Physical Morphology of Galaxies using Asymmetry

Author: Conselice, C.J.

Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volumes 269-270, 1999 , pp. 585-588(4)

Publisher: Springer

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We demonstrate in this paper the use of asymmetry in conjunction with the integrated (B-V) color of galaxies for physical morphological purposes. We show how color-asymmetry diagrams can be used to distinguish between various types of galaxies, including ellipticals, late and early type disks, irregulars and interacting/merging galaxies. We also show how asymmetry can be used to help decipher the morphology of nearby starbursts, and galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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