Query : 2005A&A...433..797O

2005A&A...433..797O - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 433, 797-806 (2005/4-3)

A new infrared view of evolved stars in IZw18.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report results from near-infrared imaging of IZw18, the most metal-poor galaxy in the local universe, with NICMOS on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Observations were obtained in the broad F205W filter (∼K) and in the medium-wide bands F171M and F180M, the latter which cover strong molecular absorption features in cool stars. The new data, together with previously obtained HST/NICMOS images in the F110W (∼J) and F160W (∼H) filters, provide a census of the cool stellar population in this chemically unevolved galaxy. We find that stars as old as ∼1Gyr are required to explain the observed colour-magnitude diagrams. Combining broad and medium-wide band photometry, we have classified the observed stars. The observed stellar populations, to the depth of our data, are dominated by luminous red supergiant stars. However, an intermediate-age component is also present. We have identified carbon star candidates, and show that they dominate the stellar content for intermediate mass and age. We show that low metallicity intermediate-age stars have, for a given colour, a F110W (∼J-band) excess compared to local carbon stars. The carbon stars identified in IZw18 are the most distant (more than 10Mpc) resolved examples yet discovered.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: stellar content - galaxies: individual: IZw18 - stars: carbon - stars: AGB and post-AGB

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NAME LMC G 05 23 34.6 -69 45 22     0.4     ~ 16745 1
2 Mrk 116 PaG 09 34 02.1 +55 14 25           ~ 1080 1
3 [CSG2002] NW 1 HII 09 34 02.361 +55 14 26.27           ~ 4 0

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