SOAR BVI photometry of the metal-poor bulge globular cluster NGC 6642

We present BVI photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6642 using the SOI imager at the SOAR Telescope. The colour magnitude diagrams (CMD) reach ≈ 1.5 mag in V below the main sequence turn-off. A comparison of the overall sequences, and in particular the Red Giant Branch slope of NGC 6642 with that...

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Access type:openAccess
Publication Date:2006
Main Author: Barbuy, Beatriz
Other Authors: Bica, Eduardo Luiz Damiani, Ortolani, Sergio, Bonatto, Charles Jose
Document type: Article
Language:eng
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Online Access:http://hdl.handle.net/10183/98862
English abstract:We present BVI photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6642 using the SOI imager at the SOAR Telescope. The colour magnitude diagrams (CMD) reach ≈ 1.5 mag in V below the main sequence turn-off. A comparison of the overall sequences, and in particular the Red Giant Branch slope of NGC 6642 with that of M 5, indicates that the two clusters must have a similar metallicity of [Fe/H] ≈ –1.3. We also obtained a reddening E(B − V) = 0.42 ± 0.03 for NGC 6642, and a distance from the Sun of dʘ = 7.2 ± 0.5 kpc. Therefore NGC 6642 is a moderately metal-poor globular cluster that is spatially located in the bulge at a galactocentric distance of RGC ≈ 1.7 kpc. The comparison of CMDs of NGC 6642 with those of M 5 shows that there is a very good match of magnitude difference between turn-off and horizontal branch, suggesting comparable ages. The age of M 5 is typical of halo globulars, so NGC 6642 is coeval with the halo. It is a good candidate as one of the few genuine metal-poor and old bulge clusters, and might be one of the oldest fossils in the Galaxy.