We have created an estimated metallicity map of the SmallMagellanic Cloud (SMC) using the Magellanic Cloud Photometric Survey (MCPS) and Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE III) photometric data. This is a first of its kind map of metallicity up to a radius of ∼2.5°.We identify the Red Giant Branch (RGB) in the V, (V - I) colour-magnitude diagrams of small sub-regions of varying sizes in both data sets. We use the slope of the RGB as an indicator of the average metallicity of a sub-region and calibrate the RGB slope to metallicity using available spectroscopic data for selected sub-regions. The average metallicity of the SMC is found to be [Fe/H]=-0.94 dex (σ[Fe/H] = 0.09) from OGLE III and [Fe/H]=-0.95 dex (σ[Fe/H]=0.08) from MCPS.We confirm a shallowbut significant metallicity gradient within the inner SMC up to a radius of 2.5° (-0.045±0.004 to -0.067±0.006 dex deg-1).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science