SCYON Abstract

Received on January 16 2002

M31 Globular Clusters in the HST Archive: II. Structural Parameters

AuthorsP. Barmby (1), S. Holland (2), J.P. Huchra (1)
Affiliation(1) Center for Astrophysics
(2) Notre Dame
Accepted byAstronomical Journal


We analyze the structural parameters of the largest-available sample of spatially resolved extragalactic globular clusters. The images of M31 GCs were found in a search of HST archival data, described in a companion paper. We measure the ellipticities and position angles of the clusters and conclude that the ellipticities are consistent with being caused by rotation. We find that most clusters' surface brightness distributions are well-fit by two-dimensional single-mass Michie-King models. A few clusters show possible power-law distributions characteristic of core-collapse, but the spatial resolution is not high enough to make definitive claims. As has been found for other galaxies, the metal-rich clusters are slightly smaller than the metal-poor clusters. There are strong correlations between structural properties of M31 GCs, as for Milky Way clusters, and the two populations are located close to the same `fundamental plane' in parameter space.