CCD photometry of the globular cluster M2: RR Lyrae physical parameters and new variables

C. Lázaro, A. Arellano Ferro, M. J. Arévalo, D. M. Bramich, S. Giridhar, E. Poretti

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We report the results of CCD V and R photometry of the RR Lyrae stars in M2. The periodicities of most variables are revised and new ephemerides are calculated. Light-curve decomposition of the RR Lyrae stars was carried out and the corresponding mean physical parameters [Fe/H] = -1.47, T ef{ = 6276 K, log L = 1.63 L and M V = 0.71 from nine RRab and [Fe/H] = -1.61, M = 0.54 M , T eff- = 7215 K, log L = 1.74 L and M V = 0.71 from two RRc stars were calculated. A comparison of the radii obtained from the above luminosity and temperature with predicted radii from non-linear convective models is discussed. The estimated mean distance to the cluster is 10.49 ± 0.15 kpc. These results place M2 correctly in the general globular cluster sequences for Oosterhoff type, mass, luminosity and temperature, all as a function of the metallicity. Mean relationships for M, log L/L , T eff and M V as a function of [Fe/H] for a family of globular clusters are offered. These trends are consistent with evolutionary and structural notions on the horizontal branch. Eight new variables are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-80
Number of pages12
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006



  • Globular clusters: individual: M2
  • Stars: Population II
  • Stars: horizontal branch
  • Stars: variables: other

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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