The Carnegie Hubble Program: The Leavitt Law at 3.6 and 4.5 micron in the Milky Way

Дата и время публикации : 2012-09-22T00:56:14Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Andrew J. Monson
Wendy L. Freedman
Barry F. Madore
S. E. Persson
Victoria Scowcroft
Mark Seibert
Jane R. Rigby

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Коментарии к cтатье: 49 pages, 13 figures, Accepted for publication in Ap J
Первичная категория: astro-ph.GA

Все категории : astro-ph.GA, astro-ph.SR

Краткий обзор статьи: The Carnegie Hubble Program (CHP) is designed to calibrate the extragalactic distance scale using data from the post-cryogenic era of the Spitzer Space Telescope. The ultimate goal of the CHP is a systematic improvement in the distance scale leading to a determination of the Hubble Constant to within an accuracy of 2%. This paper focuses on the measurement and calibration of the Galactic Cepheid Period-Luminosity (Leavitt) Relation using the warm Spitzer IRAC 1 and 2 bands at 3.6 and 4.5 mu m. We present photometric measurements covering the period range 4 – 70 days for 37 Galactic Cepheids. Data at 24 phase points were collected for each star. Three PL relations of the form M=a(Log(P)-1)+b are derived. The method adopted here takes the slope a to be -3.31, as determined from the Spitzer LMC data of Scowcroft et al. (2012). Using the geometric HST guide-star distances to ten Galactic Cepheids we find a calibrated 3.6 micron PL zero-point of -5.80pm0.03. Together with our value for the LMC zero-point we determine a reddening-corrected distance modulus of 18.48pm0.04 mag to the LMC. The mid-IR Period-Color diagram and the [3.6] – [4.5] color variation with phase are interpreted in terms of CO absorption at 4.5 mu m. This situation compromises the use of the 4.5 mu m data for distance determinations.

Category: Physics