Journal Article

Structural parameters and blue stragglers in Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy globular clusters*

Ricardo Salinas, Lucie Jílková, Giovanni Carraro, Márcio Catelan and Pía Amigo

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 421, issue 2, pages 960-970
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Structural parameters and blue stragglers in Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy globular clusters*

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We present BV photometry of four Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy globular clusters: Arp 2, NGC 5634, Palomar 12 and Terzan 8, obtained with the Danish Telescope at ESO La Silla. We measure the structural parameters of the clusters using a King profile fitting, obtaining the first reliable measurements of the tidal radius of Arp 2 and Terzan 8. These two clusters are remarkably extended and with low concentrations; with a concentration of only c= 0.41 ± 0.02, Terzan 8 is less concentrated than any cluster in our Galaxy.

Blue stragglers are identified in the four clusters, and their spatial distribution is compared to those of horizontal branch and red giant branch stars. The blue straggler properties do not provide evidence of mass segregation in Terzan 8, while Arp 2 probably shares the same status, although with less confidence. In the case of NGC 5634 and Palomar 12, blue stragglers are significantly less populous, and their analysis suggests that the two clusters have probably undergone mass segregation.

Keywords: blue stragglers; globular clusters: general; globular clusters: individual: Arp 2; globular clusters: individual: Terzan 8; globular clusters: individual: NGC 5634; globular clusters: individual: Palomar 12

Journal Article.  7137 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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