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|Title:||New near-infrared period-luminosity-metallicity relations for RR Lyrae stars and the outlook for Gaia|
Luri Carrascoso, Xavier
Cioni, Maria-Rosa L.
Moretti, Maria Ida
|Publisher:||Institute of Physics (IOP)|
|Abstract:||We present results of the analysis of 70 RR Lyrae stars located in the bar of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Combining the spectroscopically determined metallicity of these stars from the literature with precise periods from the OGLE III catalog and multi-epoch Ks photometry from the VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds system, we derive a new near-infrared period-luminosity-metallicity (PLZ Ks ) relation for RR Lyrae variables. In order to ﬁt the relation we use a ﬁtting method developed speciﬁcally for this study. The zero-point of the relation is estimated two different ways: by assuming the value of the distance to the LMC and by using Hubble Space Telescope parallaxes of ﬁve RR Lyrae stars in the Milky Way (MW). The difference in distance moduli derived by applying these two approaches is ∼0.2mag. To investigate this point further we derive the PLZ Ks relation based on 23 MW RR Lyrae stars that had been analyzed in Baade-Wesselink studies. We compared the derived PLZ Ks relations for RR Lyrae stars in the MW and LMC. Slopes and zero-points are different, but still consistent within the errors. The shallow slope of the metallicity term is conﬁrmed by both LMC and MW variables. The astrometric space mission Gaia is expected to provide a huge contribution to the determination of the RR Lyrae PLZ Ks relation; however, calculating an absolute magnitude from the trigonometric parallax of each star and ﬁtting a PLZ Ks relation directly to period and absolute magnitude leads to biased results. We present a tool to achieve an unbiased solution by modeling the data and inferring the slope and zero-point of the relation via statistical methods.|
|Note:||Reproducció del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/807/2/127|
|It is part of:||Astrophysical Journal, 2015, vol. 807, num. 2|
|Appears in Collections:||Articles publicats en revistes (Física Quàntica i Astrofísica)|
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