Some systematics of Galactic globular clusters

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1086/662132
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Journal titlePublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ISSN0004-6280
Volume123
Issue907
Pages10441053; # of pages: 10
AbstractThe global properties of all known Galactic globular clusters are examined. The relationship between the luminosities and the metallicities of Galactic globular clusters is found to be complex. Among luminous clusters there is a correlation in the sense that the oldest clusters are slightly more metal-deficient than younger clusters. However, no such clear-cut relationship is found among the faintest globular clusters. The central concentration index C of globular clusters is seen to be independent of metallicity. The dependence of the half-light radii of globular clusters on their galactocentric distances can be approximated by the relation RhαR2/3gc. Clusters with collapsed cores are mostly situated close to the Galactic nucleus. For Rgc < 10 kpc the luminosities and the radii of clusters appear to be uncorrelated. The Galaxy differs from the LMC and the SMC in that it appears to lack highly flattened luminous clusters. Galactic globular clusters with ages ≥13:0 Gyr are all of Oosterhoff type II, whereas almost all of those with ages <13:0 Gyr have been assigned to Oosterhoff type I. Globular clusters with ages <11:5 Gyr are all located in the outer Galactic halo and have below-average luminosities and above-average radii. On the other hand, the very old globular cluster NGC 6522 is situated close to the Galactic nucleus. © 2011. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. All rights reserved.
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