Journal Article

Correlations among the properties of galaxies found in a blind H <span class="smallCaps">i</span> survey, which also have SDSS optical data

D. A. Garcia-Appadoo, A. A. West, J. J. Dalcanton, L. Cortese and M. J. Disney

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 394, issue 1, pages 340-356
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Correlations among the properties of galaxies found in a blind H i survey, which also have SDSS optical data

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We have used the Parkes Multibeam system and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to assemble a sample of 195 galaxies selected originally from their H i signature to avoid biases against unevolved or low surface brightness objects. For each source nine intrinsic properties are measured homogeneously, as well as inclination and an optical spectrum. The sample, which should be almost entirely free of either misidentification or confusion, includes a wide diversity of galaxies ranging from inchoate, low surface brightness dwarfs to giant spirals. Despite this diversity there are five clear correlations among their properties. They include a common dynamical mass-to-light ratio within their optical radii, a correlation between surface brightness and luminosity and a common H i surface density. Such correlation should provide strong constrains on models of galaxy formation and evolution.

Keywords: galaxies: evolution; galaxies: fundamental parameters; galaxies: general; galaxies: peculiar; galaxies: structure

Journal Article.  12066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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