Stellar atmospheric parameters and the IR Caii triplet
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- Terlevich, E., Díaz, A.I. & Terlevich, R. Astrophys Space Sci (1989) 157: 15. doi:10.1007/BF00637305
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The IR Caii triplet at λλ8498, 8542, 8662 Å, relatively easy to observe and measure and free from atmospheric absorption bands, is a powerful tool for the study of the stellar populations in galaxies, provided that we can understand its behaviour with the stellar parameters: effective temperature, surface gravity and metal content. We present here the results of CCD spectroscopic observations for a sample of 86 stars covering a wide range in luminosity, effective temperature and metallicity (from subdwarfs to supergiants and −2.70≤[F3/H]≤0.43), in order to establish the dependence of the IR Caii triplet on stellar atmosphere parameters. We do not confirm previous results giving the main dependence on surface gravity. We find instead a bi-parametric dependence on metallicity and surface gravity, and no dependence on effective temperature.