Publication Date: 2006.
We present new polarimetric UBVRI observations of 25 stars in the direction of the halo of NGC 6611, the rich stellar open cluster embedded in an ionized hydrogen complex (M16). Our plan is to characterize the interstellar material (ISM) associated with halo stars in order to make a comparison with the ISM dusty core characteristics that resulted from a previous investigation by the same authors. Of the halo stars, 47% (8 out of 17) show indications of intrinsic polarization in their light, similar to what was found for core stars (50%). We have identified the presence of nearby dust clouds located on the Local arm that produce a mean polarization of about 1%; a value = 0.61 ± 0.07 μm, which is slightly larger than that of the average ISM; and a mean direction of the polarization vectors of = 81fdg9 ± 1fdg8. The ISM associated with the halo region has similar to the general interstellar medium (0.55 ± 0.07 μm). The observed polarizations show a gradual increase from halo ( = 1.93% ± 0.3%) to core ( = 3.19% ± 0.63%). Position angles of the e-vector for both groups are generally similar, but there exists a slight difference in mean direction between them that is within the errors. We have also found that the halo stars are possibly represented by Whittet & van Breda's relationship, while in the cluster's core the dust does not fulfill the above-mentioned relationship. As a conclusion, we cannot find any clear difference between core and halo dust characteristics, with the exception of , which may suggest a change in dust size.
Author affiliation: Orsatti, Ana Maria. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - La Plata. Instituto de Astrofísica La Plata. Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas. Instituto de Astrofísica la Plata; Argentina
Author affiliation: Vega, Ema Irene. Universidad Nacional de la Plata. Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Author affiliation: Marraco, Hugo Gustavo. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
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