Journal Article

The influence of binary interactions on infrared passbands of populations

Fenghui Zhang, Lifang Li and Zhanwen Han

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 396, issue 1, pages 276-290
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.14280.x
The influence of binary interactions on infrared passbands of populations

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In our evolutionary population synthesis models, samples of binaries are reproduced by a ‘patched’ Monte Carlo simulation and the stellar masses, integrated J, H, K, L, L2 and M magnitudes, mass-to-light ratios and broad colours involving infrared bands are presented for an extensive set of instantaneous-burst binary stellar populations. In addition, the fluctuations in the integrated colours, which have been given by Zhang et al., are reduced.

By comparing the results for binary stellar populations with (Model A) and without (Model B) binary interactions, we show that the inclusion of binary interactions makes the stellar mass of a binary stellar population smaller (∼3.6–4.5 per cent during the past 15 Gyr), magnitudes greater (except U, ∼ 0.18 mag at the most), colours bluer (∼0.15 mag for VK at the most) and mass-to-light ratios greater (∼0.06 for K band) except those in the U and B passbands at higher metallicities. Binary interactions make the V magnitude less sensitive to age, and R and I magnitudes more sensitive to metallicity.

Given an age, the absolute values of the differences in the stellar mass, magnitudes and mass-to-light ratios (except those in the U and B bands) between Models A and B reach a maximum at Z= 0.0001, i.e. the effects of binary interactions on these parameters reach a maximum, while the differences in some colours reach a maximum at Z∼ 0.01–0.0004. In contrast, the absolute value of the difference in the stellar mass is minimal at Z= 0.03; those in the U, B, V magnitudes and the mass-to-light ratios in the U and B bands reach a minimum at Z∼ 0.01–0.004.

Keywords: binaries: general; stars: evolution; galaxies: clusters: general

Journal Article.  6896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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