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|Measuring shapes of galaxy images - II. Morphology of 2MASS galaxies|
We study a sample of 112 galaxies of various Hubble types imaged in theTwo Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) in the near-infrared (NIR; 1-2 μm)J, H and Ks bands. The sample contains (optically classified)32 ellipticals, 16 lenticulars and 64 spirals acquired from the 2MASSExtended Source Catalogue (XSC).We use a set of non-parametric shape measures constructed from theMinkowski functionals (MFs) for galaxy shape analysis. We useellipticity (ɛ) and orientation angle (Φ) as shapediagnostics. With these parameters as functions of area within theisophotal contour, we note that the NIR elliptical galaxies withɛ > 0.2 show a trend of being centrally spherical andincreasingly flattened towards the edge, a trend similar to images inoptical wavelengths. The highly flattened elliptical galaxies showstrong change in ellipticity between the centre and the edge. Thelenticular galaxies show morphological properties resembling eitherellipticals or disc galaxies. Our analysis shows that almost half of thespiral galaxies appear to have bar-like features while the rest arelikely to be non-barred. Our results also indicate that almost one-thirdof spiral galaxies have optically hidden bars.The isophotal twist noted in the orientations of elliptical galaxiesdecreases with the flattening of these galaxies, indicating that twistand flattening are also anticorrelated in the NIR, as found in opticalwavelengths. The orientations of NIR lenticular and spiral galaxies showa wide range of twists.
|The FIRST Bright Quasar Survey. II. 60 Nights and 1200 Spectra Later|
We have used the Very Large Array (VLA) FIRST survey and the AutomatedPlate Measuring Facility (APM) catalog of the Palomar Observatory SkySurvey I (POSS-I) plates as the basis for constructing a newradio-selected sample of optically bright quasars. This is the firstradio-selected sample that is competitive in size with current opticallyselected quasar surveys. Using only two basic criteria, radio-opticalpositional coincidence and optical morphology, quasars and BL Lacobjects can be identified with 60% selection efficiency; the efficiencyincreases to 70% for objects fainter than 17 mag. We show that a moresophisticated selection scheme can predict with better than 85%reliability which candidates will turn out to be quasars. This paperpresents the second installment of the FIRST Bright Quasar Survey(FBQS), with a catalog of 636 quasars distributed over 2682deg2. The quasar sample is characterized and all spectra aredisplayed. The FBQS detects both radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars outto redshift z>3. We find a large population of objects ofintermediate radio loudness; there is no evidence in our sample for abimodal distribution of radio characteristics. The sample includes ~29broad absorption line quasars, both high and low ionization, and anumber of new objects with remarkable optical spectra.
|On the local radio luminosity function of galaxies. II. Environmental dependences among late-type galaxies|
Using new extensive radio continuum surveys at 1.4 GHz (FIRST and NVSS),we derive the distribution of the radio/optical and radio/NIR luminosity(RLF) of late-type (Sa-Irr) galaxies (m_p<15.7) in 5 nearby clustersof galaxies: A262, Cancer, A1367, Coma and Virgo. With the aim ofdiscussing possible environmental dependences of the radio properties,we compare these results with those obtained for relatively isolatedobjects in the Coma supercluster. We find that the RLF of Cancer, A262and Virgo are consistent with that of isolated galaxies. Conversely weconfirm earlier claims that galaxies in A1367 and Coma have their radioemissivity enhanced by a factor ~ 5 with respect to isolated objects. Wediscuss this result in the framework of the dynamical pressure sufferedby galaxies in motion through the intra-cluster gas (ram-pressure). Wefind that the radio excess is statistically larger for galaxies in fasttransit motion. This is coherent with the idea that enhanced radiocontinuum activity is associated with magnetic field compression. TheX-ray luminosities and temperatures of Coma and A1367 imply that thesetwo clusters have significantly larger intracluster gas density than theremaining three studied ones, providing a clue for explaining the higherradio continuum luminosities of their galaxies. Multiple systems in theComa supercluster bridge (with projected separations smaller than 300kpc) have radio luminosities significantly larger than isolatedgalaxies. Table~1 is only available in electronic form at the CDS viaanonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (18.104.22.168) or viahttp://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html}
|An image database. II. Catalogue between δ=-30deg and δ=70deg.|
A preliminary list of 68.040 galaxies was built from extraction of35.841 digitized images of the Palomar Sky Survey (Paper I). For eachgalaxy, the basic parameters are obtained: coordinates, diameter, axisratio, total magnitude, position angle. On this preliminary list, weapply severe selection rules to get a catalog of 28.000 galaxies, wellidentified and well documented. For each parameter, a comparison is madewith standard measurements. The accuracy of the raw photometricparameters is quite good despite of the simplicity of the method.Without any local correction, the standard error on the total magnitudeis about 0.5 magnitude up to a total magnitude of B_T_=17. Significantsecondary effects are detected concerning the magnitudes: distance toplate center effect and air-mass effect.
|Imaging and Spectroscopic Observations of the Case Survey Blue/Emission- Line Galaxies|
We present CCD imaging and spectroscopic data for 176 blue and/oremission-line galaxies from Lists I and II of the Case Northern SkySurvey. Our sample consists of all Case galaxies which lie in the regionwhich overlaps the original Slice of the Universe survey. We use theobservational data to investigate the physical properties of thegalaxies selected by the survey, to compare with various parameterspublished in the survey lists, and to investigate the selectioncharacteristics and completeness limit of the survey. The majority ofthe Case galaxies are energized by regions of active star formation;only 5% of the sample are Seyfert galaxies. The dual selectiontechniques used (both UV-excess and emission lines) allow the survey todetect star-forming galaxies with a wide range of properties andevolutionary states. In particular, the Case survey selects galaxieswith lower levels of activity than most previous surveys. The surveyalso includes a larger fraction of intermediate and low-luminositygalaxies than would be present in a purely magnitude- limited sample.Although galaxies as faint as m_B_ = 19 are present in the sample, thecompleteness limit of the UV-excess selected portion of the survey iscloser to m_B_ = 16. The luminosity function of the Case galaxies isderived and compared with that of the "normal" field galaxies in thesame volume of space. The shape of the Case luminosity function issimilar to that for the field sample. A surprising result is that 31% ofthe field galaxy population can be accounted for by galaxies of the typeselected in the Case survey.
|21 centimeter study of spiral galaxies in clusters. III - Neutral gas content, star formation, and radio continuum properties|
21 cm line observations of 112 galaxies in seven clusters and inrelatively isolated regions in the Coma 'wall' were secured with theArecibo telescope. These, combined with an available data base, are usedto discuss the relations between the neutral gas column density, thestar formation rate, the FIR, and the radio continuum emission in spiralgalaxies inside and outside rich clusters. It is found thathydrogen-deficient cluster galaxies have star formation rates similar tounperturbed isolated galaxies, confirming that atomic gas ablation inclusters does not alter the supply of molecular gas. The extended radiocontinuum emission of about 30 percent of cluster spirals is higher thanthat of isolated galaxies of similar type at any given gas surfacedensity. A significant fraction of these galaxies is found perturbed intheir H I, optical, and radio continuum morphology consistent with thehypothesis that ram pressure, along with H I ablation, could producemajor morphological disturbances as well as enhancements in the diffusesynchrotron emission due to magnetic field compression.
|KISO survey for ultraviolet-excess galaxies. XV|
The fifteenth list and identification charts of the ultraviolet-excessgalaxies are presented. These galaxies were detected on the multicolorplates taken with the Kiso Schmidt telescope for 10 survey fields. Inthe sky area of 300 square degrees 544 objects are cataloged down to thephotographic magnitude of about 17.5.
|Near-infrared observations of galaxies in the Coma supercluster|
Near-IR magnitudes have been obtained for 136 galaxies in the Coma/A1367supercluster region, and near-IR colors (J-H) and (H-K) for 90 and 87objects, respectively. The near-IR colors are contained in a small rangeand do not depend on morphological types, galaxy inclination, orenvironment. Optical-to-IR colors depend strongly on a galaxy'smorphological type and inclination. There is a dependence of therelative excess of radio, and to a lesser degree, of far-IR emission onrecent star formation activity. The magnitude-line width relation forgalaxies in Coma and A1367 obtained with these data has a larger spreadthan previously found with smaller samples. The data suggest a distancemodulus to Coma of about 35, regardless of the choice of primarycalibrators.
|21 centimeter study of spiral galaxies in the Coma supercluster|
High-sensitivity, 21 cm line observations of 130 galaxies in theComa/A1367 Supercluster region are presented and used to study thelarge-scale distribution of galaxies in the direction of the ComaSupercluster and the H I content in spiral galaxies as a function of thelocal galaxy density. Groups of galaxies are found to form aquasi-continuous structure that connects the Local Supercluster to theComa Supercluster. This structure is composed of real filaments only inthe vicinity of the Coma Cluster. Spiral galaxies in the surveyed groupsand multiple systems have H I content not dissimilar from that ofisolated galaxies. Galaxies within about 1 Abell radius from the ComaCluster contain about three times less hydrogen on average than isolatedgalaxies. There is a strong tendency for galaxies that are more severelyH I-depleted to be redder and of earlier Hubble type. In the ComaCluster a considerable fraction of late-type, blue galaxies have largedeficiency parameters.
|Radio continuum survey of the Coma/A1367 supercluster. III - Properties of galaxies in different density environments|
The analysis of a radio continuum survey of 724 galaxies in the ComaSupercluster region is reported. The analysis is based on the radioluminosity function (RLF) and on the distribution of the radio tooptical ratio function of galaxies in different regimes of local galaxydensity and of different morphological types. For low and moderateluminosities, the RLFs of E/SO galaxies in clusters, groups, andmultiple systems are found to be similar. Isolated galaxies are'radio-poor' by a factor of about five. Spirals in rich clusters have atypical luminosity about 10 times higher than galaxies outside clusters.The radio-bright cluster spirals are mostly late morphological types.High radio luminosity in cluster spirals correlates well with indicatorsof star formation and with H I deficiency. This suggests thatinteraction with the cluster medium leads to collapse of molecularclouds, star formation, generation of cosmic rays, and morphologicaldistortions.
|The case low-dispersion northern sky survey. II|
Attention is given to objects, whose blue magnitudes range from 11 to18, which were found on low dispersion objective prism plates taken withthe Burrell Schmidt-type telescope at Kitt Peak. Positions, estimatedmagnitudes, and finding charts are presented for 125 blue and/oremission-line galaxies, 120 blue and/or emission line stellar objects(including QSO candidates), and 38 known and probable blue stars.
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