EAS Publications Series
Volume 10, 2003JENAM 2002, Galactic & Stellar Dynamics
|Page(s)||55 - 55|
|Published online||22 December 2003|
C. Boily, P. Patsis, S. Portegies Zwart, R. Spurzem and C. Theis (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 10 (2003) 55
The log P - Relation of Galactic Field RR Lyrae Variables
Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Universitetskii pr. 13, Moscow 119992, Russia
The kinematical parameters of the local field RR Lyrae population and the zero-point of the log relation for these variables are inferred by applying the statistical parallax (maximum-likeli-hood) technique to a sample of 182 RR Lyraes with known periods, radial-velocities, metallicities, K-band photometry, and absolute proper motions on the ICRS system. Hipparcos, Tycho-2, SPM, UCAC, NPM1, and the Four-Million Star Catalog (Volchkov et al. 1992) were used as the sources of proper motions; the proper motions of the last two catalogs are reduced to the Hipparcos (ICRS) system (Dambis & Rastorguev 2001). The K-band magnitudes were adopted from the list of Fernley et al. (1998) and supplemented by the data of the 2MASS Second Incremental Data Release. The parameters of the velocity distribution are found to be: (, , km s-1; (, , ) km s-1: and (, , ) km s-1; (, , ) km s-1 for the thick-disk (41 stars) and halo (141 stars) objects, respectively. The zero-point of the infrared PL relation of Jones et al. (1992) (based on the results obtained using the Baade-Wesselink method) is confirmed: we find compared to as inferred by Jones et al. (1992). A conversion of the resulting log relation to V-band luminosities yields the metallicity-luminosity relation Fe/H. Our results imply a solar Galactocentric distance of kpc and an LMC distance modulus of (cluster RR Lyraes) or (field RR Lyraes), thereby favoring the so-called short distance scale.
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