The Hubble Space Telescope UV Legacy Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters. IV. Helium content and relative age of multiple stellar populations within NGC 6352 [SSA]

In this paper we combine WFC3/UVIS F275W, F336W, and F438W data from the “UV Legacy Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters: Shedding Light on Their Populations and Formation” (GO-13297) HST Treasury program with F606W, F625W, F658N, and F814W ACS archive data for a multi-wavelength study of the globular cluster NGC 6352. In the color-magnitude and two-color diagrams obtained with appropriate combination of the photometry in the different bands we separate two distinct stellar populations and trace them from the main sequence to the subgiant, red giant, horizontal and asymptotic giant branches. We infer that the two populations differ in He by Delta Y=0.029+/-0.006. With a new method, we also estimate the age difference between the two sequences. Assuming no difference in [Fe/H] and [alpha/Fe], and the uncertainties on Delta Y, we found a difference in age between the two populations of 10+/-120 Myr. If we assume [Fe/H] and [alpha/Fe] differences of 0.02 dex (well within the uncertainties of spectroscopic measurements), the total uncertainty in the relative age rises to ~300 Myr.

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D. Nardiello, G. Piotto, A. Milone, et. al.
Thu, 30 Apr 15

Comments: 12 pages, 6 figures (3 at low resolution), 3 tables. Accepted for publication in MNRAS on April 29, 2015