Astrophys. J., 560, 566-579 (2001/October-3)
The K-band galaxy luminosity function.
KOCHANEK C.S., PAHRE M.A., FALCO E.E., HUCHRA J.P., MADER J., JARRETT T.H., CHESTER T., CUTRI R. and SCHNEIDER S.E.
Abstract (from CDS):
We measured the K-band luminosity function using a complete sample of 4192 morphologically typed 2MASS galaxies with µKs=20 mag arcsec–2 isophotal magnitudes 7<K20<11.25 mag spread over 2.12 sr. Early-type (T≤-0.5) and late-type (T>-0.5) galaxies have similarly shaped luminosity functions, αe=-0.92±0.10 and αl=-0.87±0.09. The early-type galaxies are brighter, MK*e=-23.53±0.06 mag compared to MK*l=-22.98±0.06 mag, but less numerous, n*e=(0.45±0.06)x10–2 h3 Mpc–3 compared to n*l=(1.01±0.13)x10–2 h3 Mpc–3 for H0=100 h km.s–1 Mpc–1, such that the late-type galaxies slightly dominate the K-band luminosity density, jlate/jearly=1.17±0.12. Including a factor of 1.20±0.04 correction for the conversion of the isophotal survey magnitudes to total magnitudes, the local K-band luminosity density is j=(7.14±0.75)x108 h L☉ Mpc–3, which implies a stellar mass density relative to critical of Ω*h=(1.9±0.2)x10–3 for a Kennicutt initial mass function (IMF) and Ω*h=(3.4±0.4)x10–3 for a Salpeter IMF. Our morphological classifications are internally consistent, are consistent with previous classifications, and lead to luminosity functions unaffected by the estimated uncertainties in the classifications. These luminosity functions accurately predict the K-band number counts and redshift distributions for K≲18 mag, beyond which the results depend on galaxy evolution and merger histories.
Cosmology: Observations - Galaxies: Distances and Redshifts - Galaxies: Luminosity Function, Mass Function - Surveys
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