The Maitzen photometric system

Basic Reference

Maitzen H.M. 1976, Astron. Astrophys. 51, 223


For a statistical investigation of the broad-band flux depression in the visible spectra of Ap and related stars, a five filter photometric system was used conatining Strögren vby and two intermediate band filters g1 at lambda 5020 Å and g2 at lambda 5240 Å. Three indices were observed for 93 Ap, 23 Am 8 Hg-Mn and 57 normal A stars (9 of this sample are members of the Ap rich open cluster NGC 2516). (b-y) as temperature indicator, m1 as lambda 4100 Å depression parameter and a1 = g2 - (g1 + y) / 2 which is proposed as new photometric index for the flux depression at lambda 5200 Å. It is shown that a can be neasured with higher accuracy than the other parameters and that it is possible to assign Ap character to stars with excess values in a (compared to a-values of normal A stars). Contrary to m1 the a-values of Am and Hg-Mn stars are essentially normal. Virtually all Ap stars with (b-y) < 0.1 have peculiar a-values.


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Asiago Database on Photometric System (ADPS)

Indices and Parameters

a, Da, Da0


g1 and g2 are Schott (IL) interference filters

The parameters are defined by :

where a0 = a0(b-y) for normal stars.


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