SCYON Abstract

Received on March 24 2018

On the physical nature of
globular cluster candidates in the Milky Way bulge

AuthorsA. E. Piatti (1,2)
Affiliation(1) Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(2) Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
Accepted byMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society


We present results from 2MASS JKs photometry on the physical reality of recently reported globular cluster (GC) candidates in the Milky Way (MW) bulge. We relied our analysis on photometric membership probabilities that allowed us to distinguish real stellar aggregates from the composite field star population. When building colour-magnitude diagrams and stellar density maps for stars at different membership probability levels, the genuine GC candidate populations are clearly highlighted. We then used the tip of the red giant branch (RGB) as distance estimator, resulting heliocentric distances that place many of the objects in regions near of the MW bulge where no GC had been previously recognised. Some few GC candidates resulted to be MW halo/disc objects. Metallicities estimated from the standard RGB method are in agreement with the values expected according to the position of the GC candidates in the Galaxy. Finally, we derived from the first time their structural parameters. We found that the studied objects have core, half-light and tidal radii in the ranges spanned by the population of known MW GCs. Their internal dynamical evolutionary stages will be described properly when their masses are estimated.