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Title: Isophotal shapes of early-type galaxies to very faint levels

We report on a study of the isophotal shapes of early-type galaxies to very faint levels, reaching ∼0.1% of the sky brightness. The galaxies are from the Large Format Camera (LFC) fields obtained using the Palomar 5 m Hale Telescope, with integrated exposures ranging from 1 to 4 hr in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey r, i, and z bands. The shapes of isophotes of early-type galaxies are important, as they are correlated with the physical properties of the galaxies and are influenced by galaxy formation processes. In this paper, we report on a sample of 132 E and SO galaxies in one LFC field. We have redshifts for 53 of these, obtained using AAOmega on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The shapes of early-type galaxies often vary with radius. We derive average values of isophotal shape parameters in four different radial bins along the semi-major axis in each galaxy. We obtain empirical fitting formulae for the probability distribution of the isophotal parameters in each bin and investigate for possible correlations with other global properties of the galaxies. Our main finding is that the isophotal shapes of the inner regions are statistically different from those in the outer regions. This suggests thatmore » the outer and inner parts of early-type galaxies have evolved somewhat independently.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010 (India)
  2. Australian Astronomical Observatory, P.O. Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670 (Australia)
  3. Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (India)
  4. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22356794
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 787; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BRIGHTNESS; CORRELATIONS; DISTRIBUTION; GALAXIES; PHOTOMETRY; PROBABILITY; RED SHIFT; SKY; TELESCOPES