Near-infrared observations of ogle classical and type ii cepheid variables in the lmc

A. Bhardwaj, L. M. Macri, S. M. Kanbur, C. C. Ngeow, H. P. Singh

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This poster presented results from the Large Magellanic Cloud Near-Infrared Synoptic Survey (LMCNISS) for classical and Type II Cepheid variables that were identified in the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE-III) catalogue. Multi-wavelength time-series data for classical Cepheid variables are used to study light-curve structures as a function of period and wavelength. We exploited a sample of ∼1400 classical and ∼80 Type II Cepheid variables to derive Period-Wesenheit relations that combine both optical and near-infrared data. The new Period-Luminosity and Wesenheit relations were used to estimate distances to several Local-Group galaxies (using classical Cepheids) and to Galactic globular clusters (using Type II Cepheids). By appealing to a statistical framework, we found that fundamental-mode classical Cepheid Period-Luminosity relations are non-linear around 10-18 days at optical and near-IR wavelengths. We also suggested that a non-linear relation provides a better constraint on the Cepheid Period-Luminosity relation in Type Ia Supernov Aelig; host galaxies, though it has a negligible effect on the systematic uncertainties affecting the local measurement of the Hubble constant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-286
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS339
StatePublished - 2017


  • cosmology: distance scale
  • galaxies: Magellanic Clouds
  • Stars: variables: Cepheids


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