Application of the infrared flux method to globular cluster stars. The M 3 giant branch

Arribas, S.; Martinez Roger, C.
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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ISSN 0004-6361), vol. 178, no. 1-2, May 1987, p. 106-113.

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The authors present optical and near infrared photometry, covering from 0.36 to 2.3 microns, for a wide sample of red giant stars in the globular cluster M3. These measurements are used to make a first attempt in order to apply the Infrared Flux Method to obtain the observational (L - Teff) diagram for cluster stars. The peculiarities of the method for this particular application are discussed. The estimated errors in Teff are ±100K and most of the uncertainty present in the luminosities is due to distance errors. From a comparison with the theoretical evolutionary tracks (Rood, 1972), a variation in the mixing length parameter seems necessary to situate the mean red giant branch in a position in accordance to previous metallicity estimations.