Recent observations have shown that a growing number of the most massive Galactic globular clusters contain multiple populations of stars with different [Fe/H] and neutron-capture element abundances. NGC 6273 has only recently been recognized as a member of this "iron-complex" cluster class, and we provide here a chemical and kinematic analysis of >300 red giant branch and asymptotic giant branch member stars using high-resolution spectra obtained with the Magellan-M2FS and VLT-FLAMES instruments. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that NGC 6273 possesses an intrinsic metallicity spread that ranges from about [Fe/H] = -2 to -1 dex, and may include at least three populations with different [Fe/H] values. The three populations identified here contain separate first (Na/Al-poor) and second (Na/Al-rich) generation stars, but a Mg-Al anti-correlation may only be present in stars with [Fe/H] ≥ -1.65. The strong correlation between [La/Eu] and [Fe/H] suggests that the s-process must have dominated the heavy element enrichment at higher metallicities. A small group of stars with low [α/Fe] is identified and may have been accreted from a former surrounding field star population. The cluster's large abundance variations are coupled with a complex, extended, and multimodal blue horizontal branch (HB). The HB morphology and chemical abundances suggest that NGC 6273 may have an origin that is similar to ω Cen and M54.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Feb 20 2017|
- globular clusters: general
- globular clusters: individual (NGC 6273, M19)
- stars: abundances Supporting material: machine-readable table
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science
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Abundances & RVs for stars near (or in) NGC6273
Johnson, C. I. (Creator), Caldwell, N. (Creator), Rich, R. M. (Creator), Mateo, M. (Creator), Bailey, J. I. (Contributor), Clarkson, W. I. (Creator), Olszewski, E. W. (Creator) & Walker, M. G. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2017
DOI: 10.26093/cds/vizier.18360168, https://cdsarc.cds.unistra.fr/viz-bin/cat/J/ApJ/836/168