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2016MNRAS.463.2653D - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 463, 2653-2666 (2016/December-2)

Extinction law in the range 0.4-4.8 µm and the 8620 Å DIB towards the stellar cluster Westerlund 1.


Abstract (from CDS):

The young stellar cluster Westerlund 1 (Wd 1: l = 339 .6, b = -0 .4) is one of the most massive in the local Universe, but accurate parameters are pending on better determination of its extinction and distance. Based on our photometry and data collected from other sources, we have derived a reddening law for the cluster line-of-sight representative of the Galactic plane (-5° < b <+5°) in the window 0.4-4.8 µm: The power-law exponent α = 2.13 ± 0.08 is much steeper than those published a decade ago (1.6-1.8) and our index RV = 2.50 ± 0.04 also differs from them, but in very good agreement with recent works based on deep surveys in the inner Galaxy. As a consequence, the total extinction AKs = 0.74 ± 0.08 (AV = 11.40 ± 2.40) is substantially smaller than previous results (0.91-1.13), part of which (AKs = 0.63 or AV = 9.66) is from the interstellar medium. The extinction in front of the cluster spans a range of ΔAV ∼8.7 with a gradient increasing from SW to NE across the cluster face, following the same general trend of warm dust distribution. The map of the J - Ks colour index also shows a trend of reddening in this direction. We measured the equivalent width of the diffuse interstellar band at 8620 Å (the 'GAIA DIB') for Wd 1 cluster members and derived the relation AKs = 0.612 EW - 0.191 EW2. This extends the Munari et al. relation, valid for EB–V < 1, to the non-linear regime (AV > 4).

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): dust, extinction - ISM: lines and bands - open clusters and associations: individual: Westerlund 1 - open clusters and associations: individual: Westerlund 1

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/463/2653): table2.dat>

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