Adriano Pietrinferni

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This paper is the 4th in a series describing the latest additions to the BaSTI stellar evolution database, which consists of a large set of homogeneous models and tools for population synthesis studies, covering ages between 30 Myr and ∼20 Gyr and 11 values of Z (total metallicity). Here we present a new set of low and high resolution synthetic spectra(More)
Having shown in a recent paper that the main sequence of ω Centauri is split into two distinct branches, we now present spectroscopic results showing that the bluer sequence is less metal-poor. We have carefully combined GIRAFFE@VLT spectra of 17 stars on each side of the split into a single spectrum for each branch, with adequate S/N to show clearly that(More)
Stellar Astrophysics and in particular stellar evolutionary computations are extremely important to face a wealth of astrophysical problems, but they are also extremely demanding in terms of computing power and data storage. The Bag of Stellar Tracks and Isochrones (BaSTI) database is a theoretical astrophysical catalogue that collects fundamental data sets(More)
We present a new calibration of the Stroemgren metallicity index m 1 using red giant (RG) stars in a sample of Galactic globular clusters (GGCs: M92, M13, NGC 1851, 47 Tuc) that cover a broad range in metallicity (−2.2 ≤ [Fe/H] ≤ −0.7), are marginally affected by reddening uncertainties (E(B–V) ≤ 0.04) and for which accurate u, v, b, y Stroemgren photometry(More)
We investigate the distribution of stars along the Horizontal Branch of the Galactic globular cluster NGC 1851, to shed light on the progeny of the two distinct Subgiant Branch populations harbored by this cluster. On the basis of detailed synthetic Horizontal Branch modelling, we conclude that the two subpopulations are distributed in different regions of(More)
We present distance modulus and reddening determinations for 72 Galactic globular clusters from the homogeneous photometric database of Piotto et al. (2002), calibrated to the HST flight F439W and F555W bands. The distances have been determined by comparison with theoretical absolute magnitudes of the ZAHB. For low and intermediate metallicity clusters, we(More)
High precision photometry and spectroscopy of low–mass stars reveal a variety of properties standard stellar evolution cannot predict. Rotation, an essential ingredient of stellar evolution, is a step towards resolving the discrepancy between model predictions and observations. The first rotating stellar model, continuously tracing a low–mass star from the(More)
We review the theory of electron-conduction opacity, a fundamental ingredient in the computation of low-mass stellar models; shortcomings and limitations of the existing calculations used in stellar evolution are discussed. We then present new determinations of the electron-conduction opacity in stellar conditions for an arbitrary chemical composition that(More)