Institute of Astronomy

A Search for Very Old Stars

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Jayant Narlikar (IUCAA)2 June 2010Institute of Astronomy Seminars

Abstract

This seminar will describe a joint work by Vijay Mohan, Nando Patat, Ken Freeman and the speaker to look for stars around 20 Gyr old. The cosmological significance of such a search will be described first, including an alternative cosmology which allows arbitrarily old stars to exist. The search for old stars is carried out in the LMC and colour magnitude diagrams of stars are used to estimate their ages. A group of stars possibly lying close to a subgiant branch of the CMD is identified as likely old stars. Alternative explanations of this group in terms off younger systems are discussed and future tests are proposed to decide between these alternatives.

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