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Paper: SBF: Multi-Wavelength Data and Models
Volume: 374, From Stars to Galaxies: Building the Pieces to Build Up the Universe
Page: 401
Authors: Cantiello, M.; Raimondo, G.; Blakeslee, J.P.; Brocato, E.; Capaccioli, M.
Abstract: Recent applications have proved that the Surface Brightness Fluctuations (SBF) technique is a reliable distance indicator in a wide range of distances, and a promising tool to analyze the physical and chemical properties of unresolved stellar systems, in terms of their metallicity and age. We present the preliminary results of a project aimed at studying the evolutionary properties and distance of the stellar populations in external galaxies based on the SBF method.

On the observational side, we have succeeded in detecting I-band SBF gradients in six bright ellipticals imaged with the ACS, for these same objects we are now presenting also B-band SBF data. These B-band data are the first fluctuations magnitude measurements for galaxies beyond 10 Mpc.

To analyze the properties of stellar populations from the data, accurate SBF models are essential. As a part of this project, we have evaluated SBF magnitudes from Simple Stellar Population (SSP) models specifically optimized for the purpose. A wide range of chemical compositions and ages, as well as different choices of the photometric system have been investigated. All models are available at the Teramo-Stellar Populations Tools web site:

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