|Institution:||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Keywords:||Elliptical galaxies; Lenticular galaxies; Globular cluster system; Wide-field imaging; Extragalactic globular clusters; NGC 720; NGC 1023; NGC 2768; NGC 3607; NGC 3608|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/419028|
Globular cluster (GC) systems can be used as powerful tools to investigate the evolutionary history of early-type galaxies. In this thesis, we study the GC systems of five early-type galaxies in which first investigation for four galaxies using wide-field imaging data. All GC systems show a clear distribution of blue and red GCs. Also, we explore their radial density, colour and azimuthal distributions. We find a dependence of the relative fraction of blue to red GCs with host galaxy environmental density for lenticular galaxies. A one-to-one relation between the ellipticities of red GCs and the galaxy stellar light emphasises the evolutionary similarities between them. Advisors/Committee Members: Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.