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2019MNRAS.485.1460S - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 485, 1460-1476 (2019/May-1)

The eye of Gaia on globular clusters kinematics: internal rotation.


Abstract (from CDS):

We derived the three-dimensional velocities of individual stars in a sample of 62 Galactic globular clusters using proper motions from the second data release of the Gaia mission together with the most comprehensive set of line-of-sight velocities with the aim of investigating the rotation pattern of these stellar systems. We detect the unambiguous signal of rotation in 15 clusters at amplitudes which are well above the level of random and systematic errors. For these clusters, we derived the position and inclination angle of the rotation axis with respect to the line of sight and the overall contribution of rotation to the total kinetic energy budget. The rotation strengths are weakly correlated with the half-mass radius, the relaxation time, and anticorrelated with the destruction rate, while no significant alignment of the rotation axes with the orbital poles has been observed. This evidence points towards a primordial origin of the systemic rotation in these stellar systems.

Abstract Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): methods: data analysis - methods: statistical - techniques: radial velocities - proper motions - stars: kinematics and dynamics - globular clusters: general

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