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Reconciling the galactic bulge turnoff age discrepancy with enhanced helium enrichment

Nataf, David; Gould, A


We show that the factor 2 discrepancy between spectroscopic and photometric age determinations of the Galactic bulge main-sequence turnoff can be naturally explained by positing an elevated helium enrichment for the bulge relative to that assumed by standard isochrones. Helium enhancement relative to standard isochrones is confirmed at the 2.3σ level. We obtain an upper bound on the helium enrichment for the metal-rich ([Fe/H] +0.30) stars of ΔY +0.11 relative to canonical expectations, given...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Astrophysical Journal Letters
DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/751/2/L39


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