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|Title:||Chemical Analysis of Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars in M62||Authors:||Lapenna, E.
Ferraro, F. R.
|Issue Date:||2015||Journal:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL||Number:||813||Issue:||2||First Page:||97||Abstract:||We have collected UVES-FLAMES high-resolution spectra for a sample of 6 asymptotic giant branch (AGB) and 13 red giant branch (RGB) stars in the Galactic globular cluster (GC) M62 (NGC 6266). Here we present the detailed abundance analysis of iron, titanium, and light elements (O, Na, Mg, and Al). For the majority (five out of six) of the AGB targets, we find that the abundances of both iron and titanium determined from neutral lines are significantly underestimated with respect to those obtained from ionized features, the latter being, instead, in agreement with those measured for the RGB targets. This is similar to recent findings in other clusters and may suggest the presence of nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium (NLTE) effects. In the O-Na, Al-Mg, and Na-Al planes, the RGB stars show the typical correlations observed for GC stars. Instead, all the AGB targets are clumped in the regions where first-generation stars are expected to lie, similar to what was recently found for the AGB population of NGC 6752. While the sodium and aluminum abundances could be underestimated as a consequence of the NLTE bias affecting iron and titanium, the oxygen line used does not suffer from the same effects, and the lack of O-poor AGB stars therefore is a solid result. We can thus conclude that none of the investigated AGB stars belongs to the second stellar generation of M62. We also find an RGB star with extremely high sodium abundance ([Na/Fe] = +1.08 dex). <P />Based on observations collected at the ESO-VLT (Cerro Paranal, Chile) under program 193.D-0232. Also based on observations (GO10120 and GO11609) with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by AURA, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.||Acknowledgments:||This research is part of the project Cosmic-Lab (see http://www.cosmic-lab.eu ) funded by the European Research Council (under contract ERC-2010-AdG-267675). L.O. acknowledges the financial support from PRIN-INAF 2014. We warmly thank the anonymous referee for suggestions that helped improve the paper.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/24030||URL:||https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/813/2/97||ISSN:||0004-637X||DOI:||10.1088/0004-637X/813/2/97||Bibcode ADS:||2015ApJ...813...97L||Fulltext:||open|
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