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Stellar Populations

  • Rosemary F. G. Wyse

Abstract

Stellar populations encode the star-formation history and chemical evolution of a system. This chapter reviews the development of the concept of stellar populations and the current understanding of the resolved stellar populations in the Local Group, with an emphasis on the older stars and serves to introduce the topics of several later chapters.

Keywords

Galaxies: formation Galaxy: evolution Galaxy: structure Stars: abundances Stars: kinematics 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge support through grants AST-0908326 and CDI-1124403 from the National Science Foundation. I thank the Aspen Center for Physics, supported by NSF Grant 1066293, for hospitality while I completed this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary F. G. Wyse
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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