Cusano, F, Moretti, MI, Clementini, G, Ripepi, V, Marconi, M, Cioni, M-RL, Rubele, S, Garofalo, A, de Grijs, R, Groenewegen, MAT, Oliveira, JM, Subramanian, S, Sun, N-C and van Loon, JT (2021) The VMC Survey – XLII. Near-infrared period–luminosity relations for RR Lyrae stars and the structure of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504 (1). 1 - 15. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present results from an analysis of ∼29 000 RR Lyrae stars located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). For these objects, near-infrared time-series photometry from the VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds system (VMC) and optical data from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) IV survey and the Gaia Data Release 2 catalogue of confirmed RR Lyrae stars were exploited. Using VMC and OGLE IV magnitudes we derived period–luminosity (PL), period–luminosity–metallicity (PLZ), period–Wesenheit (PW), and period–Wesenheit–metallicity (PWZ) relations in all available bands. More that  7000 RR Lyrae were discarded from the analysis because they appear to be overluminous with respect to the PL relations. The \\$PL\_\\{K\_\\{\\mathrm\\{s\\}\\}\\}\\$ relation was used to derive individual distance to \\$\\{\\sim\\}22\\, 000\\$ RR Lyrae stars, and study the three-dimensional structure of the LMC. The distribution of the LMC RR Lyrae stars is ellipsoidal with the three axis S1 = 6.5 kpc, S2 = 4.6 kpc, and S3 = 3.7 kpc, inclination i = 22 ± 4° relative to the plane of the sky and position angle of the line of nodes θ = 167 ± 7° (measured from north to east). The north-eastern part of the ellipsoid is closer to us and no particular associated substructures are detected and neither any metallicity gradient.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (
Uncontrolled Keywords: stars: variables: RR Lyrae; galaxies: distances and redshifts; Magellanic Clouds
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB600 Planets. Planetology
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 12:33
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 10:39

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