An asteroseismic membership study of the red giants in three open clusters observed by Kepler: NGC6791, NGC6819, and NGC6811

The Astrophysical Journal (Impact Factor: 5.99). 07/2011; 739(1). DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/739/1/13
Source: arXiv


Studying star clusters offers significant advances in stellar astrophysics
due to the combined power of having many stars with essentially the same
distance, age, and initial composition. This makes clusters excellent test
benches for verification of stellar evolution theory. To fully exploit this
potential, it is vital that the star sample is uncontaminated by stars that are
not members of the cluster. Techniques for determining cluster membership
therefore play a key role in the investigation of clusters. We present results
on three clusters in the Kepler field of view based on a newly established
technique that uses asteroseismology to identify fore- or background stars in
the field, which demonstrates advantages over classical methods such as
kinematic and photometry measurements. Four previously identified seismic
non-members in NGC6819 are confirmed in this study, and three additional
non-members are found -- two in NGC6819 and one in NGC6791. We further
highlight which stars are, or might be, affected by blending, which needs to be
taken into account when analysing these Kepler data.

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