Search Swinburne Research Bank
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/43951
- Globular clusters in the Sombrero galaxy (NGC 4594)
- Forbes, Duncan A.; Grillmair, Carl J.; Smith, R. C.
- The Sombrero galaxy, NGC 4594, contains the roost numerous globular cluster system of any nearby spiral. It is an ideal candidate in which to study the globular clusters and contrast them with those in Local Group spirals. Here we present B and I imaging from the CTIO Schmidt telescope which gives a field of view of 31'x31'. Using DAOPHOT we have detected over 400 globular clusters and derived their magnitudes, B - I colors and photometric metallicities. We have attempted to separate our sample into disk and bulge/ halo globular cluster populations, based on location in the galaxy, There is some evidence that the disk population is more metal rich than the bulge/halo globular clusters, however contamination, dust reddening and small number statistics makes this result very tentative. We find that the median metallicity of the bulge/halo globular clusters is [Fe/H] = -0.8. This metallicity is consistent with previous estimates based on smaller samples. It is also similar to the metallicity predicted by the globular cluster metallicity-galaxy luminosity relation. As with our Galaxy, there is no radial metallicity gradient in the halo globular clusters. This suggests that the spheriodal component of NGC 4594 did not form by a dissipational process.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Astronomical Journal, Vol. 113, no. 5 (May 1997), pp. 1648-1651
- Publication year
- DAOPHOT; Disk; Galactic function; GCs; Globular clusters; Halo; Luminosity function; Metallicity; NGC 4594; Sombrero galaxy; System
- University of Chicago Press
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 1997 The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
- Peer reviewed