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2012MNRAS.419...14C - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 419, 14-28 (2012/January-1)

Outer density profiles of 19 galactic globular clusters from deep and wide-field imaging.


Abstract (from CDS):

Using deep photometric data from Wide Field Camera at the Isaac Newton Telescope and Wide Field Imager at the ESO 2.2-m telescope we measure the outer number density profiles of 19 stellar clusters located in the inner region of the Milky Way halo (within a Galactocentric distance range of 10-30 kpc) in order to assess the impact of internal and external dynamical processes on the spatial distribution of stars. Adopting power-law fitting templates, with index -γ in the outer region, we find that the clusters in our sample can be divided in two groups: a group of massive clusters ( ≥ 105 M) that has relatively flat profiles with 2.5 < γ < 4, and a group of low-mass clusters ( ≤ 105 M), with steep profiles (γ > 4) and clear signatures of interaction with the Galactic tidal field. We refer to these two groups as `tidally unaffected' and `tidally affected', respectively. Our results also show a clear trend between the slope of the outer parts and the half-mass density of these systems, which suggests that the outer density profiles may retain key information on the dominant processes driving the dynamical evolution of globular clusters.

Abstract Copyright: 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society2011 RAS

Journal keyword(s): methods: observational - techniques: photometric - stars: Population II - globular clusters: general

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