SCYON Abstract

Received on July 11 2001

Membership of 23 stars towards the bulge globular clusters NGC 6528 and NGC 6553

AuthorsP. Coelho (1), B. Barbuy (1), M.-N. Perrin (2), T. Idiart (1), R. P. Schiavon (3), S. Ortolani (4), E. Bica (5)
Affiliation(1) Universidade de São Paulo, Dept. de Astronomia, CP 3386, São Paulo 01060-970, Brazil
(2) Observatoire de Paris, 61 av. de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
(3) Observatório Nacional, rua General José Cristino 77, 2 0921-400 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and
Present address: UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz CA 95064, USA
(4) Università di Padova, Dept. di Astronomia, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova, Italy
(5) Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Dept. de Astronomia, CP 15051, Porto Alegre 91501-970, Brazil
Accepted byAstronomy & Astrophysics,,,,,,


Low resolution spectra of 23 stars towards the bulge globular clusters NGC 6528 and NGC 6553 are analysed. Radial velocities and atmospheric parameters are derived in order to check their membership in the clusters. Effective temperatures were obtained from photometric data for stars with Teff < 3800 K, whereas for cooler stars, they were derived from equivalent widths of TiO bands. Calibrations of W(TiO) as a function of stellar parameters based on a grid of synthetic spectra are presented. Metallicities were derived from a comparison of the observed spectra to a grid of synthetic spectra. The sample comprises evolutionary stages from the Red Giant Branch to the Horizontal Branch, with parameters in the range 3200 < Teff < 5000 K and -0.5 < log g < 2.4. The mean metallicities obtained for NGC 6528 and NGC 6553 are [Fe/H] ~ -0.5 and -0.7, in both cases with [Mg/Fe] = +0.3; assuming the same overabundance for the alpha elements O, Mg, Si, S, Ca and Ti, this gives [Z/ZO] = -0.25 and -0.45. Membership verification by means of low resolution spectra is a crucial step in preparing targets for high resolution spectroscopy with 8m class telescopes.