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2006ApJ...648.1026W - Astrophys. J., 648, 1026-1036 (2006/September-2)

The blue straggler population of the globular cluster M5: comparison with M3.

WARREN S.R., SANDQUIST E.L. and BOLTE M.

Abstract (from CDS):

We have surveyed the blue straggler star population of the Galactic globular cluster M5 using high-resolution images of the core along with wide-field ground-based images reaching to more than 19 core radii. To gauge M5's relative efficiency of producing stragglers, we compared our sample to five studies of other globular clusters. Using a bright'' sample selected in the same way as that of Ferraro and coworkers, we found a bimodal radial distribution similar to those found in three other luminous clusters. When the radial distributions for different clusters are scaled using the core radius, there is good cluster-to-cluster agreement in the size of the core straggler sample and the center of the zone of avoidance.'' However, M5 has the smallest fraction of stragglers in the zone of avoidance of any of the clusters measured to date, and its zone of avoidance appears to be wider (in r/r_c_) than that of M3, which has a very similar surface brightness profile. Both of these facts indicate that M5's straggler population has dynamically evolved to a larger extent than M3's. Using an ultraviolet sample from Hubble Space Telescope selected in the same way as that of Ferraro and coworkers, we find that the frequency of blue stragglers in M5 is lower than in all but two of the clusters examined. We also identified seven bright blue stragglers that were previously misidentified as HB stars by Sandquist & Bolte. These bright stragglers are most likely the result of stellar collisions involving binary stars.

Journal keyword(s): Stars: Blue Stragglers - Galaxy: Globular Clusters: General - Galaxy: Globular Clusters: Individual: Messier Number: M5 - Galaxy: Globular Clusters: Individual: Messier Number: M3

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/648/1026): table2.dat>

Nomenclature: Table 2: Cl* NGC 5904 BBSS CNN (Nos C1-C48), Cl* NGC 5904 FBSS CNN (Nos C49-C95), Cl* NGC 5904 BBSS GNN (Nos G1-G11), Cl* NGC 5904 FBSS GNN (Nos G12-G24). Table 3: Cl* NGC 5904 NHBS N (Nos 1-3).

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