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|An X-Ray Atlas of Groups of Galaxies|
A search was conducted for a hot intragroup medium in 109 low-redshiftgalaxy groups observed with the ROSAT PSPC. Evidence for diffuse,extended X-ray emission is found in at least 61 groups. Approximatelyone-third of these detections have not been previously reported in theliterature. Most of the groups are detected out to less than half of thevirial radius with ROSAT. Although some spiral-rich groups do contain anintragroup medium, diffuse emission is restricted to groups that containat least one early-type galaxy.
|Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Spectroscopic Data|
We present central velocity dispersions and Mg2 line indicesfor an all-sky sample of ~1178 elliptical and S0 galaxies, of which 984had no previous measures. This sample contains the largest set ofhomogeneous spectroscopic data for a uniform sample of ellipticalgalaxies in the nearby universe. These galaxies were observed as part ofthe ENEAR project, designed to study the peculiar motions and internalproperties of the local early-type galaxies. Using 523 repeatedobservations of 317 galaxies obtained during different runs, the dataare brought to a common zero point. These multiple observations, takenduring the many runs and different instrumental setups employed for thisproject, are used to derive statistical corrections to the data and arefound to be relatively small, typically <~5% of the velocitydispersion and 0.01 mag in the Mg2 line strength. Typicalerrors are about 8% in velocity dispersion and 0.01 mag inMg2, in good agreement with values published elsewhere.
|Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Circular-Aperture Photometry|
We present R-band CCD photometry for 1332 early-type galaxies, observedas part of the ENEAR survey of peculiar motions using early-typegalaxies in the nearby universe. Circular apertures are used to tracethe surface brightness profiles, which are then fitted by atwo-component bulge-disk model. From the fits, we obtain the structuralparameters required to estimate galaxy distances using theDn-σ and fundamental plane relations. We find thatabout 12% of the galaxies are well represented by a pure r1/4law, while 87% are best fitted by a two-component model. There are 356repeated observations of 257 galaxies obtained during different runsthat are used to derive statistical corrections and bring the data to acommon system. We also use these repeated observations to estimate ourinternal errors. The accuracy of our measurements are tested by thecomparison of 354 galaxies in common with other authors. Typical errorsin our measurements are 0.011 dex for logDn, 0.064 dex forlogre, 0.086 mag arcsec-2 for<μe>, and 0.09 for mRC,comparable to those estimated by other authors. The photometric datareported here represent one of the largest high-quality and uniformall-sky samples currently available for early-type galaxies in thenearby universe, especially suitable for peculiar motion studies.Based on observations at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO),National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by theAssociation of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., undercooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF);European Southern Observatory (ESO); Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory(FLWO); and the MDM Observatory on Kitt Peak.
|The UZC-SSRS2 Group Catalog|
We apply a friends-of-friends algorithm to the combined Updated ZwickyCatalog and Southern Sky Redshift Survey to construct a catalog of 1168groups of galaxies; 411 of these groups have five or more members withinthe redshift survey. The group catalog covers 4.69 sr, and all groupsexceed the number density contrast threshold, δρ/ρ=80. Wedemonstrate that the groups catalog is homogeneous across the twounderlying redshift surveys; the catalog of groups and their membersthus provides a basis for other statistical studies of the large-scaledistribution of groups and their physical properties. The medianphysical properties of the groups are similar to those for groupsderived from independent surveys, including the ESO Key Programme andthe Las Campanas Redshift Survey. We include tables of groups and theirmembers.
|Environment, Ram Pressure, and Shell Formation in Holmberg II|
Neutral hydrogen VLA D-array observations of the dwarf irregular galaxyHoII, a prototype galaxy for studies of shell formation, are presented.These were extracted from the multiconfiguration data set of Puche andcolleagues. H I is detected to radii over 16' or 4R25, almosta factor of 2 better than previous studies. The total H I massMHI=6.44×108 Msolar. Theintegrated H I map has a comet-like appearance, with a large but faintcomponent extending to the northwest and the H I appearing compressed onthe opposite side. This suggests that HoII is affected by ram pressurefrom an intragroup medium (IGM). The velocity field shows a clearrotating disk pattern, and a rotation curve corrected for asymmetricdrift was derived. However, the gas at large radii may not be inequilibrium. Puche and colleagues' multiconfiguration data were alsoreanalyzed, and it is shown that they overestimated their fluxes by over20%. The rotation curve derived for HoII is well defined for r<~10kpc. For 10<~r<~18 kpc, however, velocities are only defined onthe approaching side, such that this part of the rotation curve shouldbe used with caution. An analysis of the mass distribution, using thewhole extent of this rotation curve, yields a total mass of6.3×109 Msolar, of which ~80% is dark.Similarly to what is seen in many dwarfs, there is more luminous mass inH I than in stars. One peculiarity, however, is that luminous matterdominates within the optical body of the galaxy and dark matter only inthe outer parts, analogous to what is seen in massive spirals ratherthan dwarfs. HoII lies northeast of the M81 Group's core, along with Kar52 (M81 dwarf A) and UGC 4483. No signs of interaction are observed,however, and it is argued that HoII is part of the NGC 2403 subgroup,infalling toward M81. A case is made for ram pressure stripping and anIGM in the M81 Group. Stripping of the outer parts of the disk wouldrequire an IGM density nIGM>~4.0×10-6atoms cm-3 at the location of HoII. This corresponds to ~1%of the virial mass of the group uniformly distributed over a volume justenclosing HoII and is consistent with the known X-ray properties ofsmall groups. The H I tail is consistent with additional turbulentviscous stripping and evaporation, at least for low IGM temperatures. Itis argued that existing observations of HoII do not supportself-propagating star formation scenarios, whereby the H I holes andshells are created by supernova explosions and stellar winds. Many H Iholes are located in low surface density regions of the disk, where nostar formation is expected or observed. Alternative mechanisms arediscussed, and it is suggested that ram pressure can help. Ram pressurehas the capacity to enlarge preexisting holes and lower their creationenergies, helping to bridge the gap between the observed star formationrate and that required to create the holes.
|The Arizona-New Mexico Spectroscopic Survey of Galaxies. III. On Galaxy Populations|
We examine the population statistics for two samples of galaxies in thedirection of the Perseus supercluster. One sample, with N=258 galaxieshaving MB<=-19.52+5log(h) and vh<=8000 kms-1, is complete for those galaxies within the boundaries ofour survey region that have apparent magnitudes mp<=15.0in the Zwicky catalog. A more restrictive sample with N=177 galaxieshaving MB<=-20.00+5log(h) (with the same redshift range)is complete in both luminosity and volume. We derive the statistics forthe relative incidence of galaxies in the following spectroscopicclasses: (1) absorption line only, (2) collisionally-excited emissionlines only, (3) nuclear H II region, (4) starburst, (5) LINER, and (6)Seyfert 1.8-2.
|The Arizona-New Mexico Spectroscopic Survey of Galaxies. I. Data for the Western End of the Perseus Supercluster|
We present new optical spectroscopic data for 347 galaxies in the regionof the Perseus supercluster. The new data were obtained using theSteward Observatory 2.3 m telescope and cover the whole optical window.Included are redshifts (for 345 objects), absorption-line equivalentwidths, a continuum index measuring the 4000 Å break, andemission-line flux ratios. After 11 objects are rejected for being toofaint and redshifts for 26 objects are added from the literature, wearrive at a complete sample of 361 galaxies. The distribution ofredshifts for the whole sample is examined, and we show the relationshipof the continuum index to morphology.
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|On the relationship between radio emission and optical properties in early-type galaxies|
To study the origin of radio activity in early-type galaxies, thepossible dependence of their radio emission on basic optical parameters,such as the absolute magnitude, the central velocity dispersion sigma,and the mean surface brightness mu is explored. A sample of 743 E and SOgalaxies is used which is based on three independent radio surveys ofoptically selected galaxies with virtually complete information onmagnitudes, morphological types, redshift distances, diameters, andradio fluxes. For both E and SO galaxies, only the absolute magnitudeappears to be directly related to the radio activity, while sigma and mudo not. Also, a significant dependence of the apparent flattening onradio power is confirmed for E galaxies. Some relevant implications ofthese results are discussed.
|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.
|The south west extension of the Perseus supercluster|
The results of a redshift survey of the extreme southwest region of thePerseus supercluster (270 square degrees between R.A. 23 hr 20 min and01 hr 00 min, and between DEC 21 deg 30 min and 33 deg 30 min) arepresented. By studying the velocity distribution of 93 galaxies withmagnitude 14.5, the presence of a population of galaxies with velocity5240 km/sec and radial dispersion of 312 km/sec indicates the furtherextension of the Perseus supercluster. In addition, background galaxieswith a mean velocity of 10,000 km/sec common to this sample areprimarily organized in a structure connected with Abell clusters ofsimilar velocities. Finally, it is shown that the apparent magnitudes ofthe brightest galaxies tend to increase with velocity, implying that atleast a fraction of the velocity dispersion is determined by a Hubbleflow within the supercluster.
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