No evidence of chemical abundance variations in the intermediate-age cluster NGC 1783

Hao Zhang, Richard De Grijs, Chengyuan Li, Xiaohan Wu

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We have analyzed multi-passband photometric observations, obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope, of the massive (1.8 × 105 M o), intermediate-age (1.8 Gyr-old) Large Magellanic Cloud star cluster NGC 1783. The morphology of the cluster's red giant branch does not exhibit a clear broadening beyond its intrinsic width; the observed width is consistent with that owing to photometric uncertainties alone and independent of the photometric selection boundaries we applied to obtain our sample of red giant stars. The color dispersion of the cluster's red giant stars around the best-fitting ridgeline is 0.062 ±0.009 mag, which is equivalent to the width of 0.080 ±0.001 mag derived from artificial simple stellar population tests, that is, tests based on single-age, single-metallicity stellar populations. NGC 1783 is comparably as massive as other star clusters that show clear evidence of multiple stellar populations. After incorporating mass-loss recipes from its current age of 1.8 Gyr to an age of 6 Gyr, NGC 1783 is expected to remain as massive as some other clusters that host clear multiple populations at these intermediate ages. If we were to assume that mass is an important driver of multiple population formation, then NGC 1783 should have exhibited clear evidence of chemical abundance variations. However, our results support the absence of any chemical abundance variations in NGC 1783.

Original languageEnglish
Article number186
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • galaxies: individual (Large Magellanic Cloud)
  • globular clusters: individual (NGC 1783)
  • Hertzsprung-Russell and C-M diagrams
  • stars: abundances


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