The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program. II. the Distance to IC 1613: The Tip of the Red Giant Branch and RR Lyrae Period-luminosity Relations

Dylan Hatt, Rachael L. Beaton, Wendy L. Freedman, Barry F. Madore, In Sung Jang, Taylor J. Hoyt, Myung Gyoon Lee, Andrew J. Monson, Jeffrey A. Rich, Victoria Scowcroft, Mark Seibert

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IC 1613 is an isolated dwarf galaxy within the Local Group. Low foreground and internal extinction, low metallicity, and low crowding make it an invaluable testbed for the calibration of the local distance ladder. We present new, high-fidelity distance estimates to IC 1613 via its Tip of the Red Giant Branch (TRGB) and its RR Lyrae (RRL) variables as part of the Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program, which seeks an alternate local route to H 0 using Population II stars. We have measured a TRGB magnitude IACSTRGB = 20.35 ± 0.01stat ± 0.01sys mag using wide-field observations obtained from the IMACS camera on the Magellan-Baade telescope. We have further constructed optical and near-infrared RRL light curves using archival BI- and new H-band observations from the ACS/WFC and WFC3/IR instruments on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). In advance of future Gaia data releases, we set provisional values for the TRGB luminosity via the Large Magellanic Cloud and Galactic RRL zero-points via HST parallaxes. We find corresponding true distance moduli μ0TRGB = 24.30 ± 0.03stat ± 0.05sys and mag 〈μ0RRL〉 = 24.28 ± 0.04stat+sys mag. We compare our results to a body of recent publications on IC 1613 and find no statistically significant difference between the distances derived from Population I and II stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number146
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume845
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 20 2017

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Hatt, Dylan ; Beaton, Rachael L. ; Freedman, Wendy L. ; Madore, Barry F. ; Jang, In Sung ; Hoyt, Taylor J. ; Lee, Myung Gyoon ; Monson, Andrew J. ; Rich, Jeffrey A. ; Scowcroft, Victoria ; Seibert, Mark. / The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program. II. the Distance to IC 1613 : The Tip of the Red Giant Branch and RR Lyrae Period-luminosity Relations. In: Astrophysical Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 845, No. 2.
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The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program. II. the Distance to IC 1613 : The Tip of the Red Giant Branch and RR Lyrae Period-luminosity Relations. / Hatt, Dylan; Beaton, Rachael L.; Freedman, Wendy L.; Madore, Barry F.; Jang, In Sung; Hoyt, Taylor J.; Lee, Myung Gyoon; Monson, Andrew J.; Rich, Jeffrey A.; Scowcroft, Victoria; Seibert, Mark.

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