The [ITAL]BHK[/ITAL] Color Diagram: A Tool to Study Young Stellar Populations

Daniel Devost
1999 Astronomical Journal  
A new method to derive age differences between the various super star clusters observed in starburst galaxies using the two color diagram (B-H) vs (H-K) is presented. This method offers a quick and easy way to differentiate very young and intermediate age stellar populations even if data on extinction are unavailable. In this case, discrimination of regions younger and older than 4 Myr is feasible. With the availability of data on extinction, the time resolution can be improved significantly.
more » ... e application of the method to the starbursting system Arp 299 is presented. The validity of the method is confirmed by comparing the equivalent width of the H-alpha line with the chronological map of the northern part of NGC 3690.
doi:10.1086/300913 fatcat:fr437fur35c65ez54fueck5viy