We have used the high-resolution Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and wide-field ground-based observations to construct a catalog of blue straggler stars (BSSs) in the globular cluster 47 Tuc spanning the entire radial extent of the cluster. The BSS distribution is highly peaked in the cluster center, rapidly decreases at intermediate radii, and finally rises again at larger radii. The observed distribution closely resembles that discovered in M3 by Ferraro and coworkers. To date, complete BSS surveys covering the full radial extent (from HST for the center and wide-field CCD, ground-based observations for the exterior) have only been performed for these two clusters. Both show a bimodal radial distribution despite their different dynamical properties. BSS surveys covering the full spatial extent of more globular clusters are clearly required to determine how common bimodality is and what its consequences are for theories of BSS formation and cluster dynamics

Discovery of Another Peculiar Radial Distribution of Blue Stragglers in Globular Clusters: The Case of 47 Tucanae

FERRARO, FRANCESCO ROSARIO;BECCARI, GIACOMO;SABBI, ELENA
2004

Abstract

We have used the high-resolution Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and wide-field ground-based observations to construct a catalog of blue straggler stars (BSSs) in the globular cluster 47 Tuc spanning the entire radial extent of the cluster. The BSS distribution is highly peaked in the cluster center, rapidly decreases at intermediate radii, and finally rises again at larger radii. The observed distribution closely resembles that discovered in M3 by Ferraro and coworkers. To date, complete BSS surveys covering the full radial extent (from HST for the center and wide-field CCD, ground-based observations for the exterior) have only been performed for these two clusters. Both show a bimodal radial distribution despite their different dynamical properties. BSS surveys covering the full spatial extent of more globular clusters are clearly required to determine how common bimodality is and what its consequences are for theories of BSS formation and cluster dynamics
FERRARO F.R.; BECCARI G.; ROOD R.T.; BELLAZZINI M.; SILLS A.; SABBI E.
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