We present accurate new ultraviolet and optical BVI photometry for the Galactic globular cluster NGC 2808 based on both ground-based and archival Hubble Space telescope imagery. From this we have selected a sample of similar to 2000 Horizontal Branch (HB) stars; given the extensive wavelength range considered and the combination of both high angular resolution and wide-field photometric coverage, our sample should be minimally biased. We divide the HB stars into three radial bins and find that the relative fractions of cool, hot, and extreme HB stars do not change radically when moving from the center to the outskirts of the cluster: the difference is typically smaller than similar to 2 sigma. These results argue against the presence of strong radial differentiation among any stellar subpopulations having distinctly different helium abundances. The ratio between HB and red giant (RG) stars brighter than the ZAHB steadily increases when moving from the innermost to the outermost cluster regions. The difference is larger than similar to 4 sigma and indicates a deficiency of bright RGs in the outskirts of the cluster.
|Autori:||Iannicola G; Monelli M; Bono G; Stetson PB; Buonanno R; Calamida A; Zoccali M; Caputo F; Castellani M; Corsi CE; Dall'Ora M; Di Cecco A; Degl'Innocenti S; Ferraro I; Nonino M; Pietrinferni A; Pulone L; Prada Moroni P.G.; Romaniello M; Sanna N; Walker AR|
|Titolo:||ON THE RADIAL DISTRIBUTION OF HORIZONTAL BRANCH STARS IN NGC 2808|
|Anno del prodotto:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/0004-637X/696/2/L120|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|