Structural Parameters of the M87 Globular Clusters
Madrid, Juan P.
Harris, William E.
Blakeslee, John P.
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We derive structural parameters for ∼ 2000 globular clusters in the giant Virgo elliptical M87 using extremely deep Hubble Space Telescope images in F606W (V) and F814W (I) taken with the ACS/WFC. The cluster scale sizes (half-light radii rh) and ellipticities are determined from PSF-convolved King-model profile fitting. We find that the rh distribution closely resembles the inner Milky Way clusters, peaking at rh ≃ 2.5 pc and with virtually no clusters more compact than rh ≃ 1 pc. The metal-poor clusters have on average an rh 24% larger than the metal-rich ones. The cluster scale size shows a gradual and noticeable increase with galactocentric distance. Clusters are very slightly larger in the bluer waveband V , a possible hint that we may be beginning to see the effects of mass segregation within the clusters. We also derived a color magnitude diagram for the M87 globular cluster system which show a striking bimodal distribution.
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