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Astron. Astrophys. 341, 539-546 (1999)

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High-resolution abundance analysis of two individual stars of the bulge globular cluster NGC 6553 *

B. Barbuy 1, A. Renzini 2, S. Ortolani 3, E. Bica 4 and M.D. Guarnieri 2

1 Universidade de São Paulo, CP 3386, São Paulo 01060-970, Brazil
2 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild Strasse 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany
3 Università di Padova, Dept. di Astronomia, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova, Italy
4 Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Dept. de Astronomia, CP 15051, Porto Alegre 91500-970, Brazil

Received 14 August 1998 / Accepted 22 September 1998


A detailed abundance analysis of 2 giants of the metal-rich bulge globular cluster NGC 6553 was carried out using high resolution échelle spectra obtained at the ESO 3.6m telescope.

The temperature calibration of metal-rich cool giants needs high quality photometric data. We have obtained JK photometry at ESO and VI photometry with the Hubble Space Telescope for NGC 6553. The main purpose of this analysis consists in the determination of elemental abundance ratios for this key bulge cluster, as a basis for the fundamental calibration of metal-rich populations. The present analysis provides a metallicity [Fe/H] = [FORMULA] which, combined to overabundances relative to Fe of several elements, results in an overall metallicity Z [FORMULA] [FORMULA].

Key words: stars: abundances – Galaxy: globular clusters: individual: NGC 6553

* Observations collected at the European Southern Observatory - ESO, Chile

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1999

Online publication: December 4, 1998