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- Wide-field imaging of NGC 4365's globular cluster system: the third subpopulation revisited
- Blom, Christina; Spitler, Lee R.; Forbes, Duncan A.
- Analysis of the globular cluster (GC) system of the giant elliptical (E3) galaxy NGC 4365, from eight Hubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) pointings and a wide-field Subaru/SuprimeCam (S-Cam) image, is presented. We determine the lower limit on the number of GCs to be 6450+-110 and show that the GC system extends beyond 134 kpc (9.5 galaxy effective radii). We revisit the question of whether NGC 4365 has a bimodal or trimodal GC colour distribution and find support for three distinct GC colour subpopulations (i.e. blue, green and red). Sersic profile fits to the radial surface density of each subpopulation reveal that the blue GCs are more extended than either red or green GCs. We find significant differences in the median half light radii for GCs in the blue, green and red subpopulations as well as in the subpopulation ellipticities. A KS test on the mass functions show >98 per cent probability that all three subpopulations are distinct from one another. We also find radial gradients of GC size and colour (metallicity) and a blue tilt. The properties, including surface density profile, position angle, ellipticity and radial colour gradient, of the red GC subpopulation are very similar to the properties of NGC 4365's starlight. This result supports the hypothesis that red GCs are formed along with the bulk of the diffuse starlight in the galaxy. NGC 4365 has a kinematically distinct core and a significant misalignment between the photometric and kinematic major axes. We discuss the possibility that these kinematic features are related to the presence of the distinct third GC subpopulation. We briefly discuss implications for the formation of NGC 4365.
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- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 420, no. 1, (Feb 2012), pp. 37-60
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- 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
- cD; Elliptical galaxies; Galaxy evolution; Galaxy formation; Globular clusters; Lenticular galaxies; NGC 4365; Photometry; Star clusters
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- Copyright © 2011 The Authors. Journal copyright © 2011 Royal Astronomical Society. The accepted manuscript is reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive publication is available at www.interscience.wiley.com.
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