Absolute Magnitude Calibration for Red Giants Based on the Colour-Magnitude Diagrams of Galactic Clusters. III. Calibration with 2MASS

Karaali S., Bilir S., Gokce E. Y.

PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA, vol.30, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/pasa.2012.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: globular clusters: individual (M13, M71, M92), open clusters and associations: individual (M67, NGC 6791), stars: distances, red giants, BVI PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEMS, CCD PHOTOMETRY, STELLAR POPULATION, METAL-RICH, HIPPARCOS PARALLAXES, GLOBULAR-CLUSTERS, STAR COUNTS, SDSS, AGES, TRANSFORMATIONS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


We present two absolute magnitude calibrations, M-J and M-Ks, for red giants with the colour-magnitude diagrams of five Galactic clusters with different metallicities, i.e. M92, M13, M71, M67, and NGC 6791. The combination of the absolute magnitudes of the red giant sequences with the corresponding metallicities provides calibration for absolute magnitude estimation for red giants for a given colour. The calibrations for M-J and M-Ks are defined in the colour intervals 1.3 <= (V - J)(0) <= 2.8 and 1.75 <= (V - K-s)(0) <= 3.80 mag, respectively, and they cover the metallicity interval -2.15 <= [Fe/H] <= +0.37 dex. The absolute magnitude residuals obtained by the application of the procedure to another set of Galactic clusters lie in the intervals -0.08 < Delta M-J <= +0.34 and -0.10 < Delta M-Ks <= +0.27 mag for M-J and M-Ks, respectively. The means and standard deviations of the residuals are = 0.137 and sigma(MJ) = 0.080, and = 0.109 and sigma(MKs) = 0.123 mag. The derived relations are applicable to stars older than 4 Gyr, the age of the youngest calibrating cluster.