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    • UVIT study of UV bright stars in the globular cluster NGC 4147

      RANJAN KUMAR ANANTA C. PRADHAN MUDUMBA PARTHASARATHY DEVENDRA K. OJHA ABHISEK MOHAPATRA JAYANT MURTHY SANTI CASSISI

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      We present far ultraviolet (FUV) observations of globular cluster NGC 4147 using three FUV filters, BaF2 (F154W), sapphire (F169M), and silica (F172M) of Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) onboard the AstroSat satellite. We confirmed the cluster membership of the UVIT observed sources usingproper motions from Gaia data release 2 (GAIA DR2). We identified 37 blue horizontal branch stars (BHBs), one blue straggler star (BSS) and 15 variable stars using UV-optical color magnitude diagrams (CMDs). We find that all the FUV bright BHBs are second generation population stars. Using UV-optical CMDs, weidentify two sub-populations, BHB1 and BHB2, among the UV-bright BHBs in the cluster with stars count ratio of 24:13 for BHB1 and BHB2. The effective temperatures ($T_{\rm eff}$) of BHB1 and BHB2 were derived using color-temperature relation of BaSTI-IAC zero-age horizontal branch (ZAHB). We found that BHB1 stars are more centrally concentrated than BHB2 stars. We also derive physical parameters of the detected FUV bright BSS by fitting younger age BaSTI-IAC isochrones on optical and UV-optical CMDs.

    • The sharpest ultraviolet view of the star formation in an extreme environment of the nearest Jellyfish Galaxy IC 3418

      ANANDA HOTA ASHISH DEVARAJ ANANTA C PRADHAN C. S. STALIN KOSHY GEORGE ABHISEK MOHAPATRA SOO-CHANG REY YOUICHI OHYAMA SRAVANI VADDI RENUKA PECHETTI RAMYA SETHURAM JESSY JOSE JAYASHREE ROY CHIRANJIB KONAR

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      We present the far ultraviolet (FUV) imaging of the nearest Jellyfish or Fireball galaxy IC3418/VCC 1217, in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, using Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) onboard the AstroSat satellite. The young star formation observed here in the 17 kpc long turbulent wake of IC3418,due to ram pressure stripping of cold gas surrounded by hot intra-cluster medium, is a unique laboratory that is unavailable in the Milky Way. We have tried to resolve star forming clumps, seen compact to GALEX UV images, using better resolution available with the UVIT and incorporated UV-optical imagesfrom Hubble Space Telescope archive. For the first time, we resolve the compact star forming clumps (fireballs) into sub-clumps and subsequently into a possibly dozen isolated stars. We speculate that many of them could be blue supergiant stars which are cousins of SDSS J122952.66$+$112227.8, the farthest star($\sim$17 Mpc) we had found earlier surrounding one of these compact clumps. We found evidence of star formation rate ($4–7.4 \times 10^{–4} \ M_{\odot}$ yr$^{–1}$) in these fireballs, estimated from UVIT flux densities, to beincreasing with the distance from the parent galaxy. We propose a new dynamical model in which the stripped gas may be developing vortex street where the vortices grow to compact star forming clumps due to self-gravity. Gravity winning over turbulent force with time or length along the trail can explain thepuzzling trend of higher star formation rate and bluer/younger stars observed in fireballs farther away from the parent galaxy.

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