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Paper: Old Stellar Populations as Structural Tracer of the Magellanic Cloud Complex
Volume: 491, Fifty Years of Wide Field Studies in the Southern Hemisphere: Resolved Stellar Populations in the Galactic Bulge and the Magellanic Clouds
Page: 317
Authors: Saha, A.; Olszewski, E. W.
Abstract: We present results from the the NOAO Outer Limits Survey (OLS) in the context of the new paradigm that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) are approaching the Galaxy for the first time, and are not, as previously thought, orbiting quasi-periodically. The OLS identifies old and intermediate stellar populations associated with the LMC and SMC to unprecedented distances outside these galaxies. The distribution of these older stars are a fossil record of the interaction history of both Magellanic Clouds, both between themselves and with the Milky Way. A stable extended disk to beyond 12 scale lengths has been identified in the LMC, which is unlikely to have survived multiple approaches to the Galaxy. An extra-tidal distribution of stars around the SMC, however, are consistent with tidal disruption due to interactions with the LMC. We show that the Magellanic Bridge contains old stars, consistent with it being a tidal feature due to LMC-SMC interaction.
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