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The globular cluster systems of the three Virgo ellipticals

Cohen, Judith G. (1988) The globular cluster systems of the three Virgo ellipticals. Astronomical Journal, 95 (3). pp. 682-703. ISSN 0004-6256. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20190603-153213994

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Abstract

An analysis of the systems of globular clusters around three of the brightest elliptical galaxies in the Virgo cluster (NGC 4406, NGC 4472, and NGC 4486) has been carried out with a digital detector whose field is 9 arcmin on a side. The point-source detections reach to g = 25 mag, and nearly all galaxies brighter than g ≈ 22.5 mag can be eliminated. The author finds that the colors of the globular clusters show no detectable spatial gradient, and that the median color and the distribution in color are independent of cluster luminosity and spatial position within the halo of the underlying elliptical galaxy. The median color of the Virgo globular systems is slightly redder than that of the set of globulars in the Milky Way, implying a mean metallicity difference of about a factor of 3. The magnitude distribution is not a power law, having a definite turnover at g ≈ 24.2 mag, which constrains the distance to the Virgo cluster if one believes in a universal globular cluster luminosity function. In each of the three cases, the globular cluster system has the same ellipticity and position angle as the light of the halo of the underlying galaxy, but is more extended spatially in the case of NGC 4472 and NGC 4486.


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Cohen, Judith G.0000-0002-8039-4673
Additional Information:© American Astronomical Society • Provided by the NASA Astrophysics Data System. Received 25 June 1987; revised 12 November 1987. I gratefully acknowledge support from the Caltech Recycling Center and from Gaston Araya Machining. I am grateful to the referee for a very careful reading of the manuscript.
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