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|The luminosity function of the Virgo Cluster from MB=-22 to -11|
We measure the galaxy luminosity function (LF) for the Virgo Clusterbetween blue magnitudes MB=-22 and -11 from wide-fieldcharge-coupled device (CCD) imaging data. The LF is only graduallyrising for -22
|Luminosity Functions of 10 Nearby Clusters of Galaxies. I. Data|
Wide field CCD imaging was carried out in the RC band for 10nearby clusters of galaxies and four control fields to derive the totaland type-specific luminosity functions. Observation and data reductionprocedures are described. We extract galaxies down to RC~20mag and classify them into two broad types, r1/4-like andexponential-like, on the basis of the bulge-to-total luminosity ratioB/T estimated from Petrosian quantities. We describe our classificationscheme in detail. We apply a single classification scheme to both giantand dwarf galaxies. The consistency of our classification is verifiedfor giant galaxies using both simulated images and real data in theliterature. We set the boundary of our two types at B/T=0.35. Thisboundary gives 70% completeness to both the r1/4-like sample(for E/S0 galaxies) and the exponential-like sample (for Sa-Irrgalaxies). Our classification for dwarf galaxies is investigated usinghigher resolution images of some 20 dwarf galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.Galaxy catalogs are constructed, which include position, magnitude, andB/T. The projected sky distribution of each type of galaxies is shownfor the clusters and control fields.
|Virgo dwarfs - New light on faint galaxies|
Photographically amplified UK Schmidt plates have been used to define anew sample of low surface brightness (LSB) galaxies in the VirgoCluster. One of these galaxies is the largest, most gas-rich spiralgalaxy known, located well beyond the Virgo Cluster. The rest of the 137galaxies appear to be dwarf ellipticals. CCD photometry shows that thefaint galaxies are well modeled by an exponential radial profile. Thecolors of very LSB galaxies in Virgo are unusually blue in B-V, bluerthan the metal-poor Galactic globular clusters. If these galaxies do notviolate the mass-metallicity relation, then they must have smaller meanages than Galactic globulars. It is confirmed that any faint galaxysurvey tends to choose objects of a luminosity and surface brightnessthat give them the maximum angular size on the discovery material.
|Studies of the Virgo Cluster. II - A catalog of 2096 galaxies in the Virgo Cluster area.|
The present catalog of 2096 galaxies within an area of about 140 sq degapproximately centered on the Virgo cluster should be an essentiallycomplete listing of all certain and possible cluster members,independent of morphological type. Cluster membership is essentiallydecided by galaxy morphology; for giants and the rare class of highsurface brightness dwarfs, membership rests on velocity data. While 1277of the catalog entries are considered members of the Virgo cluster, 574are possible members and 245 appear to be background Zwicky galaxies.Major-to-minor axis ratios are given for all galaxies brighter than B(T)= 18, as well as for many fainter ones.
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