20-22 May 2015
Asia/Bangkok timezone
The Centennial Celebration of General Relativity Theory and 80 Years of Thai Physics Graduate

Analysis of Color Magnitude Diagram by Aperture Photometry Tool

20 May 2015, 14:00
3h 30m
Board: AST-02
Poster presentation Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Poster-1

Speaker

Kamolporn Haewsantati (Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand)

Description

The variations of stellar brightness in globular clusters are major evidence of their evolutions. In this study, optical images of two globular clusters were taken. First, images of NGC6121 (M4) were taken by Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes 8 (PROMPT 8) at Cerro Tololo national observatory, Chile. Later, images of NGC7078 (M15), were taken by 2.4m Telescope at Thai National Observatory in Thailand. The images were reduced and analyzed by Aperture Photometry Tool to measure the absolute magnitude for each star in the cluster. The calculated magnitudes were used to create plots between color index B-V and the apparent magnitude in filter V. The plot is generally known as Color Magnitude Diagram (CMD), which is a simple form of Hertzsprung - Russell diagram (H-R Diagram). CMD for NGC6121 and NGC7078 were compared to previous studies by Patrick R. Durrell and William E. Harris (1993) and G. Alcaino, W. Liller, and F. Alvarado (1997) respectively. The results from this study show similar evolution trends to previous studies. Upon the analysis of the evolution curves, the positions of the main-sequence turnoff are found to be at $V \sim 16-17$, $(B-V) \sim 0.8-1.0$ for NGC6121 and $V \sim 19-20$, $(B-V) \sim 0.3-0.5$ for NGC7078. Furthermore, the ages of both clusters were calculated based on the magnitudes of stars at the positions of the main-sequence turnoff. We found that their ages are different from the previous studies, although in the same order of Gyr. For further detailed analysis, the effect of extinction due to interstellar medium should be taken into consideration.

Primary author

Kamolporn Haewsantati (Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand)

Co-author

Suwicha Wannawichian (Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand)

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