Optical multicolor polarization observations in the region of the open cluster NGC 5749

 

Autores
Vergne, Maria Marcela; Feinstein Baigorri, Carlos; Martinez, Ruben Enrique
Tipo de recurso
artículo
Estado
Versión publicada
Año de publicación
2007
País
Argentina
Institución
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
Repositorio
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Descripción
We present (UBVRI) multicolor linear polarimetric data for 31 of the brightest stars in the area of the open cluster NGC 5749 considered to study the properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) towards the cluster. Our data yield a mean polarization percentage of PV ∼ 1.7%, close to the polarization value produced by the ISM with normal efficiency (P(%) = 3.5E(B−V) 0.8 ) for a mean color excess of EB−V = 0.42. The mean angle of polarization vectors, θ = 74◦, agrees quite well with the expected angle produced by dust particles aligned in the direction of the galactic disk (and the magnetic field) in the region. Our analysis indicates that the visual absorption affecting the stars in NGC 5749 is partially produced by a dust layer located up to 300 pc from the Sun and also by a second layer of dust closer to the cluster (located at least at 700 pc). The observed photometry and our polarization data are consistent with the existence of dust within the cluster. We also show in this work how polarimetry could be an excellent technique for identifying nonmember stars.
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OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/44582
Enlace del recurso
http://hdl.handle.net/11336/44582
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Acceso abierto
Materia
Open clusters
Interstellar medium
Polarimetry
Astronomía
Ciencias Físicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS