CCD photometry of the globular cluster M2…

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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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C. Lázaro, A. Arellano Ferro, M. J. Arévalo, D. M. Bramich, S. Giridhar, E. Poretti
CCD photometry of the globular cluster M2: RR Lyrae physical parameters and new variables

We report the results of CCD V and R photometry of the RR Lyrae stars in M2. The periodicities of most variables are revised and new ephemerides are calculated. Light-curve decomposition of the RR Lyrae stars was carried out and the corresponding mean physical parameters [Fe/H] = −1.47, Teff = 6276 K, log L = 1.63 Lo and MV = 0.71 from nine RRab and [Fe/H] = −1.61, M = 0.54 Mo, Teff = 7215 K, log L = 1.74 Lo and MV = 0.71 from two RRc stars were calculated. A comparison of the radii obtained from the above luminosity and temperature with predicted radii from non-linear convective models is discussed. The estimated mean distance to the cluster is 10.49 ± 0.15 kpc. These results place M2 correctly in the general globular cluster sequences for Oosterhoff type, mass, luminosity and temperature, all as a function of the metallicity. Mean relationships for M, log L/Lo, Teff and MV as a function of [Fe/H] for a family of globular clusters are offered. These trends are consistent with evolutionary and structural notions on the horizontal branch. Eight new variables are reported.

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