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A&A Supplement series, Vol. 122, April I 1997, 51-77

Received April 16; accepted June 26, 1996

A calibration of Geneva photometry for B to G stars in terms of tex2html_wrap_inline2980, log g and [M/H]

M. Künzlitex2html_wrap2998 - P. Northtex2html_wrap3000 - R.L. Kurucztex2html_wrap3002 - B. Nicolettex2html_wrap3004

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tex2html_wrap3006  Institut d'Astronomie de l'Université de Lausanne, CH-1290 Chavannes-des-Bois, Switzerland
tex2html_wrap3008  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap3010  Observatoire de Genève, CH-1290 Sauverny, Switzerland


We have used recent Kurucz models and numerous standard stars to improve the calibration of the Geneva photometric system proposed a few years ago. A new photometric diagram for the classification of intermediate stars (tex2html_wrap_inline2986) is proposed and fills a gap that the previous calibration had left open. Evidence is given for a clear inadequacy of the new Kurucz models in the region of the parameter space where convection begins to take over radiation in the star's atmosphere. This problem makes the determination of the surface gravity difficult, but leaves that of the other parameters apparently unaffected. The determination of metallicity is considerably improved, thanks to the homogeneous spectroscopic data published recently by Edvardsson et al. (1993). Instead of showing the traditional diagrams, we chose to publish the diagrams of the physical parameters with the inverted grids inside, i.e. the lines of constant photometric parameters

keywords: stars: general; atmospheres; fundamental parameters

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