A WFPC2 Study of the Resolved Stellar Population of the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy (DDO 216)

Дата и время публикации : 1998-05-21T10:13:01Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
J. S. Gallagher
Eline Tolstoy
Robbie C. Dohm-Palmer
E. D. Skillman
A. A. Cole
J. G. Hoessel
A. Saha
M. Mateo

Оригинал статьи :http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9805284v1

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Ссылка на журнал-издание: Astron.J. 115 (1998) 1869
Коментарии к статье: 46 pages, 16 figures, 1 table
Первичная категория: astro-ph

Все категории : astro-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: The stellar population of the Pegasus dwarf irregular galaxy is investigated in images taken in the F439W (B), F555W (V), and F814W (I) bands with WFPC2. These and ground-based data are combined to produce color-magnitude diagrams which show the complex nature of the stellar population in this small galaxy. A young (< 0.5 Gyr) main sequence stellar component is present and clustered in two centrally-located clumps, while older stars form a more extended disk or halo. The colors of the main sequence require a relatively large extinction of A_V = 0.47 mag. The mean color of the well-populated red giant branch is relatively blue, consistent with a moderate metallicity young, or older, metal-poor stellar population. The red giant branch also has significant width in color, implying a range of stellar ages and/or metallicities. A small number of extended asymptotic giant branch stars are found beyond the red giant branch tip. Near the faint limits of our data is a populous red clump superimposed on the red giant branch. Efforts to fit self-consistent stellar population models based on the Geneva stellar evolution tracks yield a revised distance of 760 kpc. Quantitative fits to the stellar population are explored as a means to constrain the star formation history. The numbers of main sequence and core helium-burning blue loop stars require that the star formation rate was higher in the recent past, by a factor of 3-4 about 1 Gyr ago. Unique results cannot be obtained for the star formation history over longer time baselines without better information on stellar metallicities and deeper photometry. The youngest model consistent with the data contains stars with constant metallicity of Z = 0.001 which mainly formed 2-4 Gyr ago. Even at its peak of star forming activity, the Pegasus dwarf most likely remained relatively dim with M_V ~ -14.

Category: Physics