with open-metal sites and small pore sizes.

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    Pham, Tony; Forrest, Katherine A; Franz, Douglas M; Guo, Zhiyong; Chen, Banglin; Space, Brian

    2017-07-19

    Simulations of CO2 and H2 sorption were performed in UTSA-20, a metal-organic framework (MOF) having zyg topology and composed of Cu(2+) ions coordinated to 3,3',3'',5,5',5''-benzene-1,3,5-triyl-hexabenzoate (BHB) linkers. Previous experimental studies have shown that this MOF displays remarkable CO2 sorption properties and exhibits one of the highest gravimetric H2 uptakes at 77 K/1.0 atm (2.9 wt%) [Z. Guo, et al. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 3178-3181]. For both sorbates, the simulations were executed with the inclusion of explicit many-body polarization interactions, which was necessary to reproduce sorption onto the open-metal sites. Non-polarizable potentials were also utilized for simulations of CO2 sorption as a control. The simulated excess sorption isotherms for both CO2 and H2 are in very good agreement with the corresponding experimental data over a wide range of temperatures and pressures, thus demonstrating the accuracy and predictive power of the polarizable potentials used herein. The theoretical isosteric heat of adsorption (Qst) values are also in good agreement with the newly reported experimental Qst values for the respective sorbates in UTSA-20. Sorption onto the more positively charged Cu(2+) ion of the [Cu2(O2CR)4] cluster was observed for both CO2 and H2. However, a binding site with energetics comparable to that for an open-metal site was also discovered for both sorbates. A radial distribution function (g(r)) analysis about the preferential Cu(2+) ions for CO2 and H2 revealed that both sorbates display different trends for the relative occupancy about such sites upon increasing/decreasing the pressure in the MOF. Overall, this study provides insights into the CO2 and H2 sorption mechanisms in this MOF containing open-metal sites and small pore sizes for the first time through a classical polarizable force field.

  6. RHAPSODY-G simulations - II. Baryonic growth and metal enrichment in massive galaxy clusters

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    Martizzi, Davide; Hahn, Oliver; Wu, Hao-Yi; Evrard, August E.; Teyssier, Romain; Wechsler, Risa H.

    2016-07-01

    We study the evolution of the stellar component and the metallicity of both the intracluster medium and of stars in massive (Mvir ≈ 6 × 1014 M⊙ h-1) simulated galaxy clusters from the RHAPSODY-G suite in detail and compare them to observational results. The simulations were performed with the AMR code RAMSES and include the effect of active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback at the subgrid level. AGN feedback is required to produce realistic galaxy and cluster properties and plays a role in mixing material in the central regions and regulating star formation in the central galaxy. In both our low- and high-resolution runs with fiducial stellar yields, we find that stellar and ICM metallicities are a factor of 2 lower than in observations. We find that cool core clusters exhibit steeper metallicity gradients than non-cool core clusters, in qualitative agreement with observations. We verify that the ICM metallicities measured in the simulation can be explained by a simple `regulator' model in which the metallicity is set by a balance of stellar yield and gas accretion. It is plausible that a combination of higher resolution and higher metal yield in AMR simulation would allow the metallicity of simulated clusters to match observed values; however, this hypothesis needs to be tested with future simulations. Comparison to recent literature highlights that results concerning the metallicity of clusters and cluster galaxies might depend sensitively on the scheme chosen to solve the hydrodynamics.

  7. A multimembership catalogue for 1876 open clusters using UCAC4 data

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    Sampedro, L.; Dias, W. S.; Alfaro, E. J.; Monteiro, H.; Molino, A.

    2017-10-01

    The main objective of this work is to determine the cluster members of 1876 open clusters, using positions and proper motions of the astrometric fourth United States Naval Observatory (USNO) CCD Astrograph Catalog (UCAC4). For this purpose, we apply three different methods, all based on a Bayesian approach, but with different formulations: a purely parametric method, another completely non-parametric algorithm and a third, recently developed by Sampedro & Alfaro, using both formulations at different steps of the whole process. The first and second statistical moments of the members' phase-space subspace, obtained after applying the three methods, are compared for every cluster. Although, on average, the three methods yield similar results, there are also specific differences between them, as well as for some particular clusters. The comparison with other published catalogues shows good agreement. We have also estimated, for the first time, the mean proper motion for a sample of 18 clusters. The results are organized in a single catalogue formed by two main files, one with the most relevant information for each cluster, partially including that in UCAC4, and the other showing the individual membership probabilities for each star in the cluster area. The final catalogue, with an interface design that enables an easy interaction with the user, is available in electronic format at the Stellar Systems Group (SSG-IAA) web site (http://ssg.iaa.es/en/content/sampedro-cluster-catalog).

  8. RACE-OC Project: Rotation and variability in the open cluster NGC2099 (M37)

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    Messina, S; Parihar, Padmakar; Kang, Y B; Kim, S -L; Rey, S -C; Lee, C -U

    2008-01-01

    Rotation and solar-type magnetic activity are closely related to each other in stars of G or later spectral types. Presence and level of magnetic activity depend on star's rotation and rotation itself is strongly influenced by strength and topology of the magnetic fields. Open clusters represent especially useful targets to investigate the connection between rotation and activity. The open cluster NGC2099 has been studied as a part of the RACE-OC project, which is aimed at exploring the evolution of rotation and magnetic activity in the late-type members of open clusters of different ages. Time series CCD photometric observations of this cluster were collected during January 2004. The relations between activity manifestations, such as the light curve amplitude, and global stellar parameters are investigated. We have discovered 135 periodic variables, 122 of which are candidate cluster members. Determination of rotation periods of G- and K-type stars has allowed us to better explore evolution of angular moment...

  9. Two 'b's in the Beehive: The Discovery of the First Hot Jupiters in an Open Cluster

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    Quinn, S N; Latham, D W; Buchhave, L A; Cantrell, J R; Dahm, S E; Fürész, G; Szentgyorgyi, A H; Geary, J C; Torres, G; Bieryla, A; Berlind, P; Calkins, M C; Esquerdo, G A; Stefanik, R P

    2012-01-01

    We present the discovery of two giant planets orbiting stars in Praesepe (also known as the Beehive Cluster), the first known hot Jupiters in an open cluster. Pr0201b orbits a V=10.52 late F dwarf with a period of 4.4264 +/- 0.0070 days and has a minimum mass of 0.540 +/- 0.039 Mjup, and Pr0211b orbits a V=12.06 late G dwarf with a period of 2.1451 +/- 0.0012 days and has a minimum mass of 1.844 +/- 0.064 Mjup. Because they reside in a cluster, the ages of these planets are amongst the best-determined of any planet outside our own solar system. As we endeavor to learn more about the frequency and characteristics of planets, the environment in which most stars form -- open clusters like Praesepe -- may provide essential clues to this end. This discovery will allow, for the first time, a direct estimate of the short-period giant planet frequency in open clusters.

  10. Open clusters in the log Age vs. M_V plane

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    Bellazzini, M.; Perina, S.; Galleti, S.; Federici, L.; Buzzoni, A.; Fusi Pecci, F.

    In the log Age vs. integrated absolute magnitude (M_V) plane, the open clusters of the Milky Way form a well-defined band parallel to theoretical sequences decribing the passive evolution of Simple Stellar Populations and display a pretty sharp upper threshold in mass (M˜ 2× 104 M⊙) over a 4 dex range of ages.

  11. Age of the Kepler Open Cluster NGC 6811 from an Eclipsing Binary

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    Leitner, Marika; Sandquist, E. L.; Shetrone, M. D.

    2013-01-01

    The star KIC9777062 was discovered to be an eccentric eclipsing binary star via Kepler observations (Prsa et al. 2011). Because the system (also identified as Sanders 195) sits at the turnoff of the open cluster NGC 6811, precision measurement of the characteristics of the stars in the binary can...

  12. Evolution of stellar collision products in open clusters : II. A grid of low-mass collisions

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    Glebbeek, E.; Pols, O.R.

    2008-01-01

    In a companion paper we studied the detailed evolution of stellar collision products that occurred in an N-body simulation of the old open cluster M 67 and compared our detailed models to simple prescriptions. In this paper we extend this work by studying the evolution of the collision products in o

  13. Amplitudes of solar-like oscillations: constraints from red giants in open clusters observed by Kepler

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    D. Stello; D. Huber; T. Kallinger; S. Basu; B. Mosser; S. Hekker; S. Mathur; R.A. Garcia; T.R. Bedding; H. Kjeldsen; R.L. Gilliland; G.A. Verner; W.J. Chaplin; O. Benomar; S. Meibom; F. Grundahl; Y.P. Elsworth; J. Molenda-Zakowicz; R. Szabo; J. Christensen-Dalsgaard; P. Tenenbaum; J.D. Twicken; K. Uddin

    2011-01-01

    Scaling relations that link asteroseismic quantities to global stellar properties are important for gaining understanding of the intricate physics that underpins stellar pulsations. The common notion that all stars in an open cluster have essentially the same distance, age, and initial composition i

  14. Variable stars in two open clusters within the Kepler/K2-Campaign-0 field

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    Nardiello, D.; Bedin, L. R.; Nascimbeni, V.

    2015-01-01

    and exoplanetary transits in four fields containing five nearby open clusters spanning a broad range of ages. More in detail, our project will (1) constitute a preparatory survey for the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher for the Northern hemisphere (HARPS-N) mounted at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo...

  15. Uniqueness of the Infinite Open Cluster for High-density Percolation on Lattice Sierpinski Carpet

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    Xian Yuan WU

    2001-01-01

    We prove the uniqueness of infinite open cluster for high-density bond percolation on latticeSierpinski Carpet; forthermorc, an alternative proof of the existence of phase transition of the modelis given. A rescaling technique is developed and used as the main tool of our proofs.

  16. Optimum Metallic-Bond Scheme: A Quantitative Analysis of Mass Spectra of Sodium Clusters

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    苏长荣; 李家明

    2001-01-01

    Based on the results of the optimum metallic-bond scheme for sodium clusters, we present a quantitative analysis of the detailed features of the mass spectra of sodium clusters. We find that, in the generation of sodium clusters with various abundances, the quasi-steady processes through adding or losing a sodium atom dominate. The quasi-steady processes through adding or losing a sodium dimer are also important to understand the detailed features of mass spectra for small clusters.

  17. Proper motions of the optically visible open clusters based on the UCAC4 catalog

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    Dias, W. S.; Monteiro, H.; Caetano, T. C.; Lépine, J. R. D.; Assafin, M.; Oliveira, A. F.

    2014-04-01

    We present a catalog of mean proper motions and membership probabilities of individual stars for optically visible open clusters, which have been determined using data from the UCAC4 catalog in a homogeneous way. The mean proper motion of the cluster and the membership probabilities of the stars in the region of each cluster were determined by applying the statistical method in a modified fashion. In this study, we applied a global optimization procedure to fit the observed distribution of proper motions with two overlapping normal bivariate frequency functions, which also take the individual proper motion errors into account. For 724 clusters, this is the first determination of proper motion, and for the whole sample, we present results with a much larger number of identified astrometric member stars. Furthermore, it was possible to estimate the mean radial velocity of 364 clusters (102 unpublished so far) with the stellar membership using published radial velocity catalogs. These results provide an increase of 30% and 19% in the sample of open clusters with a determined mean absolute proper motion and mean radial velocity, respectively. Tables 2 to 1809 are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/564/A79

  18. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Proper motions of open clusters from UCAC4 (Dias+, 2014)

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    Dias, W. S.; Monteiro, H.; Caetano, T. C.; Lepine, J. R. D.; Assafin, M.; Oliveira, A. F.

    2014-04-01

    We present a catalog of mean proper motions and membership probabilities of individual stars for optically visible open clusters, which have been determined using data from the UCAC4 catalog in a homogeneous way. The mean proper motion of the cluster and the membership probabilities of the stars in the region of each cluster were determined by applying the statistical method in a modified fashion. In this study, we applied a global optimization procedure to fit the observed distribution of proper motions with two overlapping normal bivariate frequency functions, which also take the individual proper motion errors into account. For 724 clusters, this is the first determination of proper motion, and for the whole sample, we present results with a much larger number of identified astrometric member stars. Furthermore, it was possible to estimate the mean radial velocity of 364 clusters (102 unpublished so far) with the stellar membership using published radial velocity catalogs. These results provide an increase of 30% and 19% in the sample of open clusters with a determined mean absolute proper motion and mean radial velocity, respectively. (5 data files).

  19. Investigation of Galactic open cluster remnants: the case of NGC 7193

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    Angelo, Mateus de Souza; Barbosa, Wagner José Corradi; Maia, Francisco Ferreira de Souza; Piatti, Andrés Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    Galactic open clusters (OCs) that survive the early gas-expulsion phase are gradually destroyed over time by the action of disruptive dynamical processes. Their final evolutionary stages are characterized by a poorly populated concentration of stars called open cluster remnant (OCR). This study is devoted to assess the real physical nature of the OCR candidate NGC 7193. GMOS/Gemini spectroscopy of 53 stars in the inner target region were obtained to derive radial velocities and atmospheric parameters. We also employed photometric and proper motion data. The analysis method consists of the following steps: (i) analysis of the statistical resemblance between the cluster and a set of field samples with respect to the sequences defined in colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs); (ii) a 5-dimensional iteractive exclusion routine was employed to identify outliers from kinematical and positional data; (iii) isochrone fitting to the $K_{s}\\times(J-K_{s})$ CMD of the remaining stars and the dispersion of spectral types along...

  20. Amplitudes of solar-like oscillations: constraints from red giants in open clusters observed by Kepler

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    Stello, D; Kallinger, T; Basu, S; Mosser, B; Hekker, S; Mathur, S; Garcia, R A; Bedding, T R; Kjeldsen, H; Gilliland, R L; Verner, G A; Chaplin, W J; Benomar, O; Meibom, S; Grundahl, F; Elsworth, Y P; Molenda-Zakowicz, J; Szabó, R; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J; Tenenbaum, P; Twicken, J D; Uddin, K

    2011-01-01

    Scaling relations that link asteroseismic quantities to global stellar properties are important for gaining understanding of the intricate physics that underpins stellar pulsation. The common notion that all stars in an open cluster have essentially the same distance, age, and initial composition, implies that the stellar parameters can be measured to much higher precision than what is usually achievable for single stars. This makes clusters ideal for exploring the relation between the mode amplitude of solar-like oscillations and the global stellar properties. We have analyzed data obtained with NASA's Kepler space telescope to study solar-like oscillations in 100 red giant stars located in either of the three open clusters, NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 6811. By fitting the measured amplitudes to predictions from simple scaling relations that depend on luminosity, mass, and effective temperature, we find that the data cannot be described by any power of the luminosity-to-mass ratio as previously assumed. As a...

  1. Study of open clusters within 1.8 kpc and understanding the Galactic structure

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    Joshi, Y. C.; Dambis, A. K.; Pandey, A. K.; Joshi, S.

    2016-10-01

    Context. Significant progress has been made in recent years to understand the formation and evolution of our Galaxy, but we still lack a complete understanding of the Galaxy and its structure. Aims: Using an almost complete sample of Galactic open star clusters within 1.8 kpc, we aim to understand the general properties of the open cluster system in the Galaxy and probe the Galactic structure. Methods: We first extracted 1241 open clusters within 1.8 kpc of the Sun from the Milky Way Star Clusters (MWSC) catalog. Considering it an almost complete sample of clusters within this distance, we performed a comprehensive statistical analysis of various cluster parameters such as spatial position, age, size, mass, and extinction. Results: We find an average cluster scale height of zh = 60 ± 2 pc for clusters younger than 700 Myr, which increases to 64 ± 2 pc when we include all the clusters. The zh is found to be strongly dependent on RGC and age, and on an average, zh is more than twice as large as in the outer region than in the inner region of the solar circle, except for the youngest population of clusters. The solar offset is found to be 6.2 ± 1.1 pc above the formal Galactic plane. We derive a local mass density of ρ0 = 0.090 ± 0.005 M⊙/ pc3 and estimate a negligibly small amount of dark matter in the solar neighborhood. The reddening in the direction of clusters suggests a strong correlation with their vertical distance from the Galactic plane with a respective slope of dE(B-V) / dz = 0.40 ± 0.04 and 0.42 ± 0.05 mag/kpc below and above the Galactic plane. We observe a linear mass-radius and mass-age relations in the open clusters and derive the slopes of dR/ d(log M) = 2.08 ± 0.10 and d(log M) / d(log T) = -0.36 ± 0.05, respectively. Conclusions: The dependence of the spatial distribution of clusters on their age points to a complex interplay between cluster formation and survivability within the Galaxy. The geometrical characteristics of a significant

  2. Metal clusters and nanoparticles in dielectric matrices: Formation and optical properties

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    Gladskikh, I. A.; Vartanyan, T. A.

    2016-12-01

    The optical properties of thin dielectric films with metal inclusions and their dependence on thermal and laser annealing are studied experimentally. Metal clusters (Ag, Au, and Cu) in dielectric materials (Al2O3 and SiO2) are obtained by simultaneous vacuum deposition of metal and dielectric on the surface of a corresponding dielectric substrate (sapphire and quartz). It is shown that, depending on the deposited dielectric material, on the weight ratio of deposited metal and dielectric, and on the subsequent thermal treatment, one can obtain different metal structures, from clusters with a small number of atoms to complex dendritic plasmonic structures.

  3. openPC : a toolkit for public cluster with full ownership

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    Akbar, Z; Hermanto, B; Handoko, L T

    2010-01-01

    The openPC is a set of open source tools that realizes a parallel machine and distributed computing environment divisible into several independent blocks of nodes, and each of them is remotely but fully in any means accessible for users with a full ownership policy. The openPC components address fundamental issues relating to security, resource access, resource allocation, compatibilities with heterogeneous middlewares, user-friendly and integrated web-based interfaces, hardware control and monitoring systems. These components have been deployed successfully to the LIPI Public Cluster which is open for public use. In this paper, the unique characteristics of openPC due to its rare requirements are introduced, its components and a brief performance analysis are discussed.

  4. Composite Hybrid Cluster Built from the Integration of Polyoxometalate and a Metal Halide Cluster: Synthetic Strategy, Structure, and Properties.

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    Li, Xin-Xiong; Ma, Xiang; Zheng, Wen-Xu; Qi, Yan-Jie; Zheng, Shou-Tian; Yang, Guo-Yu

    2016-09-06

    A step-by-step synthetic strategy, setting up a bridge between the polyoxometalate (POM) and metal halide cluster (MHC) systems, is demonstrated to construct an unprecedented composite hybrid cluster built up from one high-nuclearity cationic MHC [Cu8I6](2+) and eight Anderson-type anionic POMs [HCrMo6O18(OH)6](2-) cross-linked by a tripodal alcohol derivative.

  5. Open Cluster Neutron Capture Element Abundances and Milky Way Disk Evolution

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    Jacobson, Heather R.; Friel, E. D.

    2012-01-01

    Open clusters, whose ages and distances can be precisely determined, are useful probes of the chemical evolution of the Milky Way disk. The sample sizes of clusters subject to homogeneous analysis of high resolution spectra have grown in recent years, and increased attention has turned to measuring the abundances of neutron capture elements. The relative abundances of r-process elements (e.g., europium) to s-process elements (e.g., barium, lanthanum and zirconium) in cluster stars reveal the relative contributions of Type II supernovae and low-mass AGB stars to the chemical evolution of the galactic disk. A recent study of cluster s-process element abundances has revealed a surprising trend of increasing s-process element abundance ([s/Fe]) with decreasing cluster age, at odds with current s-process yield predictions (D'Orazi et al. 2009, Maiorca et al. 2011). We have undertaken an analysis of Zr, Ba, La, and Eu abundances in 17 open clusters based on high resolution optical spectra. The sample spans 700 Myr to 10 Gyr in age and Rgc 7-22 kpc in galactocentric distance, allowing for the exploration of neutron capture [x/Fe] ratios as a function of age and location in the disk. Preliminary results confirm the trend of enhanced [s/Fe] with decreasing cluster age found by other studies, though with a weaker correlation. Here we present the latest results of this analysis, including newly-determined abundances for the r-process element Eu for an expanded cluster sample that includes outer disk objects. This research is supported by a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship to HRJ under award AST-0901919.

  6. X-ray measured metallicities of the intra-cluster medium: a good measure for the metal mass?

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    Kapferer, W; Weratschnig, J; Schindler, S

    2007-01-01

    Aims. We investigate whether X-ray observations map heavy elements in the Intra-Cluster Medium (ICM) well and whether the X-ray observations yield good estimates for the metal mass, with respect to predictions on transport mech- anisms of heavy elements from galaxies into the ICM. We further test the accuracy of simulated metallicity maps. Methods. We extract synthetic X-ray spectra from N-body/hydrodynamic simulations including metal enrichment pro- cesses, which we then analyse with the same methods as are applied to observations. By changing the metal distribution in the simulated galaxy clusters, we investigate the dependence of the overall metallicity as a function of the metal distribution. In addition we investigate the difference of X-ray weighted metal maps produced by simulations and metal maps extracted from artifcial X-ray spectra, which we calculate with SPEX2.0 and analyse with XSPEC12.0. Results. The overall metallicity depends strongly on the distribution of metals within the galaxy cluster. T...

  7. Stellar contents and star formation in the young open cluster Stock 8

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    Jose, Jessy; Ojha, D K; Ogura, K; Chen, W P; Bhatt, B C; Ghosh, S K; Mito, H; Maheswar, G; Sharma, Saurabh

    2007-01-01

    We present $UBVI_c$ CCD photometry of the young open cluster Stock 8 with the aim to study the basic properties and star formation scenario in this region. The radius of the cluster is found to be $\\sim 6^{\\prime}$ ($\\sim 3.6$ pc) and the reddening within the cluster region varies from $E(B-V)=0.40$ to 0.60 mag. The cluster is located at a distance of $2.05 \\pm 0.10$ kpc. Using H$\\alpha$ slitless spectroscopy and 2MASS NIR data we identified H$\\alpha$ emission and NIR excess young stellar objects (YSOs), respectively. The colour-magnitude diagrams of these YSOs reveal that majority of these objects have ages between 1 to 5 Myr indicating a non-coeval star formation in the cluster. Massive stars in the cluster region reveal an average age of $\\le$ 2 Myr. In the cluster region ($r \\le 6^\\prime$) the slope of the mass function (MF), $\\Gamma$, in the mass range $\\sim 1.0 \\le M/M_\\odot < 13.4$ can be represented by a power law having a slope of $-1.38\\pm0.12$, which agrees well with Salpeter value (-1.35). In t...

  8. A search for white dwarfs in the Galactic plane: the field and the open cluster population

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    Raddi, R; Gaensicke, B T; Hermes, J J; Napiwotzki, R; Koester, D; Tremblay, P -E; Barentsen, G; Farnhill, J H; Mohr-Smith, M; Drew, J E; Groot, P J; Guzman-Ramirez, L; Parker, Q A; Steeghs, D; Zijlstra, A

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    We investigated the prospects for systematic searches of white dwarfs at low Galactic latitudes, using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) H$\\alpha$ Photometric Survey of the Galactic plane and Bulge (VPHAS+). We targeted 17 white dwarf candidates along sightlines of known open clusters, aiming to identify potential cluster members. We confirmed all the 17 white dwarf candidates from blue/optical spectroscopy, and we suggest five of them to be likely cluster members. We estimated progenitor ages and masses for the candidate cluster members, and compared our findings to those for other cluster white dwarfs. A white dwarf in NGC 3532 is the most massive known cluster member (1.13 M$_{\\odot}$), likely with an oxygen-neon core, for which we estimate an $8.8_{-4.3}^{+1.2}$ M$_{\\odot}$ progenitor, close to the mass-divide between white dwarf and neutron star progenitors. A cluster member in Ruprecht 131 is a magnetic white dwarf, whose progenitor mass exceeded 2-3 M$_{\\odot}$. We stress that wider searches, and improved...

  9. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF INTERMEDIATE-MASS STAR MEMBERS OF THE M6 (NGC 6405) OPEN CLUSTER

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    Kılıçoğlu, T.; Albayrak, B. [Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences, 06100, Tandoğan, Ankara (Turkey); Monier, R. [LESIA, UMR 8109, Observatoire de Paris Meudon, Place J. Janssen, Meudon (France); Richer, J. [Département de physique, Université de Montréal, 2900, Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit, Montréal QC, H3C 3J7 (Canada); Fossati, L., E-mail: tkilicoglu@ankara.edu.tr, E-mail: balbayrak@ankara.edu.tr, E-mail: Richard.Monier@obspm.fr, E-mail: Jacques.Richer@umontreal.ca, E-mail: lfossati@astro.uni-bonn.de [Argelander-Institut für Astronomie der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, D-53121, Bonn (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    We present here the first abundance analysis of 44 late B-, A-, and F-type members of the young open cluster M6 (NGC 6405, age about 75 Myr). Low- and medium-resolution spectra, covering the 4500–5840 Å wavelength range, were obtained using the FLAMES/GIRAFFE spectrograph attached to the ESO Very Large Telescopes. We determined the atmospheric parameters using calibrations of the Geneva photometry and by adjusting the H{sub β} profiles to synthetic ones. The abundances of up to 20 chemical elements, from helium to mercury, were derived for 19 late B, 16 A, and 9 F stars by iteratively adjusting synthetic spectra to the observations. We also derived a mean cluster metallicity of [Fe/H] = 0.07 ± 0.03 dex from the iron abundances of the F-type stars. We find that for most chemical elements, the normal late B- and A-type stars exhibit larger star-to-star abundance variations than the F-type stars probably because of the faster rotation of the B and A stars. The abundances of C, O, Mg, Si, and Sc appear to be anticorrelated with that of Fe, while the opposite holds for the abundances of Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Ni, Y, and Ba as expected if radiative diffusion is efficient in the envelopes of these stars. In the course of this analysis, we discovered five new peculiar stars: one mild Am, one Am, and one Fm star (HD 318091, CD-32 13109, GSC 07380-01211, CP1), one HgMn star (HD 318126, CP3), and one He-weak P-rich (HD 318101, CP4) star. We also discovered a new spectroscopic binary, most likely a SB2. We performed a detailed modeling of HD 318101, the new He-weak P-rich CP star, using the Montréal stellar evolution code XEVOL which self-consistently treats all particle transport processes. Although the overall abundance pattern of this star is properly reproduced, we find that detailed abundances (in particular the high P excess) resisted modeling attempts even when a range of turbulence profiles and mass-loss rates were considered. Solutions are proposed which are

  10. Relaxation processes in optically excites metal clusters; Relaxationsprozesse in optisch angeregten Metallclustern

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    Stanzel, J.

    2007-08-10

    The present work is concerned with the dynamics of optically excited metal clusters in the gas phase. Small mass-selected gold and tungsten cluster anions (Au{sup -}{sub n}, n=5-8, 14, 20 and W{sup -}{sub n}, n=3-14) are studied using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. Depending on the electronic structure in the valence region as well as on the optical excitation energy fundamentally different relaxation processes are observed. In small gold cluster anions excited with 1.56 eV an isolated electronically excited state is populated. The time-dependent measurements are strongly sizedependent and open insights into photoinduced geometry changes of the nuclear framework. Oscillatory vibrational wavepacket motion in Au{sup -}{sub 5}, an extremely longlived ({tau} >90 ns) electronically excited state in Au{sup -}{sub 6} as well as photoinduced melting in Au{sup -}{sub 7} and Au{sup -}{sub 8} is monitored in real time. By increasing the OPTICAL excitation energy to 3.12 eV a completely different scenario is observed. A multitude of electronically excited states can be reached upon optical excitation and as a consequence electronic relaxation processes that take place on a time scale of 1 ps are dominating. This is shown for Au{sup -}{sub 7}, Au{sup -}{sub 14} and Au{sup -}{sub 20}. Compared to gold clusters, tungsten clusters are characterized by a significantly higher electronic density of states in the valence region. Therefore electronic relaxation processes are much more likely and take place on a significantly faster time scale. The fast electronic relaxation processes are distinguished from pure vibrational relaxation. It is shown that already in the four atomic tungsten cluster W{sup -}{sub 4} electronic relaxation processes take place on a time scale of 30 fs. In all investigated tungsten cluster anions (W{sup -}{sub n}, n=3-14) an equilibrium between electronic and vibrational system is reached within around 1 ps after optical excitation which

  11. Magnetron sputtering cluster apparatus for formation and deposition of size-selected metal nanoparticles

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    Hanif, Muhammad; Popok, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    The experimental setup utilizing a DC magnetron sputtering source for production of metal clusters, their size (mass) selection and following deposition in high vacuum is described. The source is capable to form clusters of various metals, for example, copper, silver, gold etc. Cluster size...... selection is achieved using an electrostatic quadrupole mass selector. The deposited silver clusters are studied using atomic force microscopy. The height distributions show typical relative standard size deviation of 9-13% for given sizes in the range between 5-23 nm. Thus, the apparatus demonstrates good...

  12. Asteroseismic inferences on red giants in open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 6811 using Kepler

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    Hekker, S.; Basu, S.; Stello, D.;

    2011-01-01

    Context. Four open clusters are present in the Kepler field of view and timeseries of nearly a year in length are now available. These timeseries allow us to derive asteroseismic global oscillation parameters of red-giant stars in the three open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819 and NGC 6811. From thes...

  13. Variable stars in one open cluster within the Kepler/K2-Campaign-5 field: M 67 (NGC 2682)

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    Nardiello, D; Bedin, L R; Piotto, G; Ochner, P; Cunial, A; Borsato, L; Granata, V

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we continue the release of high-level data products from the multiyear photometric survey collected at the 67/92 cm Schmidt Telescope in Asiago. The primary goal of the survey is to discover and to characterise variable objects and exoplanetary transits in four fields containing five nearby open clusters spanning a broad range of ages. This second paper releases a photometric catalogue, in five photometric bands, of the Solar-age, Solar-metallicity open cluster M 67 (NGC 2682). Proper motions are derived comparing the positions observed in 2013 at the Asiago's Schmidt Telescope with those extracted from WFI@2.2m MPG/ESO images in 2000. We also analyse the variable sources within M 67. We detected 68 variables, 43 of which are new detection. Variable periods and proper-motion memberships of a large majority of sources in our catalogue are improved with respect to previous releases. The entire catalogue will be available in electronic format. Besides the general interest on an improved catalogue, ...

  14. Investigation of open clusters based on IPHAS and APASS survey data

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    Dambis, Andrei; Berdnikov, Leonid; Joshi, Yogesh C; Pandey, Anil K

    2016-01-01

    We adapt the classical Q-method based on a reddening-free parameter constructed from three passband magnitudes to thwe filter set of IPHAS survey and combine it with the maximum-likelihood-based cluster parameter estimator by Naylor and Jeffries (2006) to determine the extinction, heliocentric distances, and ages of young open clusters using Halpha and ri data. Themethod is also adapted for the case of signific ant variations of extinction across the cluster rfield. Our technique is validated by comparing the colour excesses, disdtances, and ages determined in this study with the most bona fide values reported for the 18 well-studied young open clusters in the past, and a fairly good agreement is found between our extinction and distance estimnates and earlier published results. although our age estimates are not very consistent with those published by other authors. We also show that individual extinction values can be determined rather accurately for stars with (r-i)0>0.1. Our results open up a prospect fpr...

  15. The anticentre old open clusters Berkeley 27, Berkeley 34, and Berkeley 36: new additions to the BOCCE project

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    Donati, P; Cignoni, M; Cocozza, G; Tosi, M

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present the investigation of the evolutionary status of three open clusters: Berkeley 27, Berkeley 34, and Berkeley 36, all located in the Galactic anti-centre direction. All of them were observed with SUSI2@NTT using the Bessel B, V, and I filters. The cluster parameters have been obtained using the synthetic colour-magnitude diagram (CMD) method i.e. the direct comparison of the observational CMDs with a library of synthetic CMDs generated with different evolutionary sets (Padova, FRANEC, and FST). This analysis shows that Berkeley 27 has an age between 1.5 and 1.7 Gyr, a reddening E(B-V) in the range 0.40 and 0.50, and a distance modulus (m-M)_0 between 13.1 and 13.3; Berkeley 34 is older with an age in the range 2.1 and 2.5 Gyr, E(B-V) between 0.57 and 0.64, and (m-M)_0 between 14.1 and 14.3; Berkeley 36, with an age between 7.0 and 7.5 Gyr, has a reddening E(B-V)~0.50 and a distance modulus (m-M)_0 between 13.1 and 13.2. For all the clusters our analysis suggests a sub-solar metallicity ...

  16. CAMPAIGN: an open-source library of GPU-accelerated data clustering algorithms.

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    Kohlhoff, Kai J; Sosnick, Marc H; Hsu, William T; Pande, Vijay S; Altman, Russ B

    2011-08-15

    Data clustering techniques are an essential component of a good data analysis toolbox. Many current bioinformatics applications are inherently compute-intense and work with very large datasets. Sequential algorithms are inadequate for providing the necessary performance. For this reason, we have created Clustering Algorithms for Massively Parallel Architectures, Including GPU Nodes (CAMPAIGN), a central resource for data clustering algorithms and tools that are implemented specifically for execution on massively parallel processing architectures. CAMPAIGN is a library of data clustering algorithms and tools, written in 'C for CUDA' for Nvidia GPUs. The library provides up to two orders of magnitude speed-up over respective CPU-based clustering algorithms and is intended as an open-source resource. New modules from the community will be accepted into the library and the layout of it is such that it can easily be extended to promising future platforms such as OpenCL. Releases of the CAMPAIGN library are freely available for download under the LGPL from https://simtk.org/home/campaign. Source code can also be obtained through anonymous subversion access as described on https://simtk.org/scm/?group_id=453. kjk33@cantab.net.

  17. Reddening and age for 13 southern Galactic open clusters determined from integrated spectra

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    Ahumada, A. V.; Clariá, J. J.; Bica, E.; Dutra, C. M.; Torres, M. C.

    2001-10-01

    In this study we present flux-calibrated integrated spectra in the range 3800-6800 Å for 13 concentrated open clusters with Galactic longitudes between 219deg and 316deg, nine of which have not been previously studied. Using the equivalent widths of the Balmer lines and comparing the cluster spectra with template spectra of Magellanic Clouds and Galactic star clusters with known parameters, we derive both foreground interstellar reddening values and age. For nine clusters these two parameters have been determined for the first time, while for the rest of the sample the results show good agreement with previous studies. The present analysis indicates four very young (Hogg 11, NGC 5606, vdB-RN 80 and Pismis 17), seven moderately young (ESO 429-SC13, Hogg 3, Hogg 12, Haffner 7, BH 87, NGC 2368 and Bochum 12) and two intermediate-age (Berkeley 75 and NGC 2635) open clusters. The derived foreground interstellar reddening values are in the range 0.00 B-V) Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito, which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina and the National Universities of La Plata, Córdoba and San Juan, Argentina.

  18. Rotation periods of late-type stars in the young open cluster IC 2602

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    Barnes, S A; Prosser, C F; Stauffer, J R; Barnes, Sydney A.; Sofia, Sabatino; Prosser, Charles F.; Stauffer, John R.

    1999-01-01

    We present the results of a monitoring campaign aimed at deriving rotation periods for a representative sample of stars in the young (30 Myr) open cluster IC 2602. Rotation periods were derived for 29 of 33 stars monitored. The periods derived range from 0.2d (one of the shortest known rotation periods of any single open cluster star) to about 10d (which is almost twice as long as the longest period previously known for a cluster of this age). We are able to confirm 8 previously known periods and derive 21 new ones, delineating the long period end of the distribution. Despite our sensitivity to longer periods, we do not detect any variables with periods longer than about 10d. The combination of these data with those for IC 2391, an almost identical cluster, leads to the following conclusions: 1) The fast rotators in a 30 Myr cluster are distributed across the entire 0.5 < B-V < 1.6 color range. 2) 6 stars in our sample are slow rotators, with periods longer than 6d. 3) The amplitude of variability depen...

  19. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Insights on the inner-disc evolution from open clusters

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    Magrini, L; Donati, P; Bragaglia, A; Adibekyan, V; Romano, D; Smiljanic, R; Blanco-Cuaresma, S; Tautvaisiene, G; Friel, E; Overbeek, J; Jacobson, H; Cantat-Gaudin, T; Vallenari, A; Sordo, R; Pancino, E; Geisler, D; Roman, I San; Villanova, S; Casey, A; Hourihane, A; Worley, C C; Francois, P; Gilmore, G; Bensby, T; Flaccomio, E; Korn, A J; Recio-Blanco, A; Carraro, G; Costado, M T; Franciosini, E; Heiter, U; Jofree, P; Lardo, C; de Laverny, P; Monaco, L; Morbidelli, L; Sacco, G; Sousa, S G; Zaggia, S

    2015-01-01

    Context. The inner disc, linking the thin disc with the bulge, has been somehow neglected in the past because of intrinsic difficulties in its study, due, e.g., to crowding and high extinction. Open clusters located in the inner disc are among the best tracers of its chemistry at different ages and distances. Aims. We analyse the chemical patterns of four open clusters located within 7 kpc of the Galactic Centre and of field stars to infer the properties of the inner disc with the Gaia-ESO survey idr2/3 data release. Methods. We derive the parameters of the newly observed cluster, Berkeley 81, finding an age of about 1 Gyr and a Galactocentric distance of 5.4 kpc. We construct the chemical patterns of clusters and we compare them with those of field stars in the Solar neighbourhood and in the inner-disc samples. Results. Comparing the three populations we observe that inner-disc clusters and field stars are both, on average, enhanced in [O/Fe], [Mg/Fe] and [Si/Fe]. Using the idr2/3 results of M67, we estimate...

  20. A study into the role of surface capping on energy transfer in metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposites

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    Bain, Dipankar; Paramanik, Bipattaran; Sadhu, Suparna; Patra, Amitava

    2015-12-01

    Metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposite materials remain a frontier area of research for the development of optoelectronic, photovoltaic and light harvesting devices because metal nanoclusters and semiconductor QDs are promising candidates for photon harvesting. Here, we have designed well defined metal cluster-semiconductor nanostructures using different surface capped negatively charged Au25 nanoclusters (Au NCs) and positively charged cysteamine capped CdTe quantum dots using electrostatic interactions. The main focus of this article is to address the impact of surface capping agents on the photophysical properties of Au cluster-CdTe QD hybrid nanocomposites. Steady state and time resolved spectroscopic studies reveal that photoluminescence quenching, radiative and nonradiative rate, and energy transfer between Au nanoclusters and CdTe QDs have been influenced by the nature of the capping agent. We have calculated the energy transfer related parameters such as the overlap integral, distance between donor and acceptor, Förster distance, efficiency of energy transfer and rate of energy transfer from CdTe QDs to three different Au NCs. Photoluminescence quenching varies from 73% to 43% when changing the capping agents from bovine serum albumin (BSA) to glutathione (GSH). The efficiency of the energy transfer from CdTe QDs to BSA-capped Au NCs is found to be 83%, for Cys-capped Au NCs it was 46% and for GSH-capped Au NCs it was 35%. The efficiency depends on the number of Au clusters attached per QD. This reveals that the nature of capping ligands plays a crucial role in the energy transfer phenomena from CdTe QDs to Au NCs. Interesting findings reveal that the efficient energy transfer in metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposites may open up new possibilities in designing artificial light harvesting systems for future applications.Metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposite materials remain a frontier area of research for the development of optoelectronic

  1. Membership and Segregation Effects in the Young Open Cluster NGC 6530

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    Jun-Liang Zhao; Li Chen; Wen Wen

    2006-01-01

    From photographic plate data of Shanghai Astronomical Observatory with a time baseline of 87 years, proper motions and membership probabilities of 364 stars in the open cluster NGC 6530 region are reduced. On the basis of membership determination, luminosity function and segregation effect of the cluster are discussed with details. Spatial mass segregation is obviously present in NGC 6530 while there is no clear evidence for a velocity-mass (or velocity-luminosity) dependence. The observed spatial mass segregation for NGC 6530might be due to a combination of initial conditions and relaxation process.

  2. The X-ray properties of the young open cluster around alpha Persei

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    Randich, S.; Schmitt, J. H. M. M.; Prosser, C. F.; Stauffer, J. R.

    1995-01-01

    The observations of the 50 Myr old alpha Persei open cluster, performed by the Rosat's position sensitive proportional counter (PSPC), are discussed. The X-ray observations cover an area of about 10 sq deg. A total of 160 X-ray sources were detected. The comparison between the X-ray luminosity distribution functions of the alpha Persei sample and the Pleiades indicated that F and G-type stars in the alpha Persei are more X-ray luminous than their older counterparts in the Pleiades. No significant difference was found between the distributions of the K and M-type dwarfs in the two clusters.

  3. Subsampled open-reference clustering creates consistent, comprehensive OTU definitions and scales to billions of sequences

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    Jai Ram Rideout

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a performance-optimized algorithm, subsampled open-reference OTU picking, for assigning marker gene (e.g., 16S rRNA sequences generated on next-generation sequencing platforms to operational taxonomic units (OTUs for microbial community analysis. This algorithm provides benefits over de novo OTU picking (clustering can be performed largely in parallel, reducing runtime and closed-reference OTU picking (all reads are clustered, not only those that match a reference database sequence with high similarity. Because more of our algorithm can be run in parallel relative to “classic” open-reference OTU picking, it makes open-reference OTU picking tractable on massive amplicon sequence data sets (though on smaller data sets, “classic” open-reference OTU clustering is often faster. We illustrate that here by applying it to the first 15,000 samples sequenced for the Earth Microbiome Project (1.3 billion V4 16S rRNA amplicons. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest OTU picking run ever performed, and we estimate that our new algorithm runs in less than 1/5 the time than would be required of “classic” open reference OTU picking. We show that subsampled open-reference OTU picking yields results that are highly correlated with those generated by “classic” open-reference OTU picking through comparisons on three well-studied datasets. An implementation of this algorithm is provided in the popular QIIME software package, which uses uclust for read clustering. All analyses were performed using QIIME’s uclust wrappers, though we provide details (aided by the open-source code in our GitHub repository that will allow implementation of subsampled open-reference OTU picking independently of QIIME (e.g., in a compiled programming language, where runtimes should be further reduced. Our analyses should generalize to other implementations of these OTU picking algorithms. Finally, we present a comparison of parameter settings in

  4. Formation and evolution mechanisms of large-clusters during rapid solidification process of liquid metal Al

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    LIU Rangsu; DONG Kejun; LIU Fengxiang; ZHENG Caixing; LIU Hairong; LI Jiyong

    2005-01-01

    A molecular dynamics simulation study has been performed for the formation and evolution characteristics of nano-clusters in a large-scale system consisting of 400000 atoms of liquid metal Al. The center-atom method combined with pair-bond analysis technique and cluster-type index method (CTIM) has been applied here to describe the structural configurations of various basic clusters. It is demonstrated that both the 1551 bond-type and the icosahedral cluster (12 0 12 0) constructed by 1551 bond-types are dominant among all the bond-types and cluster-types, respectively, in the system and play a critical role in the microstructure transitions of liquid metal Al. The nano-clusters (containing up to 150 atoms) are formed by the combination of some middle and small clusters with distinctly different sizes, through mutual competition by unceasing annex and evolution in a seesaw manner (in turn of obtaining and losing),which do not occur as the multi-shell structures accumulated with an atom as the center and the surrounding atoms are arranged according to a certain rule. This is the essential distinction of nano-cluster in liquid metal from those obtained by gaseous deposition, ionic spray methods, and so on. Though the nano-clusters differ from each other in shape and size, all of them possess protruding corners that could become the starting points of various dendrite structures in the solidification processes of liquid metals.

  5. Reactions of metal cluster anions with inorganic and organic molecules in the gas phase.

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    Zhao, Yan-Xia; Liu, Qing-Yu; Zhang, Mei-Qi; He, Sheng-Gui

    2016-07-28

    The study of gas phase ion-molecule reactions by state-of-the-art mass spectrometric experiments in conjunction with quantum chemistry calculations offers an opportunity to clarify the elementary steps and mechanistic details of bond activation and conversion processes. In the past few decades, a considerable number of publications have been devoted to the ion-molecule reactions of metal clusters, the experimentally and theoretically tractable models for the active phase of condensed phase systems. The focus of this perspective concerns progress on activation and transformation of important inorganic and organic molecules by negatively charged metal clusters. The metal cluster anions cover bare metal clusters as well as ligated systems with oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, among others. The following important issues have been summarized and discussed: (i) dependence of chemical reactivity and selectivity on cluster structures and sizes, metals and metal oxidation states, odd-even electron numbers, etc. and (ii) effects of doping, ligation, and pre-adsorption on the reactivity of metal clusters toward rather inert molecules.

  6. A study into the role of surface capping on energy transfer in metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposites.

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    Bain, Dipankar; Paramanik, Bipattaran; Sadhu, Suparna; Patra, Amitava

    2015-12-28

    Metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposite materials remain a frontier area of research for the development of optoelectronic, photovoltaic and light harvesting devices because metal nanoclusters and semiconductor QDs are promising candidates for photon harvesting. Here, we have designed well defined metal cluster-semiconductor nanostructures using different surface capped negatively charged Au25 nanoclusters (Au NCs) and positively charged cysteamine capped CdTe quantum dots using electrostatic interactions. The main focus of this article is to address the impact of surface capping agents on the photophysical properties of Au cluster-CdTe QD hybrid nanocomposites. Steady state and time resolved spectroscopic studies reveal that photoluminescence quenching, radiative and nonradiative rate, and energy transfer between Au nanoclusters and CdTe QDs have been influenced by the nature of the capping agent. We have calculated the energy transfer related parameters such as the overlap integral, distance between donor and acceptor, Förster distance, efficiency of energy transfer and rate of energy transfer from CdTe QDs to three different Au NCs. Photoluminescence quenching varies from 73% to 43% when changing the capping agents from bovine serum albumin (BSA) to glutathione (GSH). The efficiency of the energy transfer from CdTe QDs to BSA-capped Au NCs is found to be 83%, for Cys-capped Au NCs it was 46% and for GSH-capped Au NCs it was 35%. The efficiency depends on the number of Au clusters attached per QD. This reveals that the nature of capping ligands plays a crucial role in the energy transfer phenomena from CdTe QDs to Au NCs. Interesting findings reveal that the efficient energy transfer in metal cluster-semiconductor nanocomposites may open up new possibilities in designing artificial light harvesting systems for future applications.

  7. The young open cluster NGC 7067 using Strömgren photometry

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    Monguió, M.; Negueruela, I.; Marco, A.; González-Fernández, C.; Alonso-Santiago, J.; Costado, M. T.; Casamiquela, L.; López-Corredoira, M.; Molgó, J.; Vilardell, F.; Alfaro, E. J.; Antoja, T.; Figueras, F.; Garcia, M.; Jordi, C.; Romero-Gómez, M.

    2017-04-01

    NGC 7067 is a young open cluster located in the direction between the first and the second Galactic quadrants and close to the Perseus spiral arm. This makes it useful for studies of the nature of the Milky Way spiral arms. Strömgren photometry taken with the Wide Field Camera at the Isaac Newton Telescope allowed us to compute individual physical parameters for the observed stars and hence to derive the cluster's physical parameters. Spectra from the 1.93-m telescope at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence helped to check and improve the results. We obtained photometry for 1233 stars, individual physical parameters for 515 and spectra for 9 of them. The 139 selected cluster members lead to a cluster distance of 4.4 ± 0.4 kpc, with an age below log10(t(yr)) = 7.3 and a present mass of 1260 ± 160 M⊙. The morphology of the data reveals that the centre of the cluster is at (α, δ) = (21: 24: 13.69, +48: 00: 39.2) J2000, with a radius of 6.1 arcmin. Strömgren and spectroscopic data allowed us to improve the previous parameters available for the cluster in the literature.

  8. Bright Stars and Metallicity Spread in the Globular Cluster omega Centauri

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    Ortolani, Sergio; Covino, Stefano; Carraro, Giovanni

    The globular cluster omega Centauri (NGC~5139) is the most massive and brightest cluster in our Galaxy. It has also a moderately high mass to light ratio (3.6) and an anomalous flattening (0.83) for a globular cluster. This cluster is also very interesting because it is one of a few examples of globular clusters with a measurable spread in the metal abundance (see Da Costa & Willumsen 1981, Norris et al. 1996, and Suntzeff and Kraft 1996 and references therein) and then it offers a unique, big sample of nearby stars having all the same distance and reddening but showing different metallicity (and age ?) effects. A recent paper by Norris et al. (1997) shows also an interesting correlation between kinematics and metal abundance.

  9. Bright Stars and Metallicity Spread in the Globular Cluster Omega Centauri

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    Ortolani, S; Carraro, G; Ortolani, Sergio; Covino, Stefano; Carraro, Giovanni

    1998-01-01

    The globular cluster Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) is the most massive and brightest cluster in our Galaxy. It has also a moderately high mass to light ratio (3.6) and an anomalous flattening (0.83) for a globular cluster. This cluster is also very interesting because it is one of a few examples of globular clusters with a measurable spread in the metal abundance (see Da Costa & Willumsen 1981, Norris et al. 1996, and Suntzeff and Kraft 1996 and references therein) and then it offers a unique, big sample of nearby stars having all the same distance and reddening but showing different metallicity (and age ?) effects. A recent paper by Norris et al. (1997) shows also an interesting correlation between kinematics and metal abundance.

  10. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Metallicity estimates of M31 globular clusters (Galleti+, 2009)

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    Galleti, S.; Bellazzini, M.; Buzzoni, A.; Federici, L.; Fusi Pecci, F.

    2010-04-01

    New empirical relations of [Fe/H] as a function of [MgFe] and Mg2 indices are based on the well-studied galactic globular clusters, complemented with theoretical model predictions for -0.2<=[Fe/H]<=+0.5. Lick indices for M31 clusters from various literature sources (225 clusters) and from new observations by our team (71 clusters) have been transformed into the Trager et al. (2000AJ....119.1645T) system, yielding new metallicity estimates for 245 globular clusters of M31. (3 data files).

  11. Van der Waals coefficients for alkali metal clusters and their size dependence

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    Arup Banerjee; Manoj K Harbola

    2006-02-01

    In this paper we employ the hydrodynamic formulation of time-dependent density functional theory to obtain the van der Waals coefficients 6 and 8 of alkali metal clusters of various sizes including very large clusters. Such calculations become computationally very demanding in the orbital-based Kohn-Sham formalism, but are quite simple in the hydrodynamic approach. We show that for interactions between the clusters of the same sizes, 6 and 8 scale as the sixth and the eighth power of the cluster radius, respectively, and approach their classically predicted values for the large size clusters.

  12. The influence of nanoscale morphology on the resistivity of cluster-assembled nanostructured metallic thin films

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    Barborini, E; Bertolini, G; Repetto, P; Leccardi, M; Vinati, S [Tethis srl, via Franco Russoli 3, 20143 Milano (Italy); Corbelli, G; Milani, P, E-mail: emanuele.barborini@tethis-lab.co, E-mail: pmilani@mi.infn.i [CIMAINA and Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy)

    2010-07-15

    We have studied in situ the evolution of the electrical resistivity of Fe, Pd, Nb, W and Mo cluster-assembled films during their growth by supersonic cluster beam deposition. We observed resistivity of cluster-assembled films several orders of magnitude larger than the bulk, as well as an increase in resistivity by increasing the film thickness in contrast to what was observed for atom-assembled metallic films. This suggests that the nanoscale morphological features typical of ballistic films growth, such as the minimal cluster-cluster interconnection and the evolution of surface roughness with thickness, are responsible for the observed behaviour.

  13. Hard X-ray-induced optical luminescence via biomolecule-directed metal clusters.

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    Osakada, Yasuko; Pratx, Guillem; Sun, Conroy; Sakamoto, Masanori; Ahmad, Moiz; Volotskova, Olga; Ong, Qunxiang; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Harada, Yoshie; Xing, Lei; Cui, Bianxiao

    2014-04-07

    Here, we demonstrate that biomolecule-directed metal clusters are applicable in the study of hard X-ray excited optical luminescence, promising a new direction in the development of novel X-ray-activated imaging probes.

  14. Near-Infrared Photometry of Globular Clusters Towards the Galactic Bulge: Observations and Photometric Metallicity Indicators

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    Cohen, Roger E; Mauro, Francesco; Bonatto, Charles; Geisler, Douglas

    2016-01-01

    We present wide field JHKs photometry of 16 Galactic globular clusters located towards the Galactic bulge, calibrated on the 2MASS photometric system. Differential reddening corrections and statistical field star decontamination are employed for all of these clusters before fitting fiducial sequences to the cluster red giant branches (RGBs). Observed values and uncertainties are reported for several photometric features, including the magnitude of the RGB bump, tip, the horizontal branch (HB) and the slope of the upper RGB. The latest spectroscopically determined chemical abundances are used to build distance- and reddening-independent relations between observed photometric features and cluster metallicity, optimizing the sample size and metallicity baseline of these relations by supplementing our sample with results from the literature. We find that the magnitude different between the HB and the RGB bump can be used to predict metallicities, in terms of both iron abundance [Fe/H] and global metallicity [M/H]...

  15. The astrophysical behavior of open clusters along the Milky Way Galaxy

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    A.L. Tadross

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of this paper is to study the astrophysical behaviour of open clusters’ properties along the Milky Way Galaxy. Near-IR JHKS (2MASS photometry has been used for getting a homogeneous Catalog of 263 open clusters’ parameters, which are randomly selected and studied by the author through the last five years; most of them were studied for the first time. The correlations between the astrophysical parameters of these clusters have been achieved by morphological way and compared with the most recent works.

  16. The Gaia-ESO Survey: CNO Abundances in Open Clusters of our Galaxy

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    Drazdauskas, A.; Tautvaišienė, G.; Mikolaitis, Š.; Barisevičius, G.; Puzeras, E.; Stonkutė, E.; Chorniy, Y.; GES Collaborators

    2016-10-01

    We present the current status of CNO abundance investigations in evolved stars of Galactic open clusters observed in the currently ongoing Gaia-ESO survey. The spectra were observed with the VLT UVES spectrograph and analysed using a differential model atmosphere method. The C/N ratios of stars in the investigated open clusters were compared with the ratios predicted by stellar evolutionary models. For the corresponding stellar turn-off masses from 1.15 to 3.3 M⊙, the observed C/N ratio values are close to the predictions of standard first dredge-up and thermohaline extra-mixing models. The recent model in which the thermohaline- and rotation-induced extra-mixing act together seems to provide C/N values that are too low.

  17. Amplitudes of solar-like oscillations: Constraints from red giants in open clusters observed by Kepler

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    Stello, Dennis; Huber, Daniel; Kallinger, Thomas;

    2011-01-01

    with NASA's Kepler space telescope to study solar-like oscillations in 100 red giant stars located in either of the three open clusters, NGC 6791, NGC 6819, and NGC 6811. By fitting the measured amplitudes to predictions from simple scaling relations that depend on luminosity, mass, and effective...... temperature, we find that the data cannot be described by any power of the luminosity-to-mass ratio as previously assumed. As a result we provide a new improved empirical relation which treats luminosity and mass separately. This relation turns out to also work remarkably well for main-sequence and subgiant......Scaling relations that link asteroseismic quantities to global stellar properties are important for gaining understanding of the intricate physics that underpins stellar pulsations. The common notion that all stars in an open cluster have essentially the same distance, age, and initial composition...

  18. 25. Steenbock symposium -- Biosynthesis and function of metal clusters for enzymes: Proceedings

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    This symposium was held June 10--14, 1997 in Madison, Wisconsin. The purpose of this conference was to provide a multidisciplinary forum for exchange of state-of-the-art information on biochemistry of enzymes that have an affinity for metal clusters. Attention is focused on the following: metal clusters involved in energy conservation and remediation; tungsten, molybdenum, and cobalt-containing enzymes; Fe proteins, and Mo-binding proteins; nickel enzymes; and nitrogenase.

  19. Surface Abundance and Binary Properties of Alternative-Evolution Stars in Open Clusters

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    Milliman, Katelyn Elise

    There is a large population of stars not described by single-star stellar evolution narratives. These non-standard stars are broadly known as blue stragglers (BS), yellow giants, and subsubgiants (SSG). In this thesis I present my work on the non-standard stellar populations in open clusters focussing on the role of binaries and the information learned from surface abundance measurements, particularly for BS formation. Formation theories for BSs include mergers in hierarchical triple systems, collisions during dynamical encounters, and mass transfer from an evolved companion. Such mass transfer events can pollute the surface abundance of the BS with the nucleosynthesis products from the evolved donor. Specifically, asymptotic giant branch (AGB) mass transfer should enhance the surface abundances of s-process elements, like barium, created during the thermally-pulsing phase of AGB evolution. The products of mergers and collisions would have no such enhancements. This makes barium an excellent marker for a mass-transfer formation history with an AGB-donor. In this thesis I start with the radial velocity (RV) surveys of the open clusters NGC 6819 and NGC 7789. I then introduce my discovery of five barium enriched BSs in NGC 6819, four of which have no RV evidence of a companion. Next, I triple the number of confirmed open cluster SSGs through my discovery of four such systems in NGC 6791 and present robust orbital solutions for three of them. And finally I discuss the implications of my work in context with the extensively studied open clusters M67 and NGC 188.

  20. Stellar rotation, binarity, and lithium in the open cluster IC4756

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    Strassmeier, Klaus G; Granzer, Thomas; Bihain, Gabriel; Weber, Michael; Barnes, Sydney A

    2015-01-01

    An important aspect in the evolutionary scenario of cool stars is their rotation and the rotationally induced magnetic activity and interior mixing. Stars in open clusters are particularly useful tracers for these aspects because of their known ages. We aim to characterize the open cluster IC4756 and measure stellar rotation periods and surface differential rotation for a sample of its member stars. Thirty-seven cluster stars were observed continuously with the CoRoT satellite for 78 days in 2010. Follow-up high-resolution spectroscopy of the CoRoT targets and deep Str\\"omgren $uvby\\beta$ and H$\\alpha$ photometry of the entire cluster were obtained with our robotic STELLA facility and its echelle spectrograph and wide-field imager, respectively. We determined high-precision photometric periods for 27 of the 37 CoRoT targets and found values between 0.155 and 11.4 days. Twenty of these are rotation periods. Twelve targets are spectroscopic binaries of which 11 were previously unknown; orbits are given for six ...

  1. ROSAT HRI X-ray Observations of the Open Globular Cluster NGC 288

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    Sarazin, C L; Rood, R T; Ferraro, F R; Paltrinieri, B; Sarazin, Craig L.; Irwin, Jimmy A.; Rood, Robert T.; Ferraro, Francesco R.; Paltrinieri, Barbara

    1999-01-01

    A ROSAT HRI X-ray image was obtained of the open globular cluster NGC288, which is located near the South Galactic Pole. This is the first deep X-ray image of this system. We detect a Low Luminosity Globular Cluster X-ray source (LLGCX) RXJ005245.0-263449 with an X-ray luminosity of (5.5+-1.4)x10^32 ergs/s (0.1-2.0 keV), which is located very close to the cluster center. There is evidence for X-ray variability on a time scale of <~1 day. The presence of this LLGCX in such an open cluster suggests that dense stellar systems with high interaction rates are not needed to form LLGCXs. HST images will be used to attempt to identify RXJ005245.0-263449. We also searched for diffuse X-ray emission from NGC 288. Upper limits on the X-ray luminosities are L_X^h < 9.5x10^32 ergs/s (0.52-2.02 keV) and L_X^s < 9.3x10^32 ergs/s (0.11-0.41 keV). These imply upper limits to the diffuse X-ray to optical light ratios in NGC 288 which are lower than the values observed for X-ray faint early-type galaxies. This indicate...

  2. The Monitor project: the search for transits in the open cluster NGC 2362

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    Miller, Adam A.; Irwin, Jonathan; Aigrain, Suzanne; Hodgkin, Simon; Hebb, Leslie

    2008-06-01

    We present the results of a systematic search for transiting planets in a ~5 Myr open cluster, NGC 2362. We observed ~1200 candidate cluster members, of which ~475 are believed to be genuine cluster members, for a total of ~100 h. We identify 15 light curves with reductions in flux that pass all our detection criteria, and six of the candidates have occultation depths compatible with a planetary companion. The variability in these six light curves would require very large planets to reproduce the observed transit depth. If we assume that none of our candidates are, in fact, planets then we can place upper limits on the fraction of stars with hot Jupiters (HJs) in NGC 2362. We obtain 99 per cent confidence upper limits of 0.22 and 0.70 on the fraction of stars with HJs (fp) for 1-3 and 3-10 d orbits, respectively, assuming all HJs have a planetary radius of 1.5RJup. These upper limits represent observational constraints on the number of stars with HJs at an age <~10 Myr, when the vast majority of stars are thought to have lost their protoplanetary discs. Finally, we extend our results to the entire Monitor project, a survey searching young, open clusters for planetary transits, and find that the survey as currently designed should be capable of placing upper limits on fp near the observed values of fp in the solar neighbourhood.

  3. Deep, Wide-field CCD Photometry for the Open Cluster NGC3532

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    Clem, James L; Hoard, D W; Wachter, Stefanie

    2011-01-01

    We present the results of a deep, wide-field CCD survey for the open cluster NGC~3532. Our new $BV(RI)_{c}$ photometry effectively covers a one square degree area and reaches an unprecedented depth of $V\\sim21$ to reveal that NGC~3532 is a rich open cluster that harbors a large number of faint, low-mass stars. We employ a number of methods to reduce the impact of field star contamination in the cluster color-magnitude diagrams, including supplementing our photometry with $JHK_{s}$ data from the 2MASS catalog. These efforts allow us to define a robust sample of candidate main sequence stars suitable for a purely empirical determination of the cluster's parameters by comparing them to the well-established Hyades main sequence. Our results confirm previous findings that NGC~3532 lies fairly near to the Sun [$(m-M)_0=8.46\\pm0.05$; $492^{+12}_{-11}$~pc] and has an extremely low reddening for its location near the Galactic plane [$E(B-V)=0.028\\pm0.006$]. Moreover, an age of $\\sim300$\\,Myr has been derived for the c...

  4. The initial luminosity and mass functions of the Galactic open clusters

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    Piskunov, A E; Schilbach, E; Röser, S; Scholz, R -D; Zinnecker, H

    2008-01-01

    (... abridged) The observed luminosity function can be constructed in a range of absolute integrated magnitudes $I_{M_V}= [-10, -0.5]$ mag, i.e. about 5 magnitudes deeper than in the most nearby galaxies. It increases linearly from the brightest limit to a turnover at about $I_{M_V}\\approx-2.5$. The slope of this linear portion is $a=0.41\\pm0.01$, which agrees perfectly with the slope deduced for star cluster observations in nearby galaxies. (...) We find that the initial mass function of open clusters (CIMF) has a two-segment structure with the slopes $\\alpha=1.66\\pm0.14$ in the range $\\log M_c/M_\\odot=3.37...4.93$ and $\\alpha=0.82\\pm0.14$ in the range $\\log M_c/M_\\odot=1.7...3.37$. The average mass of open clusters at birth is $4.5\\cdot 10^3 M_\\odot$, which should be compared to the average observed mass of about $700 M_\\odot$. The average cluster formation rate derived from the comparison of initial and observed mass functions is $\\bar{\\upsilon}=0.4 \\mathrm{kpc}^{-2}\\mathrm{Myr}^{-1}$. Multiplying by the a...

  5. Effect of functionalization of boron nitride flakes by main group metal clusters on their optoelectronic properties

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    Chakraborty, Debdutta; Chattaraj, Pratim Kumar

    2017-10-01

    The possibility of functionalizing boron nitride flakes (BNFs) with some selected main group metal clusters, viz. OLi4, NLi5, CLi6, BLI7 and Al12Be, has been analyzed with the aid of density functional theory (DFT) based computations. Thermochemical as well as energetic considerations suggest that all the metal clusters interact with the BNF moiety in a favorable fashion. As a result of functionalization, the static (first) hyperpolarizability (β ) values of the metal cluster supported BNF moieties increase quite significantly as compared to that in the case of pristine BNF. Time dependent DFT analysis reveals that the metal clusters can lower the transition energies associated with the dominant electronic transitions quite significantly thereby enabling the metal cluster supported BNF moieties to exhibit significant non-linear optical activity. Moreover, the studied systems demonstrate broad band absorption capability spanning the UV–visible as well as infra-red domains. Energy decomposition analysis reveals that the electrostatic interactions principally stabilize the metal cluster supported BNF moieties.

  6. Barium Surface Abundances of Blue Stragglers in the Open Cluster NGC 6819

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    Milliman, Katelyn E; Schuler, Simon C

    2015-01-01

    We present the barium surface abundance of 12 blue stragglers (BSs) and 18 main-sequence (MS) stars in the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 6819 (2.5 Gyr) based on spectra obtained from the Hydra Multi-object Spectrograph on the WIYN 3.5 m telescope. For the MS stars we find [Fe/H] = $+$0.05 $\\pm$ 0.04 and [Ba/Fe] = $-$0.01 $\\pm$ 0.10. The majority of the BS stars are consistent with these values. We identify five BSs with significant barium enhancement. These stars most likely formed through mass transfer from an asymptotic giant branch star that polluted the surface of the BS with the nucleosynthesis products generated during thermal pulsations. This conclusion aligns with the results from the substantial work done on the BSs in old open cluster NGC 188 that identifies mass transfer as the dominant mechanism for BS formation in that open cluster. However, four of the BSs with enhanced barium show no radial-velocity evidence for a companion. The one star that is in a binary is a double-lined system, meaning...

  7. Chemical abundance analysis of the Open Clusters Berkeley 32, NGC 752, Hyades and Praesepe

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    Carrera, R

    2011-01-01

    Context. Open clusters are ideal test particles to study the chemical evolution of the Galactic disc. However the existing high-resolution abundance determinations, not only of [Fe/H], but also of other key elements, is largely insufficient at the moment. Aims. To increase the number of Galactic open clusters with high quality abundance determinations, and to gather all the literature determinations published so far. Methods. Using high-resolution (R~30000), high-quality (S/N$>60 per pixel), we obtained spectra for twelve stars in four open clusters with the fiber spectrograph FOCES, at the 2.2 Calar Alto Telescope in Spain. We use the classical equivalent widths analysis to obtain accurate abundances of sixteen elements: Al, Ba, Ca, Co, Cr, Fe, La, Mg, Na, Nd, Ni, Sc, Si, Ti, V, Y. Oxygen abundances have been derived through spectral synthesis of the 6300 A forbidden line. Results. We provide the first determination of abundance ratios other than Fe for NGC 752 giants, and ratios in agreement with the litera...

  8. An application of the KNND method for detecting nearby open clusters based on Gaia-DR1

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    Gao, Xin-Hua

    2017-05-01

    This paper presents a preliminary test of the k-th nearest neighbor distance (KNND) method for detecting nearby open clusters based on Gaia-DR1. We select 38 386 nearby stars (< 100 {pc}) from the Gaia-DR1 catalog, and then use the KNND method to detect overdense regions in three-dimensional space. We find two overdense regions (the Hyades and Coma Berenices (Coma Ber) open clusters), and obtain 57 reliable cluster members. Based on these cluster members, the distances to the Hyades and Coma Ber clusters are determined to be 46.0±0.2 and 83.5±0.3 pc, respectively. Our results demonstrate that the KNND method can be used to detect open clusters based on a large volume of astrometry data.

  9. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Detailed Abundances in the Metal-poor Globular Cluster NGC 4372

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    Roman, I San; Geisler, D; Villanova, S; Kacharov, N; Koch, A; Carraro, G; Tautvaišiene, G; Vallenari, A; Alfaro, E J; Bensby, T; Flaccomio, E; Francois, P; Korn, A J; Pancino, E; Recio-Blanco, A; Smiljanic, R; Bergemann, M; Costado, M T; Damiani, F; Heiter, U; Hourihane, A; Jofré, P; Lardo, C; de Laverny, P; Masseron, T; Morbidelli, L; Sbordone, L; Sousa, S G; Worley, C C; Zaggia, S

    2015-01-01

    We present the abundance analysis for a sample of 7 red giant branch stars in the metal-poor globular cluster NGC 4372 based on UVES spectra acquired as part of the Gaia-ESO Survey. This is the first extensive study of this cluster from high resolution spectroscopy. We derive abundances of O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Sc, Ti, Fe, Cr, Ni, Y, Ba, and La. We find a metallicity of [Fe/H] = -2.19 $\\pm$ 0.03 and find no evidence for a metallicity spread. This metallicity makes NGC 4372 one of the most metal-poor galactic globular clusters. We also find an {\\alpha}-enhancement typical of halo globular clusters at this metallicity. Significant spreads are observed in the abundances of light elements. In particular we find a Na-O anti-correlation. Abundances of O are relatively high compared with other globular clusters. This could indicate that NGC 4372 was formed in an environment with high O for its metallicity. A Mg-Al spread is also present which spans a range of more than 0.5 dex in Al abundances. Na is correlated wit...

  10. Magnetic behavior of clusters of ferromagnetic transition metals

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    Khanna, S. N.; Linderoth, Søren

    1991-01-01

    The effective magnetic moments of small iron and cobalt clusters have been calculated by assuming that the clusters undergo superparamagnetic relaxation. The effective moments per atom are found to be much below the bulk values, even at low temperatures (100 K). They increase with particle size a...

  11. Candidate free-floating super-Jupiters in the young sigma Orionis open cluster

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    Bihain, G; Osorio, M R Zapatero; Béjar, V J S; Villó-Pérez, I; Díaz-Sánchez, A; Pérez-Garrido, A; Caballero, J A; Bailer-Jones, C A L; Navascués, D Barrado y; Eislöffel, J; Forveille, T; Goldman, B; Henning, T; Martín, E L; Mundt, R

    2009-01-01

    Free-floating substellar candidates with estimated theoretical masses of as low as ~5 Jupiter masses have been found in the ~3 Myr old sigma Orionis open cluster. As the overlap with the planetary mass domain increases, the question of how these objects form becomes important. The determination of their number density and whether a mass cut-off limit exists is crucial to understanding their formation. We propose to search for objects of yet lower masses in the cluster and determine the shape of the mass function at low mass. Using new- and (re-analysed) published IZJHKs[3.6]-[8.0]-band data of an area of 840 arcmin2, we performed a search for LT-type cluster member candidates in the magnitude range J=19.5-21.5 mag, based on their expected magnitudes and colours. Besides recovering the T type object S Ori 70 and two other known objects, we find three new cluster member candidates, S Ori 72-74, with J=21 mag and within 12 arcmin of the cluster centre. They have theoretical masses of 4 (-2,+3) M_Jup and are amon...

  12. A comprehensive photometric study of dynamically evolved small van den Bergh-Hagen open clusters

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    Piatti, Andrés E

    2016-01-01

    We present results from Johnson $UBV$, Kron-Cousins $RI$ and Washington $CT_1T_2$ photometries for seven van den Bergh-Hagen (vdBH) open clusters, namely, vdBH\\,1, 10, 31, 72, 87, 92, and 118. The high-quality, multi-band photometric data sets were used to trace the cluster stellar density radial profiles and to build colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) and colour-colour (CC) diagrams from which we estimated their structural parameters and fundamental astrophysical properties. The clusters in our sample cover a wide age range, from $\\sim$ 60 Myr up to 2.8 Gyr, are of relatively small size ($\\sim$ 1 $-$ 6 pc) and are placed at distances from the Sun which vary between 1.8 and 6.3 kpc, respectively. We also estimated lower limits for the cluster present-day masses as well as half-mass relaxation times ($t_r$). The resulting values in combination with the structural parameter values suggest that the studied clusters are in advanced stages of their internal dynamical evolution (age/$t_r$ $\\sim$ 20 $-$ 320), possibly...

  13. Detection of solar-like oscillations from Kepler photometry of the open cluster NGC 6819

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    Stello, Dennis; Bruntt, Hans; Mosser, Benoit; Stevens, Ian R; Brown, Timothy M; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jorgen; Gilliland, Ronald L; Kjeldsen, Hans; Arentoft, Torben; Ballot, Jerome; Barban, Caroline; Bedding, Timothy R; Chaplin, William J; Elsworth, Yvonne P; Garcia, Rafael A; Goupil, Marie-Jo; Hekker, Saskia; Huber, Daniel; Mathur, Savita; Meibom, Soren; Samadi, Reza; Sangaralingam, Vinothini; Baldner, Charles S; Belkacem, Kevin; Biazzo, Katia; Brogaard, Karsten; Suarez, Juan Carlos; D'Antona, Francesca; Demarque, Pierre; Esch, Lisa; Gai, Ning; Grundah, Frank; Lebreton, Yveline; Jiang, Biwei; Jevtic, Nada; Karoff, Christoffer; Miglio, Andrea; Molenda-Zakowicz, Joanna; Montalban, Josefina; Noels, Arlette; Cortes, Teodoro Roca; Roxburgh, Ian W; Serenelli, Aldo M; Silva, Victor; Sterken, Aguirre Christiaan; Stine, Peter; Szabo, Robert; Weiss, Achim; Borucki, William J; Koch, David; Jenkins, Jon M

    2010-01-01

    Asteroseismology of stars in clusters has been a long-sought goal because the assumption of a common age, distance and initial chemical composition allows strong tests of the theory of stellar evolution. We report results from the first 34 days of science data from the Kepler Mission for the open cluster NGC 6819 -- one of four clusters in the field of view. We obtain the first clear detections of solar-like oscillations in the cluster red giants and are able to measure the large frequency separation and the frequency of maximum oscillation power. We find that the asteroseismic parameters allow us to test cluster-membership of the stars, and even with the limited seismic data in hand, we can already identify four possible non-members despite their having a better than 80% membership probability from radial velocity measurements. We are also able to determine the oscillation amplitudes for stars that span about two orders of magnitude in luminosity and find good agreement with the prediction that oscillation a...

  14. Anchors for the Cosmic Distance Scale: the Cepheid QZ Normae in the Open Cluster NGC 6067

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    Majaess, D; Bidin, C Moni; Soto, M; Gieren, W; Cohen, R; Mauro, F; Geisler, D; Bonatto, C; Borissova, J; Minniti, D; Turner, D; Lane, D; Madore, B; Carraro, G; Berdnikov, L

    2013-01-01

    Cepheids are key to establishing the cosmic distance scale. Therefore it's important to assess the viability of QZ Nor, V340 Nor, and GU Nor as calibrators for Leavitt's law via their purported membership in the open cluster NGC 6067. The following suite of evidence confirms that QZ Nor and V340 Nor are members of NGC 6067, whereas GU Nor likely lies in the foreground: (i) existing radial velocities for QZ Nor and V340 Nor agree with that established for the cluster (-39.4+-1.2 km/s) to within 1 km/s, whereas GU Nor exhibits a markedly smaller value; (ii) a steep velocity-distance gradient characterizes the sight-line toward NGC 6067, thus implying that objects sharing common velocities are nearly equidistant; (iii) a radial profile constructed for NGC 6067 indicates that QZ Nor is within the cluster bounds, despite being 20' from the cluster center; (iv) new BVJH photometry for NGC 6067 confirms the cluster lies d=1.75+-0.10 kpc distant, a result that matches Wesenheit distances computed for QZ Nor/V340 Nor ...

  15. H2 adsorption on 3d transition metal clusters: a combined infrared and density functional study

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    Swart, I.; de Groot, F.M.F.; Weckhuysen, B.M.; Gruene, P.; Meijer, G.; Fielicke, A.

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption of H2 on a series of gas-phase transition metal (scandium, vanadium, iron, cobalt, and nickel) clusters containing up to 20 metal atoms is studied using IR-multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy complemented with density functional theory based calculations. Comparison of the exper

  16. Metal cluster structures and properties from Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics

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    Calaminici, Patrizia, E-mail: pcalamin@cinvestav.mx; Köster, Andreas M., E-mail: pcalamin@cinvestav.mx; Vásquez-Pérez, José Manuel, E-mail: pcalamin@cinvestav.mx; Martínez, Gabriel Ulises Gamboa, E-mail: pcalamin@cinvestav.mx [Departamento de Química, CINVESTAV, Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional 2508, A.P. 14-740, México D.F. 07000 (Mexico)

    2015-01-22

    Density functional theory (DFT) Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) simulations of metal clusters are presented. The calculations have been performed with the deMon2k [1] code employing all-electron basis sets and local and non-local functionals. The capability to perform reasonable long (∼ 100 ps) first-principle BOMD simulations in order to explore potential energy landscape of metallic clusters will be presented [2,3]. The evolution of the cluster structures and properties, such as polarizability and heat capacity, with temperature is discussed.

  17. How AGN feedback and metal cooling shape cluster entropy profiles

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    Dubois, Yohan; Teyssier, Romain; Slyz, Adrianne

    2011-01-01

    Observed clusters of galaxies essentially come in two flavors: non cool core clusters characterized by an isothermal temperature profile and a central entropy floor, and cool-core clusters where temperature and entropy in the central region are increasing with radius. Using cosmological resimulations of a galaxy cluster, we study the evolution of its intracluster medium (ICM) gas properties, and through them we assess the effect of different (sub-grid) modelling of the physical processes at play, namely gas cooling, star formation, feedback from supernovae and active galactic nuclei (AGN). More specifically we show that AGN feedback plays a major role in the pre-heating of the proto-cluster as it prevents a high concentration of mass from collecting in the center of the future galaxy cluster at early times. However, AGN activity during the cluster's later evolution is also required to regulate the mass flow into its core and prevent runaway star formation in the central galaxy. Whereas the energy deposited by...

  18. Near-infrared photometry of globular clusters towards the Galactic bulge: observations and photometric metallicity indicators

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    Cohen, Roger E.; Moni Bidin, Christian; Mauro, Francesco; Bonatto, Charles; Geisler, Douglas

    2017-01-01

    We present wide-field JHKS photometry of 16 Galactic globular clusters located towards the Galactic bulge, calibrated on the Two Micron All-Sky Survey photometric system. Differential reddening corrections and statistical field star decontamination are employed for all of these clusters before fitting fiducial sequences to the cluster red giant branches (RGBs). Observed values and uncertainties are reported for several photometric features, including the magnitude of the RGB bump, tip, the horizontal branch (HB) and the slope of the upper RGB. The latest spectroscopically determined chemical abundances are used to build distance- and reddening-independent relations between observed photometric features and cluster metallicity, optimizing the sample size and metallicity baseline of these relations by supplementing our sample with results from the literature. We find that the magnitude difference between the HB and the RGB bump can be used to predict metallicities, in terms of both iron abundance [Fe/H] and global metallicity [M/H], with a precision of better than 0.1 dex in all three near-IR bandpasses for relatively metal-rich ([M/H] ≳ -1) clusters. Meanwhile, both the slope of the upper RGB and the magnitude difference between the RGB tip and bump are useful metallicity indicators over the entire sampled metallicity range (-2 ≲ [M/H] ≲ 0) with a precision of 0.2 dex or better, despite model predictions that the RGB slope may become unreliable at high (near-solar) metallicities. Our results agree with previous calibrations in light of the relevant uncertainties, and we discuss implications for clusters with controversial metallicities as well as directions for further investigation.

  19. Metal enrichment of the intra-cluster medium over a Hubble time for merging and relaxed galaxy clusters

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    Kapferer, W; Weratschnig, J; Schindler, S; Domainko, W; Van Kampen, E; Kimeswenger, S; Mair, M; Ruffert, M

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the efficiency of galactic mass loss, triggered by ram-pressure stripping and galactic winds of cluster galaxies, on the chemical enrichment of the intra-cluster medium (ICM). We combine N-body and hydrodynamic simulations with a semi-numerical galaxy formation model. By including simultaneously different enrichment processes, namely ram-pressure stripping and galactic winds, in galaxy-cluster simulations, we are able to reproduce the observed metal distribution in the ICM. We find that the mass loss by galactic winds in the redshift regime z>2 is ~10% to 20% of the total galactic wind mass loss, whereas the mass loss by ram-pressure stripping in the same epoch is up to 5% of the total ram-pressure stripping mass loss over the whole simulation time. In the cluster formation epochs z<2 ram-pressure stripping becomes more dominant than galactic winds. We discuss the non-correlation between the evolution of the mean metallicity of galaxy clusters and the galactic mass losses. For comparison wit...

  20. Nonlinear Color-Metallicity Relations of Globular Clusters. III. On the Discrepancy in Metallicity between Globular Cluster Systems and their Parent Elliptical Galaxies

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    Yoon, Suk-Jin; Blakeslee, John P; Peng, Eric W; Sohn, Sangmo T; Cho, Jaeil; Kim, Hak-Sub; Chung, Chul; Kim, Sooyoung; Lee, Young-Wook

    2011-01-01

    One of the conundrums in extragalactic astronomy is the discrepancy in observed metallicity distribution functions (MDFs) between the two prime stellar components of early-type galaxies-globular clusters (GCs) and halo field stars. This is generally taken as evidence of highly decoupled evolutionary histories between GC systems and their parent galaxies. Here we show, however, that new developments in linking the observed GC colors to their intrinsic metallicities suggest nonlinear color-to-metallicity conversions, which translate observed color distributions into strongly-peaked, unimodal MDFs with broad metal-poor tails. Remarkably, the inferred GC MDFs are similar to the MDFs of resolved field stars in nearby elliptical galaxies and those produced by chemical evolution models of galaxies. The GC MDF shape, characterized by a sharp peak with a metal-poor tail, indicates a virtually continuous chemical enrichment with a relatively short timescale. The characteristic shape emerges across three orders of magni...

  1. Mo-Cu metal cluster formation and binding in an orange protein isolated from Desulfovibrio gigas.

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    Carepo, Marta S P; Pauleta, Sofia R; Wedd, Anthony G; Moura, José J G; Moura, Isabel

    2014-06-01

    The orange protein (ORP) isolated from the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio gigas (11.8 kDa) contains a mixed-metal sulfide cluster of the type [S2MoS2CuS2MoS2](3-) noncovalently bound to the polypeptide chain. The D. gigas ORP was heterologously produced in Escherichia coli in the apo form. Different strategies were used to reconstitute the metal cluster into apo-ORP and obtain insights into the metal cluster synthesis: (1) incorporation of a synthesized inorganic analogue of the native metal cluster and (2) the in situ synthesis of the metal cluster on the addition to apo-ORP of copper chloride and tetrathiomolybdate or tetrathiotungstate. This latter procedure was successful, and the visible spectrum of the Mo-Cu reconstituted ORP is identical to the one reported for the native protein with absorption maxima at 340 and 480 nm. The (1)H-(15)N heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectra of the reconstituted ORP obtained by strategy 2, in contrast to strategy 1, exhibited large changes, which required sequential assignment in order to identify, by chemical shift differences, the residues affected by the incorporation of the cluster, which is stabilized inside the protein by both electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions.

  2. A uniform metal distribution in the intergalactic medium of the Perseus cluster of galaxies

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    Werner, Norbert; Simionescu, Aurora; Allen, Steven W

    2013-01-01

    Most of the metals (elements heavier than helium) ever produced by stars in the member galaxies of galaxy clusters currently reside within the hot, X-ray emitting intra-cluster gas. Observations of X-ray line emission from this intergalactic medium have suggested a relatively small cluster-to-cluster scatter outside of the cluster centers and enrichment with iron out to large radii, leading to the idea that the metal enrichment occurred early in the history of the Universe. Models with early enrichment predict a uniform metal distribution at large radii in clusters, while late-time enrichment, favored by some previous studies, is expected to introduce significant spatial variations of the metallicity. To discriminate clearly between these competing models, it is essential to test for potential inhomogeneities by measuring the abundances out to large radii along multiple directions in clusters, which has not hitherto been done. Here we report a remarkably uniform measured iron abundance, as a function of radiu...

  3. Chemical bonding and aromaticity in trinuclear transition-metal halide clusters.

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    Weck, Philippe F; Sergeeva, Alina P; Kim, Eunja; Boldyrev, Alexander I; Czerwinski, Kenneth R

    2011-02-07

    Trinuclear transition-metal complexes such as Re(3)X(9) (X = Cl, Br, I), with their uniquely featured structure among metal halides, have posed intriguing questions related to multicenter electron delocalization for several decades. Here we report a comprehensive study of the technetium halide clusters [Tc(3)(μ-X)(3)X(6)](0/1-/2-) (X = F, Cl, Br, I), isomorphous with their rhenium congeners, predicted from density functional theory calculations. The chemical bonding and aromaticity in these clusters are analyzed using the recently developed adaptive natural density partitioning method, which indicates that only [Tc(3)X(9)](2-) clusters exhibit aromatic character, stemming from a d-orbital-based π bond delocalized over the three metal centers. We also show that standard methods founded on the nucleus-independent chemical shift concept incorrectly predict the neutral Tc(3)X(9) clusters to be aromatic.

  4. Metallic Clusters: Theoretical Background, Properties and Synthesis in Microemulsions

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    David Buceta

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Reducing the size from the bulk material to nanoparticles produces a scaling behavior in physical properties in the later ones, due to the large surface-to-volume fraction. By further size reduction, entering into the subnanometric cluster region, physical properties are largely affected by strong quantum confinement. These quantum size effects (HOMO-LUMO gap, the small size and the specific geometry award subnanometric clusters with totally new and fascinating properties, including cluster photoluminescence, enhanced catalytic activity, etc. In this review, we report an introduction to the physical properties of clusters based on the jellium model; the controlled synthesis by microemulsion methods and the catalytic properties in different areas as heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis or electrocatalysis among others.

  5. The substellar mass function in the central region of the open cluster Praesepe from deep LBT observations

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    Wang, W; Goldman, B; Henning, Th; Caballero, J A; Bailer-Jones, C A L

    2010-01-01

    Studies of the mass function (MF) of open clusters of different ages allow us to probe the efficiency with which brown dwarfs (BDs) are evaporated from clusters to populate the field. Surveys in old clusters (age > 100 Myr) do not suffer so severely from several problems encountered in young clusters, such as intra-cluster extinction and large uncertainties in BD models. Here we present the results of a deep photometric survey to study the MF of the old open cluster Praesepe (age 590 Myr and distance 190 pc), down to a 5 sigma detection limit at i~25.6 mag (~40M_Jup). We identify 62 cluster member candidates, of which 40 are substellar, from comparison with predictions from a dusty atmosphere model. The MF rises from the substellar boundary until ~60M_Jup and then declines. This is quite different from the form inferred for other open clusters older than 50 Myr, but seems to be similar to those found in very young open cluster, whose MFs peak at ~10M_Jup. Either Praesepe really does have a different MF from o...

  6. Age and metallicity of star clusters in the Small Magellanic Cloud from integrated spectroscopy

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    Dias, Bruno; Barbuy, Beatriz; Kerber, Leandro; Idiart, Thais

    2010-01-01

    Context: Analysis of ages and metallicities of star clusters in the Magellanic Clouds bring information for studies on the chemical evolution of the Clouds and other dwarf Irregular galaxies. Aims: The aim is to derive ages and metallicities from integrated spectra of 14 star clusters in the Small Magellanic Cloud. We are seeking at identifying, in particular, intermediate/old age star clusters. Methods: Making use of a full spectrum fitting technique, we compared the integrated spectra of the sample clusters to three different sets of single stellar population models, using two fitting codes available in the literature. Results: We derive the ages and metallicities of 9 intermediate/old age clusters, some of them previously unstudied, and 5 young clusters. Conclusions: We point out the interest of the newly identified as intermediate/old age clusters HW1, NGC 152, Lindsay 3, Lindsay 11 and Lindsay 113. We also confirm the old ages of NGC 361, NGC 419, Kron 3, and of the very well-known oldest SMC cluster NGC...

  7. Using Predefined M3(μ3-O) Clusters as Building Blocks for an Isostructural Series of Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Peng, Li; Asgari, Mehrdad; Mieville, Pascal; Schouwink, Pascal; Bulut, Safak; Sun, Daniel T; Zhou, Zhongrui; Pattison, Philip; van Beek, Wouter; Queen, Wendy L

    2017-07-19

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted much attention in the past decade owing to their unprecedented internal surface areas, tunable topologies, designable surfaces, and various potential applications. One bottleneck in the field regarding MOF synthesis is controlling the metal-containing secondary building unit (SBU) incorporated into the structure. In this work we report the synthesis and characterization of five trimeric [M3(μ3-O)(CH3CO2)6](x) clusters (where M = Fe(3+), Cr(3+), Fe(3+)/Cr(3+), Fe(3+)/Co(2+), or Fe(3+)/Ni(2+) and x = +1 or 0). The monocarboxylate capping ligand, acetate in this case, readily undergoes exchange with several difunctional counterparts, including 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid (H2-BDC) and biphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid (H2-BPDC), for the formation of an isostructural series of MOFs, several of which are newly reported (for M = Fe(3+)/Cr(3+), Fe(3+)/Co(2+), and Fe(3+)/Ni(2+)) and show excellent CO2 adsorption properties. In this report, a host of techniques including NMR, ICP, and ESI-MS are used to probe the ligand exchange process and composition of the SBUs, and XAS is used to monitor the Fe(3+) and Cr(3+) environment throughout the reactions, giving strong evidence that the clusters stay intact throughout the MOF synthesis. This work reveals that predefined SBUs is an effective means to create metal-substituted analogues of known frameworks. Further, CO adsorption and in situ IR are used to probe accessibility of the metals after solvent removal. We show for the first time that the incorporation of the neutral clusters, containing weaker Lewis acids like Ni(2+) and Co(2+), can promote the formation of open metal sites in the MOF frameworks, structural features known to enhance the binding energy of small guest molecules like CO2.

  8. Dispersed metal cluster catalysts by design. Synthesis, characterization, structure, and performance

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    Arslan, Ilke [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Dixon, David A. [Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States); Gates, Bruce C. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Katz, Alexander [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-09-30

    To understand the class of metal cluster catalysts better and to lay a foundation for the prediction of properties leading to improved catalysts, we have synthesized metal catalysts with well-defined structures and varied the cluster structures and compositions systematically—including the ligands bonded to the metals. These ligands include supports and bulky organics that are being tuned to control both the electron transfer to or from the metal and the accessibility of reactants to influence catalytic properties. We have developed novel syntheses to prepare these well-defined catalysts with atomic-scale control the environment by choice and placement of ligands and applied state-of-the art spectroscopic, microscopic, and computational methods to determine their structures, reactivities, and catalytic properties. The ligands range from nearly flat MgO surfaces to enveloping zeolites to bulky calixarenes to provide controlled coverages of the metal clusters, while also enforcing unprecedented degrees of coordinative unsaturation at the metal site—thereby facilitating bonding and catalysis events at exposed metal atoms. With this wide range of ligand properties and our arsenal of characterization tools, we worked to achieve a deep, fundamental understanding of how to synthesize robust supported and ligand-modified metal clusters with controlled catalytic properties, thereby bridging the gap between active site structure and function in unsupported and supported metal catalysts. We used methods of organometallic and inorganic chemistry combined with surface chemistry for the precise synthesis of metal clusters and nanoparticles, characterizing them at various stages of preparation and under various conditions (including catalytic reaction conditions) and determining their structures and reactivities and how their catalytic properties depend on their compositions and structures. Key characterization methods included IR, NMR, and EXAFS spectroscopies to identify

  9. Generation and characterization of alkali metal clusters in Y-FAU zeolites. An ESR and MAS NMR spectroscopic study

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    Hannus, István; Béres, Attila; Nagy, János B.; Halász, János; Kiricsi, Imre

    1997-06-01

    Charged and neutral metal clusters of various compositions and sizes can be prepared by controlling the alkali metal content by the decomposition of alkali azides and the composition of the host zeolite by ion-exchange. ESR signals show that electron transfer from alkali metal atoms to alkali metal cations does occur, but in a direction opposite to that predicted by the gas-phase thermochemistry. Alkali metal clusters proved to be very active basic catalytic centers.

  10. Pulsating B-type stars in the open cluster NGC 884: frequencies, mode identification and asteroseismology

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    Saesen, S; Aerts, C; Miglio, A; Carrier, F

    2013-01-01

    Recent progress in the seismic interpretation of field beta Cep stars has resulted in improvements of the physics in the stellar structure and evolution models of massive stars. Further asteroseismic constraints can be obtained from studying ensembles of stars in a young open cluster, which all have similar age, distance and chemical composition. We present an observational asteroseismology study based on the discovery of numerous multi-periodic and mono-periodic B-stars in the open cluster NGC 884. We describe a thorough investigation of the pulsational properties of all B-type stars in the cluster. Overall, our detailed frequency analysis resulted in 115 detected frequencies in 65 stars. We found 36 mono-periodic, 16 bi-periodic, 10 tri-periodic, and 2 quadru-periodic stars and one star with 9 independent frequencies. We also derived the amplitudes and phases of all detected frequencies in the U, B, V and I filter, if available. We achieved unambiguous identifications of the mode degree for twelve of the de...

  11. Configurations of Bounded and Free-floating Planets in Very Young Open Clusters

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    Liu, Hui-Gen; Zhou, Ji-Lin

    2013-01-01

    Open clusters(OCs) are usually young and suitable for studying the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Hitherto, only four planets have been found with radial velocity measurements in OCs. Meanwhile, a lot of free-floating planets(FFPs) have been detected. We utilize N-body simulations to investigate the evolution and final configurations of multi-planetary systems in very young open clusters with an age 6%, and only 1% have planets in retrograde orbits. We also obtain a positive correlation between the survival planet number and the distance from the cluster center $r$: planetary systems with a larger $r$ tend to be more stable. Moreover, stars with a mass >2.5 $M_\\odot$ are likely unstable and lose their planets. These results are roughly consistent with current observations. Planetary systems in binaries are less stable and we achieve a rough criterion: most of the binary systems with $a_{\\rm b}(1-e_{\\rm b}^2)$>100 AU can keep all the initial planets survived. Finally, 80% of the FFPs are ejecte...

  12. X-ray and optical spectroscopy of the massive young open cluster IC1805

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    Rauw, Gregor

    2016-01-01

    Very young open clusters are ideal places to study the X-ray properties of a homogeneous population of early-type stars. In this respect, the IC1805 open cluster is very interesting as it hosts the O4If$^+$ star HD15570 thought to be in an evolutionary stage intermediate between a normal O-star and a Wolf-Rayet star. Such a star could provide a test for theoretical models aiming at explaining the empirical scaling relation between the X-ray and bolometric luminosities of O-type stars. We have observed IC1805 with XMM-Newton and further collected optical spectroscopy of some of the O-star members of the cluster. The optical spectra allow us to revisit the orbital solutions of BD+60$^{\\circ}$ 497 and HD15558, and provide the first evidence of binarity for BD+60$^{\\circ}$ 498. X-ray emission from colliding winds does not appear to play an important role among the O-stars of IC1805. Notably, the X-ray fluxes do not vary significantly between archival X-ray observations and our XMM-Newton pointing. The very fast r...

  13. Old open clusters in the Sagittarius dSph tidal stream -- kith or kin?

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    Carraro, Giovanni

    2009-01-01

    A widely supported formation scenario for the Galactic disc is that it formed inside-out from material accumulated via accretion events. The Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy (Sgr dSph) is the best example of a such accretion, and its ongoing disruption has resulted in that its stars are being deposited in the Milky Way halo and outer disc. It is therefore appealing to search for possible signatures of the Sgr dSph contribution to the build-up of the Galactic disc. Interestingly, models of the Sgr dSph stream indicate clearly that the trailing tail passes through the outer Galactic disc, at the same galactocentric distance as some anti-centre old open star clusters. We investigate in this Letter the possibility that the two outermost old open clusters, Berkeley~29 and Saurer~1, could have formed inside the Sgr dSph and then left behind in the outer Galactic disc as a result of tidal interaction with the Milky Way. The actual location of these two star clusters, inside the Sgr dSph trailing tail, is compatib...

  14. Variable stars in the field of the open cluster NGC 7789

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    Mochejska, B J

    1999-01-01

    We present the results of our search for variable stars in the intermediate-age open cluster NGC 7789. We have found 45 variable stars: 35 eclipsing binaries, five pulsating variables and five miscellaneous variables. Most of the eclipsing binaries show W UMa type of variability, with periods shorter than one day. Four systems exhibit unusual behavior: two, V4276 and V6698, are probably RS CVn stars, another, V3283, is a possible cataclysmic binary. The nature of the fourth binary, V2130, is unclear: the system exhibits assymetric maxima. Among the pulsating variables two, V3407C and V4805 are background RR Lyrae stars and one, V6736, is a delta Scuti variable which is a blue straggler belonging to the cluster. Some of the miscellaneous variables may have periods longer than the five day timespan of our observations. We also present a color-magnitude diagram for the NGC 7789 open cluster, fairly complete down to V ~ 20. The relatively large number of variables found in the comparison field (14 compared to 31 ...

  15. Ab initio Bogoliubov coupled cluster theory for open-shell nuclei

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    Signoracci, Angelo; Hagen, Gaute; Jansen, Gustav

    2014-01-01

    Ab initio many-body methods address closed-shell nuclei up to mass A ~ 130 on the basis of realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions. Several routes to address open-shell nuclei are currently under investigation, including ideas which exploit spontaneous symmetry breaking. Singly open-shell nuclei can be efficiently described via the sole breaking of $U(1)$ gauge symmetry associated with particle number conservation, to account for their superfluid character. The present work formulates and applies Bogoliubov coupled cluster (BCC) theory, which consists of representing the exact ground-state wavefunction of the system as the exponential of a quasiparticle excitation cluster operator acting on a Bogoliubov reference state. Equations for the ground-state energy and cluster amplitudes are derived at the singles and doubles level (BCCSD) both algebraically and diagrammatically. The formalism includes three-nucleon forces at the normal-ordered two-body level. The first BCC code is implemented in $m$-scheme, wh...

  16. A super lithium-rich red-clump star in the open cluster Trumpler 5

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    Monaco, L.; Boffin, H. M. J.; Bonifacio, P.; Villanova, S.; Carraro, G.; Caffau, E.; Steffen, M.; Ahumada, J. A.; Beletsky, Y.; Beccari, G.

    2014-04-01

    Context. The existence of lithium-rich low-mass red giant stars still represents a challenge for stellar evolution models. Stellar clusters are privileged environments for this kind of investigation. Aims: To investigate the chemical abundance pattern of the old open cluster Trumpler 5, we observed a sample of four red-clump stars with high-resolution optical spectrographs. One of them (#3416) reveals extremely strong lithium lines in its spectrum. Methods: One-dimensional, local thermodynamic equilibrium analysis was performed on the spectra of the observed stars. A 3D-NLTE analysis was performed to derive the lithium abundance of star #3416. Results: Star #3416 is super Li-rich with A(Li) = 3.75 dex. The lack of 6Li enrichment (6Li/7Li Cameron & Fowler mechanism. Conclusions: We identified a super Li-rich core helium-burning, red-clump star in an open cluster. Internal production is the most likely cause of the observed enrichment. Given the expected short duration of a star's Li-rich phase, enrichment is likely to have occurred at the red clump or in the immediately preceding phases, namely during the He-flash at the tip of the red giant branch (RGB) or while ascending the brightest portion of the RGB. Based on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under program ID 088.D-0045(A).Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  17. Fracture of open- and closed-cell metal foams

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    Onck, P; van Merkerk, R.; Raaijmakers, A; De Hosson, JTM

    2005-01-01

    Two closed cell aluminium foams and one open cell nickel-chromium foam were subjected to microstructural characterization, in situ fracture tests and fractography. The failure process of the open cell foam was observed to be rather ductile, while that of the closed cell foams was found to be brittle

  18. Fracture of open- and closed-cell metal foams

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    Onck, P; van Merkerk, R.; Raaijmakers, A; De Hosson, JTM

    2005-01-01

    Two closed cell aluminium foams and one open cell nickel-chromium foam were subjected to microstructural characterization, in situ fracture tests and fractography. The failure process of the open cell foam was observed to be rather ductile, while that of the closed cell foams was found to be

  19. Ligand-modified metal clusters for gas separation and purification

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    Okrut, Alexander; Ouyang, Xiaoying; Runnebaum, Ron; Gates, Bruce C.; Katz, Alexander

    2017-02-21

    Provided is an organic ligand-bound metal surface that selects one gaseous species over another. The species can be closely sized molecular species having less than 1 Angstrom difference in kinetic diameter. In one embodiment, the species comprise carbon monoxide and ethylene. Such organic ligand-bound metal surfaces can be successfully used in gas phase separations or purifications, sensing, and in catalysis.

  20. The enigma of the open cluster M29 (NGC 6913) solved

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    Straižys, V.; Milašius, K.; Černis, K.; Kazlauskas, A.; Zdanavičius, K.; Zdanavičius, J.; Laugalys, V. [Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Vilnius University, Goštauto 12, Vilnius LT-01108 (Lithuania); Boyle, R. P. [Vatican Observatory Research Group, Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States); Vrba, F. J. [U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, P.O. Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 (United States); Munari, U. [INAF Astronomical Observatory of Padova, I-36012, Asiago (VI) (Italy); Walborn, N. R. [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Janusz, R. [University School " Ignatianum," Cracow (Poland)

    2014-11-01

    Determining the distance to the open cluster M29 (NGC 6913) has proven difficult, with distances determined by various authors differing by a factor of two or more. To solve this problem, we have initiated a new photometric investigation of the cluster in the Vilnius seven-color photometric system, supplementing it with available data in the BV and JHK {sub s} photometric systems and spectra of the nine brightest stars of spectral classes O and B. Photometric spectral classes and luminosities of 260 stars in a 15' × 15' area down to V = 19 mag are used to investigate the interstellar extinction run with distance and to estimate the distance of the Great Cygnus Rift, ∼ 800 pc. The interstellar reddening law in the optical and near-infrared regions is found to be close to normal, with the ratio of extinction to color excess R{sub BV} = 2.87. The extinction A{sub V} of cluster members is between 2.5 and 3.8 mag, with a mean value of 2.97 mag, or E {sub B–V} = 1.03. The average distance of eight stars of spectral types O9-B2 is 1.54 ± 0.15 kpc. Two stars from the seven brightest stars are field stars: HDE 229238 is a background B0.5 supergiant and HD 194378 is a foreground F star. In the intrinsic color-magnitude diagram, seven fainter stars of spectral classes B3-B8 are identified as possible members of the cluster. The 15 selected members of the cluster of spectral classes O9-B8 plotted on the log L/L {sub ☉} versus log T {sub eff} diagram, together with the isochrones from the Padova database, give the age of the cluster as 5 ± 1 Myr.

  1. Radial Velocities and Kinematic Membership in the Open Cluster NGC 3114

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    González, Jorge Federico; Lapasset, Emilio

    2001-05-01

    Echelle spectroscopic observations for 30 bright stars in the field of the sparse open cluster NGC 3114 are presented. The sample includes main-sequence stars, yellow and red giants, and blue straggler candidates. Radial velocities are derived by cross-correlations using high signal-to-noise ratio standard spectra as templates. The cluster mean velocity is well defined from eight giants and several main-sequence stars whose average is =-3.52+/-0.25 km s-1. The membership probabilities of the observed stars are computed on the basis of the velocity distributions of the cluster and field stars, and the expected percentage of contamination at each position. We classified 19 cluster members and 10 nonmembers; the remaining star is a known spectroscopic binary for which no membership probability was assigned. Among the members, there is a bright yellow giant, seven red giants, and four blue straggler candidates, although they should be considered as turn-off stars. The location of two of them in the color-magnitude diagram (slightly blueward of the turn-off) can be explained by their low rotational velocities. No velocity variations were detected in the 16 stars measured more than once, which indicates that NGC 3114 possess an abnormally low binary frequency. From spectral types of cluster members, a distance modulus (V-Mv)=9.8+/-0.2 mag and a reddening E(B-V)=0.07+/-0.01 mag are derived. The cluster age is estimated to be 1.6×108 yr. The observations presented here were obtained at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina (CONICET) and the National Universities of La Plata, Córdoba and San Juan.

  2. UBVI CCD Photometry of the Open Clusters NGC 4609 and Hogg 15

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    Kook, Seung-Hwa; Sung, Hwankyung; Bessell, M. S.

    2010-10-01

    {UBVI CCD photometry is obtained for the open clusters NGC 4609 and Hogg 15 in Crux. For NGC 4609, CCD data are presented for the first time. From new photometry we derive the reddening, distance modulus and age of each cluster - NGC 4609 : E(B-V) = 0.37 ± 0.03, V_0 - M_V = 10.60 ± 0.08, log τ= 7.7 ± 0.1; Hogg 15 : E(B-V) = 1.13 ± 0.11, V_0 - M_V = 12.50 ± 0.15, log τ ≲ 6.6. The young age of Hogg 15 strongly implies that WR 47 is a member of the cluster. We also determine the mass function of these clusters and obtain a slope Γ = -1.2 (± 0.3) for NGC 4609 which is normal and a somewhat shallow slope (Γ = -0.95 ± 0.5) for Hogg 15.

  3. Protoplanetary and Transitional Disks in the Open Stellar Cluster IC 2395

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    Balog, Zoltan; Siegler, Nick; Rieke, G. H.; Kiss, L. L.; Muzerolle, James; Gutermuth, R. A.; Bell, Cameron P. M.; Vinkó, J.; Su, K. Y. L.; Young, E. T.; Gáspár, András

    2016-11-01

    We present new deep UBVRI images and high-resolution multi-object optical spectroscopy of the young (˜6-10 Myr old), relatively nearby (800 pc) open cluster IC 2395. We identify nearly 300 cluster members and use the photometry to estimate their spectral types, which extend from early B to middle M. We also present an infrared imaging survey of the central region using the IRAC and MIPS instruments on board the Spitzer Space Telescope, covering the wavelength range from 3.6 to 24 μm. Our infrared observations allow us to detect dust in circumstellar disks originating over a typical range of radii from ˜0.1 to ˜10 au from the central star. We identify 18 Class II, 8 transitional disk, and 23 debris disk candidates, respectively, 6.5%, 2.9%, and 8.3% of the cluster members with appropriate data. We apply the same criteria for transitional disk identification to 19 other stellar clusters and associations spanning ages from ˜1 to ˜18 Myr. We find that the number of disks in the transitional phase as a fraction of the total with strong 24 μm excesses ([8] - [24] ≥ 1.5) increases from (8.4 ± 1.3)% at ˜3 Myr to (46 ± 5)% at ˜10 Myr. Alternative definitions of transitional disks will yield different percentages but should show the same trend.

  4. Young open clusters in the galactic star forming region NGC 6357

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    Massi, Fabrizio; di Carlo, Elisa; Brand, Jan; Beltrán, Maria Teresa; Marconi, Gianni

    2014-01-01

    NGC6357 is an active star forming region with very young massive open clusters (OC). These clusters contain some of the most massive stars in the Galaxy and strongly interact with nearby giant molecular clouds (GMC). We study the young stellar populations of the region and of the OC Pismis24, focusing on their relationship with the nearby GMCs. We seek evidence of triggered star formation propagating from the clusters. We used new deep JHKs photometry, along with unpublished deep IRAC/Spitzer MIR photometry, complemented with optical HST/WFPC2 high spatial resolution photometry and X-ray Chandra observations, to constrain age, initial mass function, and star formation modes in progress. We carefully examine and discuss all sources of bias (saturation, confusion, different sensitivities, extinction). NGC6357 hosts three large young stellar clusters, of which Pismis24 is the most prominent. We found that Pismis24 is a very young (~1-3 Myr) OC with a Salpeter-like IMF and a few thousand members. A comparison bet...

  5. Complex open-framework germanate built by 8-coordinated Ge 10 clusters

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    Yue, Huijuan

    2012-11-19

    A novel open-framework germanate |(C 5H 14N 2) 2(C 5H 12N 2) 0.5(H 2O) 2.5|[Ge 12.5O 26(OH) 2] with three-dimensional 10- and 11-ring channels, denoted as SU-67, has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions using 2-methylpiperazine (MPP) as the structure-directing agent (SDA). The synthesis is intimately related to that of JLG-5, a tubular germanate built from Ge 7 clusters. The influences of synthesis parameters are discussed. A strong influence of the hydrofluoric acid quantity on the resulting cluster building units can be concluded. The framework of SU-67 is based on an elaborate topological pattern of connected Ge 10 clusters forming intersecting 10- and 11-ring channels and has a low framework density (12.4 Ge atoms per 1000 ̊ 3). We have discovered that the topology of SU-67 is a new 8-connected nce-8-I4 1/acd net. Strong hydrogen bonding among the organic SDAs, water molecules, and Ge 10 clusters resulted in helical networks in SU-67. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  6. Protoplanetary and Transitional Disks in the Open Stellar Cluster IC 2395

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    Balog, Zoltan; Rieke, G H; Kiss, L L; Muzerolle, James; Gutermuth, R A; Bell, Cameron P M; Vinko, J; Su, K Y L; Young, E T; Gaspar, Andras

    2016-01-01

    We present new deep UBVRI images and high-resolution multi-object optical spectroscopy of the young (~ 6 - 10 Myr old), relatively nearby (800 pc) open cluster IC 2395. We identify nearly 300 cluster members and use the photometry to estimate their spectral types, which extend from early B to middle M. We also present an infrared imaging survey of the central region using the IRAC and MIPS instruments on board the Spitzer Space Telescope, covering the wavelength range from 3.6 to 24 microns. Our infrared observations allow us to detect dust in circumstellar disks originating over a typical range of radii ~ 0.1 to ~ 10AU from the central star. We identify 18 Class II, 8 transitional disk, and 23 debris disk candidates, respectively 6.5%, 2.9%, and 8.3% of the cluster members with appropriate data. We apply the same criteria for transitional disk identification to 19 other stellar clusters and associations spanning ages from ~ 1 to ~ 18 Myr. We find that the number of disks in the transitional phase as a fracti...

  7. Near-infrared photometry of the young open clusters NGC 1893 and Berkeley 86

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    Vallenari, A; Carraro, G; Girardi, L; Vallenari, Antonella; Richichi, Andrea; Carraro, Giovanni; Girardi, Leo

    1999-01-01

    We present photometry in the J and K near-infrared bands for two regions centered on the young open clusters NGC 1893 and Berkeley 86. We study 700 stars down to K = 17 in the field of NGC 1893, and about 2000 stars in the field of Berkeley 86 down to K$\\sim$ 16.5, for which near-infrared photometry was insofar not available. Coupling J-K data with UBV photometry taken from literature, we produce reddening corrected colour-magnitude diagrams. We find that our data are consistent with previous determinations: the clusters are roughly coeval with an age between 4 and 6 million years. The mean reddening (measured as E(J-K)) values turn out to be 0.35 and 0.50 for NGC 1893 and Berkeley 86, respectively.Using colour-colour plots we discuss the presence of candidate pre-main sequence stars showing infrared excess. Candidates are found in both cluster regions, confirming the young age of these clusters.

  8. Photometric variability in the old open cluster M 67. II. General Survey

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    Stassun, K G; Mathieu, R D; Verbunt, F

    2001-01-01

    We use differential CCD photometry to search for variability in BVI among 990 stars projected in and around the old open cluster M 67. In a previous paper we reported results for 22 cluster members that are optical counterparts to X-ray sources; this study focuses on the other stars in our observations. A variety of sampling rates were employed, allowing variability on time scales ranging from \\sim 0.3 hours to \\sim 20 days to be studied. Among the brightest sources studied, detection of variability as small as sigma approx 10 mmag is achieved (with > 3 sigma confidence); for the typical star observed, sensitivity to variability at levels sigma approx 20 mmag is achieved. The study is unbiased for stars with 12.5 < B < 18.5, 12.5 < V < 18.5, and 12 < I < 18 within a radius of about 10 arcmin from the cluster centre. In addition, stars with 10 < BVI < 12.5 were monitored in a few small regions in the cluster. We present photometry for all 990 sources studied, and report the variability ...

  9. The Detached Eclipsing Binary KV29 and the Age of the Open Cluster M11

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    Bavarsad, Ernest A; Shetrone, Matthew D; Orosz, Jerome A

    2016-01-01

    We present an extensive set of photometry and radial velocities for the detached eclipsing binary KV 29 in the intermediate-aged open cluster M11 (NGC 6705). Spectroscopy shows that the system is double-lined and all available evidence (proper motion, photometry, and position on the CMD) indicates it is a member of the cluster. We find the period of the binary to be $4.64276\\pm0.00001$ days. We find masses $3.604^{+0.002}_{-0.011}M_\\odot$ and $1.837^{+0.001}_{-0.006}M_\\odot$, and radii $5.392^{+0.018}_{-0.035}R_\\odot$ and $1.656^{+0.007}_{-0.044}R_\\odot$ for the primary and secondary stars, respectively. Because the primary star in the binary is rapidly evolving and is brighter than the cluster turnoff in a color-magnitude diagram, the measurement of its radius leads to a strong constraint on the cluster age. We find the age of M11 to be $222^{+2}_{-3}\\pm15$ Myr, where the quoted uncertainties come from statistical errors in the calculated masses and radii, and systematic uncertainties due to the ambiguity of...

  10. The stellar and substellar mass function in central region of the old open cluster Praesepe from deep LBT observations

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    Goldman B.

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Studies of the mass function of open clusters of different ages allow us to study the efficiency with which brown dwarfs are evaporated from clusters to populate the field. Surveys in relatively old clusters (age ≳100 Myr do not suffer from problems found in young clusters, such as intra-cluster extinction and large uncertainties in brown dwarf models. In this paper, we present the results of a photometric survey to study the mass function of the old open cluster Praesepe (age of ~590 Myr and distance of ~190 pc, down to the substellar regime. We have performed optical (riz and Y-band photometric survey of Praesepe with the Large Binocular Telescope Camera, for a spatial coverage of 0.61 deg2 from ~90 MJ down to a 5σ detection limit at 40 MJ.

  11. Age of the Kepler Open Cluster NGC 6811 from an Eclipsing Binary

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    Leitner, Marika; Sandquist, E. L.; Shetrone, M. D.

    2013-01-01

    with approximately 1% uncertainty, and smaller uncertainties for radius measurements. From comparing the masses and radii against theoretical isochrones, we will present an analysis of age and uncertainty. The results for this system will also produce a valuable test of the asteroseismic mass estimates for the red......The star KIC9777062 was discovered to be an eccentric eclipsing binary star via Kepler observations (Prsa et al. 2011). Because the system (also identified as Sanders 195) sits at the turnoff of the open cluster NGC 6811, precision measurement of the characteristics of the stars in the binary can...... provide an extremely precise age for the cluster. We present the results of modeling Kepler and ground-based photometry as well as radial velocities obtained at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, Nordic Optical Telescope, and MMT. We demonstrate that the stars have masses near 1.6 and 1.4 solar masses...

  12. Time-resolved Spectroscopy of the Polar EU Cancri in the Open Cluster Messier 67

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    Williams, Kurtis A; Liebert, James; Smith, Paul S; Bellini, Andrea; Rubin, Kate H R; Bolte, Michael

    2013-01-01

    We present time-resolved spectroscopic and polarimetric observations of the AM Her system EU Cnc. EU Cnc is located near the core of the old open cluster Messier 67; new proper motion measurements indicate that EU Cnc is indeed a member of the star cluster, this system therefore is useful to constrain the formation and evolution of magnetic cataclysmic variables. The spectra exhibit two-component emission features with independent radial velocity variations as well as time-variable cyclotron emission indicating a magnetic field strength of 41 MG. The period of the radial velocity and cyclotron hump variations are consistent with the previously-known photometric period, and the spectroscopic flux variations are consistent in amplitude with previous photometric amplitude measurements. The secondary star is also detected in the spectrum. We also present polarimetric imaging measurements of EU Cnc that show a clear detection of polarization, and the degree of polarization drops below our detection threshold at ph...

  13. Photometric study of W UMa type binaries in the old open cluster Berkeley 39

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    Sriram, Kandulapati; Kiron, Yellapragada Ravi; Vivekananda Rao, Pasagada

    2009-10-01

    The study of W UMa binary systems gives a wealth of information about their nature as well as their parent bodies (if any), like clusters. In this paper, we present the I passband photometric solutions of four W UMa binaries in the open cluster Berkeley 39 using the latest version of the W-D program. The result shows that two binary systems are W-subtype W UMa binary systems and the other two systems are H-subtype W UMa binary systems. No third body has been found in any of the four systems. We found a correlation between the period and mass-ratio as well as temperature and mass-ratio for the respective variables, which is similar to the relationship between mass ratio and total mass of the contact binaries as shown by van't Veer and Li et al.

  14. Photometric study of W UMa type binaries in the old open cluster Berkeley 39

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    Kandulapati Sriram; Yellapragada Ravi Kiron; Pasagada Vivekananda Rao

    2009-01-01

    The study of W UMa binary systems gives a wealth of information about their nature as well as their parent bodies(if any).like clusters.In this paper,we present the Ⅰ passband photometric solutions of four W UMa binaries in the open cluster Berkeley 39 using the latest version of the W-D program.The result shows that two binary systems are W-subtype W UMa binary systems and the other two systems are H-subtype W UMa binary systems.No third body has been found in any of the four systems.we found a correlation between the period and mass-ratio as well as temperature and mass-ratio for the respective variables,which is similar to the relationship between mass ratio and total mass of the contact binaries as shown by van't Veer and Li et al.

  15. Quantitative Stellar Spectral Classification. IV. Application to the Open Cluster IC 2391

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    García, J; Velásquez, R

    2008-01-01

    In this work we perform the first test of a stellar spectral classification method (Stock & Stock 1999) by applying it to early type stars. The sample of stars are the members of the open cluster IC 2391 that have high-resolution spectra available in the UVES Project of Paranal Observatory. We show that, in general, absolute magnitudes $M_V$ and intrinsic colors $(B-V)_0$ can be recovered within the uncertainties stated in the original calibration ($\\sim 0.4$ for the magnitudes and $\\sim 0.03$ for the colors). This accuracy allows us to estimate distances and to infer membership of individual stars to obtain an average distance to the cluster of $156\\pm 24$ pc, which is in good agreement with previous reported determinations. Finally, we identify and discuss the real strengths and limitations of this method and we suggest how it can be improved for future studies.

  16. Search for transiting exoplanets and variable stars in the open cluster NGC 7243

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    Garai, Z; Hambálek, L; Errmann, R; Adam, Ch; Buder, S; Butterley, T; Dhillon, V S; Dincel, B; Gilbert, H; Ginski, Ch; Hardy, L K; Kellerer, A; Kitze, M; Kundra, E; Littlefair, S P; Mugrauer, M; Nedoroščík, J; Neuhäuser, R; Pannicke, A; Raetz, S; Schmidt, J G; Schmidt, T O B; Seeliger, M; Vaňko, M; Wilson, R W

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    We report results of the first five observing campaigns for the open stellar cluster NGC 7243 in the frame of project Young Exoplanet Transit Initiative (YETI). The project focuses on the monitoring of young and nearby stellar clusters, with the aim to detect young transiting exoplanets, and to study other variability phenomena on time-scales from minutes to years. After five observing campaigns and additional observations during 2013 and 2014, a clear and repeating transit-like signal was detected in the light curve of J221550.6+495611. Furthermore, we detected and analysed 37 new eclipsing binary stars in the studied region. The best fit parameters and light curves of all systems are given. Finally, we detected and analysed 26 new, presumably pulsating variable stars in the studied region. The follow-up investigation of these objects, including spectroscopic measurements of the exoplanet candidate, is currently planned.

  17. Pulsation of Pre-Main Sequence Stars in Young Open Clusters

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    Zwintz, Konstanze; Weiss, Werner W.

    2001-08-01

    The aim of this proposal is to determine observationally the parameter space of the pre-main sequence instability strip. For that purpose we intend to obtain photometric timeseries with high time resolution and low noise level of the stars in young open clusters (IC 4996, NGC 6910 and NGC 6383) and to identify pre-main sequence pulsators. Several cluster members have the spectral types of interest (A-F) and lie between the birthline and the zero-age main sequence. Up to now the number of pre-main sequence pulsators is absolutely inadequate to determine reliably the hot and cool border of the according instability region. Its definition is indispensable for a better understanding of the internal structure and evolution of such stars.

  18. Deep Infrared ZAMS Fits to Benchmark Open Clusters Hosting delta Scutis

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    Majaess, Daniel J; Lane, David J; Krajci, Tom

    2011-01-01

    This research aims to secure precise distances for cluster delta Scutis in order to investigate their properties via a VI Wesenheit framework. Deep JHKs colour-colour and ZAMS relations derived from ~700 unreddened stars featuring 2MASS photometry and precise HIP parallaxes (d~1 pulsators. A distance est ablished to NGC 1817 from delta Scutis (d~1.7 kpc) via a universal VI Wesenheit template agrees with estimates in the literature, assuming the variables delineate the n>~1 boundary. Small statistics in tandem with other factors presently encumber the use of mmag delta Scutis as viable distance indicators to intermediate-age open clusters, yet a VI Wesenheit approach is a pertinent means for studying delta Scutis in harmony with other methods.

  19. Nanoscale electrodeposition of low-dimensional metal phases and clusters.

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    Staikov, Georgi

    2016-08-01

    The present status of the problem of electrochemical formation of low-dimensional metal phases is reviewed. The progress in this field achieved in the last two decades is discussed on the basis of experimental results obtained in selected electrochemical systems with well defined single crystal substrates. The influence of crystallographic orientation and surface inhomogeneities of foreign substrates on the mechanism of formation and the atomic structure of two-dimensional (2D) metal phases in the underpotential deposition range is considered. The localized electrodeposition of metal nanoclusters on solid state surfaces applying the STM-tip as a nanoelectrode is demonstrated.

  20. Melting of bcc Transition Metals and Icosahedral Clustering

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    Ross, M; Boehler, R; Japel, S

    2006-05-26

    In contrast to polyvalent metals, transition metals have low melting slopes(dT/dP) that are due to partially filled d-bands that allow for a lowering of liquid phase energy through s-d electron transfer and the formation of local structures. In the case of bcc transition metals we show the apparent discrepancy of DAC melting measurements with shock melting of Mo can be understood by reexamining the shock data for V and Ta and introducing the presence of an icosahedral short range order (ISRO) melt phase.

  1. Nanoscale electrodeposition of low-dimensional metal phases and clusters

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    Staikov, Georgi

    2016-07-01

    The present status of the problem of electrochemical formation of low-dimensional metal phases is reviewed. The progress in this field achieved in the last two decades is discussed on the basis of experimental results obtained in selected electrochemical systems with well defined single crystal substrates. The influence of crystallographic orientation and surface inhomogeneities of foreign substrates on the mechanism of formation and the atomic structure of two-dimensional (2D) metal phases in the underpotential deposition range is considered. The localized electrodeposition of metal nanoclusters on solid state surfaces applying the STM-tip as a nanoelectrode is demonstrated.

  2. Energetics of small clusters of group IB metals (Cu, Ag, and Au) adsorbed on graphene

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    Kaur, Gagandeep; Gupta, Shuchi; Dharamvir, Keya

    2013-06-01

    The 2D structure of graphene maximizes the interaction of adsorbate on the layer. Many experiments have been devised to form stable metallic clusters of different sizes. We study the structure and binding energies of group IB clusters Mn (M=Au, Ag, Cu n=1, 3) adsorbed on graphene using Gupta potential [1] (for M-M interaction) and Lennard-Jones potential [2] (for metal-carbon interaction). The total energy of the system has been obtained by placing each of Mn cluster a certain distance above the graphene sheet at various positions and in various orientations. The minimized energy configurations, for all Mn clusters, lie above the center of a hexagon and parallel to the graphene sheet. Binding energy per atom for Ag and Cu metal clusters are less than those of respective Au indicating the lower stability of Ag/Cu metal-graphene system. Using various energy barriers, we can calculate the energy required to move small cluster from one position of minimum energy to another on graphene.

  3. On the assessment of the nature of open star clusters and the determination of their basic parameters with limited data

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    Carraro, Giovanni; Baume, Gustavo; Seleznev, Anton F.; Costa, Edgardo

    2017-07-01

    Our knowledge of stellar evolution and of the structure and chemical evolution of the Galactic disk largely builds on the study of open star clusters. Because of their crucial role in these relevant topics, large homogeneous catalogues of open cluster parameters are highly desirable. Although efforts have been made to develop automatic tools to analyse large numbers of clusters, the results obtained so far vary from study to study, and sometimes are very contradictory when compared to dedicated studies of individual clusters. In this work we highlight the common causes of these discrepancies for some open clusters, and show that at present dedicated studies yield a much better assessment of the nature of star clusters, even in the absence of ideal data-sets. We make use of deep, wide-field, multi-colour photometry to discuss the nature of six strategically selected open star clusters: Trumpler 22, Lynga 6, Hogg 19, Hogg 21, Pismis 10 and Pismis 14. We have precisely derived their basic parameters by means of a combination of star counts and photometric diagrams. Trumpler 22 and Lynga 6 are included in our study because they are widely known, and thus provided a check of our data and methodology. The remaining four clusters are very poorly known, and their available parameters have been obtained using automatic tools only. Our results are in some cases in severe disagreement with those from automatic surveys.

  4. Observing the products of stellar evolution in the old open cluster M67 with APOGEE

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    Bertelli Motta, Clio; Salaris, Maurizio; Pasquali, Anna; Grebel, Eva K.

    2017-04-01

    Recent works have shown how the [C/N] ratio in stars after the first dredge-up (FDU) can be used as an age estimator in virtue of its dependence on stellar mass. For this purpose, precise predictions of the surface chemical composition before and after the mixing takes place in the convective envelope of subgiant stars are necessary. Stellar evolution models can provide us with such predictions, although a comparison with objects of known age is needed for calibration. Open clusters are excellent test cases, as they represent a single stellar population for which the age can be derived through, e.g. isochrone fitting. In this study, we present a detailed analysis of stars belonging to the well-known open cluster M67 observed by the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) survey in the twelfth data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and whose chemical properties were derived with the APOGEE Stellar Parameters and Chemical Abundances Pipeline. We find that the [C/N] abundance of subgiant branch stars is overestimated by ˜0.2 dex due to an offset in the determination of the [N/Fe] abundance. Stars on the red giant branch and red clump are shown not to be affected by this offset. We derive [C/N]FDU = -0.46 ± 0.03 dex, which poses a strong constraint on calibrations of [C/N]FDU as age indicator. We also do not find any clear signature of additional chemical mixing processes that set in after the red giant branch bump. The results obtained for M67 indicate the importance of conducting high-resolution spectroscopic studies of open clusters of different ages in order to establish an accurate age-dating method for field stars.

  5. First-principles studies on graphene-supported transition metal clusters.

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    Sahoo, Sanjubala; Gruner, Markus E; Khanna, Shiv N; Entel, Peter

    2014-08-21

    Theoretical studies on the structure, stability, and magnetic properties of icosahedral TM13 (TM = Fe, Co, Ni) clusters, deposited on pristine (defect free) and defective graphene sheet as well as graphene flakes, have been carried out within a gradient corrected density functional framework. The defects considered in our study include a carbon vacancy for the graphene sheet and a five-membered and a seven-membered ring structures for graphene flakes (finite graphene chunks). It is observed that the presence of defect in the substrate has a profound influence on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of graphene-transition metal complexes, thereby increasing the binding strength of the TM cluster on to the graphene substrate. Among TM13 clusters, Co13 is absorbed relatively more strongly on pristine and defective graphene as compared to Fe13 and Ni13 clusters. The adsorbed clusters show reduced magnetic moment compared to the free clusters.

  6. Membership Determination of Open Cluster M48 Based on BATC Thirteen-Band Photometry

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    Wu, Z Y; Ma, J; Jiang, Z J; Chen, J S; Wu, Zhen-Yu; Zhou, Xu; Ma, Jun; Jiang, Zhao-Ji; Chen, Jian-Sheng

    2006-01-01

    Beijing-Arizona-Taiwan-Connecticut (BATC) multi-band photometric data in the field of open cluster M48 are used to determine its membership. By comparing observed spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of stars with theoretical ones, membership probabilities of 750 stars with limiting magnitude of 15.0 in BATC $c$ band ($\\lambda_{eff}=4194$ \\AA) are determined. 323 stars with membership probabilities higher than 30% are considered as candidate members of M48. Comparing membership probabilities of 229 common stars obtained by the present method and the proper-motion based methods, a 80% agreement among these methods is obtained.

  7. On the peculiar red clump morphology in the open clusters NGC 752 and NGC 7789

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    Girardi, L.; Mermilliod, J. -C.; Carraro, G.

    2000-01-01

    The red clump stars in the open cluster NGC 752 present a peculiar distribution in the colour-magnitude diagran (CMD): the clump is observed to present a faint extension, slightly to the blue of the main concentration of clump stars. We point out that a similar structure is present in the CMD of NGC 7789, and discuss their possible origins. This feature may be understood as the result of having, at the same time, stars of low-mass which undergo the helium-flash, and those just massive enough ...

  8. A comprehensive study of the young open star cluster NGC 6611 based on deep VRI CCD images and 2MASS data

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we have used Deep CCD images of the extremely young open star cluster NGC 6611, up to a limiting magnitude of V ∼ 22.86 mag in V, R and I passbands. The resulting color-magnitude V; (V–I diagram as well as their radial density profiles has been determined. Using 2MASS data, we confirmed the consistency between the 2MASS photometry, by fitting isochrones, the extinction E(V–I = 0.530 ± 0.04 mag, E(J–H = 0.31 ± 0.02, from the color magnitude diagram the cluster distance =2.2 ± 0.21 kpc and age = 3.6 Myr, based on the fitting of theoretical stellar isochrones of solar metallicity Z = 0.019. The distance modulus of the cluster is estimated at 12.3. The radial stellar density profiles and the cluster center have been determined by two methods. The core and cluster radii are determined from the radial stellar density profiles. Only about 40% of the cluster members are present in the core region. The cluster luminosity function has been calculated. The mass function slope of the entire cluster is ∼−0.67 ± 0.12. The effects of mass segregation, most probably due to dynamical evolution, have been observed in the cluster.

  9. Possible Self-Organised Criticality and Dynamical Clustering of Traffic flow in Open Systems

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    Larraga, M E; Mehta, A; Mehta, Anita

    1999-01-01

    We focus in this work on the study of traffic in open systems using a modified version of an existing cellular automaton model. We demonstrate that the open system is rather different from the closed system in its 'choice' of a unique steady-state density and velocity distribution, independently of the initial conditions, reminiscent of self-organised criticality. Quantities of interest such as average densities and velocities of cars, exhibit phase transitions between free flow and the jammed state, as a function of the braking probability R in a way that is very different from closed systems. Velocity correlation functions show that the concept of a dynamical cluster, introduced earlier in the context of granular flow is also relevant for traffic flow models.

  10. Spherical Clusters of Simple Metals: Madelung Energies and Structure.

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    1986-06-01

    crystalline structures remain lower than those of the optimal structures even at cluster sizes of more than 90 atoms. Also the calculations of the...differ from crystalline structures up to clus- ter sizes of hundreds of atoms. Acknowledgements - The author would like to thank N.W. Ashcroft, J.W

  11. Electron correlations in transition metal-telluride cluster compounds

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    Palstra, T.T.M.; Steigerwald, M.L.; Ramirez, A.P.; Zaanen, J.

    1994-01-01

    We report the magnetic properties of a new class of materials: Ni9Te6n+ and Co6Te8n+ with n = 0, 1, 2. These cluster compounds, which can be charged by chemical means from neutral to 2 +, provide a unique and novel way to change the Fermi level. For most charge states, we observe quenching of the

  12. Ab initio Bogoliubov coupled cluster theory for open-shell nuclei

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    Signoracci, A.; Duguet, T.; Hagen, G.; Jansen, G. R.

    2015-06-01

    Background: Ab initio many-body methods have been developed over the past 10 yr to address closed-shell nuclei up to mass A ≈130 on the basis of realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions. A current frontier relates to the extension of those many-body methods to the description of open-shell nuclei. Several routes to address open-shell nuclei are currently under investigation, including ideas that exploit spontaneous symmetry breaking. Purpose: Singly open-shell nuclei can be efficiently described via the sole breaking of U(1) gauge symmetry associated with particle-number conservation as a way to account for their superfluid character. While this route was recently followed within the framework of self-consistent Green's function theory, the goal of the present work is to formulate a similar extension within the framework of coupled cluster theory. Methods: We formulate and apply Bogoliubov coupled cluster (BCC) theory, which consists of representing the exact ground-state wave function of the system as the exponential of a quasiparticle excitation cluster operator acting on a Bogoliubov reference state. Equations for the ground-state energy and the cluster amplitudes are derived at the singles and doubles level (BCCSD) both algebraically and diagrammatically. The formalism includes three-nucleon forces at the normal-ordered two-body level. The first BCC code is implemented in m scheme, which will permit the treatment of doubly open-shell nuclei via the further breaking of SU(2) symmetry associated with angular momentum conservation. Results: Proof-of-principle calculations in an Nmax=6 spherical harmonic oscillator basis for O,1816 and 18Ne in the BCCD approximation are in good agreement with standard coupled cluster results with the same chiral two-nucleon interaction, while 20O and 20Mg display underbinding relative to experiment. The breaking of U(1) symmetry, monitored by computing the variance associated with the particle-number operator, is relatively

  13. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Masses and Ages of Stars in 68 Open Clusters (Piskunov 1980)

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    Piskunov, A.

    1997-01-01

    This catalog contains the evolutionary masses and ages of about 7000 stars in 68 open clusters, as derived from their positions in the theoretical HR diagram. Cluster ages range from 106 to some 109 years, and their population varies from 30 to 700 members. For each cluster we have a table with ages and masses of stars. The file, clusters.dat may include for each cluster, the name (or NGC/IC number), cluster class, assumed color index E(B-V), true distance modulus (V-MV)0, evolutionary tracks used for given cluster and reference to the source of UBV data. The data in data.dat consists of star serial number, color index, V magnitude, luminosity, effective temperature, and ages and masses of stars. (2 data files).

  14. Optimum metallic-bond scheme: Theoretical study ofgeometric structures for ground-state sodium clusters

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    苏长荣; 李家明

    2002-01-01

    We present an optimum metallic-bond scheme to study the geometric structures of sodium clusters Nan (n≤15) systematically by combining the characteristics of metallic bonds and the first principle molecular dynamics simulation. The scheme provides an optimum way to examine almost all stable structures of sodium clusters and to determine their ground state structures. It is interesting to note that for the larger sodium clusters (13≤n≤15), there are some plane-like substructures on their surfaces, which resemble the fragments of the (110) plane with the highest atomic area density in the bulk bcc sodium crystal. We also propose a possible way to understand the formation of large icosahedral sodium clusters (1500<n<22000).

  15. An Aligned Stream of Low-Metallicity Clusters in the Halo of the Milky Way

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    Lee, S J Y Y W

    2002-01-01

    One of the long-standing problems in modern astronomy is the curious division of Galactic globular clusters, the "Oosterhoff dichotomy," according to the properties of their RR Lyrae stars. Here, we find that most of the lowest-metallicity ([Fe/H]<-2.0) clusters, which are essential to an understanding of this phenomenon, display a planar alignment in the outer halo. This alignment, combined with evidence from kinematics and stellar population, indicates a captured origin from a satellite galaxy. We show that, together with the horizontal-branch evolutionary effect, the factor producing the dichotomy could be a small time-gap between the cluster-formation epochs in the Milky Way and the satellite. The results oppose the traditional view that the metal-poorest clusters represent the indigenous and oldest population of the Galaxy.

  16. Comparative assessment of bone pose estimation using Point Cluster Technique and OpenSim.

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    Lathrop, Rebecca L; Chaudhari, Ajit M W; Siston, Robert A

    2011-11-01

    Estimating the position of the bones from optical motion capture data is a challenge associated with human movement analysis. Bone pose estimation techniques such as the Point Cluster Technique (PCT) and simulations of movement through software packages such as OpenSim are used to minimize soft tissue artifact and estimate skeletal position; however, using different methods for analysis may produce differing kinematic results which could lead to differences in clinical interpretation such as a misclassification of normal or pathological gait. This study evaluated the differences present in knee joint kinematics as a result of calculating joint angles using various techniques. We calculated knee joint kinematics from experimental gait data using the standard PCT, the least squares approach in OpenSim applied to experimental marker data, and the least squares approach in OpenSim applied to the results of the PCT algorithm. Maximum and resultant RMS differences in knee angles were calculated between all techniques. We observed differences in flexion/extension, varus/valgus, and internal/external rotation angles between all approaches. The largest differences were between the PCT results and all results calculated using OpenSim. The RMS differences averaged nearly 5° for flexion/extension angles with maximum differences exceeding 15°. Average RMS differences were relatively small (techniques appeared to be a constant offset between the PCT and all OpenSim results, which may be due to differences in the definition of anatomical reference frames, scaling of musculoskeletal models, and/or placement of virtual markers within OpenSim. Different methods for data analysis can produce largely different kinematic results, which could lead to the misclassification of normal or pathological gait. Improved techniques to allow non-uniform scaling of generic models to more accurately reflect subject-specific bone geometries and anatomical reference frames may reduce differences

  17. Nonlinear Color--Metallicity Relations of Globular Clusters. VI. On Calcium II Triplet Based Metallicities of Globular Clusters in Early-type Galaxies

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    Chung, Chul; Lee, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Young-Wook

    2016-01-01

    The metallicity distribution function of globular clusters (GCs) in galaxies is a key to understanding galactic formation and evolution. The calcium II triplet (CaT) index has recently become a popular metal abundance indicator thanks to its sensitivity to GC metallicity. Here we revisit and assess the reliability of CaT as a metallicity indicator using our new stellar population synthesis simulations based on empirical, high-resolution fluxes. The model shows that the CaT strength of old ($>$ 10 Gyr) GCs is proportional to ${\\rm [Fe/H]}$ below $-0.5$. In the modest metal-rich regime, however, CaT does not increase anymore with ${\\rm [Fe/H]}$ due to the little contribution from coolest red giant stars to the CaT absorption. The nonlinear nature of the color--$CaT$ relation is confirmed by the observations of GCs in nearby early-type galaxies. This indicates that the CaT should be used carefully when deriving metallicities of metal-rich stellar populations. Our results offer an explanation for the observed sha...

  18. METAL DEFICIENCY IN CLUSTER STAR-FORMING GALAXIES AT Z = 2

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    Valentino, F.; Daddi, E.; Strazzullo, V.; Gobat, R.; Bournaud, F.; Juneau, S.; Zanella, A. [Laboratoire AIM-Paris-Saclay, CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot, Irfu/Service d’Astrophysique, CEA Saclay, Orme des Merisiers, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Onodera, M.; Carollo, M. [Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zürich Wolfgang-Pauli-strasse 27, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Renzini, A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova (Italy); Arimoto, N., E-mail: francesco.valentino@cea.fr [Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan 650 North A’ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720 (United States)

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    We investigate the environmental effect on the metal enrichment of star-forming galaxies (SFGs) in the farthest spectroscopically confirmed and X-ray-detected cluster, CL J1449+0856 at z = 1.99. We combined Hubble Space Telescope/WFC3 G141 slitless spectroscopic data, our thirteen-band photometry, and a recent Subaru/Multi-object InfraRed Camera and Spectrograph (MOIRCS) near-infrared spectroscopic follow-up to constrain the physical properties of SFGs in CL J1449+0856 and in a mass-matched field sample. After a conservative removal of active galactic nuclei, stacking individual MOIRCS spectra of 6 (31) sources in the cluster (field) in the mass range 10 ≤ log(M/M{sub ⊙}) ≤ 11, we find a ∼4σ lower [N ii]/Hα ratio in the cluster than in the field. Stacking a subsample of 16 field galaxies with Hβ and [O iii] in the observed range, we measure an [O iii]/Hβ ratio fully compatible with the cluster value. Converting these ratios into metallicities, we find that the cluster SFGs are up to 0.25 dex poorer in metals than their field counterparts, depending on the adopted calibration. The low metallicity in cluster sources is confirmed using alternative indicators. Furthermore, we observe a significantly higher Hα luminosity and equivalent width in the average cluster spectrum than in the field. This is likely due to the enhanced specific star formation rate; even if lower dust reddening and/or an uncertain environmental dependence on the continuum-to-nebular emission differential reddening may play a role. Our findings might be explained by the accretion of pristine gas around galaxies at z = 2 and from cluster-scale reservoirs, possibly connected with a phase of rapid halo mass assembly at z > 2 and of a high galaxy merging rate.

  19. ACCRETION RATES ON PRE-MAIN-SEQUENCE STARS IN THE YOUNG OPEN CLUSTER NGC 6530

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    Gallardo, Jose; Del Valle, Luciano; Ruiz, Maria Teresa, E-mail: gallardo@das.uchile.cl, E-mail: ldelvall@das.uchile.cl, E-mail: mtruiz@das.uchile.cl [Departamento de Astronomia, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago (Chile)

    2012-01-15

    It is well accepted that during the star formation process, material from a protoplanetary disk is accreted onto the central object during the first {approx}1-5 Myr. Different authors have published measurements of accretion rates for young low- and intermediate-mass stars in several nearby star-forming regions (SFRs). Due to its somewhat larger distance, the SFR M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) has not been studied to the same extent, despite its abundant population of young stellar objects. We have obtained optical band low-resolution spectra of a sample of pre-main-sequence stars in the open cluster NGC 6530 located in the aforementioned nebulae using the Gemini Multi Object Spectrograph at Gemini-South in multi-object mode. Spectra cover the H{sub {alpha}} emission line used to measure the accretion rate, following the method presented by Natta et al. The observed spectral characteristics are fully consistent with pre-main-sequence stars, showing lithium absorption lines, which are very common in young stellar objects, as well as prominent and broad H{sub {alpha}} emission lines, indicating a T Tauri evolutionary stage. This work presents the first determinations of mass accretion rates of young stellar objects in the open cluster NGC 6530, confirming that they are classical T Tauri stars going through the accretion phase. These observations contribute to a better understanding of the stellar content and evolutionary phase of the very active Lagoon Nebula SFR.

  20. HD 285507b: An Eccentric Hot Jupiter in the Hyades Open Cluster

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    Quinn, S N; Latham, D W; Buchhave, L A; Torres, G; Stefanik, R P; Berlind, P; Bieryla, A; Calkins, M C; Esquerdo, G A; Fürész, G; Geary, J C; Szentgyorgyi, A H

    2013-01-01

    We report the discovery of the first hot Jupiter in the Hyades open cluster. HD 285507b orbits a V=10.47 K4.5V dwarf ($M_* = 0.734 M_\\odot$; $R_* = 0.656 R_\\odot$) in a slightly eccentric ($e = 0.086^{+0.018}_{-0.019}$) orbit with a period of $6.0881^{+0.0019}_{-0.0018}$ days. The induced stellar radial velocity corresponds to a minimum companion mass of $M_{\\rm p} \\sin{i} = 0.917 \\pm 0.033 M_{\\rm Jup}$. Line bisector spans and stellar activity measures show no correlation with orbital phase, and the radial velocity amplitude is independent of wavelength, supporting the conclusion that the variations are caused by a planetary companion. Follow-up photometry indicates with high confidence that the planet does not transit. HD 285507b joins a small but growing list of planets in open clusters, and its existence lends support to a planet formation scenario in which a high stellar space density does not inhibit giant planet formation and migration. We calculate the circularization timescale for HD 285507b to be la...

  1. Nonequilibrium electron energy-loss kinetics in metal clusters

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    Guillon, C; Fatti, N D; Vallee, F

    2003-01-01

    Ultrafast energy exchanges of a non-Fermi electron gas with the lattice are investigated in silver clusters with sizes ranging from 4 to 26 nm using a femtosecond pump-probe technique. The results yield evidence for a cluster-size-dependent slowing down of the short-time energy losses of the electron gas when it is strongly athermal. A constant rate is eventually reached after a few hundred femtoseconds, consistent with the electron gas internal thermalization kinetics, this behaviour reflecting evolution from an individual to a collective electron-lattice type of coupling. The timescale of this transient regime is reduced in small nanoparticles, in agreement with speeding up of the electron-electron interactions with size reduction. The experimental results are in quantitative agreement with numerical simulations of the electron kinetics.

  2. Evidence for metallicity spreads in three massive M31 globular clusters

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    Fuentes-Carrera, Isaura; Sarajedini, Ata; Bridges, Terry; Djorgovski, George; Meylan, Georges

    2008-01-01

    We quantify the intrinsic width of the red giant branches of three massive globular clusters in M31 in a search for metallicity spreads within these objects. We present HST/ACS observations of three massive clusters in M31, G78, G213, and G280. A thorough description of the photometry extraction and calibration is presented. After derivation of the color-magnitude diagrams, we quantify the intrinsic width of the red giant branch of each cluster. This width translates into a metallicity dispersion that indicates a complex star formation history for this type of system. For G78, sigma_[Fe/H]}=0.86 \\pm 0.37; for G213, 0.89 \\pm 0.20; and for G280, 1.03 \\pm 0.26. We find that the metallicity dispersion of the clusters does not scale with mean metallicity. We also find no trend with the cluster mass. We discuss some possible formation scenarios that would explain our results.

  3. The Monitor project: the search for transits in the open cluster NGC 2362

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    Miller, Adam A; Aigrain, Suzanne; Hodgkin, Simon; Hebb, Leslie

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of a systematic search for transiting planets in a ~5 Myr open cluster, NGC 2362. We observed ~1200 candidate cluster members, of which ~475 are believed to be genuine cluster members, for a total of ~100 hours. We identify 15 light curves with reductions in flux that pass all our detection criteria, and 6 of the candidates have occultation depths compatible with a planetary companion. The variability in these six light curves would require very large planets to reproduce the observed transit depth. If we assume that none of our candidates are in fact planets then we can place upper limits on the fraction of stars with hot Jupiters (HJs) in NGC 2362. We obtain 99% confidence upper limits of 0.22 and 0.70 on the fraction of stars with HJs (f_p) for 1-3 and 3-10 day orbits, respectively, assuming all HJs have a planetary radius of 1.5R_Jup. These upper limits represent observational constraints on the number of stars with HJs at an age <~10 Myr, when the vast majority of stars are thou...

  4. Analysis of Detached Eclipsing Binaries near the Turnoff of the Open Cluster NGC 7142

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    Sandquist, Eric L; Serio, Andrew W; Orosz, Jerome

    2013-01-01

    We analyze extensive BVRI photometry and radial velocity measurements for three double-lined deeply-eclipsing binary stars in the field of the old open cluster NGC 7142. The short period (P = 1.9096825 d) detached binary V375 Cep is a high probability cluster member, and has a total eclipse of the secondary star. The characteristics of the primary star (M=1.288+/-0.017 Sun) at the cluster turnoff indicate an age of 3.6 Gyr (with a random uncertainty of 0.25 Gyr), consistent with earlier analysis of the color-magnitude diagram. The secondary star (M = 0.871+/-0.008 Msun) is not expected to have evolved significantly, but its radius is more than 10% larger than predicted by models. Because this binary system has a known age, it is useful for testing the idea that radius inflation can occur in short period binaries for stars with significant convective envelopes due to the inhibition of energy transport by magnetic fields. The brighter star in the binary also produces a precision estimate of the distance modulus...

  5. Evidence of tidal distortions and mass loss from the old open cluster NGC 6791

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    Dalessandro, E; Carraro, G; Jilkova, L; Moitinho, A

    2015-01-01

    We present the first evidence of clear signatures of tidal distortions in the density distribution of the fascinating open cluster NGC 6791. We used deep and wide-field data obtained with the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope covering a 2x2 square degrees area around the cluster. The two-dimensional density map obtained with the optimal matched filter technique shows a clear elongation and an irregular distribution starting from ~300" from the cluster center. At larger distances, two tails extending in opposite directions beyond the tidal radius are also visible. These features are aligned to both the absolute proper motion and to the Galactic center directions. Moreover, other overdensities appear to be stretched in a direction perpendicular to the Galactic plane. Accordingly to the behaviour observed in the density map, we find that both the surface brightness and the star count density profiles reveal a departure from a King model starting from ~600" from the center. These observational evidence suggest that ...

  6. The main-sequence rotation-colour relation in the Coma Berenices open cluster

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    Cameron, A Collier; Hebb, L; Skinner, G; Anderson, D R; Christian, D J; Clarkson, W I; Enoch, B; Irwin, J; Joshi, Y; Haswell, C A; Hellier, C; Horne, K D; Kane, S R; Lister, T A; Maxted, P F L; Norton, A J; Parley, N; Pollacco, D; Ryans, R; Scholz, A; Skillen, I; Smalley, B; Street, R A; West, R G; Wilson, D M; Wheatley, P J

    2009-01-01

    We present the results of a photometric survey of rotation rates in the Coma Berenices (Melotte 111) open cluster, using data obtained as part of the SuperWASP exoplanetary transit-search programme. The goal of the Coma survey was to measure precise rotation periods for main-sequence F, G and K dwarfs in this intermediate-age (~600 Myr) cluster, and to determine the extent to which magnetic braking has caused the stellar spin periods to converge. We find a tight, almost linear relationship between rotation period and J-K colour with a root-mean square scatter of only 2 percent. The relation is similar to that seen among F, G and K stars in the Hyades. Such strong convergence can only be explained if angular momentum is not at present being transferred from a reservoir in the deep stellar interiors to the surface layers. We conclude that the coupling timescale for angular momentum transport from a rapidly-spinning radiative core to the outer convective zone must be substantially shorter than the cluster age, a...

  7. New Neutron-Capture Measurements in 23 Open Clusters. I. The R-Process

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    Overbeek, Jamie C; Jacobson, Heather R

    2016-01-01

    Neutron-capture elements, those with Z > 35, are the least well-understood in terms of nucleosynthesis and formation environments. The rapid neutron-capture, or r-process, elements are formed in the environments and/or remnants of massive stars, while the slow neutron-capture, or s-process, elements are primarily formed in low-mass AGB stars. These elements can provide much information about Galactic star formation and enrichment, but observational data is limited. We have assembled a sample of 68 stars in 23 open clusters that we use to probe abundance trends for six neutron-capture elements (Eu, Gd, Dy, Mo, Pr, and Nd) with cluster age and location in the disk of the Galaxy. In order to keep our analysis as homogenous as possible, we use an automated synthesis fitting program, which also enables us to measure multiple (3-10) lines for each element. We find that the pure r-process elements (Eu, Gd, and Dy) have positive trends with increasing cluster age, while the mixed r- and s- process elements (Mo, Pr, a...

  8. The old anticentre open cluster Berkeley 32: membership and fundamental parameters

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    D'Orazi, V; Fabrizio, L D; Held, E V; Tosi, M

    2006-01-01

    We have obtained medium-low resolution spectroscopy and BVI CCD imaging of Berkeley 32, an old open cluster which lies in the anticentre direction. From the radial velocities of 48 stars in the cluster direction we found that 31 of them, in crucial evolutionary phases, are probable cluster members, with an average radial velocity of +106.7 (sigma = 8.5) km/s. From isochrone fitting to the colour magnitude diagrams of Berkeley 32 we have obtained an age of 6.3 Gyr, (m-M)0 = 12.48 and E(B-V) = 0.10. The best fit is obtained with Z=0.008. A consistent distance, (m-M)0 ~= 12.6 +/- 0.1, has been derived from the mean magnitude of red clump stars with confirmed membership; we may assume (m-M)0 ~= 12.55 +/- 0.1. The colour magnitude diagram of the nearby field observed to check for field stars contamination looks intriguingly similar to that of the Canis Major overdensity.

  9. The Open Connectome Project Data Cluster: Scalable Analysis and Vision for High-Throughput Neuroscience.

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    Burns, Randal; Roncal, William Gray; Kleissas, Dean; Lillaney, Kunal; Manavalan, Priya; Perlman, Eric; Berger, Daniel R; Bock, Davi D; Chung, Kwanghun; Grosenick, Logan; Kasthuri, Narayanan; Weiler, Nicholas C; Deisseroth, Karl; Kazhdan, Michael; Lichtman, Jeff; Reid, R Clay; Smith, Stephen J; Szalay, Alexander S; Vogelstein, Joshua T; Vogelstein, R Jacob

    2013-01-01

    We describe a scalable database cluster for the spatial analysis and annotation of high-throughput brain imaging data, initially for 3-d electron microscopy image stacks, but for time-series and multi-channel data as well. The system was designed primarily for workloads that build connectomes- neural connectivity maps of the brain-using the parallel execution of computer vision algorithms on high-performance compute clusters. These services and open-science data sets are publicly available at openconnecto.me. The system design inherits much from NoSQL scale-out and data-intensive computing architectures. We distribute data to cluster nodes by partitioning a spatial index. We direct I/O to different systems-reads to parallel disk arrays and writes to solid-state storage-to avoid I/O interference and maximize throughput. All programming interfaces are RESTful Web services, which are simple and stateless, improving scalability and usability. We include a performance evaluation of the production system, highlighting the effec-tiveness of spatial data organization.

  10. Evidences of tidal distortion and mass loss from the old open cluster NGC 6791

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    Carraro, Giovanni

    2015-01-01

    We present the first evidence of clear signatures of tidal distortions in the density distribution of the fascinating open cluster NGC~6791. We find that the 2D density map shows a clear elongation and an irregular distribution starting from $\\sim 300^{\\prime\\prime}$ from the cluster center and two tails extending in opposite directions beyond the tidal radius. These features are aligned to both the absolute proper motion and to the Galactic centre directions. Accordingly we find that both the surface brightness and star count density profiles reveal a departure from a King model starting from $\\sim600^{\\prime\\prime}$. These observational evidences suggest that NGC~6791 is currently undergoing mass-loss likely due to gravitational shocking and interactions with the tidal field of the Milky Way. We derive the expected mass-loss due to stellar evolution and tidal interactions and we estimate the initial cluster mass to be $M_{ini} = (1.5-4.0 ) \\times 10^5 M_{\\odot}$.

  11. CCD BVRI and 2MASS photometry of the poorly studied open cluster NGC 6631

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    A.L. Tadross

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Here we have obtained the BVRI CCD photometry down to a limiting magnitude of V∼20 for the southern poorly studied open cluster NGC 6631. It is observed from the 1.88 m Telescope of Kottamia Observatory in Egypt. About 3300 stars have been observed in an area of ∼10′×10′ around the cluster center. The main photometric parameters have been estimated and compared with the results that determined for the cluster using JHKs 2MASS photometric database. The cluster’s diameter is estimated to be 10 arcmin; the reddening E(B-V=0.68 ± 0.10 mag, E(J-H=0.21 ± 0.10 mag, the true modulus (m-Mo=12.16 ± 0.10 mag, which corresponds to a distance of 2700 ± 125 pc and age of 500 ± 50 Myr.

  12. Formation of fe cluster superlattice in a metal-organic quantum-box network.

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    Pivetta, Marina; Pacchioni, Giulia E; Schlickum, Uta; Barth, Johannes V; Brune, Harald

    2013-02-22

    We report on the self-assembly of Fe adatoms on a Cu(111) surface that is patterned by a metal-organic honeycomb network, formed by coordination of dicarbonitrile pentaphenyl molecules with Cu adatoms. Fe atoms landing on the metal surface are mobile and steered by the quantum confinement of the surface state electrons towards the center of the network hexagonal cavities. In cavities hosting more than one Fe, preferential interatomic distances are observed. The adatoms in each hexagon aggregate into a single cluster upon gentle annealing. These clusters are again centered in the cavities and their size is discerned by their distinct apparent heights.

  13. DETECTABILITY OF FREE FLOATING PLANETS IN OPEN CLUSTERS WITH THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE

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    Pacucci, Fabio; Ferrara, Andrea [Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, I-56126 Pisa (Italy); D' Onghia, Elena [University of Wisconsin, 475 Charter St., Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

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    Recent observations have shown the presence of extra-solar planets in Galactic open stellar clusters, such as in Praesepe (M44). These systems provide a favorable environment for planetary formation due to the high heavy-element content exhibited by the majority of their population. The large stellar density, and corresponding high close-encounter event rate, may induce strong perturbations of planetary orbits with large semimajor axes. Here we present a set of N-body simulations implementing a novel scheme to treat the tidal effects of external stellar perturbers on planetary orbit eccentricity and inclination. By simulating five nearby open clusters, we determine the rate of occurrence of bodies extracted from their parent stellar system by quasi-impulsive tidal interactions. We find that the specific free-floating planet production rate N-dot {sub o} (total number of free-floating planets per unit of time, normalized by the total number of stars), is proportional to the stellar density ρ{sub *} of the cluster: N-dot {sub o}=αρ{sub ⋆}, with α = (23 ± 5) × 10{sup –6} pc{sup 3} Myr{sup –1}. For the Pleiades (M45), we predict that ∼26% of stars should have lost their planets. This raises the exciting possibility of directly observing these wandering planets with the James Webb Space Telescope in the near-infrared band. Assuming a surface temperature for the planet of ∼500 K, a free-floating planet of Jupiter size inside the Pleiades would have a specific flux of F {sub ν} (4.4 μm) ≈4 × 10{sup 2} nJy, which would lead to a very clear detection (S/N ∼ 100) in only one hour of integration.

  14. Hami’s Nonferrous Metal Industry Evolves Towards Clusters

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    2012-01-01

    <正>In the development of black and nonferrous metals, Hami is characterized by a high starting point, high level, and high efficiency. Large enterprises and large groups are brought in to develop mineral resources. Focusing on large projects, Hami makes great efforts to extend the industry chain, turning resource advantages into industrial advantages.

  15. Fe-B-Y-Nb bulk metallic glasses in relation to clusters

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    CHENG Xu; WANG Qing; CHEN WeiRong; DONG Chuang

    2008-01-01

    Bulk metallic glass formations in the Fe-B-Y-Nb quaternary alloy system were in-vestigated by using the cluster line rule in combination with the minor alloying principle. The Fe-B-Y ternary system was selected as the basic system and the intersections of cluster lines were taken as the basic ternary compositions. The basic compositions were further alloyed with minor amounts of Nb. After 3-5 at.% Nb was added, the basic composition Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7, which was developed from the most densely packed cluster Fe8B3, formed 3 mm bulk metallic glasses. These quaternary bulk metallic glasses (Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7)100-xNbx (x=3-5at. %) are expressed approximately with a unified simple composition formula: (Fe8B3)1(Y, Nb)1. The (Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7)97Nb3 bulk metallic glass has the largest glass forming ability with the following characteristic parameters Tg=907 K, Tx=1006 K, Tg/T1=0.644, γ= 0.434, and Iongness t=22 mm. The combination of the cluster line rule and the minor-alloying principle is a promising new route towards the quantitative composition design of multi-component metallic glasses.

  16. Fe-B-Y-Nb bulk metallic glasses in relation to clusters

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    2008-01-01

    Bulk metallic glass formations in the Fe-B-Y-Nb quaternary alloy system were in-vestigated by using the cluster line rule in combination with the minor alloying principle. The Fe-B-Y ternary system was selected as the basic system and the intersections of cluster lines were taken as the basic ternary compositions. The basic compositions were further alloyed with minor amounts of Nb. After 3-5 at.% Nb was added,the basic composition Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7,which was developed from the most densely packed cluster Fe8B3,formed 3 mm bulk metallic glasses. These quaternary bulk metallic glasses (Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7)100-xNbx (x=3-5 at.%) are expressed approximately with a unified simple composition formula: (Fe8B3)1(Y,Nb)1. The (Fe68.6B25.7Y5.7)97Nb3 bulk metallic glass has the largest glass forming ability with the following characteristic parameters Tg=907 K,Tx=1006 K,Tg/Tl=0.644,γ=0.434,and longness t=22 mm. The combination of the cluster line rule and the minor-alloying principle is a promising new route towards the quantitative composition design of multi-component metallic glasses.

  17. The N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry of transition-metal carbonyl clusters.

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    Cabeza, Javier A; García-Álvarez, Pablo

    2011-11-01

    In the last decade, chemists have dedicated many efforts to investigate the coordination chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). Although most of that research activity has been devoted to mononuclear complexes, transition-metal carbonyl clusters have not escaped from these investigations. This critical review, which is focussed on the reactivity of NHCs (or their precursors) with transition-metal carbonyl clusters (mostly are of ruthenium and osmium) and on the transformations underwent by the NHC-containing species initially formed in those reactions, shows that the polynuclear character of these metallic compounds or, more precisely, the close proximity of one or more metal atoms to that which is or can be attached to the NHC ligand, is responsible for reactivity patterns that have no parallel in the NHC chemistry of mononuclear complexes (74 references).

  18. Galactic Globular and Open Clusters in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. I. Crowded Field Photometry and Cluster Fiducial Sequences in ugriz

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    An, Deokkeun; Clem, James L; Yanny, Brian; Rockosi, Constance M; Morrison, Heather L; Harding, Paul; Gunn, James E; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Beers, Timothy C; Cudworth, Kyle M; Ivans, Inese I; Ivezic, Zeljko; Lee, Young Sun; Lupton, Robert H; Bizyaev, Dmitry; Brewington, Howard; Malanushenko, Elena; Malanushenko, Viktor; Oravetz, Dan; Pan, Kaike; Simmons, Audrey; Snedden, Stephanie; Watters, Shannon; York, Donald G

    2008-01-01

    We present photometry for globular and open cluster stars observed with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). In order to exploit over 100 million stellar objects with r < 22.5 mag observed by SDSS, we need to understand the characteristics of stars in the SDSS ugriz filters. While star clusters provide important calibration samples for stellar colors, the regions close to globular clusters, where the fraction of field stars is smallest, are too crowded for the standard SDSS photometric pipeline to process. To complement the SDSS imaging survey, we reduce the SDSS imaging data for crowded cluster fields using the DAOPHOT/ALLFRAME suite of programs and present photometry for 17 globular clusters and 3 open clusters in a SDSS value-added catalog. Our photometry and cluster fiducial sequences are on the native SDSS 2.5-meter ugriz photometric system, and the fiducial sequences can be directly applied to the SDSS photometry without relying upon any transformations. Model photometry for red giant branch and main...

  19. Trinuclear Metal Chalcogenide Clusters as Precursors for Superatomic Solids and Cluster Organic Frameworks

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    Shott, Jessica Lauren

    Inorganic molecular clusters Ni3(mu3-I) 2(mu2-dppm)3 (1), Ni3(mu 3-Te)2(mu2-dppm)3 (2), Ni3(mu3-Se)2(mu2-dppm) 3 (3), Ni3(mu3-S)2(mu 2-dppm)3 (4), Co4(mu3-S) 4(PPri3)4 (5), and Mo3(mu3-S)2(mu2-S)3(PMe 3)6 (6) have been used as building block precursors in the formation of binary superatomic solids with fullerenes (1-6•C 60). These solids are crystallized from solution and charge transfer from the electron-rich molecular cluster precursors to fullerene was confirmed using infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Structural data for these superatomic solids was obtained using single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments and suggests that their assembly is directed by noncovalent interactions. Close-contacts, reminiscent of halogen bonds, between cluster capping ligands and fulleride anions are observed in the solid state. Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and two-probe conductivity measurements indicate that compounds 1•C60 and 2•C 60 are paramagnetic and one hundred times more conductive than the constituent cluster precursors. Additionally, derivatives of molecular clusters 5 and 6 have been synthesized and investigated for use as superatomic secondary building units for 2D and 3D cluster organic frameworks. Characterization of these novel building blocks was accomplished using NMR spectroscopy as well as matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and XRD analysis.

  20. Heating and ionization of metal clusters in the field of an intense femtosecond laser pulse

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    Kostenko, O. F.; Andreev, N. E.

    2007-06-01

    Inverse bremsstrahlung heating and thermal electron-impact ionization of a metal cluster are analyzed with account for the spatial structure of the electromagnetic field. It is shown that, for a femtosecond IR radiation pulse with an intensity of ˜1018 W/cm2 and for an iron cluster with an optimum radius of ˜25 nm, the electron temperature is higher than 1 keV. In this case, the L shell of the ions is highly stripped. The X-ray bremsstrahlung yield from clusters with a radius greater than the skin depth is estimated.