Jeffries, RD and Oliveira, JM (2005) The Lithium Depletion Boundary in NGC 2547 as a test of pre-main-sequence evolutionary models. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 358 (1). 13 -29. ISSN 1365-2966

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Intermediate resolution spectroscopy from the ESO Very Large Telescope is analysed for 63 photometrically selected low-mass (0.08-0.30 Msun) candidates of the open cluster NGC 2547. We have confirmed membership for most of these stars using radial velocities, and found that lithium remains undepleted for cluster stars with I>17.54+/-0.14 and K_{s}>14.86+/-0.12. From these results, several pre-main-sequence evolutionary models give almost model independent ages of 34-36 Myr, with a precision of 10 per cent. These ages are only slightly larger than the ages of 25-35 (+/-5) Myr obtained using the same models to fit isochrones to higher mass stars descending towards the zero age main sequence (ZAMS), both in empirically calibrated and theoretical colour-magnitude diagrams. This agreement between age determinations in different mass ranges is an excellent test of the current generation of low-mass pre-main sequence stellar models and lends confidence to ages determined with either method between 30 and 120 Myr.

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Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2005 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: stars, abundancies, late-type stars
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 14:36
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 12:42

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