El Youssoufi, D, Cioni, M-RL, Bell, CPM, de Grijs, R, Groenewegen, MAT, Ivanov, VD, Matijevic̆, G, Niederhofer, F, Oliveira, JM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0861-7094, Ripepi, V, Schmidt, T, Subramanian, S, Sun, N-C and Van Loon, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1272-3017 (2021) Stellar substructures in the periphery of the magellanic clouds with the VISTA hemisphere survey from the red clump and other tracers. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Abstract

We study the morphology of the stellar periphery of the Magellanic Clouds in search of substructure using near–infrared imaging data from the VISTA Hemisphere Survey (VHS). Based on the selection of different stellar populations using the (J − Ks, Ks) colour–magnitude diagram, we confirm the presence of substructures related to the interaction history of the Clouds and find new substructures on the eastern side of the LMC disc which may be owing to the influence of the Milky Way, and on the northern side of the SMC, which is probably associated to the ellipsoidal structure of the galaxy. We also study the luminosity function of red clump stars in the SMC and confirm the presence of a bi–modal distance distribution, in the form of a foreground population. We find that this bi–modality is still detectable in the eastern regions of the galaxy out to a 10○ distance from its centre. Additionally, a background structure is detected in the North between 7○ and 10○ from the centre which might belong to the Counter Bridge, and a foreground structure is detected in the South between 6○ and 8○ from the centre which might be linked to the Old Bridge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2021 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Magellanic Clouds, galaxies, photometry, interactions, stellar content
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB799 Stars
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2021 14:50
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 14:57
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/9488

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