Volume 654, October 2021
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||01 October 2021|
Deriving physical parameters of unresolved star clusters
VI. Adaptive aperture photometry of the M31 PHAT star clusters⋆
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Saulėtekio av. 3, 10257 Vilnius, Lithuania
2 Vilnius University Observatory, Saulėtekio av. 3, 10257 Vilnius, Lithuania
Accepted: 19 July 2021
Context. This study is the sixth of a series that investigates degeneracy and stochasticity problems present in the determination of the age, mass, extinction, and metallicity of partially resolved or unresolved star clusters in external galaxies when using Hubble Space Telescope broadband photometry. In the fifth publication, it was noticed that inconsistencies in cluster colour indices, which arise due to projected foreground and background stars on the apertures, enhance age-metallicity-extinction degeneracies.
Aims. In this work we aim to present new aperture photometry results for a sample of star clusters from the M 31 Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) survey.
Methods. We employed two methods of aperture photometry. The first method is ordinary aperture photometry to measure total cluster fluxes. The second method was introduced to avoid the brightest foreground and background stars that project onto large apertures. This method employs smaller apertures, adapted to cover a central part of clusters, and applies an aperture correction, derived for the F475W passband, to other passbands. We note that this procedure is valid only for clusters without prominent systematic gradients of colour indices beyond half-light radii.
Results. We present two catalogues of star cluster aperture photometry (produced by applying ordinary aperture photometry and adaptive aperture photometry methods) with estimated uncertainties for a sample of 1181 star clusters from the M 31 PHAT survey. Compared to the M 31 PHAT fundamental star cluster aperture photometry catalogue published by Johnson et al., there are changes made in the following: cluster centre coordinates, aperture sizes, and sky background estimates.
Key words: galaxies: individual: M 31 / galaxies: star clusters: general
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