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2009PASP..121..577M - Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac., 121, 577-584 (2009/June-0)

CN variations in high-metallicity globular and open clusters.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a comparison of CN band strength variations in the high-metallicity globular clusters NGC 6356 and NGC 6528 with those measured in the old open clusters NGC 188, NCG 2158 and NGC 7789. Star-to-star abundance variations, of which CN differences are a readily observable sign, are commonplace in moderate-metallicity halo globular clusters but are unseen in the field or in open clusters. We find that the open clusters have narrow, unimodal distributions of CN band strength, as expected from the literature, while the globular clusters have broad, bimodal distributions of CN band strength, similar to moderate-metallicity halo globular clusters. This result has interesting implications for the various mechanisms proposed to explain the origin of globular cluster abundance inhomogeneities, and suggests that the local environment at the epoch of cluster formation plays a vital role in regulating intracluster enrichment processes.

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Journal keyword(s): Star Clusters and Associations

CDS comments: BD +33 4211 probable misprint for BD +33 2642

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