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Hubble Space Telescope Studies of the Dense Central Regions of Globular Clusters

  • Puragra Guhathakurta (a1), Brian Yanny (a2), Donald P. Schneider (a3) and John N. Bahcall (a4)

Abstract

We present results from an ongoing program to probe the dense central parts of Galactic globular clusters using multicolor Hubble Space Telescope images (WF/PC-I and WFPC2). Our sample includes the dense clusters M15, 47 Tuc, M30, NGC 6624, M3 and M13. The two main goals of our program are to measure the shape of stellar density profile in clusters (the slope of the density cusp in post core collapse clusters, in particular) and to understand the nature of evolved stellar populations in very dense regions and their variation as a function of radius. The latter includes studies of blue straggler stars and of the central depletion of bright red giants. Our recent WFPC2 study of M15 is described in detail.

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