The VMC survey: XII. Star cluster candidates in the large magellanic cloud

A.E. Piatti, R. Guandalini, V.D. Ivanov, S. Rubele, M.R.L. Cioni, R. De Grijs, Bi-Qing For, G. Clementini, V. Ripepi, P. Anders, J.M. Oliveira

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    Abstract

    © 2014 ESO. Context. In this work we analyse colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of catalogued star clusters located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), from a YJKs photometric data set obtained by the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) survey of the Magellanic Clouds system (VMC). Aims. We studied a total of 98 objects of small angular size, typically ~11.6 pc in diameter projected towards both uncrowded tile LMC 8-8 and crowded tile LMC 5-5. They populate relatively crowded LMC fields with significant fluctuations in the stellar density, the luminosity function, and the colour distribution as well as uncrowded fields. This cluster sample is aimed at actually probing our performance in reaching the CMD features of clusters with different ages in crowded and uncrowded fields. Methods. We applied a subtraction procedure to statistically clean the cluster CMDs from field star contamination. We then matched theoretical isochrones to the background-subtracted CMDs to determine the ages and metallicities of the clusters. Results. We estimated the ages of 65 clusters, which resulted to be in the age range 7.3
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)A74 (16 pages)
    JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
    Volume570
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Piatti, A. E., Guandalini, R., Ivanov, V. D., Rubele, S., Cioni, M. R. L., De Grijs, R., For, B-Q., Clementini, G., Ripepi, V., Anders, P., & Oliveira, J. M. (2014). The VMC survey: XII. Star cluster candidates in the large magellanic cloud. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 570, A74 (16 pages). https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201424175