In this paper we apply a Bayesian technique to determine the best fit of stellar evolution models to find the main sequence turn off age and other cluster parameters of four intermediate-age open clusters: NGC 2360, NGC 2477, NGC 2660, and NGC 3960. Our algorithm utilizes a Markov chain Monte Carlo technique to fit these various parameters, objectively finding the best-fit isochrone for each cluster. The result is a high-precision isochrone fit. We compare these results with the those of traditional “by-eye” isochrone fitting methods. By applying this Bayesian technique to NGC 2360, NGC 2477, NGC 2660, and NGC 3960, we determine the ages of these clusters to be 1.35 ± 0.05, 1.02 ± 0.02, 1.64 ± 0.04, and 0.860 ± 0.04 Gyr, respectively. The results of this paper continue our effort to determine cluster ages to higher precision than that offered by these traditional methods of isochrone fitting.
The Astrophysical journal
The American Astronomical Society, The Institute of Physics
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Jeffery, E., von Hippel, T., van Dyk, D. A., Stenning, D. C., Robinson, E., Sten, N., & Jefferys, W. H. (2018). A Bayesian Analysis of the Ages of Four Open Clusters. The Astrophysical journal, 828(2). https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/828/2/79