Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3612 (David M. Nataf)

The Age and Helium Abundance of the Galactic Bulge    [PDF]

David M. Nataf
I discuss the age and helium abundance of the Galactic bulge stellar population. I present examples as to how age and helium abundance can be degenerate observationally, and thus, how unstated assumptions of the helium-metallicity relation can result in biased age-metallicity determinations. I summarise efforts to tackle this degeneracy using the red giant branch bump, forward modelling of microlensing selection effects, and direct mass and metallicity measurements of stars along the red giant branch. I make the case that the degeneracy between these two parameters can be resolved in the near future.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3612

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