Volume 459, Number 2, November IV 2006
|Page(s)||499 - 509|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters, and populations|
|Published online||12 September 2006|
Deep near-IR photometry of eight metal-poor globular clusters in the Galactic bulge and halo
Department of Astronomy, Institute of Earth Atmosphere Astronomy, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Korea e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2 Center for Space Astrophysics, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Korea
3 Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon 305-348, Korea
Accepted: 25 July 2006
High quality J, H and K' images are used to investigate the morphological properties of the near-infrared color-magnitude diagrams for five metal-poor bulge globular clusters and three halo clusters. Photometric parameters to describe the RGB shape, i.e., the colors at fixed magnitudes of and , the magnitudes at fixed colors of , and the RGB slope, have been measured from the fiducial normal points of the CMDs. We also measured the near-infrared magnitudes of the RGB bump and tip on the luminosity function of the RGB stars for each cluster. The RGB parameters of the observed metal-poor bulge and halo clusters are consistent with the previous empirical relationships between the RGB parameters and the cluster metallicity for metal-rich bulge clusters and halo clusters. The near-infrared magnitudes of the RGB bump and tip are in good agreement with the theoretical prediction of the Yonsei-Yale isochrone.
Key words: Galaxy: structure / Galaxy: globular clusters: general / stars: evolution / infrared: stars / techniques: photometric
© ESO, 2006
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