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Accurate radial velocity and metallicity of the Large Magellanic Cloud old globular clusters NGC1928 and NGC1939


Piatti, AE and Hwang, N and Cole, AA and Angelo, MS and Emptage, B, Accurate radial velocity and metallicity of the Large Magellanic Cloud old globular clusters NGC1928 and NGC1939, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481, (1) pp. 49-58. ISSN 0035-8711 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 The Authors. This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©:2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1093/mnras/sty2324


We present results obtained from spectroscopic observations of red giants located in the fields of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) globular clusters (GCs) NGC 1928 and NGC 1939. We used the GMOS and AAOmega+2dF spectrographs to obtain spectra centred on the Ca II triplet, from which we derived individual radial velocities (RVs) and metallicities. From cluster members we derived mean RVs of RVNGC1928=249.58± 4.65 km s−1 and RVNGC1939=258.85± 2.08 km s−1, and mean metallicities of [Fe/H]NGC1928=−1.30± 0.15 dex and [Fe/H]NGC1939=−2.00± 0.15 dex. We found that both GCs have RVs and positions consistent with being part of the LMC disc, so that we rule out any possible origin, but in the same galaxy. By computing the best solution of a disc that fully contains each GC, we obtained circular velocities for the 15 known LMC GCs. We found that 11/15 of the GCs share the LMC rotation derived from HST and Gaia DR2 proper motions. This outcome reveals that the LMC disc existed since the very early epoch of the galaxy formation and experienced the steep relatively fast chemical enrichment shown by its GC metallicities. The four remaining GCs turned out to have circular velocities not compatible with an in situ cluster formation, but rather with being stripped from the SMC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Magellanic Clouds, globular clusters, spectroscopy, abundances, galaxies: individual: LMC– galaxies: star clusters: general
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Cole, AA (Professor Andrew Cole)
UTAS Author:Emptage, B (Mr Bryn Emptage)
ID Code:130039
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2019-01-08
Last Modified:2019-03-13
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