A morphological type dependence in the µ0-log H plane of spiral galaxy disks.
GRAHAM A.W. and DE BLOK W.J.G.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present observational evidence for a galaxy ``type'' dependence to the location of a spiral galaxy's disk parameters in the µ0-logh plane. With a sample of approximately 40 low surface brightness galaxies (both bulge- and disk-dominated) and approximately 80 high surface brightness galaxies, the early-type disk galaxies (≤Sc) tend to define a bright envelope in the µ0-logh plane, while the late-type (≥Scd) spiral galaxies have, in general, smaller and fainter disks. Below the defining surface brightness threshold for a low surface brightness galaxy (i.e., more than 1 mag fainter than the 21.65 B mag arcsec–2 Freeman value), the early-type spiral galaxies have scale lengths greater than 8-9 kpc, while the late-type spiral galaxies have smaller scale lengths. All galaxies have been modeled with a seeing-convolved Sérsic r1/n bulge and exponential disk model. We show that the trend of decreasing bulge shape parameter n with increasing Hubble type and decreasing bulge-to-disk luminosity ratio, which has been observed among the high surface brightness galaxies, extends to the low surface brightness galaxies, revealing a continuous range of structural parameters.