The Effect of Metallicity on Cepheid - Based Distances

Abstract

We have used the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on board the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain V and I images of seven nearby galaxies. For each, we have measured a distance using the tip of the red giant branch (TRGB) method. By comparing the TRGB distances to published Cepheid distances, we investigate the metallicity dependence of the Cepheid period-luminosity relation. Our sample is supplemented by 10 additional galaxies for which both TRGB and Cepheid distances are available in the literature, thus providing a uniform coverage in Cepheid abundances between 1/20 and 2 (O/H)⊙. We find that the difference between Cepheid and TRGB distances decreases monotonically with increasing Cepheid abundance, consistent with a mean metallicity dependence of the Cepheid distance moduli of δ(m−M)/δ[O/H ] = −0.24± 0.05 mag dex. Subject headings: Cepheids — distance scale — cosmological parameters — galaxies: stellar content — galaxies: distances and redshifts Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with program GO-8584.

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@inproceedings{Sakai2004TheEO, title={The Effect of Metallicity on Cepheid - Based Distances}, author={Shoko Sakai and Laura Ferrarese and Abhijit Saha}, year={2004} }