Deep near-IR photometry of eight metal-poor globular clusters in the Galactic bulge and halo

J.-W. Kim, A. Kang, J. Rhee, H.-I. Kim, Y.-C. Kim, D.-G. Kim, C. Chung, S.-I. Han, M.-S. Chun, Y.-J. Sohn

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Abstract

High quality J, H and K' images are used to investigate the morphological properties of the near-infrared color-magnitude diagrams for five metal-poor bulge globular clusters and three halo clusters. Photometric parameters to describe the RGB shape, i.e., the colors at fixed magnitudes of M_K=M_H=(-5.5, -5, -4 and -3), the magnitudes at fixed colors of (J-K)o = (J-H)o = 0.70, and the RGB slope, have been measured from the fiducial normal points of the CMDs. We also measured the near-infrared magnitudes of the RGB bump and tip on the luminosity function of the RGB stars for each cluster. The RGB parameters of the observed metal-poor bulge and halo clusters are consistent with the previous empirical relationships between the RGB parameters and the cluster metallicity for metal-rich bulge clusters and halo clusters. The near-infrared magnitudes of the RGB bump and tip are in good agreement with the theoretical prediction of the Yonsei-Yale isochrone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-509
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume459
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

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    Kim, J-W., Kang, A., Rhee, J., Kim, H-I., Kim, Y-C., Kim, D-G., Chung, C., Han, S-I., Chun, M-S., & Sohn, Y-J. (2006). Deep near-IR photometry of eight metal-poor globular clusters in the Galactic bulge and halo. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 459(2), 499-509. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20065007