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Properties of RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Borrisova, J; Minniti, Dante; Rejkuba, Marina; Alves, David R; Cook, Kem H; Freeman, Kenneth

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We present the radial velocities, metallicities and the K-band magnitudes of 74 RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the LMC. The intermediate resolution spectra and infrared images were obtained with FORS1 at the ESO VLT and with the SOFI infrared imager at the ESO NTT. The best 43 RR Lyrae with measured velocities yield an observed velocity dispersion of σ = 61 ± 7km s-1. We obtain a true LMC RR Lyrae velocity dispersion of σ = 53 km s-1, which is higher than the velocity dispersion of any...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBorrisova, J
dc.contributor.authorMinniti, Dante
dc.contributor.authorRejkuba, Marina
dc.contributor.authorAlves, David R
dc.contributor.authorCook, Kem H
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:50:11Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:50:11Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-6361
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/80689
dc.description.abstractWe present the radial velocities, metallicities and the K-band magnitudes of 74 RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the LMC. The intermediate resolution spectra and infrared images were obtained with FORS1 at the ESO VLT and with the SOFI infrared imager at the ESO NTT. The best 43 RR Lyrae with measured velocities yield an observed velocity dispersion of σ = 61 ± 7km s-1. We obtain a true LMC RR Lyrae velocity dispersion of σ = 53 km s-1, which is higher than the velocity dispersion of any other LMC population previously measured. This is the first empirical evidence for a kinematically hot, metal-poor halo in the LMC as discussed in Minniti et al. (2003). Using Layden's (1994) modification of the ΔS method we measured the metallicity for 23 of our stars. The mean value is [Fe/H] = -1.46 ± 0.09 dex. The absolute magnitudes Mv and M K of RR Lyrae stars are linear functions of metallicity. In the V band, our data agree with the Olech et al. (2003) relation, in the K band the slope is flatter. The average apparent V luminosity of 70 RR Lyrae stars is 〈V〉 = 19.45 ± 0.04 and the average K luminosity of 37 RR Lyrae stars is 〈K〉 = 18.20 ± 0.06. There is no obvious relation between apparent V magnitude and Log P, while the RR Lyrae K band magnitudes show a well defined linear trend with Log P. Using the Bono et al. (2001) and Bono et al. (2003) theoretical Neat-Infrared Period-Luminosity-Metallicity relations we calculate the LMC distance modulus μ0= 18.48 ± 0.08.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceAstronomy and Astrophysics
dc.subjectKeywords: Astrophysics; Clouds; Database systems; Galaxies; Kinematics; Project management; Spectroscopic analysis; Telescopes; Galaxies:formation; Galaxies:Magellanic clouds; Stars:variables:RR Lyrae; Astronomy Galaxies: formation; Galaxies: Magellanic clouds; Stars: variables: RR Lyrae
dc.titleProperties of RR Lyrae stars in the inner regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume423
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor020110 - Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub8955
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBorrisova, J, European Southern Observatory
local.contributor.affiliationMinniti, Dante, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
local.contributor.affiliationRejkuba, Marina, European Southern Observatory
local.contributor.affiliationAlves, David R, Space Telescope Science Institute
local.contributor.affiliationCook, Kem H, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
local.contributor.affiliationFreeman, Kenneth, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage97
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage109
local.identifier.doi10.1051/0004-6361:20034494
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:38:37Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-4043155767
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