Photometric metallicity map of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Choudhury, Samyaday ; Subramaniam, Annapurni ; Cole, Andrew A. (2015) Photometric metallicity map of the Large Magellanic Cloud Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 455 (2). pp. 1855-1880. ISSN 0035-8711

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We have estimated a metallicity map of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) using the Magellanic Cloud Photometric Survey (MCPS) and Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE III) photometric data. This is a first of its kind map of metallicity up to a radius of 4°–5°, derived using photometric data and calibrated using spectroscopic data of Red Giant Branch (RGB) stars. We identify the RGB in the V, (V − I) colour–magnitude diagrams of small subregions of varying sizes in both data sets. We use the slope of the RGB as an indicator of the average metallicity of a subregion, and calibrate the RGB slope to metallicity using spectroscopic data for field and cluster red giants in selected subregions. The average metallicity of the LMC is found to be [Fe/H] = −0.37 dex (σ[Fe/H] = 0.12) from MCPS data, and [Fe/H] = −0.39 dex (σ[Fe/H] = 0.10) from OGLE III data. The bar is found to be the most metal-rich region of the LMC. Both the data sets suggest a shallow radial metallicity gradient up to a radius of 4 kpc (−0.049 ± 0.002 dex kpc−1 to −0.066 ± 0.006 dex kpc−1). Subregions in which the mean metallicity differs from the surrounding areas do not appear to correlate with previously known features; spectroscopic studies are required in order to assess their physical significance.

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Keywords:Stars: Abundances; Hertzsprung–Russell and Colour–Magnitude Diagrams; Galaxies: Abundances; Magellanic Clouds
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