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|A NICMOS Survey of Early-Type Galaxy Centers: The Relation Between Core Properties, Gas and Dust Content, and Environment|
We present a NICMOS 1.6 μm imaging isophotal study of 27 early-typegalaxies. Core galaxies have reduced ellipticity and boxiness near andwithin their core or break radius. This supports a core formationmechanism that mixes or scatters stars such as scattering caused by abinary black hole. We find the same trends between central surfacebrightness and luminosities as the WPFC studies. We find no correlationbetween core properties and dust mass or X-ray luminosity, suggestingthat processes determining the current gas content (e.g., such as minormergers and cooling flows) are unrelated to processes occurring duringcore formation. Core galaxies exist in a variety of environments rangingfrom poor groups to large clusters. A combined sample suggests thatgalaxy groups may harbor more luminous power-law galaxies than clusterssuch as Virgo and Fornax. Based on observations with the NASA/ESA HubbleSpace Telescope obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, whichis operated by the Association of University for Research in Astronomy,Inc. (AURA), under NASA contract NAS5-26555.
|The Southern Sky Redshift Survey|
We report redshifts, magnitudes, and morphological classifications for5369 galaxies with m_B <= 15.5 and for 57 galaxies fainter than thislimit, in two regions covering a total of 1.70 sr in the southerncelestial hemisphere. The galaxy catalog is drawn primarily from thelist of nonstellar objects identified in the Hubble Space TelescopeGuide Star Catalog (GSC). The galaxies have positions accurate to ~1"and magnitudes with an rms scatter of ~0.3 mag. We compute magnitudes(m_SSRS2) from the relation between instrumental GSC magnitudes and thephotometry by Lauberts & Valentijn. From a comparison with CCDphotometry, we find that our system is homogeneous across the sky andcorresponds to magnitudes measured at the isophotal level ~26 magarcsec^-2. The precision of the radial velocities is ~40 km s^-1, andthe redshift survey is more than 99% complete to the m_SSRS2 = 15.5 maglimit. This sample is in the direction opposite that of the CfA2; incombination the two surveys provide an important database for studies ofthe properties of galaxies and their large-scale distribution in thenearby universe. Based on observations obtained at Cerro TololoInter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories,operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy,Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation;Complejo Astronomico El Leoncito, operated under agreement between theConsejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas de laRepública Argentina and the National Universities of La Plata,Córdoba, and San Juan; the European Southern Observatory, LaSilla, Chile, partially under the bilateral ESO-ObservatórioNacional agreement; Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory;Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Brazil; and the SouthAfrican Astronomical Observatory.
|CCD calibration of the magnitude scale for the Southern Sky Redshift Survey Extension galaxy sample|
New CCD observations are used to examine the accuracy of the magnitudesystem adopted to define the galaxy sample being employed to conduct theSouthern Sky Redshift Survey Extension (SSRS2). The magnitude scale ofthe SSRS2 is based on the instrumental magnitudes of the nonstellarobjects listed in the ST ScI Guide Star Catalog, converted to the B(0)system. The magnitudes derived in the photometric catalog of Laubertsand Valentijn (1989) are found to be in excellent agreement with the CCDmeasurements, with isophotal magnitudes showing a dispersion of about0.13 mag, although an offset 0.15 mag in zero point may be present. Themagnitudes m(SSRS2) derived from the ST ScI instrumental magnitudescorrespond well to a blue magnitude measured within the B = 26 mag/sqarcsec isophote. It is argued that the ST ScI objects may provide aninvaluable source for the construction of a uniform magnitude-limitedsample of galaxies in the Southern Hemisphere.
|The plane W(Na I) X W(Mg I) - Effects of interstellar Na I in a sample of southern galaxies|
Galaxy spectra from a subsample of the Southern Sky Redshift Survey databank were used to study the equivalent width plane for the lines Na Ilambda 5893 A vs Mg I lambda 5175 A. An estimate of how important thecontribution of the interstellar gas for the sodium line is compared tothat of the stellar population. The sample is made up of galaxies withmorphological types from E to Sc and are distributed up to radialvelocities of 25,000 km/s, most of them smaller than 15,000 km/s. Mostearly type galaxies with dust lanes, particularly nearly edge-on So's,present an enhancement of the Na I line. Inclined spiral galaxies tendto present enhanced Na I with respect to face-on spirals. This tendency,previously found in a smaller sample of galaxies limited to V equal toor less than 6000 km/s, is now confirmed for more distant ones. In thelarge velocity sample it shows the global bulge rather than the verynucleus; the persistence of the effect suggests that the scale height ofthe gas layer in the central disk can reach a considerable fraction ofthe bulge radius.
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