Constraining Dust Extinction Properties via the VVV Survey

@article{Majaess2016ConstrainingDE,
  title={Constraining Dust Extinction Properties via the VVV Survey},
  author={D. Majaess and David Gerald Turner and Istv{\'a}n D{\'e}k{\'a}ny and Dante Minniti and W. P. Gieren},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  year={2016}
}
Near-infrared color-excess and extinction ratios are essential for establishing the cosmic distance scale and probing the Galaxy, particularly when analyzing targets attenuated by significant dust. A robust determination of those ratios followed from leveraging new infrared observations from the VVV survey, wherein numerous bulge RR Lyrae and Type II Cepheids were discovered, in addition to $BVJHK_{s}(3.4\rightarrow22)\mu m$ data for classical Cepheids and O-stars occupying the broader Galaxy… 

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