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|On the alignment between binary spiral galaxies|
We show some significance against the null hypothesis of randominteractions of binary spiral galaxies, and in favour of the alternativethat more interactions than expected occur for axes either nearlyparallel (spins being parallel or anti-parallel) or nearly orthogonal.We discuss this in the context of similar prior studies, using adifferent statistical focus in such a way that we are able toincorporate additional data.
|The Frequency of Active and Quiescent Galaxies with Companions: Implications for the Feeding of the Nucleus|
We analyze the idea that nuclear activity, either active galactic nuclei(AGNs) or star formation, can be triggered by interactions by studyingthe percentage of active, H II, and quiescent galaxies with companions.Our sample was selected from the Palomar survey and avoids selectionbiases faced by previous studies. This sample was split into fivedifferent groups, Seyfert galaxies, LINERs, transition galaxies, H IIgalaxies, and absorption-line galaxies. The comparison between the localgalaxy density distributions of the different groups showed that in mostcases there is no statistically significant difference among galaxies ofdifferent activity types, with the exception that absorption-linegalaxies are seen in higher density environments, since most of them arein the Virgo Cluster. The comparison of the percentage of galaxies withnearby companions showed that there is a higher percentage of LINERs,transition galaxies, and absorption-line galaxies with companions thanSeyfert and H II galaxies. However, we find that when we consider onlygalaxies of similar morphological types (elliptical or spiral), there isno difference in the percentage of galaxies with companions amongdifferent activity types, indicating that the former result was due tothe morphology-density effect. In addition, only small differences arefound when we consider galaxies with similar Hα luminosities. Thecomparison between H II galaxies of different Hα luminositiesshows that there is a significantly higher percentage of galaxies withcompanions among H II galaxies with L(Hα)>1039 ergss-1 than among those with L(Hα)<=1039ergs s-1, indicating that interactions increase the amount ofcircumnuclear star formation, in agreement with previous results. Thefact that we find that galaxies of different activity types have thesame percentage of companions suggests that interactions betweengalaxies is not a necessary condition to trigger the nuclear activity inAGNs. We compare our results with previous ones and discuss theirimplications.
|The 1.0 Megaparsec Galaxy Pair Sample in Low-Density Regions|
Using complete redshift catalogs, we have compiled a list of galaxypairs based solely on a pair's projected separation, rp, andvelocity difference, ΔV. We have made high-velocity precision H Iobservations of each galaxy in the sample and have reported these in theliterature. Due to the nature of the redshift catalogs, we are able toquantitatively evaluate the effects of isolation and number density ofsurrounding galaxies on each pair in the sample. For the close galaxypairs (rp<100 kpc), the degree of isolation (a measure ofthe number of near neighbors) has little effect on the median ΔV.This median is about 55 km s-1 for the 25 close pairs (ifmedium-density close pairs are omitted ΔV is even smaller, but thedifference is not statistically significant). The effect of isolation isstrong for the entire sample of galaxy pairs with separations as largeas 1.0 Mpc. For these larger separation pairs, relaxation of strictisolation requirements introduces small groups into the sample, whichdramatically increases the median ΔV. We find little evidence ofan increase in the median ΔV with decreasing rp, norwith increasing total luminosity. For our isolated pairs in low-densityregions, the overall median ΔV is only 30 km s-1. Forsimilar separations and isolation criteria, galaxy satellites withlarger luminosity ratios (i.e., less dynamical friction) in higherdensity regions have ΔV approximately twice as large. Weconjecture that our orbits are highly eccentric, so that the indirecteffect of dynamical friction leads to predominantly small ΔV.However, the halos of our galaxies may also be of low density (althoughhighly extended).
|Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups|
In this paper we describe the Nearby Optical Galaxy (NOG) sample, whichis a complete, distance-limited (cz<=6000 km s-1) andmagnitude-limited (B<=14) sample of ~7000 optical galaxies. Thesample covers 2/3 (8.27 sr) of the sky (|b|>20deg) andappears to have a good completeness in redshift (97%). We select thesample on the basis of homogenized corrected total blue magnitudes inorder to minimize systematic effects in galaxy sampling. We identify thegroups in this sample by means of both the hierarchical and thepercolation ``friends-of-friends'' methods. The resulting catalogs ofloose groups appear to be similar and are among the largest catalogs ofgroups currently available. Most of the NOG galaxies (~60%) are found tobe members of galaxy pairs (~580 pairs for a total of ~15% of objects)or groups with at least three members (~500 groups for a total of ~45%of objects). About 40% of galaxies are left ungrouped (field galaxies).We illustrate the main features of the NOG galaxy distribution. Comparedto previous optical and IRAS galaxy samples, the NOG provides a densersampling of the galaxy distribution in the nearby universe. Given itslarge sky coverage, the identification of groups, and its high-densitysampling, the NOG is suited to the analysis of the galaxy density fieldof the nearby universe, especially on small scales.
|Arcsecond Positions of UGC Galaxies|
We present accurate B1950 and J2000 positions for all confirmed galaxiesin the Uppsala General Catalog (UGC). The positions were measuredvisually from Digitized Sky Survey images with rms uncertaintiesσ<=[(1.2")2+(θ/100)2]1/2,where θ is the major-axis diameter. We compared each galaxymeasured with the original UGC description to ensure high reliability.The full position list is available in the electronic version only.
|Groups of galaxies. III. Some empirical characteristics.|
|Catalogue of HI maps of galaxies. I.|
A catalogue is presented of galaxies having large-scale observations inthe HI line. This catalogue collects from the literature the informationthat characterizes the observations in the 21-cm line and the way thatthese data were presented by means of maps, graphics and tables, forshowing the distribution and kinematics of the gas. It containsfurthermore a measure of the HI extension that is detected at the levelof the maximum sensitivity reached in the observations. This catalogueis intended as a guide for references on the HI maps published in theliterature from 1953 to 1995 and is the basis for the analysis of thedata presented in Paper II. The catalogue is only available inelectronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp 18.104.22.168 orhttp://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html
|A catalogue of spatially resolved kinematics of galaxies: Bibliography|
We present a catalogue of galaxies for which spatially resolved data ontheir internal kinematics have been published; there is no a priorirestriction regarding their morphological type. The catalogue lists thereferences to the articles where the data are published, as well as acoded description of these data: observed emission or absorption lines,velocity or velocity dispersion, radial profile or 2D field, positionangle. Tables 1, 2, and 3 are proposed in electronic form only, and areavailable from the CDS, via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (to22.214.171.124) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Abstract.html
|Close Galaxy pairs in Medium Density Regions: The Northern Sky|
We present HI synthesis and optical CCD data for pairs of spiralgalaxies chosen in an objective manner from the CfA redshift catalog.This is a simple extension to higher velocity differences and higherbackground galaxy density (i.e. to densities comparable to that of loosegroups, called `medium' density here) of an earlier study on fieldgalaxy pairs (Chengalur, Salpeter & Terzian 1994). The extension tohigher background density has a dramatic effect on the pair kinematics,with the median velocity difference for pairs in medium density regionsbeing ~ 100 \kms, as compared to the median velocity difference of ~ 30\kms seen in the low density pairs of CST94. Despite this increase inmedian velocity difference, many of the pairs in the medium densityregion show extensive tidal disturbances, including large ( ~ 100 kpc)HI tails, common HI envelopes etc. We also find a number of smaller(typically uncataloged and also gas rich) companion galaxies around themain galaxy pair. Although the sample is small, there appears to besystematically more gas rich companions found around pairs in mediumdensity regions (five out of eight pairs) as compared to pairs in lowdensity regions (two out of eight). In a forthcoming paper we willpresent data for 15 pairs of galaxies, chiefly from the southern sky andanalysis of the properties of the complete galaxy pair sample.
|Arm structure in normal spiral galaxies, 1: Multivariate data for 492 galaxies|
Multivariate data have been collected as part of an effort to develop anew classification system for spiral galaxies, one which is notnecessarily based on subjective morphological properties. A sample of492 moderately bright northern Sa and Sc spirals was chosen for futurestatistical analysis. New observations were made at 20 and 21 cm; thelatter data are described in detail here. Infrared Astronomy Satellite(IRAS) fluxes were obtained from archival data. Finally, new estimatesof arm pattern radomness and of local environmental harshness werecompiled for most sample objects.
|A revised catalog of CfA1 galaxy groups in the Virgo/Great Attractor flow field|
A new identification of groups and clusters in the CfA1 Catalog ofHuchra et al. is presented, using a percolation algorithm to identifydensity enhancements. It is shown that in the resulting catalog,contamination by interlopers is significantly reduced. The Schechterluminosity function is redetermined, including the Malmquist bias.
|General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups|
We present a whole sky catalog of nearby groups of galaxies taken fromthe Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic Database. From the 78,000 objects in thedatabase, we extracted a sample of 6392 galaxies, complete up to thelimiting apparent magnitude B0 = 14.0. Moreover, in order to considersolely the galaxies of the local universe, all the selected galaxieshave a known recession velocity smaller than 5500 km/s. Two methods wereused in group construction: a Huchra-Geller (1982) derived percolationmethod and a Tully (1980) derived hierarchical method. Each method gaveus one catalog. These were then compared and synthesized to obtain asingle catalog containing the most reliable groups. There are 485 groupsof a least three members in the final catalog.
|Angular Momentum in Binary Spiral Galaxies|
In order to investigate the relative orientations of spiral galaxies inpairs, the distribution of the angle between the spin-vectors for a newsample of 40 binary spiral galaxies is determined. From thisdistribution it is found, contrary to an earlier result obtained byHelou (1984), that there is no indication of a correlation between theorientations of spiral galaxies in pairs. Also the distributions of therelative position angles for a sample of pairs are determined. The datadisagree with a simple model for isolated pairs based on tidal torques.A division of the sample into isolated and less-isolated pairs suggeststhat this disagreement is due to insufficient dynamical isolation duringgalaxy formation. The magnitude of the orbital angular momentum iscompared with that of the internal angular momentum of the galaxies forour sample as a whole. We find that the orbital angular momentum istypically 4 times larger than the internal angular momentum. This isinterpreted as an indication that the pairs in this sample were notdynamically isolated at the time they formed and that this is the reasonwhy no correlation between the spin-vectors is observed. We suggest thatpairs for which the spin- vectors were correlated had low orbitalangular momentum and have merged. Consequently, studying the relativeorientation of the spin-vectors in present day binary spiral galaxieswill not give strong constraints on the models for the origin ofgalactic angular momentum.
|Statistical methods for investigating periodicities in double-galaxy redshifts|
It is shown how to test binary-galaxy redshift data for periodicitiesagainst all possible monotone-decreasing distribution functions. Thesignificance of the periodicity in both radio and optical data remainshigh. Likelihood methods are used to compare the chances that the datacome from periodic versus Newtonian distributions and find that theoptical data are greater than about 15 times more likely to come from atruly periodic distribution. The same calculation for a new compilationof radio data shows a likelihood ratio of 3. Bayesian inferencetechniques are used to show that the data suggest a much higherprobability for the quantization than has been the case in the past.
|Velocity differences in binary galaxies. I - Suggestions for a nonmonotonic, two-component distribution|
A compilation of published high-precision velocities for 107 isolatedgalaxies is presented and used to obtain the distribution function oftheir velocity differences. The distribution shows a peak at the zerodifference as expected, but it also exhibits a preference for valuesnear 72 km/2. The distribution function declines smoothly beyond about72 km/s, with no significant peaks at multiples of 72 km/s, as claimedby Tifft (1977, 1980, 1982). It is argued that criteria for selectionprocedures on binary galaxy samples which are defined on the basis oftoo narrow a projected separation in the sky can produce a nonmonotonicdistribution if the orbits are eccentric. Such orbits can produce astrong secondary peak only if the level of incompleteness inbinary-galaxy samples is quite high, suggesting that the presentstatistical estimates of the masses of binary galaxies should bereevaluated.
Large areas of the sky around the brightest apparent magnitude galaxieshave been examined. In almost every case where they are not crowded byother right galaxies, clearly marked lines of higher red shift galaxieshave been going through, or originating from, the positions of thesebright apparent magnitude galaxies. It is shown that galaxies of about3000 to 5000 km/s red shift define narrow filaments of from 10 to 50 degin length. It is found that galaxies of very bright apparent magnitudetend to occur at the center or ends of these alignments. The 20brightest galaxies in apparent magnitude north of delta = 0 deg areinvestigated here. Of the 14 which are uncrowded by nearby brightgalaxies, a total of 13 have well marked-lines and concentrations offainter, higher red shift galaxies.
|A Bowl Full of Galaxies|
|Observations of galaxies in groups at 102 MHz|
Observations of 325 galaxies in groups were carried out at a frequencyof 102 MHz via the scintillation method. Radio emission was found in 42of these components. Eleven of these have a meridional component.
|Cosmology from a galaxy group catalog. I - Binaries|
A new, completely objective group-finding algorithm is described andapplied to the CfA redshift catalog. The binary galaxies are isolatedfor analysis. The assumptions underlying the analysis are (1) that lighttraces mass, (2) that our binary galaxy subsets are representative lighttracers, and (3) that the binary orbits are circular. The primary resultof the work is that the resulting bias-free binary catalogs are afunction of the assumed cosmological model. For virtually any inputvalue of Omega(0) in the range 0.01-5.00, there is a reasonablyconsistent interpretation of the CfA survey such that the specifiedvalue of Omega(0) can be derived from the binary sample obtained underthat interpretation. A secondary result is that the higher the inputvalue of Omega(0), the broader the intrinsic distribution in M/L, andhence the less valid the assumption that light traces mass.
|A statistical study of companions to Seyfert galaxies|
Comparison of a large sample of nearby Seyfert galaxies with a controlsample of normal spirals reveals only marginal evidence that Seyfertspossess an excess of comparably sized companions. It is shown that theexcess of companions near Seyferts noted by Dahari (1984) is primarilydue to low-luminosity galaxies that would have been eliminated asbackground by the present technique. Seyferts are found to be in sparserenvironments than radio galaxies both with or without strong emissionlines in their nuclear spectra.
|Dark matter associated with binary galaxies|
Sixteen pairs of galaxies have been observed previously using theWesterbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) in the 21-cm line of neuralhydrogen. In this paper the derived kinematical parameters are used tostudy the possible presence of dark matter. For each pair informationwas obtained about the internal kinematics of each member and about therelative motion of the members with respect to each other. The combinedmass of both member galaxies individually is compared to the minimumtotal mass following from the relative motion. Care is taken to estimatethe effects of the well defined criteria applied to select the sample.In about one half of the observed pairs there is direct evidence of darkmatter, and from statistical arguments the data indicate an averageratio dark matter/visible matter of 3. It appears that even among widelyseparated pairs a point mass model is not adequate. The observations canbe fitted to a logarithmic potential characterized by an extended matterdistribution enveloping the galaxies.
|A search for environmental effects on the optical properties of galaxies in groups|
Environmental density-related modifications of basic optical properties(luminosities, sizes, axial ratios, and colors) of galaxies belonging toGeller and Huchra's (1983) groups have been investigated. Remarkably, itis found that the broad maxima of the distributions of luminosities anddiameters of spirals and the whole corresponding distributions oflenticulars tend to move to lower values as one goes to groups of highcompactness, whereas the luminosity-diameter relationship of spiralstends to become flatter. No color and axial ratio differences betweengalaxies of high- and low-compactness groups have been detected.
|Supplement to the detailed bibliography on the surface photometry of galaxies|
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|Mass-to-light distributions for binary spiral galaxies|
Surface photometry has yielded mass-to-light distributions for 26 binaryspiral galaxies whose rotation curves have been measured with the WSRT.In 12 cases the photometry limits exceed the maximum neutral hydrogenradius. In 10 galaxies M/L is constant with radius, while in the othersit increases steadily. The mean total mass-to-light ratio for theindividual galaxies is 8.5 + or - 1.1 in the B passband. The minimummass-to-light ratio required for the galaxy pairs to be bound is 5.6 +or - 1.6. The significance of these results for massive haloes isdiscussed.
|H I line studies of galaxies. III - Distance moduli of 822 disk galaxies|
The distance scale established on the basis of a distance moduli catalog(for 822 galaxies) that was derived from 21-cm line widths via theB-band Tully-Fisher relation is compared with several independent scaleshaving a common zero point, that are based on the indicators forluminosity index, redshift, ring diameters, brightest superassociations,and effective diameters. These are in excellent systematic agreement,and confirm the linearity of the H I scale in the 24-35 modulusinterval, but indicate a small systematic zero point difference of about0.2 mag, which must be added to the H I moduli to place them on the same'short' distance scale defined by the others.
|A survey of galaxy redshifts. IV - The data|
The complete list of the best available radial velocities for the 2401galaxies in the merged Zwicky-Nilson catalog brighter than 14.5mz and with b (II) above +40 deg or below -30 deg ispresented. Almost 60 percent of the redshifts are from the CfA surveyand are accurate to typically 35 km/s.
|A catalog of hierarchical subclustering in the Turner-Gott groups|
Information on the substructure, to four levels of hierarchy, ispresented for the 103 groups listed by Turner and Gott (TG) in theircatalog of groups of galaxies. All galaxies brighter than Mpg= 14.0 in the region delta is 0 deg or greater and b(II) is 40 deg orgreater that have been assigned group memberships by TG are included.Also listed is the local environmental information for each of thegalaxies, giving the surface density enhancement beta in the galaxy'sneighborhood, calculated at 15 levels in the range beta = 4.6 to 10,000.
|Neutral hydrogen observations of double spiral galaxies. II NGC 3958/3963, NGC 5289/5290, NGC 5673/IC 1 029, NGC 5107/5112|
Full synthesis HI observations of four fields containing a binary galaxysystem are presented. Individual total masses derived from the rotationcurves are compared with the mass of the system as deduced from theobserved orbital motion. The pairs NGC 3958/3963 and NGC 5673/IC 1029show minimum orbital masses which are larger than the sum of theindividual masses. The discrepancy is largest for the pair NGC 5673/IC1029, which is likely part of a quadruple system. The other two pairshave minimum orbital masses smaller than the sum of the individualmasses. Six of the eight galaxies show asymmetries in the HIdistributions which are probably due to interaction with the other pairmember; in one pair (NGC 3958/3963) the presence of interaction isobvious.
|Flocculent and grand design spiral structure in field, binary and group galaxies|
A 12-division morphological system emphasizing arm continuity, lengthand symmetry has been developed for the classification of all spiralgalaxies according to the regularity of their spiral arm structure. Armclassifications were tabulated for 305 barred and nonbarred spiralgalaxies; of these, 79 are isolated, 52 are binary and 174 are ingroups. Among the isolated SA galaxies, 68 + or - 10% have irregular andfragmented, or 'flocculent', spiral structures. Only 32 + or - 10% havesymmetric spiral arms in the classic grand design pattern. Flocculentspirals are the most common structures of galaxies without companions orbars. Since flocculent galaxies may have bars and companions, and granddesign galaxies may have neither bars nor companions, such perturbationsare neither perfectly effective nor always necessary in the driving ofgrand design patterns.
|21-CM Line Profiles of 40 SA Spiral Galaxies|
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