Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 604A, 120-120 (2017/8-1)
Near-IR period-luminosity relations for pulsating stars in ω Centauri (NGC 5139).
NAVARRETE C., CATELAN M., CONTRERAS RAMOS R., ALONSO-GARCIA J., GRAN F., DEKANY I. and MINNITI D.
Abstract (from CDS):
Aims. The globular cluster ω Centauri (NGC 5139) hosts hundreds of pulsating variable stars of different types, thus representing a treasure trove for studies of their corresponding period-luminosity (PL) relations. Our goal in this study is to obtain the PL relations for RR Lyrae and SX Phoenicis stars in the field of the cluster, based on high-quality, well-sampled light curves in the near-infrared (IR).
Methods. Observations were carried out using the VISTA InfraRed CAMera (VIRCAM) mounted on the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). A total of 42 epochs in J and 100 epochs in KS were obtained, spanning 352 days. Point-spread function photometry was performed using DoPhot and DAOPHOT crowded-field photometry packages in the outer and inner regions of the cluster, respectively.
Results. Based on the comprehensive catalog of near-IR light curves thus secured, PL relations were obtained for the different types of pulsators in the cluster, both in the J and KS bands. This includes the first PL relations in the near-IR for fundamental-mode SX Phoenicis stars. The near-IR magnitudes and periods of Type II Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars were used to derive an updated true distance modulus to the cluster, with a resulting value of (m-M)0=13.708±0.035±0.10mag, where the error bars correspond to the adopted statistical and systematic errors, respectively. Adding the errors in quadrature, this is equivalent to a heliocentric distance of 5.52±0.27kpc.
© ESO, 2017
stars: variables: RR Lyrae - stars: variables: Cepheids - stars: variables: delta Scuti - infrared: stars - surveys - globular clusters: individual: NGC 5139 - globular clusters: individual: NGC 5139
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erratum vol. 606, art. C1 (2017)
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