Background giants in the field of the globular cluster M22: Kinematics of the galactic bulge

Dante Minniti, James Liebert, Edward W Olszewski, Simon D M White

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We report radial velocities, metallicities, and near-IR photometry for about 100 giants in the field of the globular cluster M22, at l,b=(9.9°,-7.6°). Most of them are bulge giants, non-members of the cluster from proper motions. Dividing the sample according to metallicity, we find that the giants more metal-poor than [Fe/H]≈-1 have halo-like kinematics, while the more metal-rich giants have higher rotation and smaller velocity dispersion, which we identify with the bulge. Such dependences of kinematics on metal abundance (which may be due to a mix of populations) are predicted by dissipational collapse models of formation for the inner Galaxy. The 11 M giants in the field follow bulge rather than halo kinematics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-600
Number of pages11
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume112
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1996

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Background giants in the field of the globular cluster M22 : Kinematics of the galactic bulge. / Minniti, Dante; Liebert, James; Olszewski, Edward W; White, Simon D M.

In: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 112, No. 2, 08.1996, p. 590-600.

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Minniti, Dante ; Liebert, James ; Olszewski, Edward W ; White, Simon D M. / Background giants in the field of the globular cluster M22 : Kinematics of the galactic bulge. In: Astronomical Journal. 1996 ; Vol. 112, No. 2. pp. 590-600.
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