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We present deep g- and r-band Magellan/Megacam photometry of two dwarf galaxy candidates discovered in the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Grus I and Indus II (DES J2038-4609). For the case of Grus I, we resolved the main sequence turn-off (MSTO) and similar to 2 mags below it. The MSTO can be seen at g(0) similar to 24 with a photometric uncertainty of 0.03 mag. We show Grus I to be consistent with an old, metal-poor (similar to 13.3 Gyr, [Fe/H] similar to -1.9) dwarf galaxy. We derive updated distance and structural parameters for Grus I using this deep, uniform, wide-field data set. We find an azimuthally-averaged halflight radius more than two times larger (similar to 151(-31)(+21) pc; similar to 4'. 16(-0.74)(+0.54)) and an absolute V-band magnitude similar to-4.1 that is similar to 1 magnitude brighter than previous studies. We obtain updated distance, ellipticity, and centroid parameters that are in agreement with other studies within uncertainties. Although our photometry of Indus II is similar to 2-3 magnitudes deeper than the DES Y1 public release, we find no coherent stellar population at its reported location. The original detection was located in an incomplete region of sky in the DES Y2Q1 data set and was flagged due to potential blue horizontal branch member stars. The best-fit isochrone parameters are physically inconsistent with both dwarf galaxies and globular clusters. We conclude that Indus II is likely a false positive, flagged due to a chance alignment of stars along the line of sight. Show more
Journal / seriesThe Astrophysical Journal
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PublisherIOP Publishing Ltd
SubjectDwarf galaxies; Astronomy data analysis; Photometry; Galaxy properties; Bayesian statistics
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