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The LMC geometry and outer stellar populations from early DES data

Balbinot, E, Santiago, BX, Girardi, L, Pieres, A, Costa, LND, Maia, MAG, Walker, RAGAR, Yanny, B, Drlica-Wagner, A, Benoit-Levy, A , Abbott, TMC, Allam, SS, nnis, JA, Bernstein, JP, Bernstein, RA, Bertin, E, Brooks, D, Buckley-Geer, E, Rosell, AC, Cunha, CE, DePoy, DL, Desai, S, Diehl, HT, Doel, P, Estrada, J, Evrard, AE, to, AFN, Finley, DA, Flaugher, B, Frieman, JA, Gruen, D, Honscheid, K, James, D, Kuehn, K, Kuropatkin, N, Lahav, O, March, M, Marshall, JL, Miller, C, Ogando, RMR, Peoples, J, Plazas, A, Scarpine, V, Schubnell, M, Sevilla-Noarbe, I, Smith, RC, Soares-Santos, M, Suchyta, E, Swanson, MEC, Tarle, G, Tucker, DL, Wechsler, R and Zuntz, J (2015) The LMC geometry and outer stellar populations from early DES data Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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The Dark Energy Camera has captured a large set of images as part of Science Verification (SV) for the Dark Energy Survey. The SV footprint covers a lar ge portion of the outer Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), providing photometry 1.5 magnitudes fainter than the main sequence turn-off of the oldest LMC stel lar population. We derive geometrical and structural parameters for various stellar populations in the LMC disk. For the distribution of all LMC stars, we find an inclination of $i=-38.14^{\circ}\pm0.08^{\circ}$ (near side in the North) and a position angle for the line of nodes of $\theta_0=129.51^{\circ}\pm0.17^{\circ}$. We find that stars younger than $\sim 4$ Gyr are more centrally concentrated than older stars. Fitting a projected exponential disk shows that the scale radius of the old populations is $R_{>4 Gyr}=1.41\pm0.01$ kpc, while the younger population has $R_{<4 Gyr}=0.72\pm0.01$ kpc. Howe ver, the spatial distribution of the younger population deviates significantly from the projected exponential disk model. The distribution of old stars suggests a large truncation radius of $R_{t}=13.5\pm0.8$ kpc. If this truncation is dominated by the tidal field of the Galaxy, we find that the LMC is $\simeq 24^{+9}_{-6}$ times less massive than the encircled Galactic mass. By measuring the Red Clump peak magnitude and comparing with the best-fit LM C disk model, we find that the LMC disk is warped and thicker in the outer regions north of the LMC centre. Our findings may either be interpreted as a warped and flared disk in the LMC outskirts, or as evidence of a spheroidal halo component

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
Santiago, BX
Girardi, L
Pieres, A
Costa, LND
Maia, MAG
Walker, RAGAR
Yanny, B
Drlica-Wagner, A
Benoit-Levy, A
Abbott, TMC
Allam, SS
nnis, JA
Bernstein, JP
Bernstein, RA
Bertin, E
Brooks, D
Buckley-Geer, E
Rosell, AC
Cunha, CE
DePoy, DL
Desai, S
Diehl, HT
Doel, P
Estrada, J
Evrard, AE
to, AFN
Finley, DA
Flaugher, B
Frieman, JA
Gruen, D
Honscheid, K
James, D
Kuehn, K
Kuropatkin, N
Lahav, O
March, M
Marshall, JL
Miller, C
Ogando, RMR
Peoples, J
Plazas, A
Scarpine, V
Schubnell, M
Sevilla-Noarbe, I
Smith, RC
Soares-Santos, M
Suchyta, E
Swanson, MEC
Tarle, G
Tucker, DL
Wechsler, R
Zuntz, J
Date : 17 February 2015
DOI : 10.1093/mnras/stv356
Uncontrolled Keywords : astro-ph.GA, astro-ph.GA
Related URLs :
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:34
Last Modified : 04 Dec 2019 16:13

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