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2007AJ....134.1403R Global Properties of the Globular Cluster Systems of Four Spiral Galaxies Katherine L. Rhode, Stephen E. Zepf, Arunav Kundu, and Aaron N. Larner Abstract. We present results from a wide-field imaging study of the globular cluster (GC) systems of a sample of edge-on, Sb -- Sc spiral galaxies ~7 -- 20 Mpc away. This study is part of a larger survey of the ensemble properties of the GC populations of giant galaxies. We imaged the galaxies in BVR filters with large-format CCD detectors on the WIYN 3.5 m telescope to projected radii of ~20 -- 40 kpc. For four galaxies (NGC 2683, NGC 3556, NGC 4157, and NGC 7331), we quantify the radial distributions of the GC systems and estimate the total number, luminosity- and mass-normalized specific frequencies (S_N_ and T), and blue (metal-poor) fraction of GCs. A fifth galaxy (NGC 3044) was apparently too distant for us to have detected its GC system. Our S_N_ for NGC 2683 is 2.5 times smaller than the previously published value, likely due in part to reduced contamination from non-GCs. For the spiral galaxies analyzed for the survey to date, the average number of GCs is 170+/-40, and the weighted mean values of S_N_ and T are 0.8+/-0.2 and 1.4+/-0.3, respectively. We use the survey data to derive a relationship between the radial extent of the GC system and host galaxy mass over a factor of 20 in mass. Finally, we confirm the trend, identified in previous survey papers, of increasing specific frequency of metal-poor GCs with increasing galaxy mass. We compare the data with predictions from a simple model and show that carefully quantifying the numbers of metal-poor GCs in galaxies can constrain the formation redshifts of the GCs and their host galaxies. Key words: Galaxies: Formation, galaxies: individual (NGC 2683), NGC 3044, (NGC 3556), (NGC 4157), NGC 7331, Galaxies: Spiral, Galaxies: Star Clusters
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