Stellar luminosity function, already recognized as an age indicator for old galactic globular clusters, can be used to constrain the age of younger stellar systems like the nearby dwarf spheroidal Leo I. We compare the observed luminosity function of Leo I, presented by Lee et al. 1993, with theoretical expectations for three selected ages, 1, 1.5 and 2 billion years, deriving an age of about 1.5 Gyr. This result does not appear critically affected by assumptions about the cluster distance modulus or the Initial Mass Function.
|Autori:||Caputo F; Castellani V; Degl'Innocenti S|
|Titolo:||Stellar luminosity function as an age indicator for the dwarf spheroidal Leo I|
|Anno del prodotto:||1996|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|