Red-giant branch morphology of metal-poor globular clusters in the Galactic bulge

J. W. Kim, H. I. Kim, Y. J. Sohn

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Using the (J K, K) color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of 16 metal-poor globular clusters in the Galactic bulge, we investigate the morphological properties of their red-giant branch (RGB), comparing with those of metal-rich clusters in the Galactic bulge and metal-poor clusters in the Galactic halo. The RGB morphological parameters, such as colors at fixed magnitudes, magnitudes at a fixed color, the RGB slope, and a difference of color indices at two fixed magnitudes have been derived from the near-IR CMDs for each cluster. Metal-poor Galactic bulge clusters follow the previous empirical relations between colors at fixed magnitudes and magnitudes at a fixed color of the RGB and the cluster's metallicity. However, the RGB slope and the color difference parameters of some bulge clusters deviate slightly from the previous empirical linear relations for the other globular clusters, implying that the metal-poor bulge clusters may have different formation origin from the other globular clusters in the Galaxy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-364
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS245
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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